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1920 Meets 2020 Tonight As Joplin Coffee Shop Becomes A Speakeasy

From: joplinglobe.com

It will be a blend of old and new during a social dance taking place tonight in downtown Joplin.

Joplin Avenue Coffee Co., 506 S. Joplin Ave., will look the part of a 1920s-era speakeasy as Vintage Swing Movement’s Ashley King introduces the swinging ’20s — the 2020s, that is — to area residents.

While swing dancing has become a familiar sight during the first Friday of each month at the popular coffee house, dating back to July, “this one is going to be special,” said King. After all, she continued, when you throw big parties, people will come.

Few alive today “has been in the ’20s, and the (1920s) was a huge era for swing and jazz music” and dancing, she said. Dance lessons, led by King, will take place at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

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