(MILWAUKEE, WI) – The Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents a celebration of the blues with Chasin’ Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records by Kevin Ramsey in the Stackner Cabaret from Jan 17-March 22, 2020. The cast is Maiesha McQueen, Brandin Jay, Eric Noden and James Scheider.
Chasin’ Dem’ Blues is a revival of a Rep premiere (previously titled Grafton City Blues) that explores the inspiring story of Grafton, Wisconsin’s Paramount Records.
For a few brief, bright years at the height of the jazz and blues age, Paramount Records was the leading label for recording artists of color in the Midwest – and broke down small-town racial barriers along the way. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter and Ma Rainey all recorded there. This exuberant musical celebration of some of the greatest jazz and blues music features four sensational quadruple threat performers guiding the journey through story and song.
“Vibrant…the true story of a once-forgotten blues record label.” — Shepherd Express