On the stageWritten by Admin
Radio re-creation hits stage at WCU
The radio show re-creation of âEchoes of the Cotton Clubâ will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 24, in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
The storyline is woven around the critical role that radio broadcasts originating in 1927 from the Cotton Club played in changing the musical landscape in America. The âechoesâ from the Cotton Club are all of the rich musical styles and genre that originated in Harlem and are still influencing our popular culture.
âEchoesâ follows significant musical developments through the decades to the present day â swing, blues, soul and R&B, Motown, funk, disco, hip-hop and modern singer-songwriters. Featured songs include hits by artists Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Ella Fitzgerald, and the contemporary entertainers they inspire, such as Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars.
Tickets to the show are $10 and proceeds will fund scholarships in participating academic departments. In the last five years, the group has raised nearly $25,000 for student scholarships.