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The Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra re-created the irrepressible, irresistible pulse of the swinging, blues-based dance tunes of the 1930s and ‘40s with its debut performance Friday night in the American Jazz Museum’s Blue Room.
With every seat filled, people pressed against the walls, more streaming in (“We have a group of 17,” one host alerted another), The Blue Room exploded to the big band sounds of Jumpin’ at the Woodside, the way it was heard in this neighborhood 75 years ago.
This season marks an auspicious time in Kansas City’s dance culture. The ballet welcomes a new artistic director determined to take the company to the next level in creativity and cultural involvement.
If one of your guilty pleasures is "Hee Haw," the corny joke- and country music-filled television series that debuted in 1969 and is still shown in syndication today, indulge yourself this weekend at the Columbian Theatre.