Come see two local bands at the coolest place in Little Rock and support a great cause “The Dreamland Ballroom”. Friday night March 13th, Eclipse Glasses and Velvet Kente will perform in formerly Doc’s Pool Hall, on the first floor of Arkansas Flag and Banner building, 9th and State Streets (entrance on State). Show at 9:00, $5 admission.
What is Dreamland? The Dreamland Ballroom is on the third floor of the Arkansas Flag and Banner building. It was built in 1916 by a New Orleans, black business fraternity, Knights and Daughter of Tabor. Their mission was to provide burial insurance and care for widows and orphans.
The Dreamland was used as a meeting hall for this organization but it also lays claim to some of the best touring acts in America during the 1920’s – 40’s. The Dreamland was the smallest theater on the “Chitlin Circuit”. The Chitlin Circuit refers to the route driven by the black bands while touring. They usually drove from New Orleans to Little Rock, Memphis, St Louis, and Chicago playing in each city.
Some of the acts that performed at the Dreamland are Count Bassie, Cab Callaway, BB King, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Red Fox, Earl Hines, Jackie Gleason, Ray Charles just to name a few. See more about the Dreamland on it’s website http://www.dreamlandballroom.com/ and read articles that have been published about the Dreamland here
This benefit is to raise awareness and bring dollars towards its restoration. Dreamland Ballroom is a gem in our City’s crown.
Unable to attend but would like to contribute? Then, become a “Friend of Dreamland” make checks payable to Dreamland Ballroom and mail to Arkansas Flag and Banner, 800 West Ninth, Little Rock, AR 72201.