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Texas Music Mini-Conference: May 30, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Burrus Mill

On Saturday, May 30, Dallas Public Library’s Fine Arts Division will host a one-day conference on the history of Texas music.

Twelve sessions will be offered covering a wide range of performers and styles, including Stamps-Baxter and Southern Gospel music, Texas blues, rock bands from the 60s, two noted women in Texas music, the Texas International Pop Festival, jazz in Texas, the Big D Jamboree, and more. Two film screenings will be included in the day: Teen-a-Go-Go and South Dallas Pop. The full day’s schedule is now available, as is biographical information about program presenters.

Although the conference is free, space is limited, so advance reservations are requested. To register for the event, please visit http://texasmusic.eventbrite.com. More detailed information regarding the program schedule, specific rooms, and lunch options will be e-mailed to registered attendees about a week before the conference. We would like to thank these three sponsors for their support with this event:

A variety of Texas music books and CDs (most by program presenters) will be available for sale througout the day.

In conjunction with the conference, from May 8 through the end of June, the library’s fourth floor will host an exhibit celebrating eighty years of The Light Crust Doughboys’ legacy. The band can trace its beginnings to 1929, when Bob Wills began his first group, the Wills Fiddle Band. New members were added, and in 1931 the name was changed to The Light Crust Doughboys when they became the on-air musical promoters of Light Crust Flour. Wills left the group in 1933 to form the Texas Playboys, but The Light Crust Doughboys continued to perform and record. Although there have been many changes in the membership over the years, today the band continues to honor their Western swing legacy. The library’s exhibit will include costumes, photos, instruments and more illustrating the band’s long history.

Click here for links to more on-line information regarding program presenters and topics to be discussed at the conference.

For a list of selected books about Texas music owned by the Dallas Public Library, visit this page from the Fine Arts Division.

To be added to the e-mail list for details on this and other music events at the library, please visit: http://dallaslibrary2.org/list/?p=subscribe&id=9

For more information, call the Fine Arts Division at 214 670 1643.