It’s a tradition
that many automatically put on their calendars from year to year because when
you attend the celebration hosted by Legacies Unlimited Inc. you walk away
realizing that so many that grew up in this community made history in so many
ways especially in the entertainment industry. On January 25th
& 26th, they will be remembered and celebrated for their
outstanding accomplishments. It’s all about Celebrating the Legacy of
BlackLouisville. It will be held at the Kentucky
Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 West Muhammad Ali
event pays tribute to the achievements and contributions that Louisville’s
African American citizens have made to Louisville, the nation and the world.
program will consist of exhibits, workshops and two performance events.
It’s the JAZZ AT THE TOP HAT. A re-imagined night out at the Top Hat Club,
Black Louisville’s most famous entertainment spot during the glory days of the
1940’s and 50’s. This event will present jazz vocalist, Bobby J and will
feature International flutist and Jazz historian Galen Abdur
second event is The Walnut Street Revue, a live stage show reminiscent of the
“chitlin circuit” performances that played in venues on Walnut Street, now
Muhammad Ali Blvd., in the 1940’s & 50’ when Walnut Street was in
vogue. The revue will be hosted by WLKY’s Ann Bowdan. The evening will be
filled with great music presented The Jerry Tolson Jazz Group with vocalists
Alisia and Karen Chavez.
special tribute will be paid to the late Foree Wells, a Louisville musician who
played with some of the greatest blues performers in the business, which
included —music legend the late B.B. King. Wells, also founded the
Walnut Street Blues Band which included his two sons and a daughter in law. The
Walnut Street Rhythm & Blues Band will be in attendance that evening and
will perform a special tribute in memory of their beloved father, Foree Wells.
Opening Ceremony will take place from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Friday, January 25th
followed by an unveiling of the exhibits. The exhibits included in this
year’s program include the following: Two Centuries of Black
Louisville …the Exhibit – A permanent exhibit of photographs from the
book Two Centuries of Black Louisville —A Photographic History; Textile
Designs by Louisville’s “Bag Lady” – Zephyr May Miller; and The
Works of Louisville Folk Artist, Marvin Finn plus much more.
will be two workshops held on Saturday, January 26th. The
first one, The Legacy of Central High School from 10:00 am to
11:30 am. It’s an investigative look at the historical significance and impact
that Central had on its students and the community as well. Come learn about
the legacy that this educational institution created over the years through the
lens of Dr. Larry Wilkins Doyle, a 1968 CHS graduate whose did his doctoral
studies on the historic school. The second workshop will be The
Listening RoomWorkshop. It will present recordings of
Louisville’s African American entertainers & musicians of the 50’s, 60’s
& 70’s. These selections will be provided by the Soulful Sounds of
Derbytown and presented by Ron Lewis of Mr. Wonderful Productions.
the Legacy of Black Louisville is presented by Legacies
Unlimited in partnership with the KCAAH and the University of Louisville
Archives & Special Collections. It is made possible through support from
the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, WLKY-TV and George & Mary Lee
for the both JAZZ AT THE TOP HAT and WALNUT STREET REVUE are available at
Better Days Records in Lyles Mall or at 1765 Bardstown Road AND JAMBUSTERS
BALLOONS & MORE at Popular Level Road. For ticket information call (502)
To set-up an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info at vippcommunications dot com. If you have an entertainment/community calendar, we are requesting that you post and/or announce.