Take the Cakewalk tour

When the century before last turned, the most popular entertainers in the country were the duo who popularized the Cakewalk, Bert Williams and George Walker. And the most popular places to perform the new “animal dances” like the Turkey Trot, Grizzly Bear and Texas Tommy were the “black and tan” clubs along Pacific Street.
Historian John William Templeton gives an insight into his new historical novel Cakewalk, to be released April 17, as he gives a tour to still-extant sites of some of the hottest clubs of the early 20th century, both before and after the 1906 quake. Drawn from his National Register nominations for these sites, Templeton begins the tour at his exhibition in the Visitor Information Center, JazzGenesis: San Francisco and the Birth of Jazz.
Tours begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, and 25 in the plaza adjacent to the Visitor Information Center at the Powell Street BART station. (down the escalator from the Powell Street cable car turnaround) Register online with San Francisco Black Heritage Tours or call 415-240-3537.

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