2016 Conference Weekend Schedule

The History of Houston’s Musical Soul

The 6th Annual Houston History Alliance Conference
Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2

This program is made possible in part by grants from The City of Houston Initiative Grant, 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.

Friday, September 30
Pre-Conference event, “Texas Zydeco”, The Deluxe Theater, 3303 Lyons Ave
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Screening of 20-minute documentary “Texas Zydeco”, talkback with Director Ruben Duran and Musicologist Roger Wood. Reception and performance by Fred Rusk Zydeco band to follow. Attendees will receive a special edition of the DVD from HCC, funder and producer of the documentary.

Saturday, October 1
“The History of Houston’s Musical Soul” MATCH Theater 3, 3400 Main Street
9:am – 9:20:
Welcome – Cecelia Ottenweller, Houston History Alliance
The History of Houston’s Musical Soul – Sean Fitzpatrick, Jung Center
9:20 – 9:50:
Houston, the Action Town – Keynote by Joe Nick Patoski
10:00 – 10:55:
From Texas Tenors to Oilin’ Up: the Soul of Houston Jazz – Rick Mitchell, Robert Morgan, Lizette Cobb, Shelley Carrol, Craig Green
11:05 – 12:pm:
Playing Both Sides of the Tracks: Houston R&B and Honky-Tonk in the Mid-20th Century featuring a mini performance by Johnny Bush, country singer, musician and drummer and author of the Willie Nelson hit song, “Whiskey River” – Rick Mitchell, Roger Wood, John Nova Lomax
12:00 – 12:15:
Houston History Educator Award, Houston History Hero Award
12:15 – 1:30:
Lunch catered by Triple J Barbecue , accordion and washboard combo in the atrium
1:30 – 2:30:
From Rhythm and Blues to Chopped and Screwed…and Folk Music, Too! Popular Music Collections in UH and Rice Libraries – Vince Lee, Julie Grob, Mary Manning, Norie Guthrie
2:40 – 3:30:
The Evolution of Latino Music in Houston – Natalie Garza, Alex LaRotta, Robert Rodriguez, Nick Gaitan, Joe Nick Patoski
3:40 – 4:30:
Houston’s House of Hits: The Eight-decade Legacy of SugarHill Studios – Dan Workman, Andrew Bradley, Roger Wood
4:40 – 5:30:
The Roots of Houston Hip Hop – Maco Faniel, Lance Scott Walker, Jason “Flash Gordon Parks” Woods
6:00 – Until??
“Quit Talking – Start Partying!” Party at Continental Club Complex featuring Trudy Lynn, also DJs at Natachee’s.

Saturday, October 1
“Houston Through The Decades” Pop-up Museum (Concurrent with the Conference)
MATCH Theater 1, 3400 Main
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Explore the many stories of faces of Houston, both past and present, in a special one-day only special museum in MATCH Box Theater 1, adjoining the Houston History Conference.
Free and open to the public!

Sunday, October 2
Houston Blues Museum Benefit starring EVELYN RUBIO,
The Continental Club, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.