Sarah Kilborne - The Lavender Blues: A Showcase of Queer Music Before World War II

February 14, 2018 8PM
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$20 / 18

The Lavender Blues is a showcase of queer music before World War II. Some of our most famous musical artists of the early 20th century were not only “in the life” – meaning gay, bisexual or transgender – but they sang about this life too. With songs and stories from Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, the Harlem Renaissance, the Weimar Republic and more, Sarah Kilborne introduces audiences to a little-known, yet revolutionary moment in music history when pioneering artists sang boldly about sexual and gender fluidity – something daring even for today, and as deliciously fun and inspiring as ever. 


Chosen one of 2017’s “exciting new works in development”

by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals


Writes Sarah:


“Few people are aware that queer music before World War II exists, and yet it can be found in many genres: blues, jazz, pop, vaudeville, cabaret and more. From tent shows in the south to rent parties in the north to the clubs of European cities, songs written by and about the queer community were part of public performances and recorded for sale in the first part of the last century.

“Women were at the forefront of this quiet revolution in song, and the stories behind the songs are every bit as powerful as their lyrics. Songs of theirs addressed what it meant to be queer and reflected the culturally explosive times in which they lived. Men, too, played pivotal roles as accompanists and songwriters, and the themes in the music -- addressing issues of masculinity, femininity, homosexuality, gender expression, and even gay equal rights – are as emblematic of yesterday as they are relevant today.

“These songs and the stories behind them have a great deal to tell us. All we have to do is listen. “  


“Sarah’s show is an eye-opener…a glimpse into a world and music you don’t know.”

– Neil Gaiman


“Kilborne has not only unearthed buried treasure, she brings its ghosts to life and glory.”  

– Enid Futterman,


“An Amazing performance. I had no idea of so much of this history.”

– Michael Weidrich, former CEO,

Pride Center of the Capital Region.


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Sarah Kilborne is a performance artist, author, and activist. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and more. She's written books for both children and adults (fiction and non-fiction) and has performed as both a singer and dancer with a variety of people. In 2013 she produced and co-starred in a music video for marriage equality, Yes Sir That’s My Baby, which lead to the creation of The Lavender Blues. In addition to performing, Sarah is currently writing a book about the women featured in the show. She is also founder of the equal rights campaign Kiss for Equality and has written about LGBT issues for Slate, The Huffington Post, The Advocate and more.

Axel Belohoubek (Accompanist) is a professional pianist, multi-keyboardist, composer, and vocalist with more than 35 years in the music industry. Known for his style diversity, meticulous sound design, and exceptional chops, he has worked on projects from tour preproduction for David Bowie and Madonna to original scoring for advertising, corporate industrials, television series, documentaries, and independent film. Originally a classically trained pianist, he also performs with jazz, rock, R&B, EDM, Latin, Irish, and other bands, produces artists in his own recording studio (additionally playing guitar, bass, percussion and more), and teaches privately.


Please note that the seating chart has recently been updated, so be sure you are purchasing the seats you want.  If you do not purchase all seats at your table, other patrons may be seated with you.  Your ticket reserves you a place at the table you select but not a specific location at that table.  There is no food or beverage minimum.  All tickets are non-refundable.

$20 / 18
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