About Red Hook Ramblers Celebrate Independence Day with Live Music for Summer-Themed Silent Films by Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and Harold Lloyd
The Red Hook Ramblers, Brooklyn’s premier Dixieland band, will pair their red hot jazz with a trio of summer-themed silent comedies at Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theater this Independence Day weekend.
On July 3rd, the six-piece band will perform original music to screenings of short films by some of silent comedy’s leading lights. Tied together by a summer holiday setting, the lineup includes Charlie Chaplin’s “A Day’s Pleasure” (1919), Fatty Arbuckle’s “Coney Island” featuring Buster Keaton (1917), and Harold Lloyd’s “A Jazzed Honeymoon” (1919).
The show is presented by Jalopy Theater & School of Music, where the Red Hook Ramblers made their silent film-live music debut to a standing-room-only crowd in April. A celebrated mainstay of the city’s country, blues, folk, and jazz community located in Red Hook, Jalopy was named NYC’s Best Old-Timey Venue by the Village Voice in 2008.
Founded in 2005, the Red Hook Ramblers are among the leading torchbearers of New York's revitalized traditional jazz scene. In past years, they’ve led the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s celebration of the trumpeter’s birthday, toured Switzerland, and played a sold-out concert with the Squirrel Nut Zippers. More recently, they’ve been named the New York Jets’ Home Game Hype Band, and have established themselves as in-demand live burlesque accompaniment through residencies at the Slipper Room and Galapagos Art Space's Floating Kabarette as well as appearances in other neo-vaudeville productions.
The evening’s selection offers a perfect sampling of the silent era’s comedic giants -- from Chaplin’s elegantly choreographed gags to Arbuckle and Keaton’s comedic chemistry to Lloyd’s breathtaking stunts.
“We’ve discovered our cultural soulmates in the comedy icons of the silent era, and it’s a thrill to collaborate with them across the decades like this,” said Jason Benjamin, cornetist with the Red Hook Ramblers. “There’s also no better place than Jalopy for New Yorkers to celebrate the American experience by reliving one of the city’s golden eras – updated with the modern blessing of air conditioning.”
Tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase at the door. Jalopy has a limited bar that serves beer, wine, soft drinks, and coffee drinks.