San Antonio! Check this: Black & Brown Sounds in Tejas @UTSA feat. Archie Bell, The Sunliners band; 6.26.15

Black and Brown Sounds in Tejas: Cultural Afromestizaje Mini Symposium and Concert

University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus

Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326)

 June 26, 2015 6:00-9:00PM

Featuring: Archie Bell with former members of The Sunliners Band

FREE AND OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY:

The Mexican American Studies Program and the Office of Student Activities at UTSA present the Third Annual Cultural Afromestizaje Mini Symposium and Concert at the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326). The theme for the event is Black and Brown Sounds in Tejas and will include a panel talk with scholars and musicians on Texas soul and Black and Chicano cultural crossings.  The panel will be followed by a reception and a performance by Archie Bell (Houston) with former members of The Sunliners Band.  The event will be FREE and open to the community and will give UTSA students, faculty, and community a space to discuss Black and Chicana/o cultural crossings throughout Texas and the social and political implications of a musical afromestizaje.

Archie Bell and members of The Sunliners Band

Archie Bell, lead singer of Houston’s Archie Bell & the Drells, is best known for the funk classic, “Tighten Up,”(1968) which became a national sensation shortly after Bell was drafted into the Vietnam War.  At war, he was shot in the leg and lay in a hospital bed while his song circulated the airwaves.  The song would go on to reach #1 on both the Billboard R&B and Pop charts.  Before the popularity of “Tighten Up,” Archie Bell & the Drells recorded and toured with Sunny and The Sunliners whose 1963 hit “Talk to Me” earned national spotlight on American Band Stand.  During this time Sunny Ozuna formed The Sunliners, recruiting organist Little Henry Lee, guitarist Rudy Palacios, and bassist Chente Montes who together recorded classics “Put Me in Jail” and “Smile Now, Cry Later.” The Drells manager, Houston radio DJ, Skipper Lee, requested that Sunny and the Sunliners take Archie Bell & the Drells on tour as their opening act, back them up, and cut records together.  The two bands would go on to share the stage nationally and The Sunliners would provide instrumentation on early Archie Bell & the Drells releases such as “A Soldier’s Prayer” (1967) and “She’s My Woman, She’s My Girl” (1967). Both groups stand as legends of Texas soul and funk and exemplify the impact of Black and Brown musical crossings on the world. At the Black and Brown Sounds in Tejas event, Archie Bell, Henry Lee Parrilla, Rudy Palacios, and Chente Montes will talk about their early days working together and will end with an on-stage collaborative performance.

WHAT:

Black and Brown Sounds in Tejas: Cultural Afromestizaje Mini Symposium and Concert

WHO:

Performers: Archie Bell with former members of The Sunliners Band,

Speakers: Marco Cervantes, Micaela Díaz-Sánchez, and Gloria Gonzales

DJs: Jason Saldaña and Olivia Garcia

WHERE:

University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus

Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326)

WHEN: June 26, 2015 6:00-9:00PM

event link

BELL SUNLINERS flyer

 

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