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The History of Polarization in American Music

October 11, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
220 East Pittsburgh Avenue, Milwaukee
Event Description
A Conversation on Race & Music Presented by Gangstagrass

#1 Billboard bluegrass charting hip-hop band Gangstagrass leads an inclusive dialogue on the origins of American music, revealing how marketing created artificial genre distinctions during the Jim Crow era when the recording industry emerged — leaving a legacy of segregation that still persists today. The wide-ranging discussion explores the origin and development of the banjo and the cotillion, providing historical context that upends modern ideas of “black music” and “white music”. Gangstagrass’s own music fuses cherished American traditions into a fresh sound that is greater than the sum of its parts and underscores music’s ability to unite across boundaries. Free event.

Doors 5:30 PM | Event 6:00 PM

Event Venue
88Nine Radio Milwaukee WYMS-FM, 220 East Pittsburgh Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53204 United States
Event Details
11 October 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Milwaukee Film
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