Friday, October 14

African American Traditional Music, History and the Black Experience: Black Oklahoma Blues

Friday, October 14, 8:30 pm–10:30 pm
Woody Guthrie Center Theatre, 102 E. Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103

  in-person session will be live streamed
  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the AFS Local Planning Committee and the American Song Archives (Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Center)

There will be an overflow viewing room for the livestream of this session in Promenade C (Hyatt Regency Tulsa)


Chair: Lamont Jack Pearley ()

Harold C. Aldridge, Jr. (Infotainer)
Wonda F Macon ()
Walter  Taylor III ()

Mississippi and Chicago are popular locations when discussing the blues. However, there are many regions that cultivated the musical expression. Black Oklahoma has a unique history in itself, and the Blues birthed there is birthed from a style known as “Texas Hot Box” Blues. The panel for this year's conference will discuss the experiences of the Blues people of Oklahoma, past and present, and how the many historical events informed the movement, culture and expression of the people. This event will culminate in a live performance of Oklahoma Blues by the legendary local Blues musicians and singers on the panel.