While venues like The Apollo theater in New York played a major role in the emergence of jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, and soul — all quintessentially American music genres related to Jazz in the 1930’s, breaking ground for clubs such as The Warehouse in Chicago in the 1970’s, The Whisky à Go-Go played an important role for many bands based in Southern California in the early days of rock & roll in the 1960’s.
On the other side of the world, a few years earlier, Melva and Claude Walker purchased the Empire Hotel on Shakespeare Road in Napier, New Zealand, changing its name to the Hotel Cabana. The Cabana, also played an important role for many bands based in New Zealand.
Catch an ‘earful’ and tune in to www.kvmr.org on Jan. 17th from 5-7PM as Kiwi Belle & Bronx Bob narrate a musical bio about The Whiskey a Go Go and The Hotel Cabana in the early days of rock & roll.
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