World Music Central: Gary Lucas to perform ‘Fleischerei’ at 2016 Washington Jewish Film Festival

Guitarist Gary Lucas is set to present a multimedia performance featuring 1930s cartoon tunes on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the American Film Institute’s AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. The event includes a 6-piece ensemble direct from New York City, Broadway vocalist Sarah Stiles and screenings of Max Fleischer cartoons (Betty Boop, Popeye).

Max Fleischer, the creator of such iconic cartoons as Betty Boop, Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto, was one of the United States’ top cartoonists, his New York-based Studios in the early 20th Century rivaled only by Walt Disney’s on the West Coast. The music that accompanied his cartoons in the 1930s reflected New York/urban popular music of the time: a rowdy, high-speed jumble of Harlem jungle jazz (Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway), Yiddish music hall, Tin Pan Alley and Broadway show tunes, and Klezmer.

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