Prof. O’Meara Hosts Film Series on American Music

Beginning tonight [Tuesday, March 26], Assistant Professor of Music Caroline O’Meara will host a six-week film series that explores a variety of quintessentially American musical genres at the Austin Public Library’s Terrazas Branch, 1105 East Cesar Chavez Street. The series, titled America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,  will cover a variety of topics, from blues and gospel to Broadway and hip hop.

The series will culminate in a Center for American Music co-sponsored panel discussion about Texas music on May 7th at the Butler School of Music. O’Meara will facilitate the panel discussion which will include Panel Discussion with Joe Nick Patoski, author of biographies of Texas music legends, including Willie Nelson, Selena and Stevie Ray Vaughan; Dave Oliphant, who has written two books on the history of jazz music in Texas; John Wheat, Coordinator for Sound Archives at the Briscoe Center for American History at UT; and Tim Hamblin, Video Archivist at the Austin History Center.


The free and open-to-the-public events take place Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

March 26 Swing Jazz
April 2 Country and Bluegrass
April 9 The Blues and Gospel
April 16 Broadway and Tin Pan Alley
April 23 Rock
April 30 Latin Rhythm from Mambo to Hip-Hop
May 7 America’s Music: Texas Style (this finale event takes place at the Butler School of Music, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive)

For more information about the series, please visit the Austin Public Library’s event page .

Read the Austin Chronicle story about America’s Music.

Posted in People, Research, Texas Music

CAM Spring 2017

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This spring, UT is offering several courses with American music components, including Music of African Americans; History of Rock; History of Jazz; Jazz Appreciation; Black Perspectives in Jazz; Music of Mexico and the Caribbean; and Music and Film Sound.

As the bluebonnets come into bloom and then spring turns into summer, you can enjoy American music events on campus and around town. See our Events Page for more information.