Festival Events Calendar
Wednesday Jul 29
8:00 pRhapsody In Blue
Thursday Jul 30
2:00 pOver There
8:00 pThe Dream's On Me
Friday Jul 31
2:00 pJazz Me Blues
Saturday Aug 1
8:00 pSingin' In The Rain
Wednesday Aug 5
8:00 pFred & GInger
Thursday Aug 6
2:00 pOl' Man River
8:00 pSummertime
Friday Aug 7
2:00 pBillie's Blues
Saturday Aug 8
8:00 pSpirituals To Swing
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In 1917 when President Wilson, a vaudeville fan, brought America into the Great War Tin Pan Alley, the New York song factory, was soon doing its duty, whipping up a patriotic zeal while conducting business as usual.

More songs were published during that brief war period than at any time before or since. The Alleymen both propagandized and humanized this War To End All Wars.

Rallied by a government intent on a unified republic (where no question would be asked), the newish music industry contributed pell-mell, covering every aspect of the conflict both at home and at the front. Mostly the song product was politically correct ("Let's All Be Americans Now") but sometimes the Alleymen went too far ("I Don't Want To Get Well--I'm in Love With A Beautiful Nurse"). To create a patriotic spirit the government sent song leaders around the country armed with approved material. Even so, the songwriters generally viewed the war as one big vaudeville show.

The legacy of this flood of music is a library whose hits throw light on the average American's feelings at the time, albeit through the prism of a mass-marketing business. There are songs that have lasted-- from the romantic "Till We Meet Again" to the comically sociological "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm?". And, of course, Sergeant Irving Berlin tried out "God Bless America" in his All-Soldier revue. Dropped from the show the patriotic ballad would find a sympathetic market two decades later when European war clouds again gathered.

Event Personnel
Ian Whitcomb, director, vocals, uke
 The War In Snider's Grocery Store
(1914) Ballard MacDonald, Hank Hancock, Harry Carroll (w/m)
 They're Wearing 'Em Higher In Hawaii
(1916) Joe Goodwin (w) Halsey Mohr (m)
 Over There
(1917) Louis Delamarre (fr) (w) George M. Cohan (w/m)
 We Don’t Want The Bacon (What We Want Is A Piece Of The Rhine)
(1918) Jimmy Havens, "Kid" Howard Carr, Harry Russell (w/m)
 Joan of Arc They Are Calling You
(1917) Alfred Bryan, Willie Weston (w) Jack Wells (m)
 Hello Central, Give Me No Man's Land
(1918) Sinbad Joe Young, Sam Lewis (w) Jean Schwartz (m)
 I Don't Want To Get Well
(1917) Howard Johnson, Harry Pease (w) Jean Schwartz (m)
 For Me And My Gal
(1917) E. Ray Goetz, Edgar Leslie (w) George Meyer (m)
 Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning
(1918) Yip Yip Yaphank Irving Berlin (w/m)
 When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band To France
(1918) Edgar Leslie, Alfred Bryan, Cliff Hess (w/m)
 The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1916) Shelton Brooks (w/m)
 How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm
(1918) Joe Young, Sam Lewis (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Till We Meet Again
(1918) Raymond B. Egan (w) Richard Whiting (m)

Ticket/Venue Info
Over There Ticket Prices
Discount Prices
AA26.00  22.25  21.00  19.50  13.00 
A22.00  18.75  17.75  16.50  11.00 
B18.00  15.50  14.50  13.50  9.00 
O18.00  15.50  14.50  13.50  9.00 
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