The Patch Works Art & History Center (The Patch Works) — in collaboration with the Cabbagetown Neighborhood Improvement Association (CNIA) and the Cabbagetown Initiative Community Development Corporation (CICDC) — revives Cabbagetown: 3 Women… an Oral History Play With Music, 41 years after its premiere at Atlanta’s Academy Theatre on May 21st, 1978.
FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL (Open to the Public): Thursday, September 12th, 8:00P
OPENING NIGHT: Friday, September 13th, 8:00P
Saturday, September 14th, 8:00P
Friday, September 20th, 8:00P
Saturday, September 21st, 8:00P
Sunday, September 15th, 2:00P
Sunday, September 22nd, 2:00P
Joyce Brookshire Amphitheater
170 Kirkwood Ave SE, Atlanta GA 30316
Performances are free and open to the public. There will be beverages and souvenir stands where attendees may purchase items.
Cabbagetown: 3 Women, an Oral History Play With Music was adapted by R. Cary Bynum from “actual dialogues originally compiled by the Patch, Inc., and published in Cabbagetown Families, Cabbagetown Food, edited by Pam Durban Porter.” The play profiles the lives of three women, who were long time residents of Cabbagetown: Lila Mae Brookshire (Joyce Brookshire’s mother), Effie Dodd Gray, and Beatrice “Aunt Beadie” Dalton. The original cast included Doris Bucher, Brenda Bynum, and Annette Coleman.
“Live music [was] movingly woven into the performance by Joyce Brookshire, accompanied by Fritz Rauschenberg, with songs she wrote about the families with whom she grew up, and originally were published in Foxfire Records premiere album, North Georgia Mountains.” (produced in 1977)
(Source: an Alliance Theatre program from the play’s performance on September 12, 1979)
This presentation is funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
On August 20th, please join us at The Patch Works for the first evening of a unique and collaborative two-part event: Todd Mack and Music in Common are bringing together two organizations — The Patch Works and WERD Radio — to discuss not just their respective histories, but also the music and other elements that bind and unite our seemingly disparate communities.
WERD Radio is the first, African-American-owned radio station in the country, where Dr. Martin Luther King himself would broadcast sermons and civil rights’ commentary. After years of obscurity, WERD has been resurrected by Ricci de Forest, who will be our guest on August 20th and then our gracious host on August 22nd.
Also participating on August 20th will be our amazing friends Slim Chance (aka James Kelly) and Dr. Erich Nunn. Slim will perform examples of Hillbilly music, while Dr. Nunn will discuss the origins of such music in Cabbagetown and how it evolved from sounds being produced by African-American performers at that time.
On January 19th, it was another great “Unplugged” music event at The Patch Works!
“Slow Parade is Atlanta based psych-folk collective headed up by tune smith Matthew Pendrick. After nearly a decade spent soaking up the city’s rich blues and roots music scene, Slow Parade was formed out of the need for a new extension…”
BAND MEMBERS: Matthew Pendrick – Guitar Vocals Andrea DeMarcus – Bass Vocals Paul Stevens – Drums Keys Vocals
As for Chickens and Pigs, The Patch Works had the pleasure of hearing Jeff Evans play a short, impromptu set a couple months ago, and begged him to come back again!!! This guy’s legendary…
Chicken and Pigs for this gig was Jeff Evans, nobly accompanied by Mark Johnson from Delta Moon!
On January 13th, The Jon Bekoff Project for the Advancement of Georgia Oldtime Music presented musician Max Godfrey, who lead a workshop in local Georgia tunes.
Jon Bekoff was a great Oldtime fiddler in Western MA who loved GA music and encouraged folks to play it (as a result, more players in Vermont and MA play GA oldtime music than in GA!!). Jon died young in 2015 and this JB project is an attempt to keep his GA oldtime missionary spirit alive.
The goal of these free workshops is to promote by-ear learning of oldtime music native to Georgia, with the hope that in the future, participants will go forth and jam these tunes with others.
1-2 new tunes were introduced and tunes from previous sessions were reviewed. The JB Project likes geeky participants who take the time to listen to the original tunes and practice between workshops, who are sincere about learning at least some of what is covered.
Stringed instruments only (no spoons, concertinas, penny whistles). Musicians are invited by Moonshineand need to RSVP by EMAIL to confirm a spot. Preference is given to intermediate musicians with leadership potential/who are committed to learning the local GA Oldtime repertoire. Please email fiddlerhiker if you want to propose another attendee, do not invite them yourself, please.
On December 15th, we hosted another awesome “Unplugged” musical performance at the center! The Porch Bottom Boys — performed two amazing sets!!!!
From their website: “The Porch Bottom Boys play bluegrass, newgrass, and other styles seasoned with the diverse backgrounds of their members…
“…They have also appeared in many nearby festivals, including the Decatur BBQ Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the Decatur Arts Festival, the Oakhurst Arts Festival, and Stomp and Chomp in Cabbagetown. Committed to the Decatur community, they frequently play for local fundraisers and other programs.”
THE PLAYERS Steve Gorbatkin – guitar Jim Thompson – fiddle Charlie O’Neill – banjo Joel Glogowski – bass Patrick Jackson – mandolin Denis Gainty – in memoriam
On Saturday, December 8th, Evan Kinney recently led an intermediate Georgia Oldtime Jam at The Patch Works. Being our first time hosting a music workshop, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect. Suffice it to say, it was AMAZINGLY FUN! Watch this VIDEO (and remember: this group was learning the song on-the-fly and by ear).
Join us on Saturday, November 17th for our “Unplugged” concert series. The event will open with Takiya Mason, a solo Atlanta artist. She will perform from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Following her will be local band, Auction House Letters, playing from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Takiya’s artistic path begin in Jacksonville, NC at the age of 5 singing in her uncle’s church choir “The Sunshine Band”. Inspired by the greats before her from Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Etta James, Ray Charles, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder and so many more; Takiya Mason represents the next wave of artist inspired and motivated to push good music forward.
Auction House Letters play songs in the following keys: C, G, D, A, E, F, and Bb.
Jeff Holt– guitar and vocals Susannah Wallace– violin and vocals Chris Poma– bass guitar Erik Kaszynski– drums Michael Goldman– lap, steel, and mandolin
To close out the event, we’ll be having a “Hootenanny” jam session till 6 pm, so feel free to bring your own instruments!
For more information Follow our instagram @thepatchworkscabbagetown
August 25th, from 2:00pm to 7:00pm: The Patch Works – Unplugged!
For the first performance of the day, please welcome Evan Stepp to the “stage” for a tremendous solo performance. Evan is a phenomenal musician, so you will WANT to see him play!
Then, the spotlight will turn to singer-songwriter (and Cabbagetown resident) Paul Shaw, who will entertain us with a set of new songs! Paul and his wife Mel jammed at The Patch Works a few weeks ago; we are thrilled to have him back again.