From workshops to live entertainment and it takes place along the Old Walnut Street strip
(Louisville, KY) Legacies Unlimited in partnership with the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) & the University of Louisville Archives & Special Collections presents Celebrating the Legacy of Black Louisville on Friday, January 26th and 27th at KCAAH located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd formerly known as Old Walnut Street. This year’s theme is “Linking the past to the present.”
On Friday, January 26th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm there will be a reception and the opening of exhibits. There will be five works on exhibit: Two Centuries of Black Louisville…the Exhibit; The Expressionism of Victor Sweatt; Louisville Entertainers & Musicians Exhibit Part 1; The textile designs of “Bag Lady: Zephra May Miller and The Folk Art of Louisville’s Marvin Finn.
From 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm KCAAH will transform into the most prominent club housed on Old Walnut Street known today as Muhammad Ali Blvd. In the 1940’s and 50’s everyone would dress up and head down to the Top Hat Club. Jazz would be bellowing out into the streets from some of the greatest jazz artists of their time. So, by linking the past to the present, it’s Jazz at the Top Hall featuring vocalist/musician Gayle King and Hammond B-3 along with Kendall Carter and his quintet. General admission is $30.00 per person.
On Saturday, January 27th starting at 9:00 am there will be workshops discussing the historic 2nd Baptist Church in New Albany, IN entitled Pathway to Freedom. The free workshop takes you back in time when the church was a beacon of hope and served as a pathway to the Underground Railroad. Following that workshop will be a jug band music session. German & Irish immigrants along with slaves created this unique sound that left a lasting impression on music’s culture.
At 12:00 pm, guests will get to enjoy The Listening Room. Music from the 1950’s, 60’s & 70’s recordings from Louisville’s African American entertainers and musicians provided by the Soulful Sounds of Derbytown.
To close out the weekend, it’s The Walnut Street Revue featuring Louisville native Vic Frierson. It’s A Song for You: A Tribute to the Life & Music of Luther Vandross. Frierson will celebrate the life and music of Luther Vandross. The event begins at 7:30 pm with Tony Fish & Band. Hosted by WLKY-TV’s Ann Bowdan. General admission tickets are $40 per person. You can purchase them online at http://www.louisville.com, Better Days Records in Lyles Mall and 1765 Bardstown Road. Workshops and exhibits are free to the public.
The event is made possible due to the support of the following: The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Christy Brown & the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, George & Mary Lee Fischer and WLKY-TV.
If you would like to setup an interview with Ken Clay and/or to have one of the artist(s) to perform on your show please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.