Juke Joint Jukebox
SF, CA Shelton Theater,North California Arts Collective (NCAC) debuts it's second theater engagement by bringing us a journey into the American History of Juke Joints, Jukeboxes and the music and artists that inspired its lifestyle. Come and be whisked away with a world premiere production called Juke Joint Jukebox. A non-stop, highly entertaining night of cabaret style music, historical discussion and an unrelenting cast of talented actors!
Juke Joint Jukebox pays homage to the lineage of Gary Stanford Jr (Creator/Director), and hopes to present a slice of history you may find challenged to learn in standard academia. His grandmother and her brother spend many years making a living behind the closed doors of adult-only entertainment Juke Joints of the east coast.
Gary Stanford's show takes a look at the originations of Juke Joints as created on slave plantations of the 1500s and 1600s. of early America. As slavery ended, Juke Joints did quite the opposite and became one of the primary adult social mechanisms in the country. It also became a primary venue for some our most beloved music artists to perform, collaborate, network and more. As Prohibition forced alcohol underground, many of the best parties with the highest rollers and hottest performers followed along, creating an underground arts environment like never seen before or again. As Prohibition ended the we notice that the Juke Joint moved above ground and flourished in the biggest Metropolitan cities in the country, bringing the best of the best of musician, performer and music. As WW2 slowed the industrial flourish of the newly invented Jukebox, a slew of new artists hit the scene and radio/tv airwaves with their music performed at Juke Joints by a multitude of club performers. We take a dive into Jukeboxes, Diners and styles of the 50s and finally explore the rock and roll era of 1960s and the rise of Motown.
Bay Area born Actor/Director/Choreographer/Computer Engineer, Gary Stanford Jr, helms a phenomenal team of local actors(in alphabetical order): Jeannette Anderson, Kymi Armour, Edward Clark, James Creer, Nique Eagan, Mike Earley, William Hester, Damian Marhefka, Smita Patibanda, Minna Rogers, Victor Ragsdale and Gabriella Rosendin. The brilliant Christopher Hewitt serves up his piano brilliance to accompany the show. Jon Rosen offers his services via Landmark Musicals to assist with marketing, set design and lighting design.
Shelton Theater (downstairs cabaret space) (View)
533 Sutter at Powell
San Francisco, CA 94102
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|