Posted 5 years ago
Join as we celebrate, well...I would say the opening of Olin's Frozen Custard Stand, but what we are really celebrating here is the American Dream. A white family in brand new "open for business" form and their Icy new Custard stand, with a most remarkable "colored" band ready to entertain the crowd when they arrive.
In one photograph showing a span of no more than 50 feet, we see enough real American history to last a lifetime.
Photographs of seemingly "rural" African-American professional musicians in 1930s are rare as can be. And professional they are, make no mistake. There is even a piano and drum set on that puny stage, and what I would give to have a listen as I try the custard. I would not be surprised one bit if a few of the stand workers broke out into a dance later, and trust that was the primary skill of the performers.
Make them dance.
As musicianers, the job would have been to play all the current hits for their audience, including standards...but I'm going to say some of them brought the blues.
Music is certainly not the only harmony here.
ONE OF TWO RARE EARLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSICIAN PHOTOGRAPHS POSTED from the DULL TOOL DIM BULB collection.