This spotlight exhibit, focused on East Austin’s African-American music history, explores the musical legacies of artists whose contributions help establish Austin as a “Live Music Capital of the World”. The exhibit includes rare photographs, biographies, historic posters, recordings, and live music videos. Display cases feature items from the Victory Grill and The Piano Professors, plus collections from East Austin Blues and Jazz communities. The multi-genre exhibit explores Ragtime/Barrelhouse, Blues, Jazz, and Gospel music, and also includes the Rap/HipHop component currently being displayed at the historic Victory Grill.
This exhibit is the result of more than 25 years of research and documentation by Texas Music Museum’s volunteers in an effort to preserve the rich heritage of East Austin’s African-American musicians. This is an ever-growing, “living” exhibit.