The Texas Music Pioneers – 2019 Rotating Exhibit
Texas Music Pioneers features over 60 earliest Texas artists in 14 genres: Blues, Classical, Conjunto, Country, Cowboy/Cowgirl, Gospel, Jazz, Orquesta, Pop; Ragtime/Barrelhouse, Rock, Soul, Tejano, & Western Swing. Displays will include information about each genre, artists biographies, pictures, QR codes that connect to artists’ music, featured artists’ musical instruments & costumes, copies of original composition transcripts, antique recording cylinders, records, antique phonographs, radios & sheet music.
The Contributions of East Austin African-American Musicians to Texas Music
This exhibit focuses on East Austin’s African American music history, and 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 Music Professors, plus instruments and memorabilia from featured artists and East Austin Blues and Jazz communities. The multi-genre exhibit explores Ragtime/Barrelhouse, Blues, Jazz and Gospel, their lives and their music.
The Exhibit is the result of 35 years of research and documentation by The Texas Music Museum’s volunteers in an effort to preserve the rich heritage of East Austin’s African-American musicians. This important ever-growing, “living” exhibit is permanently on Display at the Texas Music Museum.