SEARCHING FOR THE SOUL OF ANNAPOLIS
Former Senator Gerald Winegrad presents a multi-media presentation on growing up in the segregated Annapolis of the 1940s-1960s and his extraordinary involvement in soul music.
The show will feature the music of legendary soulmusic performers and photos of them and the local venues, including Carr’s Beach, and of the Annapolis scene. Learn how Gerald’s close ties with famed WANN Radio broadcaster Hoppy Adams resulted in teenage Gerald and his Friends meeting James Brown in his dressing room at Carr’s Beach and later at the Howard Theater in DC.
Hear the music of soul legends Gerald knew, met, saw, or listened to during the period of his youth growing up in Annapolis starting in 1946 at 79 West Street. The presentation features the music of these soul legends and their photos and stories. Come and hear of race relations, segregation, and racial prejudice of the Annapolis of the 1940s to 1960s period and how the performers and Gerald were affected by it.
You will hear a discussion of overt discrimination occurring then and how soul music helped soothe the wounded soul of Annapolis and break down racial barriers. The show will be capped by an awesome performance by James Brown, perhaps the best ever captured on video.
JOIN GERALD IN THIS EXPLORATION OF THE SOUL MUSIC SCENE DURING A RACIALLY DIVISIVE PERIOD.