I received multiple emails in January from people asking about the String Band Show of Shows. Most people want to know where and when the Show of Shows is going to be held in 2015. As most of you know, the String Band Show of Shows quietly ended after the 2013 performance in Atlantic City. In its place will be the new Mummers Mardi Gras parade.
I loved going to the Show of Shows as a kid and I’m still bummed it’s not being held anymore. It was a lot of fun going backstage at the Philadelphia Civic Center and most recently the Atlantic City Convention Center to see the bands warm up and play music before they went out on the stage and performed for the audience.
Looking around online, I found some great videos from the Show of Shows and I’ll be sharing them on the blog all month. If you would like to share any Show of Shows photos,videos or stories, send me an email and I will be happy to share it with everyone.
Do you have any history of the Very first Show of Shows. It was a combination of Fancy Brigades and String Bands. And it was held at the Arena at 46th & Market Sts. I was one of the first little girls to be in it. Circa 1960/61.
Show of Shows dates back way before the 1960’s more then likely into at least the 1940’s maybe late 1930’s. Funny thing is I came online today looking for the same information.