Music from the American South has made an indisputable impact on culture and politics in the U.S. and around the world. But who are the South’s most prominent and influential voices today? How are they creating the “southern” in their sounds and speaking to broader matters of national and international importance? In what ways do they build on the sounds of the past or provide the soundtrack for our common and divided present?
The Southern Music Symposium will address such questions and more. Hosted by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, the symposium will highlight local musicians and feature presentations by prominent and emerging scholars of southern music. Dr. Randall J. Stephens (Reader and Associate Professor of History and American Studies, Northumbria University) will give a keynote address on religion and rock n’ roll.
Proud Larry’s in downtown Oxford will host a showcase concert featuring punk rocker Lee Bains III, rapper Marco Pave, and composer and instrumentalist Wu Fei.
The symposium and showcase are free and open to the public. More details to come.