Thursday, May 30, 2024

Roots of Black Music


Friday, May 3rd, 7 – 8 PM
Lovell Room
Stratford Library

Free and open to the public
Doors open at 6:30 PM
General seating

The Stratford Library will present a special music history concert, The Roots of Black Music in America, on Friday, May 3rd from 7-8 p.m. in the Lovell Room featuring musician Karlus Trapp.

Trapp, a producer, songwriter, teacher & troubadour, presents his delightful, educational and entertaining 100-year journey back through time for Stratford audiences. Trapp offers a fresh perspective through song, story and history to learn about the music of America’s black musical giants. Hear Scott Joplin during the birth of Ragtime. Dance to the Charleston of the 1920’s. Play air guitar with Chuck Berry or sing along with the Supremes from the 1960’s.

Come and take a musical journey back through time to the proper roots of American popular music.  Hear anew the music that influenced and laid the foundations for the music of today. Wade in the water of the Negro spirituals. Dance a two step down Bourbon Street with Louie Armstrong as he changes how music is played and sung. Revel in the atmosphere of a noisy saloon while Scott Joplin plays Ragtime music in the background. You can Hi De Ho a call and response with Cab Calloway or play percussion and sing along with the calypso folk of Harry Belafonte.

The Roots Of Black Music In America was conceived as a musical history lesson by Trapp in the year 2004. Working with the Universal Temple of the Arts (URA), a non profit organization, Trapp and the UTA members entertained and educated thousands of children of all ages throughout the NYC area schools, corporate boardrooms, cultural centers, and public venues. In 2021 because of the pandemic he redesigned the show for just himself as a virtual library presentation. Like a wild fire it went national being seen in almost 60 different libraries across the country. Since then live audiences from Massachussetts to southwest Florida have been enjoying this wonderful family oriented edutainment and eagerly looking forward to Pt2.

Warning: Attending this show you may find yourself smiling, humming or tapping your feet for hours afterward…and you’ll be surprised what you may learn!

For further information call the library at: 203.385.4162 or visit:


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