20 Sep 2013

On September 28th, WRIR Presents: A Richmond Music History Tour. Join Richmond music historian Gregg Kimball, Don Harrison and their able WRIR assistants as they take you on a two hour journey through your city’s music history. From the “Harlem of the South” days of the Hippodrome to the site of the original GWAR Slave Pit to an exclusive peek at the VCU Library archives, the Richmond Music History Tour is sure to be an unforgettable experience. On Saturday, September 28th, there will be two bus tours that will meet at Bandito’s (2905 Patterson Avenue.) One tour will start at 11AM, the other at 3 PM. The tour begins with a multimedia overview of Richmond musical history from the turn of the century through the war years, then the bus journey proceeds to landmarks where musical history was made. Tour stops include The Hippodrome, Barky’s, VCU’s Cabell library’s Special Collections, and The Empire. Tickets are $25 and available online. Reserve your seat today, space is limited.

Dr. Gregg D. Kimball is Director of Public Services and Outreach at the Library of Virginia. Gregg is the author of the book American City, Southern Place: A Cultural History of Antebellum Richmond and numerous articles and essays. He has lectured and written extensively on musical traditions, developing themed multimedia performances on American labor, blues, gospel, and country music. He organized the Folklife Area of the National Folk Festival in 2006 around the theme of work and labor, and currently serves on the Richmond Folk Festival Program Committee and as a panelist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts touring roster.

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