Bryants’ Minstrels

Event Information

Mechanic's Hall

Price: $.50 parquet; .30 family circle

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Record Information


Last Updated:
26 November 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

30 Oct 1865, 7:45 PM
31 Oct 1865, 7:45 PM
01 Nov 1865, 7:45 PM
02 Nov 1865, 7:45 PM
03 Nov 1865, 7:45 PM
04 Nov 1865, 7:45 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Seedy musicians; Old time's rocks; Old times' rocks; Old times rock
aka Our African polka
aka Sacred contraband
aka Reckon I'm in luck
aka Deaf as a horn
Text Author: Unidentified
aka Streets of New-York


Advertisement: New-York Times, 30 October 1865.
Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 30 October 1865.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 04 November 1865, 238.

“Burnt cork is on a high horse, and Bryant’s Minstrels are high cockalorems of the black brigade.  And how they do rush things.  One act is scarcely finished before another is commenced; no waits; no baulks; no contretemps, as our French dancing-master says; but all goes along as smoothly and as tractable as a well-greased politician.  Dan Bryant, the black particular star of the band is an artist, and mo mistake; and we are glad that still in the minstrel ranks we find him.  Big things at Bryants this week.  When we want a tight squeeze, other than that with which Iphigesia favors us, we go to Bryants.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 04 November 1865, 240.
Review: New York Clipper, 11 November 1865, 246.

“It will make no difference to Bryant’s Minstrels which party succeeds in the election to-morrow, for the same crowds will be on hand to see Dan and his confreres, no matter who the lucky candidates may be. You will see more of Seymour than of the other members of this band, owing to his great altitude; Dave Reed will “Come Up” to him, however, in public estimation.”