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Texas State hosts 12th Annual Texas Music History Unplugged concert

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
April 18, 2012

The Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University-San Marcos will host the 12th Annual “Texas Music History Unplugged” concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Texas Music Theater.

The Texas Music Theatre is located at 120 E. San Antonio on the square in downtown San Marcos. The “Texas Music History Unplugged” concert is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

This year’s “Texas Music History Unplugged” show features some of the state’s most talented and diverse musicians, including Ruthie Foster, Cody Canada, Roger Creager, Bri Bagwell, Bill Whitbeck, Brennen Leigh, Cindy Cashdollar, Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox, Paul Glasse and Billy Curtis.

Established in the History Department at Texas State in 1999, the Center for Texas Music History is the leading academic institution devoted to the preservation and study of the state’s rich and diverse musical heritage. The center offers graduate and undergraduate courses on Texas music history, publishes the Journal of Texas Music History, sponsors an award-winning book series (The John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music), and co-produces the Handbook of Texas Music, the first and only encyclopedia of Texas music history.

The Center for Texas Music History also hosts “This Week in Texas Music History,” a weekly radio show on NPR. It can be heard every Monday morning at 6:30 and 9, and Fridays at noon on Austin’s NPR affiliate station, KUT 90.5FM.

The Center for Texas Music History recently curated the Texas Music Roadtrip exhibit, the largest exhibit ever organized on Texas music history, which runs at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum March 17-Oct. 14. The center also works with public schools, museums, and others to organize a variety of educational exhibits and performances related to Texas music history.

The “Texas Music History Unplugged” concert series has been one of the center’s most successful programs. Each spring, the “Unplugged” shows bring a diverse group of prominent Texas musicians together on stage to swap songs, jam and talk about how the unique history and culture of Texas have helped shape their music. The “Unplugged” concerts are very popular, and, since they’re free and open to the public, it’s best to arrive early to ensure admission (doors open at 7 p.m.).

For more information about the Center for Texas Music History and its many educational activities, visit the center’s web site at www.txstate.edu/ctmh.