Doug Finke and his wife Shelley helped launch Bootleggers Ball, which celebrates the day the U.S. government repealed Prohibition.

January 27, 2010

B-Sides: Music & Other Ephemera

Leg up

Once upon a time, “Joe sent me,” or words to that effect, were necessary to gain entrance to a jazz-age speakeasy. In the spirit of that era, West Market Street Stompers’ bandleader Doug Finke and Sterling Entertainment present the Third Annual Bootleggers Ball Saturday at a new venue, Wildwood Country Club.

Finke’s wife, Shelley, said the size of the hall means more room to play. “We’ll offer more dance space and a more service-oriented ‘white tablecloth’ atmosphere, like it used to be in the 1920s and 1930s supper clubs. And more extras, like the costume parade and contest, Prohibition-themed silent movies and the Maker’s Mark ‘cigarette girls.’”

Bootleggers Ball arose out of an event celebrating Repeal Day. On Dec. 5, 1933, the United States repealed the 18th Amendment and restored Americans’ right to buy alcohol. The movement dovetailed with Stompers’ early 21st-century jazz milieu.

“It was a perfect theme, with the Jazz Factory being a bar and club, the Stompers playing vintage-era jazz, and our audience being party-loving people who would get in the spirit by dressing up in costume and dancing,” Shelley said. “Vintage jazz is usually family‑friendly — not every performance will glorify illegal booze and the mobster lifestyle — and introducing the music to younger generations is an ongoing objective in all forms of traditional jazz.”

So, ladies, get that flapper dress out of mothballs; men, ask your barber for some Brilliantine — and 23 skidoo on out to the Bootleggers Ball.

The ball takes place from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Wildwood Country Club (5000 Bardstown Road, 499-1261 ext. 24) on Saturday, Jan. 30. The $30 includes a dinner buffet, and there is a cash bar. A table for eight runs $200. For more details, e-mail info@sterlingentertainment.com.

King fights Crohns
D.A. King’s Jan. 30 release show (see review, pg. 33) at the Clifton Center (2117 Clifton St., 896-8480) will double as a fundraiser for the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America. King himself is a colitis survivor who narrowly escaped colon cancer. His new album is called Find Our Way.

Music ’Cast
Andrea Davidson
’s follow-up album arrives next month, but you’ll hear some tunes from it this week when she performs Jan. 29 at Studio 502’s “An Evening in the Orient” at Glassworks. Listen at Bluegrass Catastrophe, bluecat.leoweekly.com.