Events

Fridays in May: Jazz Nights at The Mob Museum.

Date: May 27, 2016
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission
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Lisa Smith accompanied by jazz piano will perform May 27

A speakeasy mood will fill the Museum on Friday nights in May. From sultry blues and mellow harmonies to hard-hitting jazz and high-steppin’ swing, enjoy music and half-off drinks—no need for a password. 

Prohibition created the Jazz Age of the 1920s, when gangsters owned the illegal booze trade and competed with each other to offer their patrons the best party music, from small private speakeasies to elaborate nightclubs with integrated crowds while the police were paid to look the other way.

Jazz bands and the feeling of illicit fun, especially among women recently allowed the right to vote, inspired dance crazes such as the Tango and Charleston. The popularity of jazz grew throughout the decade from 78 rpm phonograph recordings played in jukeboxes and on the radio.

Jazz nights are part of the Museum After Dark experience only at The Mob Museum.