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¡MUSICA! Festival & Mercado
Saturday, September 28 | 2 PM - 10 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza

Day-long celebration of story, song and cinema featuring exhibit tours and discussions, live entertainment, an outdoor market with books, multimedia, food and crafts, youth activities and film screenings.

2 - 4 PM Saturday, September 28
Julia Ideson Building

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Houston Public Library will host a symposium titled Música! In Houston: Perspectives from Scholars, Musicians, and Music Lovers. This symposium is in conjunction with the opening of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center’s fall exhibit Música! A History of Hispanic Sounds in Houston and is the celebratory opener for the library's day-long Música! Festival and Mercado.

The Música symposium will discuss Houston’s Latino music history. The audience will hear from scholars, community historians, musicians, and the founders of music festivals. As such, the panel discussions offer academic, community, and industry perspectives. Themes include efforts to document Tejano music history, how local festivals and concerts preserve styles from Conjunto music to Chicano Soul, the female experience in a male-dominated industry, and Houston’s jazz and funk scene. Attendees will gain an overview of the history of the Hispanic music experience in Houston as creators and consumers.

1 PM: An Academic/Historian Perspective

Dr. Natalie Garza
Professor, Houston Community College 
Author of "Desde Conjunto to Chingo Bling: Mexican American Music and Musicians in Houston” (Houston History Magazine, 2014)

Dr. Dorothy E. F. Caram
Retired educator and administrator
5th generation Texan, Houston native, and “folk historian” on the cultural contributions by Mexican Americans in theater, dance, and music. 

Isaac Rodriguez, DJ Simmerdown
Co-founder of Tejas Got Soul 
TGS aims to document, recognize and celebrate 1950s-70s Chicano music in Houston. 

Dr. Guadalupe San Miguel, Moderator 
Professor, University of Houston 
Author of Tejano Proud: Tex Mex Music in the 20th Century (Texas A&M University Press, 2002)

2 PM: An Industry Perspective

Melinda Hernandez
Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist
Co-founder of Sister Sister y Los Misters, former vocalist with Little Joe y La Familia, former member of the Board of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

Jesse "Jumpin Jess" Rodriguez 
Former DJ and marketing/entertainment professional
Member of the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame and DJ for KQQK 106.5, KYST 920, Puro Tejano 104.9, and many more. 

John Torres
Classically-trained musician (piano and saxophone) / Instructor 
Zenteno Spirt, Ricky Diaz, Will & Anibal Social Club, Good Vibes Latin Jazz, St. James Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

Dr. Jesus J. Esparza, Moderator
Professor, Texas Southern University
Project Lead for the Musica Oral History Project at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center 

Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza | 4 PM – 10 PM
Enjoy the afternoon at the library while listening to live music by local bands and visiting local vendors and organizations.

•    Houston Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz
•    Musical puppet show with author Raquel M. Ortiz
•    Los Skarnales
•    Invicto
•    Zenteno Spirit
•    La Bamba (1987) film

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