|Saturday, Jun. 9||12:00 PM||Gallery Hours|
|Saturday, Jun. 9||7:00 PM||Gallery Hours||Live Entertain.|
|Sunday, Jun. 10||12:00 PM||Gallery Hours|
|Wednesday, Jun. 13||12:00 PM||Gallery Hours|
|Thursday, Jun. 14||12:00 PM||Gallery Hours|
|Friday, Jun. 15||12:00 PM||Gallery Hours|
|Friday, Jun. 15||7:00 PM||Gallery Hours||Live Entertain.|
|Saturday, Jun. 16||10:00 AM||Gallery Hours||Child Wksp.|
|Saturday, Jun. 16||12:00 PM||Gallery Hours|
|Saturday, Jun. 16||1:00 PM||Gallery Hours||Panel Discuss.|
|Saturday, Jun. 16||7:00 PM||Gallery Hours||Live Entertain.|
|Sunday, Jun. 17||12:00 PM||Gallery Hours|
|Wednesday, Jun. 20||12:00 PM||Gallery Hours|
|Thursday, Jun. 21||12:00 PM||Gallery Hours|
|Friday, Jun. 22||12:00 PM||Gallery Hours|
|Friday, Jun. 22||7:00 PM||Gallery Hours||Live Entertain.|
|Saturday, Jun. 23||12:00 PM||Gallery Hours|
|Saturday, Jun. 23||7:00 PM||Gallery Hours||Live Entertain.|
Gallery Hours - Wednesday thru Sunday from 12 PM to 7 PM
Children's Workshop - Saturday, June 16 at 10 AM
Panel Discussion - Saturday, June 16 at 1 PM
Live Entertainment - every Friday and Saturday evening at 7 PM
All events are ticketed. Gallery hours tickets are only available for purchase at the door.
In 1979 June was declared African American Music Month by then President, Jimmy Carter. In 2003 a Congressional Resolution proclaimed, “Blues is a national historic treasure.”
While many legends of THE BLUES have passed away, including Eugene Carrier in 1997 and B. B. King in 2015, their music reverberates in the hip-hop and rap music lyrics of younger artists. The vibrations heard in a minor third and a flat seventh bespeak of pain and suffering, joy and glee, in the oppression and freedom of black peoples on every continent, in every ghetto, in every community. The roots and fruits of BLUES music will educate an audience during the month of JUNETEENTH at The Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston, 3400 Main Street, from June 9 – 23, 2018.
The Carrier Collection of posters (58) will be the focal point of the exhibit including education with a children’s workshop and an adult Panel Discussion of the Blues’ relevance for today. According to the 2003 Congressional Resolution, “It is important to educate the young people of the United States so that they understand that the music they listen to today has its roots and traditions in the blues.”
Our exhibit will be an opportunity to study, reflect on, and celebrate the importance of how blues music traces the transformation of the United States from a rural, agricultural society, to an urban, industrialized country, to an international attraction that provided Houston legends with opportunities to appear on world stages.
The Opening Reception will take place on June 9th, from 6 – 9:00 PM and will be accompanied by live music in “The Juke Joint”, an artistic set created by James N. Williams. The closing reception will be on Saturday, June 23 from 4 to 6:00 PM.
THE BLUES: ENDURANCE exhibit will be open from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM Wednesday Through Sunday, with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Live entertainment performances require ticket reservation.
Naomi Carrier, M.Ed. historian and educator will conduct the workshop and Panel Discussion. She had numerous experiences on the road with her husband, Eugene, and the B. B. King Band, both at home and abroad and is the exhibit’s curator. She will highlight some of those experiences as well as those of other Houston Blues Musicians.