Sarah Kilbourne presents "The Lavender Blues" at HOT! Festival
About this Show
The Lavender Blues features an array of music and stories from Tin Pan Alley, the Weimar Republic, the Harlem Renaissance and more. Some of the most formative, groundbreaking musical artists of the early 20th century were “in the life” – meaning gay, bisexual or transgender – and they sang about this too, in a variety of genres such as blues, early jazz, ballads, and pop. Modern cabaret performer Sarah Kilborne introduces us to a little-known, yet revolutionary moment in music history when pioneering artists sang out and proud about their sexuality and identity, something daring even for today – and as deliciously fun and inspiring as ever.
About the Artist
Sarah Kilborne is an author, performer and activist. She’s founder of the Kiss for Equality campaign which raises awareness about LGBTQ rights, and she writes about LGBTQ issues for the Huffington Post, Slate, the Advocate and more. Her most recent book AMERICAN PHOENIX was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “perfect for readers who like to root for the underdog.” In 2013 she produced a music video for marriage equality which David Mixner called “pure joy.” Her first one-woman show is the new musical revue: “The Lavender Blues: A Showcase of Queer Music before World War II.”
Photo Credit: Robyn Waters