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Finding Aids to Individual Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

THE 1989 NEPTUNE PLAZA CONCERT SERIES COLLECTION

AFC 1989/009

Compiled by Michelle Forner
Library of Congress, Washington DC
November 1995

SUMMARY

The 1989 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection consists of manuscript and print materials, sound recordings, graphic materials, and moving images that document the 1989 concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The annual series, which began in 1977, features the presentation of folk traditions from many cultures. The concerts take place on the Neptune Plaza at the front of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress between April and October. Adverse weather conditions sometimes force the concerts indoors. The 1989 series was the last produced with the assistance of the National Council for the Traditional Arts.

The 1989 season consisted of the following:

April 20 Quebec Traditional Music and Dance, Canada (French-Canadian)
May 18 Eddie Blazonczyk and the Versatones, IL (Polish- style Polka)
June 15 Greg Hooven and the Backstep Band, VA (Old-time)
July 20 Ganga, DC (Bengali)
August 17 The Nashville Bluegrass Band, TN (Bluegrass)
September 21 Ivan Cuesta y sus Vallenatos Autenticos, MD (Colombian)
October 19 The Gospel Pearls and The King's Men, DC (Gospel)

Access and Reproduction: Listening and viewing access to the collection is unrestricted. Duplication of the materials requires prior permission of the Center and may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.

Primary Languages: Bengali, English, Polish, Spanish

Physical Description Location Numbers
Print Materials
2 boxes  
Sound Recordings
14 10" DT stereo reels at 7.5 ips AFC 1989/009:SR1-10, 12-15
10 90-minute audiocassettes AFC 1989/009:SR11, 16-17 Listening copies of AFC 1989/009:SR1-8, 12-13
Graphic Materials
95 b&w negatives
18 b&w contact sheets
6 8x10 b&w photoprints
105 3x5 b&w photoprints
1 5x7 b&w photoprint
108 color slides
 
Moving Image
1 1/2" VHS color videocassette AFC 1989/009:V1

COLLECTION INVENTORY

SERIES I: PRINT MATERIALS

Location
Contents
Folder 1
Archive of Folk Culture Administrative Materials. The collection guide (this document), an article describing the Neptune Plaza Concert Series, and news clippings on the 1989 concert lineup.
Publicity and administration
Folder 2
Quebec Traditional Music and Dance, 4-20-89. Concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, news clippings, press releases, and a concert log by Aldona Joseph.
Folder 6-8
Eddie Blazonczyk and the Versatones, 5-18-89. Concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, concert log by Aldona Joseph, press releases, news clippings, booklets on Polish culture and the Polka, and photo logs.
Folder 10
Greg Hooven and the Backstep Band, 6-15-89. Concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, concert log by Marsha Maguire and Aldona Joseph, press releases, news clippings, correspondence from Greg Hooven, and photo logs.
Folder 11
Ganga, 7-20-89. Concert fliers, concert log by Aldona Joseph, press releases, news clippings, an identification of artists by instrument, and a concert program.
Folder 13
The Nashville Bluegrass Band, 8-17-89. Concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, concert log by Aldona Joseph, press releases, news clippings, one 8 x 10 black and white promotional picture, and photo logs.
Folder 15
Ivan y Sus Auténticos Vallenatos, 9-21-89. Concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, concert log by Aldona Joseph, press releases in English and in Spanish, news clippings, and photo logs.
Folder 18
The Gospel Pearls and the King's Men, 10-19-89. Concert fliers, concert log by Gretchen A. Brodtman, and press releases.

SERIES II: SOUND RECORDINGS

Location
Contents
Reel-to-reels
AFC 1989/009: SR1-2
Quebec Traditional Music and Dance, 4-20-89. Two 10" DT stereo at 7.5 ips. Listening copy is available in the Folklife Reading Room.
AFC 1989/009: SR3-4
Eddie Blazonczyk and the Versatones, 5-18-89. Two 10" DT stereo at 7.5 ips. Listening copies are available in the Folklife Reading Room.
AFC 1989/009: SR5-6
Greg Hooven and the Backstep Band, 6-15-89. Two 10" DT stereo at 7.5 ips. Listening copy is available in the Folklife Reading Room.
AFC 1989/009: SR7-8
Ganga, 7-20-89. Two 10" DT stereo at 7.5 ips. Listening copy is available in the Folklife Reading Room.
AFC 1989/009: SR9-10
The Nashville Bluegrass Band, 8-17-89. Two 10" DT stereo at 15 ips.
AFC 1989/009: SR12-13
Ivan y Sus Auténticos Vallenatos, 9-21-89. Two 10" DT stereo at 7.5 ips. Listening copies are available in the Folklife Reading Room.
AFC 1989/009: SR14-15 The Gospel Pearls and The King's Men, 10-19-89. Two 10" DT stereo at 7.5 ips.
Audiocassettes
AFC 1989/009: SR11 The Nashville Bluegrass Band, 8-17-89. One 90-minute (recorded concurrently with reel-to- reels).
AFC 1989/009: SR16-17
The Gospel Pearls and The King's Men, 10-19-89. Two 90-minute (recorded concurrently with reel-to- reels).

SERIES III: GRAPHIC MATERIALS

Location
Contents
Negatives
Envelope 1 Quebec Traditional Music and Dance, 4-20-89. Two sheets of black and white 35 mm (36 images). Photographed by Reid Baker.
Envelope 7 Eddie Blazonczyk and the Versatones, 5-18-89. Two sheets of black and white 35 mm (35 images). Photographed by John Gibbs and Reid Baker.
Envelope 13 Greg Hooven and the Backstep Band, 6-15-89. Two sheets of black and white 35 mm (24 images). Photographer unknown.
Photograph Prints
Folders 3-5, Envelopes 2-4 Quebec Traditional Music and Dance, 4-20-89. Three black and white 35 mm contact sheets (78 images), five 8 x 10 black and white photoprints (photographed by Reid Baker), and 35 3 x 5 black and white photoprints (photographer unknown).
Folder 9, Envelopes 8-10 Eddie Blazonczyk and the Versatones, 5-18-89. Three black and white 35 mm contact sheets (66 images, photographed by John Gibbs and Reid Baker), three 3 x 5 black and white promotional photoprints (photographed by Wm. A. Crooks Photography), and 31 3 x 5 black and white photoprints (photographer unknown).
Envelopes 14-16 Greg Hooven and the Backstep Band, 6-15-89. 32 black and white 3 x 5 photoprints. Photographer unknown.
Folder 12 Ganga, 7-20-89. Two black and white 35 mm contact sheets (60 images). Photographed by Reid Baker.
Folder 14 The Nashville Bluegrass Band, 8-17-89. Three black and white 35 mm contact sheets (73 images, photographed by Reid Baker), and one 8 x 10 black and white promotional photoprint (photographer unknown).
Folders 16-17 Ivan y Sus Auténticos Vallenatos, 9-21-89. Three black and white 35 mm contact sheets (70 images), and four 3 x 5 black and white photoprints. Photographer unknown.
Folder 19 The Gospel Pearls and The King's Men, 10-19-89. Four black and white 35 mm contact sheets (111 images, photographed by A.P.H.), and one 5 x 8 black and white photoprint (photographer unknown).
Color slides
Envelopes 5-6 Quebec Traditional Music and Dance, 4-20-89. Two holders containing a total of 36. Photographed by Reid Baker.
Envelopes 11-12 Eddie Blazonczyk and the Versatones, 5-18-89. Two holders containing a total of 34. Photographed by John Gibbs and Reid Baker.
Envelopes 17-18 Greg Hooven and the Backstep Band, 6-15-89. Two holders containing a total of 38. Photographer unknown.

SERIES IV: MOVING IMAGES

Location
Contents
AFC 1989/009: V1
The Gospel Pearls and The King's Men, 10-19-89. One 1/2" VHS color from Northern Virginia Cable TV station WNVT-53/WNVC-56.

APPENDIX A

DANCE CONTENT

Concert
Description
Quebec Traditional Music and Dance Raynald Ouellet, Marcel Messervier, and Normand Lagault present traditional French-Canadian music and dance from Quebec. They describe and play music for various dance forms, such as galopes, the clog waltz, and a broom dance. Legault demonstrates la gigue, a distinctively Québécoise form of solo step dancing. Print materials, photographs, and slides: folders 2-5, envelopes 2-6; sound recordings: AFC 1980/009:SR1-2.
Eddie Blazonczyk and the Versatones The group presents Polish-style polka music to which audience members dance. Print materials contain information on the history and development of this and other styles of polka. Print materials and photographs: folders 6-9, envelopes 8-10; sound recordings: AFC 1989/009:SR3-4.

 

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