2016 – The History of Houston’s Musical Soul


See the videos! Every panel and presentation is now available for your viewing pleasure. 


What did you miss?? Three days of events:

  • Friday, September 30 - Screening of 'Texas Zydeco'
    “Texas Zydeco”, Reception, and Zydeco Music at The Deluxe Theater, Lyon’s Ave., 7 – 10 p.m. (Cost: $25, includes film, reception, and music performance)
    Didn’t know Houston and Zydeco were intimately connected? Find out how in this 30-minute film, followed by a talkback with director Ruben Duran and musicologist Roger Wood. All attendees will receive their own specially packaged DVD, courtesy of Houston Community College, the film’s backer. Reception and Zydeco to follow.
  • Saturday, October 1 - 'The History of Houston's Musical Soul'
    6th Annual Houston History Conference, MATCH Theater 3, 3400 Main St., 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (Cost: $65, including lunch. Discounts for seniors and students)
    A full day exploring the rich history of Houston’s indigenous music scenes: Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Country… Keynote by Joe Nick Patoski, panelists and moderators include John Nova Lomax, Roger Wood, Rick Mitchell, Dr. Robert Morgan and many others. Discussions include historic SugarHill Studios, special university music archives, and many of the over 500 different labels that operated out of Houston.
  • Saturday, October 1 - Houston Through Time Popup Museum
    “Through The Decades” Houston Pop-Up Museum, MATCH Theater 1, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (Cost: FREE!) 
    Explore Houston, past and present, in this unique, one-day only, pop-up museum experience featuring exhibits by many of HHA’s Community Partners. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Exhibits will include Houston’s wild alternative music scene, and the archives of world-famous musician and Texas Tenor Arnett Cobb.
  • Saturday, October 1 - Continental Club Performances
    Continental Club Complex, 6 p.m. until…
    “Quit talking and start partying!” The entire Continental Complex will celebrate Houston’s music history with FREE live performance by Trudy Lynn at the Continental Club from 7 to 9. DJ’s Rick Mitchell, Alex LaRotta, and others will spin the Houston sound at Natachee’s and at 9:00 pm Allison Fisher takes the stage at Shoeshine Charlie’s Big Top.
  • Sunday, October 2 - 'Get Us On The Bus' Houston Blues Museum Benefit at the Continental Club
    “Get Us on The Bus!” with Evelyn Rubio, Houston Blues Museum Benefit, Continental Club, 2 – 6 p.m. (Cost: $25)
    HHA conference partner Houston Blues Museum closes the weekend with a benefit featuring crossover chart topper Evelyn Rubio. Don’t miss this! All ticket proceeds benefit Houston Blues Museum’s mobile museum effort.

View the full conference schedule

This program is made possible in part by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts,  The Summerlee Foundation; the Strake Foundation; The Texas Historical Foundation; and Humanities Texas, the State Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Houston History Alliance’s 2016 conference partner the Houston Blues Museum is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houson Arts Alliance.

“The subtlest spirit of a nation is expressed through its music…and the music acts reciprocally upon the nation’s soul.” — Walt Whitman, 1845.

Substitute the word “Houston” for “nation” and Whitman’s words communicate the essence of why this year’s annual Houston History Conference is so important. Musicians capture and convey the essence of not just their own personal experiences, but that of their larger community, which is why our partnership with The Jung Center of Houston is key and this year’s conference is considered an expression of their ongoing Soul of Houston conference series.

The HHA 2016 Conference program includes:


Everyone needs friends… and HHA is very grateful to ours for their kind support!

  • The Summerlee Foundation
  • Humanities Texas
  • The Strake Foundation
  • The Texas Historical Foundation – Be sure to sign up for their newsletter — find it on their home page!
  • Houston Blues Society
  • Gulf Coast Blues Society
  • Louise Jamail and Family
  • The City of Houston Initiative Grant
  • The Lancaster Hotel
  • The Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation
  • Nick Gaitan and The Umbrella Man
  • Poison Girl Bar
  • Houston Community College
  • Justin Garcia
  • Gigi’s Cupcakes

This conference would not exist without the HOURS of blood, sweat and tears poured out by many, many people:

Rick Mitchell: You want no better friend than Rick: He’s been our sensei from the first meeting where he heard the crazy dream behind this event. There are not enough thanks.

Pat Jasper: It was Pat’s idea to connect us with Dan Workman and Andrew Bradley for the SugarHill Studios panel. She joined our merry band of planners at that point and we’re forever grateful that she did.

Tanya Debose: The woman of many hats… Tanya is a long-time member of the HHA board, as well as Executive Director of the Independence Heights Redevelopment Council. She was the co-mother of the entire concept and a guiding light during the planning.

The Entire Houston History Alliance Board: If you see an HHA board member running around the conference, be sure to shake their hands and heartily thank them for the literally hundreds of hours they’ve spent getting this event together!

Venu Location and Parking

Information about how to get to MATCH is available here: MATCH Location and Parking Information (this will take you to the MATCH website)

Want to know more?  Let us know at info@houstonhistoryalliance.org