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 .