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Carla & Keyes soulfully explores “History of African-American Music” at the Little Red Schoolhouse this weekend

The duo will perform a journey of African-American music through history, tracing its roots from the rhythms of slave hollers and work songs, blossoming into a vibrant tapestry of jazz, rock & roll, R&B, and hip hop.
Carla & Keyes soulfully explores History of African-American Music at the Little Red Schoolhouse this weekend

From field hollers and work songs to contemporary music, Carla & Keyes will explore the journey of African-American music, tracing its roots from the rhythms of slave hollers and work songs, blossoming into a vibrant tapestry of jazz, rock & roll, R&B, and hip hop in the “History of African-American Music” With deep roots of call and response songs like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” to the the sounds of “Stormy Monday Blues” to the fast paced “Johnny B. Goode” and of course, the Black National Anthem of “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, Carla & Keyes will captivate the audience with powerful renditions of African-American songs throughout U.S. history.

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot performed by Carla & Keyes


The music and stories told will showcase the enduring resilience of a culture through its musical expressions across time leaving audience members awe inspired with a new perspective on music and the arts. The program, presented by The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society will occur this coming Saturday at 2:00 pm  at The Little Red Schoolhouse on Locust Avenue in Cortlandt Manor. This program is free and open to the public, donations are always appreciated and accepted.

Carla & Keyes

Carla Lynne Hall and Jim Keyes, known as “Carla & Keyes” are a married performing duo based in Yorktown Heights, NY. Collectively, they have performed hundreds of concerts and educational programs for schools, spiritual centers, and community events over the course of thirty years.

They have also written and produced “This Man’s A Spy!”, a musical retelling of the traitorous Revolutionary War plot of American General Benedict Arnold and British Major John Andre. Their other original programs include “An Afternoon with Madam CJ Walker”, Hulda: The Witch of the American Revolution”, and “Ona’s Interview: The True Story of George Washington’s Runaway Slave”.

Carla & Keyes with Jonathan Kruk the Hudson Valley Storyteller via Carla & Keyes Facebook page

The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society was founded in 1921 and has been headquartered in The Little Red Schoolhouse since 1972. The Historical Society holds regular meetings monthly, brings historical programs to the Cortlandt/ Peekskill Community, hosts an Open House the first Sunday of each month from April to November from 2 to 4 pm which allows visitors to be guided through a tour of the 19-century one-room schoolhouse, and hosts the very popular “Early School Day Program” for 4th graders which is a program aligned with New York State standards that allows students to see and feel what school was like in the 1800’s and into the early 1900’s.

For more information visit the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society website at or call 914-736-7868. For more information on Carla & Keyes visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]