A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC is Taylor Mac's multi-year effort to chart a subjective history of the United States through a unique mash-up of music, history, performance, and art that were popular throughout the country, and in its disparate communities, from 1776 to the present day.
The concert will be presented as four six-hour CHAPTERS, together making the first complete presentation since Taylor's historic 24-hour marathon performance in New York City last fall.
Spend all 24 hours with Taylor and receive a bespoke treasure from costume designer Machine Dazzle!
The American Revolution from the perspective of the yankee doodle dandy, the early women’s lib movement, an epic battle between drinking songs and early temperance songs, a dream sequence where the audience is blindfolded and the heteronormative narrative as colonization.
Walt Whitman and Stephen Foster go head to head for the title of Father of the American Song, culminating in the queerest Civil War Reenactment in history. Oh, and: a production of The Mikado set on Mars.
A Jewish tenement, a WWI trench, a speakeasy, a depression, a zoot suit riot all make the white people flee the cities.
Bayard Rustin’s March on Washington leads to a queer riot, sexual deviance as revolution, radical lesbians, and a community building itself while under siege.