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KEEP A SONG IN YOUR SOUL: THE BLACK ROOTS OF VAUDEVILLE
For its first-ever theatrical production, the Old Town School hedged its bets and hired the best: the pianist and MacArthur genius Reginald R. Robinson, Reggio “the Hoofer” McLaughlin, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
11/3–6 Black, not blackface, vaudeville is the basis of the Old Town School of Folk Music’s first-ever theatrical production, created and performed by the Chicago ragtime pianist and composer and MacArthur-certified genius Reginald R Robinson; the hoofer Reggio McLaughlin, who got his start tapping at local el stops; and the Grammy-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops. $41–$45. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln. oldtownschool.org.
Photograph: Ken Carl