juke joint


Definition of juke joint 

: a small inexpensive establishment for eating, drinking, or dancing to the music of a jukebox or a live band

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Pictures in the show range in date from 1863, the O’Sullivan, to a 1991 William Christenberry of an Alabama juke joint. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and pretty much everywhere," 24 Apr. 2018 Other quick notes, both historical and plotwise: Did Johnson’s half-sister Carrie Thompson actually run a juke joint? Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Somebody’s Got a Case of the Blues: Timeless Season 2, Episode 6, Recapped," 23 Apr. 2018 But there’s an uncomfortable degree of caricature in Act 1, especially at Harpo’s juke joint. John Timpane, Philly.com, "'The Color Purple' at the Forrest Theatre: Climbing to a plateau of joy," 14 Dec. 2017 His mother was known as a faith healer, and his father ran a juke joint. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "CeDell Davis, Bluesman Who Played Guitar With a Knife, Dies at 91," 1 Oct. 2017 The definition was again broadened to mean more of hangout, like a juke joint or a burger joint. Howard Gensler, Philly.com, "Merriam-Webster analyzes 'jawn,' the Wawa of words," 5 Oct. 2017 The film's narrative moves up the Mississippi, landing in the delta, where in the 1920s Charley Patton (African American/Choctaw) set the juke joints afire with his pioneering blues style, inspiring Muddy Waters and Dylan, among others. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian, "‘Rumble’ Aims to Upset the Rock ‘n’ Roll Canon," 1 Sep. 2017

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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: a cheap bar or club that has a jukebox

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