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Roaring 20s…A Cultural Revolution

Updated: Oct 14, 2019


Dappers, Flappers, Alcohol, and Gangsters are just a few of the characteristics of an age that has be romanticized for decades since. The 1920s spawned a lifestyle that was characterized by high fashion, partying, and prosperity. Even the slang has transcended time and has made its way into our modern day vocabulary. There is no doubt that the roaring 20s is seen as a period in our American history that will never be forgotten.


One of the most influential products of the 1920s has to be the activity surrounding prohibition. When the federal government made the production and distribution of alcohol illegal, it set off a subculture mostly in urban areas that spawned other profitable industries. One of those industries was musical entertainment. Musical composers and artists such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie were some of the notable artists of the time that were frequently sought after for their entertainment value. Popular clubs such as The Cotton Club and Savoy in New York City were a few of many locations that were frequented by live entertainment of their era. These bands and band leaders were pioneers that blazed the way for successors of the craft who also provided entertainment for some of the lessor known establishments.

Here we are nearly 100 years later and we are approaching another era of the 20s. The decade of 2020 could potentially be a resurgence of the period many have grown to love and mimic. This is an opportunity to recreate an age that has become the “Cat’s Meow” of our past. What better way to celebrate this era than with the music. Music has a way of capturing a state of emotion which becomes reminiscent of the time in which it was created. Therefore if we flood the marketplace with music from the original roaring 20s era we could potentially spark a revolution in in the future of musical entertainment.


Event planners are the key to helping us get back to this great decade. Over the last few years I’ve seen more and more events that were designed around the roaring 20s theme. Fortunately our band, Jazz Revolution, is honored to be the musical entertainment for many of these events. I really enjoy observing how individuals interpret the various characteristics of the time. I mostly enjoy watching people have a good time and learn things about the past that they never knew. If bands and planners can work together, we have the opportunity to resurrect a “hey day” that can be enjoyed by people young and old for years to come.

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