Marijuana Madness

The tale of Marijuana Prohibition during the Jazz Era.

 

Step into The Three Clubs and travel back in time to 1937 when National Marijuana Prohibition was first written into American Law. Commissioner of Narcotics Henry Anslinger targeted a certain group of people who were flagrantly violating the new law. These transgressors had one thing in common, they had rhythm. All the key geniuses of Jazz: Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway were all prolific Marijuana smokers. Sending a shock wave through the thriving era of Jazz, Marijuana Prohibition underscored the racism and fear mongering of the time.

 

Marijuana Madness is a live show dedicated to telling the true story of Marijuana Prohibition and those musicians who were targeted by it. Marijuana was unequivocally tied together to Jazz since it’s inception in New Orleans during the early 20th century. These marijuana loving musicians didn't just smoke reefers, but Marijuana was often described in lyrics under the guise of many slang terms including Jive, Tea, Gage, Reefer, Muggles, and Viper just to name a few. Marijuana Madness combines this distinct array of Jazz songs about Marijuana with Burlesque and Theater to thread together the tale of Marijuana Prohibition and Jazz.

  

 

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