Kansas City, you’re a jazz town. THANK YOU for making our third time at @thefollytheater
such pure magic. So proud to play a part in raising funds to keep this grande dame of a theater (built in 1900!) shining brightly.
I’m a sucker for old theaters any day of the week. The Folly (born the Standard) is an extra special place. They tell me everyone from Fanny Brice to Duke Ellington to Count Basie played these boards. Sophie Tucker. And burlesque? It’s where Gypsy Rose Lee got her start. The list doesn’t end. And the Folly’s team (just five full-time staffers) is so aware of the role their theater plays in carrying that history into the future — starting with a Charlie Parker 100th birthday celebration next year.
I’m not shilling for the Folly. But so much of the history of this music is held in the *places* where it happened, in the bones of buildings across the country. Because of how art and money works, most of these places are run by small, insanely dedicated teams of people who are literally caretakers of history.
This is a long, long way of saying: Thank you to all the people behind all the performance spaces that carry so much history in their bones — and that includes the new ones, venues set to be the Follys of the next century, places our grandkids will tell stories about someday. And thank you to the people who make *those* people’s work possible: Donors, yes, but also every single person who buys a ticket. Thank you. xo EB