502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804
The Carpetbag Theatre presents Between a Ballad and a Blues, is a celebration of the music and life of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong and the Tennessee Chocolate Drops. Through music and story we learn of Howard and the Chocolate Drops’ contribution to “Affrilachian” culture, the unique African-American culture of Appalachia, and string-band music from the 1930’s to the 1990’s.
Founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970, The Carpetbag Theatre is a community based, non-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to the production of new works. Their mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression.
Carpetbag Theatre is a Resident Artist Company of the Clayton Center for the Arts
For Group Rates and tickets, contact the Box Office at 865-981-8590. Group rates are for groups of 10 or more at $10 per ticket.
This series is made possible by a generous grant from the Roy Cockrum Foundation.
Between a Ballad and a Blues is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project Co-commissioned by The Carpetbag Theatre in partnership with Appalshop, St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center and the National Performance Network. NPN and the NPN Creation Fund is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Altria, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).
The National Performance Network is a group of cultural organizers and artists facilitating the practice and public experience of the performing arts in the United States. NPN serves artists, arts organizers, and a broad range of audiences and communities across the country through commissions, residencies, culture-centers community projects and other artistic activities. For more information: www.npnweb.org.