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Event Revisiting Local African-American Music Venue of the 1920s-60s

 

Lawnside’s legendary Dreamland Café will be the subject of a special evening as the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College continues its celebration of Black History Month with an event beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 26.

“Remembering the Dreamland” will include a documentary film about the nightclub’s star-filled history, which included appearances by legends ranging from Count Basie to Duke Ellington to Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughn. It also will include live performances by the Sonny Keaton Organ Quintet and Katherine “Miss Kitty” DeChavis, a 93-year-old singer who had been featured at the Dreamland during its heyday.

According to Commission executive director Sandra Turner-Barnes, the Dreamland was well-known, well-respected and well-attended.

“Its popularity stemmed from it allowing African Americans to be able to listen to music in a peaceful place that was all their own,” Turner-Barnes said. “This event will celebrate African-American culture prior to desegregation and celebrate music that touched our souls.”

“Remembering the Dreamland” is serving as a fundraiser for the Commission. General admission is $20, with a special rate of $10 for students with identification.

The event will take place in Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre, which is located inside Lincoln Hall on CCC’s Blackwood Campus. The campus is located at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.

For tickets or additional information, contact Turner-Barnes by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4063, or via email at stbarnes@camdencc.edu.


Published: February 22, 2013