Special Events


The Dixie Diehards Go to War!

Well, not exactly, but we will be looking at the music leading up to and just post World War I in this hundredth anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War One. Not only was it a politically tumultuous time, but music was also undergoing a revolution. Ragtime ( the current rage ) was giving way to jazz.  Young men who marched off to war, came home to strut their stuff to hot new music! The Dixie Diehards will take you back to the ragtime era, and then move through the war years, where music was helping to sell an unpopular war to a skeptical public. Humor played its part as a salesman aided and abetted by the emerging jazz phenomena.

Included in this program are World War 1 patriotic numbers, Marches that morphed into Dixieland jazz, and a selection of early jazz dance tunes that formed the basis for the “ Roarin’ Twenties “ era. This concert will feature a number of well known New Orleans style jazz tunes for audience sing-a-longs and hand-clapping fun. It also marks the birth of a new sensation, the Original Dixieland Jass Band (ODJB) who recorded their first disk in 2017.

This concert will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Dixie Diehards Jazz Band performing at the Marion Art Center

This event is open to the public and members of the Marion Art Center.  Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone 508-748-2711.  On Line:  www.marionartcenter.org

Marion Art Center
80 Pleasant St.
Marion, MA  02738