Datebook: March 21 - Moondog Coronation Ball 60 Years Ago

Mar 21, 2012

Come one, come all to the Moondog Coronation Ball! Held at the Cleveland Arena on March 21, 1952 - this event is generally accepted as the first major rock and roll concert. It was notable for featuring both black and white musical performers in a racially mixed audience at a time when almost all performers, radio stations, and record labels were de facto segregated. One of the organizers was Alan Freed, a radio DJ said to have coined the term "Rock and Roll." The place was packed with an estimated crowd of 20,000 - way over capacity (the arena held only slightly more than half of that). Worried that a riot would ensue, the authorities shut down the concert after the first song by opening act Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams. 


It’s Wednesday, March 21


Maiden Alley Cinema hosts the Atomic City Student Film Festival this weekend. The festival is open to local students, grades 6 through 12. Films will be presented on Friday at 7PM and on Saturday and Sunday at 4 and 7. For more information, visit


Low-income seniors in the Christian County area can learn about additional resources during sessions offered by the Pennyrile Aging and Disability Resource Center. Interested seniors should call the Hopkinsville Housing Authority to schedule a 30-minute time slot between 9AM and noon on Friday. The number is 887-4275, ext. 1102.


The Ballard Football Boosters will be selling mulch on Friday and Saturday. The cost for black or natural mulch is $4 for a 2 cubic foot bag, or $55 for a bulk yard. Buyers who purchase 50 bags or 4 yards can have the mulch spread for free. To place an order, contact Todd Hatchell at 665-8400, ext. 2590.


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