A History of Hispanic Sounds in Houston
Festival and Mercado
at the Houston Public Library

HOUSTON – Enjoy the rich history of Hispanic music as the Houston Public Library (HPL) celebrates and honors the contributions of Hispanic musicians throughout the decades in the City of Houston. ¡Música! Hispanic Sounds of Houston will showcase live musical performances, a symposium with local musicians and artists, an author, Houston’s Poet Laureate, films, food vendors, an exhibit, and city-wide bus tours of Hispanic music locations with Mister McKinney Houston History Bus. It’s going to be a fun music-filled festival and Mercado (market) for all ages.

The Festival and Mercado event, as well as the exhibit are free and open to the public. For more details visit: www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

The MÚSICA! Festival and Mercado
Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 2PM – 10PM
Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza | 500 McKinney, 77002 
Attend a day-long celebration of story, song and cinema featuring exhibit tours and symposium, live musical entertainment, an outdoor market with multimedia, crafts, youth activities, and film screenings. Follow Facebook/houstonlibrary and Instagram/houstonpubliclibrary to see which local food and art vendors will be participating.

4 PM |Los Skarnales
4:45 PM | Musical Puppet Show with Author Raquel M. Ortiz
5 PM | Invicto (Conjunto band)
5:45 PM | Houston Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz 
7 PM | Zenteno Spirit
8:15 PM | La Bamba (1987) film
¡MÚSICA! Scavenger Hunt
Houston Metropolitan Research Center | 2 PM – 4 PM

Julia Ideson Building | 550 McKinney St., 77002
Everyone will have fun finding the clues on the history of Hispanic Sounds in Houston throughout the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. Stop by the front desk to grab a scavenger hunt sheet and let the games begin! 

A Bus Tour of Hispanic Sounds in Houston 
Travel on a magical history bus to learn about Latino sounds through the decades as you ride by sites through downtown Houston, Northside and the East End. See where night clubs, ballrooms, record shops and recording studios once stood or still live on. Visit www.mistermckinney.com for scheduling and details. The free bus tours will run throughout the afternoon.
Tour hosted by Mistery McKinney’s Historic Houston and in partnership with the ¡Musica! exhibit by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. 
Symposium: Perspectives from Scholars, Musicians and Music Lovers 
Julia Ideson Building Reading Room  | 2 PM – 3PM
2PM |An Academic Perspective 
Hear on the History of Tejano Music, Mexican American artists, and the early years of dance and music in Houston from US history scholars and professors. 

3 PM | An Industry Perspective 
Local musicians tell their stories on the history of Hispanic music in Houston 
Exhibit: ¡MÚSICA! History of Hispanic Sounds in Houston
Now through November 9, 2019
Julia Ideson Building | 550 McKinney St., 77002

The exhibit captures key moments through the decades of the vast impact Hispanic musicians have    made in the Bayou City through their different style of music.  Journey back to dances at the Pan American and good times at the first Chicano and Conjunto Festivals. Learn about Lydia Mendoza, the “First Lady of Tejano;” Ventura Alonzo, the “Queen of the Accordion;” and the gifted pianist, Patricio Gutierrez and the Houston Symphony; the Ricky Diaz Orchestra; and also the Zenteno family.

Hear oral histories from those who played, promoted and participated behind the scenes. Items on display are from the Hispanic Archival Collections at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC), part of the Houston Public Library, and some are on loan.

Exhibit programming in partnership with Adrian Garcia, Commissioner Precinct 2 and Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston.

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