Crowd-pleasing musical on Atlantic City’s historic Club Harlem runs Thursday, July 12, to Saturday, July 28, at Aaron Davis Hall

Historic Club Harlem will roar back to life as City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) presents a special three-week return engagement of On Kentucky Avenue: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Famed Club Harlem at Aaron Davis Hall in New York beginning on Thursday, July 12. The show, which thrilled audiences when it premiered at Aaron Davis Hall in 2016, offers viewers a glimpse inside the celebrated nightclub that was the center of nightlife in Atlantic City’s segregated Northside beginning in the 1930s. On Kentucky Avenue: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Famed Club Harlem was created by Jeree Wade, written by Adam Wade and Ty Stephens, and is directed by Lee Summers.

Hailed as “a party you don’t want to miss” by Broadway star Maurice Hines, On Kentucky Avenue transports audiences through time to the heyday of Club Harlem and offers them a fictional musical inspired by a real place: Kentucky Avenue, the center of African-American life in Atlantic City. Opened in 1935, Club Harlem quickly became the number-one destination for black performers in Atlantic City, presenting shows featuring jazz musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, and more. At its zenith—in the’40s, ’50s, and ’60s— the club played host to such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Pryor, Moms Mabley, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, and the Temptations. Catering to integrated audiences when segregation was still the law of the land in the U.S., Club Harlem enjoyed popularity with white casino patrons as well as local blacks and whites and those sojourning from different parts of the East Coast to see the acclaimed acts. Club Harlem’s 5 a.m. shows featured world-renowned white entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis, who came to perform after their sets at nearby establishments.

“We are very excited to bring On Kentucky Avenue back for New York audiences,” said City College Center for the Arts Managing Director Gregory Shanck. “It’s a work our patrons really connected with when it premiered here. There is also a true synergy of purpose between what Club Harlem was all about and what we aim to do here at Aaron Davis Hall—provide audiences with the opportunity to experience the work of great artists.”

In this reimagined view of life On Kentucky Avenue, the setting is 1969, during dress rehearsal. A love triangle emerges between impresario Ivan King (Ty Stephens), his lead showgirl Betty Jo Stanton (N’Kenge) and her best friend the featured female vocalist, Pauline Pierce (Andricka Hall). (Ramona Dunlap performs the role of Pauline Pierce on Friday, July 27.) The revival introduces a new character to audiences, Homer Paisley (Count Stovall), sure to entertain viewers even as he antagonizes Ivan and the

Club Harlem performers. With this new arrival, they are forced to face a reality they hoped to avoid: In life everything must change and the last good times at Club Harlem are upon them. Creator Jeree Wade makes a special appearance as the only nonfictional character in the show, Damita Jo, a popular singer who often opened the summer entertainment season there.

“We are thrilled to bring this new incarnation of On Kentucky Avenue to CCCA,” said creator-performer Wade. “I’ve been happy to see that the show resonates across different generations and we hope that theatergoers will attend with their family and friends. The music and story were inspired by a particular era that our elders will remember, but there is truly something for everyone.”

The production also features Lee Summers as Slappy Black, a nod to real-life comedian Slappy White, who played the club. The ensemble includes Donna Clark, Mindy Haywood, Cassandra Palacio, Carmen Carriker, Avery Royal, Jamal Shuriah, Phillip Deceus and Brian Davis. Providing the musical soul each night is the Freddie Baxter Band: Richard Cummings Jr., as Freddie Baxter (piano/conductor), Wilbur Bascomb as Odell Craft (bass), and David Silliman on drums, John F. Adams on synthesizer and Marvin Horne on guitar

On Kentucky Avenue is produced by Adam Wade, with scenic design by Ty Stephens, Piero Ramos and Yvette Spellman, choreography by Ty Stephens, swing choreographer and tap consulting by Mickey Davidson, costume design by Pearl Williams and Ty Stephens and musical direction by Richard Cummings Jr. The musical features ’60s chart-topping music plus an original score true to the era by Ty Stephens, Frank Owens, Wilbur Bascomb, Branice McKenzie, Adam Wade and Jeree Wade

Performances run July 12 through July 28, Thursday and Fridays at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at or in person at the Aaron Davis Hall box office Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Aaron Davis Hall is located on the campus of the City College of New York, at West 135th Street and Convent Avenue (129 Convent Avenue). For more details, visit the CCCA site or call the Aaron Davis Hall box office at (212) 650-6900. City College Center for the Arts can be followed on Twitter at @ccnyarts.

For more information on the musical, follow #OnKentuckyAve or #OKAatCCCA or visit .


The City College Center for the Arts hosts an ambitious, year-round calendar of student and professional performances. The mission of the City College Center for the Arts is to provide a creative arts center and focal point for the City College of New York, building a sense of community within the College, elevating the profile of Aaron Davis Hall in the greater New York area, and connecting the College to the surrounding community through the arts.



Other artists to perform include Charlie Wilson, Xscap3, Common, The Roots, The O'Jays, After 7, Bootsy Collins, DJ Jazzy Jeff and MC Lyte.

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Fantasia performing at last year's Cincinnati Music Festival

Premier ticket and hotel reseller, QLZ Productions, is providing ticket and hotel packages for the 2018 Cincinnati Music Festival. The iconic event will happen Thursday, July 26 to Saturday, July 28, at the Paul Brown Stadium, on the Cincinnati riverfront. Attendees will have a memorable experience with prime seating and accommodations.

"Here at QLZ Productions, we are dedicated to you and your Cincinnati Music Festival ticket and hotel needs," says QLZ Productions partner/co-owner, Zachary Berry. "We've won a number of great comments for our work with the festival. But, our most important win is making you a happy, life-long patron."

The Cincinnati Music Festival is one of the nation's oldest and most highly anticipated music festivals, attracting local and regional guests from across the Midwest. Each year, the festival showcases a bevy of old school artists, along with the hottest contemporary R&B performers. Last year’s event drew a crowd of almost 50K music lovers.

This year's line-up includes the legendary talent of Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Xscap3, Fantasia, Keith Sweat, Boyz II Men, Common, The Roots, The O'Jays, After 7, Bootsy Collins, DJ Jazzy Jeff and MC Lyte. Ticket prices start at $65 and are available a la carte or within a bundle. Visit or send an email to to purchase packages/tickets and for festival updates.

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The Boston Calendar Launches Experiential Classrooms Platform

Sesh Offers Immersive Experiences with the City as Your Classroom

The Boston Calendar, a website for discovering events happening around the city and surrounding areas, launched an experiential classrooms platform called Sesh. After seeing an opportunity to offer fun, non-technical educational group experiences to curious adult learners, Sean O’Connor, co-founder of The Boston Calendar, created Sesh for attendees to unplug, delve into a low-tech experience and connect with each other.

Of Sesh’s launch, O’Connor said: “The goal of Sesh is to build a community-driven educational experiences marketplace. Rather than being headquartered at an actual location, we wanted to make our classes accessible in casual settings, e.g. bars, breweries, co-working spaces, even outdoor markets and harbor cruise ships. By teaming up with select hosts, our aim is to share the passion and expertise of the Boston community with curious adults who believe learning continues long after graduation.”

To date, a classic rum cocktail mixing class and a “tipsy” chocolate tour were offered as Seshes.

Upcoming Seshes include:

A rosé & oysters cruise aboard the Music City Queen Showboat for an illuminating deep dive into the world of rosé around Boston Harbor

Introductory class on how to roll, fold and stuff Taiwanese-American dumplings at the all-new Bow Market in Somerville with Happy Chef Patty Chen

Learning how to make and shake traditional tiki cocktails at the Kimpton Marlowe Lobby Bar with author, mixologist and historian Brian Hoefling

More Seshes can be found by visiting:

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About The Boston Calendar: The Boston Calendar is a place for Bostonians (and travelers) to find interesting, fun, under-publicized, mostly-free events happening around the city and surrounding areas (e.g. Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline). Founded in 2013, the site was designed to be specifically geared toward cost-conscious young professionals, students and millennials simply looking for something cool to do around the city.   


46th Annual National Convention

Mark Your Calendars!

The 46th Annual National Convention will convene in Baltimore, Maryland at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor, from October 10-13, 2018. Overlooking the world-famous Baltimore Inner Harbor, the hotel offers wonderful accommodations, and participants can explore a truly authentic American city at this year's convention, including renowned museums and attractions, award-winning restaurants, a locally loved music scene, and historic neighborhoods.

Last year's convention was a major success and our largest one to date, with over 600 researchers, physicians, nurses, social workers, and individuals living with SCD & SCT in attendance! The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. looks forward to reuniting with you at the 46th Annual National Convention, and we hope you're excited too! 

Jazz Clubs Around New England


Acton Jazz Cafe, 452 Great Road, 978 263-6161


Glory, 19 Essex Street, 978 475-4811


Stone's Public House, 179 Main Street, 508 881-1778


J.P. O'Hanlon's, 9 Main Street, 978 772-9282


Barnstable Tavern Sunday Brunch, 3176 Main Street
508 362-2355


Black Moon Music Lounge, 37 State Street, 413 323-0013


Savinos Grill, 449 Common St., 617 484-3499


Bella Notte Ristorante, 71 Northfield Road, 866 640-2796


Chianti Jazz Lounge, 285 Cabot Street, 978 921-2233


House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne Street, 888 693-2583

Les Zygomates Wine Bar, 129 South Street, 617 542-5108

Lucky's Lounge, 355 Congress Street, 617 357-LUCK

Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, 617 562-4111

Café 939, 939 Boylston Street, 617 747-6040

L'Espalier, 774 Boylston Street, 617 262-3023

Ticos, 222 Berkley Street, 617 351-0400

Tiki Hideaway, Howard Johnson Hotel, 1271 Boylston Street
617 267-8300

Top of the Hub Restaurant & Skywalk, Prudential Tower, 52nd Floor, 617 536-1775

Beehive, 541 Tremont Street, 617 423-0069

Club Café, 209 Columbus Avenue, 617 536-0966

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Avenue
617 536-1100

Encore Lounge, 275 Tremont Street, 617 728-2162

Petit Robert Bistro, 480 Columbus Avenue, 617 596-6614

Wally's, 427 Massachusetts Avenue, 617 424-1408


Fireplace, 1634 Beacon Street, 617 975.1900

Matt Murphy's, 14 Harvard Street, 617 232-0188

Vernissage, 1627 Beacon Street, 617 566-3340


Atwood's Tavern, 877 Cambridge Street, 617-864-2792

Café Luna, 403 Mass Ave, 617 576-3400

Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Avenue, 617 354-2685

Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, 617 876-606

Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Avenue, 617 547-0759

Outpost 186, 186 Hampshire Street, Inman Sq.

Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, 617 576-0032

Regattabar at Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, 617 395-7757

Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire Street, 617 876-9330

Upstairs at the Square, 19 Winthrop Street, 617 864-4625

Western Front, 343 Western Avenue, 617 492-7772


Upstairs at Christians, 443 Main Street, 508 945-3362

Wequassett Resort, Pleasant Bay, 800 225-7125


Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, 978 369-9200


Michael Patrick's Publick House, 435 Main St, 508 398-1620

Ocean House, Depot Street, 508 394-0700

East Falmouth

Oyster's Too, 876 Route 28, 508 548 9191

East Sandwich

Amari's Restaurant, 674 Rt. 6A, 508 375-0011


Liam Maguire's Pub, 273 Main Street, 508 548-0285

Nimrod Restaurant & Jazz Lounge, 100 Dillingham Avenue
508 540-4132


Elliot's at the Blackburn, 2 Main Street, 978 282-1919

Great Barrington

Castle Street Café, 10 Castle Street, 413 528-5244

Club Helsinki, 284 Main Street, 413 528-3394

Mahaiwe Theatre, 14 Castle Street, 413 528-0100

Napa Wine Bar & Restaurant, 293 Main Street, 413 528-4311


Carmelina's at the Common, Hadley, 413 584-8000


Chit Chat Lounge, 103 Washington St, 978 374-9710


Delaney House, 3 Country Club Rd, Rt. 5, 413 532-1800


Chloe American bistro, 23 Main Street, 978 568-1500


Alberto's Restaurant, 360 Main street, 508 778-1770

Black Cat Restaurant, 165 Ocean Street, 508 778-1233

Grand Cru (at the Cape Codder Resort), 1225 Iyanough Road (Rt 132), 508 771 3000

Harry's Blues Bar, 700 Main Street, 508 778-4188

Island Merchant, 302 Main Street, 508 771-1337

Pain D'Avignon Café- Boulangerie, 15 Hinckley Road
508 778-8588

Roadhouse, 488 South Street, 508 775-2386

Jamaica Plain

Alchemist Lounge, 435-439 South Huntington Ave
617 477-5741


Morgan House Inn, 33 Main Street, 413 243-3661


Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue
781 674-2400


Athenian Corner Restaurant & Lounge, 207 Market Street
978 458-7052

Back Page Jazz & Comedy Club, 15 Kearney Square
978 455-4418

LaBoniche, 143 Merrimack Street, 978 458-9473

Village Smoke House, 98 Middle Street, 978 441-2278


Café Italia, 10 School Street, 781 631-5700


Allora Restaurant, 139 Lakeside Avenue Route 20
508 485-4300


Bleu Restaurant, 10 Market Street Mashpee Commons
508 539-7907


Sahara Club, 34 Bates Street, 978 683-9200


88 Wharf Riverfront Grill, 88 Wharf Street, 857 598-4826


Chicken Box, 6 Dave Street, 508 228-9717

North Chatham

Campari's Bistro, 323 Orleans Road, 508 945-9123


Iron Horse, 20 Center Street, 413 586-8686


Mission Bar and Tapas, 438 North Street

The Lantern Bar & Grill, 455 North Street, 413 448-2717


Firefly’s, 516 Adams Street, 617 471-0011

My House Lounge, 609 Washington St, 3A, 617-302-4285


Gulu-Gulu Café, Essex Street, 978 740-8882247

In a Pig's Eye, 148 Derby Street, 978 741-4436

Rockafellas of Salem, 231 Essex Street, 978 745-2411


Belfri Inn, 8 Jarves Street, 508 888 8550

Shelburne Falls

Blue Rock Restaurant & Bar, 10 Bridge Street
413 625-8133


Sherborn Inn, 33 North Main Street, 800 552-9742


Bull Run Restaurant, Rt. 2A, 978 425-4311


Johnny D's, 17 Holland Street, 617 776-2004

South Yarmouth

Riverway Lobster House, 1338 Route 28, 508 398-2172


Bulfinch's, 730 Boston Post Road, 978 443-4094


Blue Heron Restaurant, 112 North Main Street, 413 665-2102


Mad Raven, 841 Main Street, 781 894-8188


Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main Street, 617 924-9475


Chan's, 276 Main Street, 401 765-1900


Union Blues, Union Station, 508 767-2587

Yarmouth Port

Anthony's Cummaquid Inn, 2 Rt. 6A, 508-362-4501

Howes Cottage Restaurant, 134 Rt. 6A, 508 362-9866

Oliver's & Planck's Tavern, 6 Bray Farm Road, 508.362.6062


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