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STAGE AURORA THEATRE COMPANY REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Downtown Jacksonville was a busy place on Sunday afternoon on June 19, 2016, as the presented an original musical, “Harlem of the South,” on the stage of the Hicks Auditorium in the downtown public library. A large and enthusiastic Father’s Day audience was entertained by a vibrant cast of singers and dancers in a show conceived by , CEO/Executive Director of Stage Aurora. The show was possible as Stage Aurora was a recipient of a Spark Grant and was sponsored in part by The Cultural Council of Jacksonville and …

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BEFORE THE MUSIC DIED: LaVilla – ”The Great Black Way”

“West Ashley Street,” sang the in 1927, was the only place you could “ever lose these awful Jacksonville Blues.” That same year,  recorded a mysterious ragtime blues guitarist named playing “Ashley Street Blues,” with singing, “I’m a heartbroken woman with the Ashley Street Blues.”  recorded another version of “Jacksonville Blues” in 1928. She was “red hot” in Atlanta, she sang, “But the man I love lives down in Jacksonville.” West Ashley was the central thoroughfare for , a mostly black town after the , a slave plantation earlier in the 19th century, and during Jacksonville’s brutal Jim Crow years, one …

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