Mardi Gras comes to Damariscotta’s historic Lincoln Theater, with a special live concert from The State Street Traditional Jazz Band Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. The State Street Traditional Jazz Band provides a rare opportunity to enjoy this “rousing” music, over 100 years old, and representing the origins of jazz whose roots come directly from the French Quarter of New Orleans. This is not "Dixieland" nor is it "Straw Hat" music - this is the real deal, and It doesn't get any better than this.
Since 1989, the State Street Traditional Jazz Band of Portland has been playing and preserving the music of New Orleans Jazz. Every member of the band has a passion to play and preserve this vintage music, dating back to its authentic origins from the French Quarter of New Orleans and throughout the Louisiana Delta from the turn of the last century, to the early to mid-1900s. The State Street Traditional Jazz Band performs familiar early jazz songs, blues numbers and old New Orleans spirituals. Favorites from this era played by the band include: “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Has anybody Seen My Gal,” “Saint Louis Blues,” and over 150 other songs in their musical repertoire from that time period.
In post-World War I, jazz moved north out of New Orleans. In the course of that move, it was inevitable that the music would change. Still, at this time in history many musical greats kept this music alive such as Louis Armstrong, “Kid” Thomas Valentine, Sweet Emma Barrette, the Humphrey Brothers, and other notable musicians of that era. In more recent years, the original Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and a few traditional New Orleans jazz groups played this captivating music in its authentic form. Sadly, today those original legendary musicians with deep roots to the origins of jazz have passed, but the State Street Traditional Jazz Band is dedicated to playing, preserving and keeping this joyful music alive. By capturing the original Preservation Hall Jazz Band era of music, John Page, founder and leader of the State Street Traditional Jazz Band, has been bringing his love of traditional New Orleans Jazz to the forefront of the music scene for decades, spending the majority of his musical pursuit studying, playing, and interfacing with the most influential New Orleans musicians of his generation.
Tickets are $20/adult, $18/Theater members, and free/youth 18 and under, will be available for purchase at the door. There will be no advance sales for this event. More information is available by calling the theater office, located at 2 Theater St., at 563-3424 during office hours, Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by visiting our website at www.lcct.org.