“Goodbye, Booze”: The Music of Prohibition (with a Beer Chaser)


Lecture Hall & Lobby, Library of Virginia

800 East Broad Street Richmond, VA
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Join the Library of Virginia for a special reception as part of Teetotalers and Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, an exhibit examining the history of prohibition era America.

See the Library’s exhibition, enjoy some music, and try a beer crafted especially for the exhibition. Drawing on sheet music, period recordings, and anti-liquor songbooks, this event captures the debates over temperance and Prohibition through the music of the era. A reception featuring “Last Call” Imperial Brown Ale (created by the Library in collaboration with Three Notch’d Brewing Company) and whiskey from Virginia Distillery Company follows the music program. Enjoy live performances of songs that advocated temperance, documented the growth of a clandestine alcohol business (moonshine), and lampooned Prohibition and the efforts to enforce it, along with narration to place the music within its historical context.

Performers include Kinney Rorrer, Mark Campbell, and sisters Samantha Willis and Jessi Johnson. Also featured are recordings of well-known Virginia artists such as Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers (which had deep ties to Franklin County) and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a Richmond-area resident during her heyday.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy. The reception is sponsored by Virginia Distillery Company.

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