Dessy Di Lauro's Neo-Ragtime Jamboree transports you back to the days of the Harlem Renaissance juck joints with choreographed dancing, costumes, live music, along with circus acts while still adding a contemporary edge. ''It isn't just a show, it's an experience'' - Cevin Clarke, Harvelle's Owner.
Di Lauro's music, self-penned as ''Neo-Ragtime'', is a blend of modern R&B and jazz blended with '20s and '30s ragtime and stride piano.
''Dessy Di Lauro’s style impressively sticks to the ragtime theme while reaching out to different tones and variations'' - SoundCloud Music Reviews
''Her original songs are smart, sassy and sensual, layered with funky horn retorts and jazzy harmonies'' - LA Weekly
As usual, Dessy Di Lauro is backed by her top-notch band and horn section, The Hep Kats, led by her musical director/partner, Ric'key Pageot (Madonna, Cirque du Soleil, Earth Wind and Fire).
Di Lauro also puts together a menu of her favorite Prohibition Era drinks available at the bar for the evening.
Also spinning between sets will be DJ UnieQ, whom you may have seen at The Floor Improv every month in Hollywood. Eva La Dare will be performing circus acts.
So get your flapper dresses out, your bow ties, suspenders and fedora hats and come play the part at Dessy Di Lauro's Neo-Ragtime Jamboree exclusively at Harvelle's.
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