EVANSTON — On Friday, May 4, Evanston residents can experience the fun and excitement of a 1920s speakeasy with a little ’shine, blackjack, bubbly and the Charleston, said The Arts, Inc., Executive Director Carolee Bowen. The premiere arts organization will present Speakeasy Night at the Evanston Roundhouse beginning at 6 p.m.
The event will take participants back to an earlier time and offer a live concert featuring a six-piece electro-swing band from Seattle. Dinner will be served and there will be gaming tables, where guests can gamble to win prizes. All proceeds for the event will go to help fund Music, Arts and Theatre (MAT) Camp, coming up July 9-13.
A “speakeasy” is an establishment that came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era, 1920-1933. During that time, the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcoholic beverages was illegal throughout the United States. According to Wikipedia, the word speakeasy came from the practice of speaking quietly in or about such an establishment in public, so as not to alert the police or neighbors.
The band for the evening, Good Co, is the United States’ first live electro-swing band. The new old sound combines the era of illicit booze, jitterbugging flappers and underground speakeasies with the funky beats and the electronic sound of today’s dance music. Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to come in costume. The event is for those age 21 and over.
Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased online at www.TheArtsInc.com or at local outlets including Mountain Music, Evanston Chamber of Commerce or Home Décor.