Developed by Professor John Rapson of the University of Iowa School of Music’s Jazz Studies Program, “Hot Tamale Louie” is a powerful multi-media performance piece about an early 20th-century immigrant who lived in Sheridan, Wyo. A genre-bending tale with lilting Western ballads, gentle Mexican waltzes, folk songs and melodies from the East, evocative tone poems and raucous ragtime melded together by jazz. The performance is based on a June 2016 “New Yorker” article that caught Rapson’s eye. Rapson recognized the story’s dramatic possibilities, the timeliness of its themes, and the opportunities it presented to work with musicians whose talents mirrored Khan’s global wanderings. In addition to Rapson, composer and piano; and Gaglione, composer, voice and mandole; other musicians are Dave Moore, voice, slide guitar, accordion, harmonica; Ryan Smith, saxophone, flute and clarinet; Tara McGovern, violin; Dan Padley, electric guitar; Blake Shaw, double bass; and Justin LeDuc, drums and percussion.
The Wyoming Arts Council, with support from WESTAF, the Wyoming Humanities Council and the Park County Arts Council is pleased to present this free performance.