In the clubs, ballrooms, and barbecue joints of neighborhoods such as Third Ward, Frenchtown, Sunnyside, and Double Bayou, Houston's African American community birthed a vibrant and unique slice of the blues.
On September 13, Austin Music will hold a launch party for its first digital public history exhibit. The exhibit covers music in Austin between 1930 and 1950, with a focus on dance bands, jazz orchestras, and Western Swing. In addition to segments on regional musicians, it features segments on important concerts by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Paul Whiteman.
Texas Folklife Presents "Africa in Austin" Texas Folklife Gallery October 29, 2018 6pm-8pm Msafiri Zawose and Newton Cheza-Chozengwa (“Matemai”) are respected master musicians, singers, and instrument makers in their respective countries, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Both have developed distinct musical styles through their interpretations of “tradition.” Matemai is known for his original songs realized in complex mbira arrangements; the mbira (a type of thumb piano) is one of the primary traditional instruments of the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
Tapestry Foundation awards grants in the Austin area to tax exempt organizations that provide SEL-social emotional learning, early childhood education, parenting education, and Adult Emotional Intelligence projects. Since its inception, Tapestry has awarded more than $7 million in grants.
While recognized as a master spur maker, Jayson Jones didn't get started in the craft until later in life. Growing up in Sherman, much of his early life was spent cowboying across the various ranches in Texas and New Mexico, representing a cowboy lineage stretching back to his grandfather.