The EMP 2008 Pop Conference is at hand

It’s almost — almost — snuck up on me, but three days from now said conference kicks into gear with, instead of a keynote speech, a keynote panel:

Keynote Panel: Ritmo and Blues: Hidden Histories Shaking Up “American” Pop
We all know the story: R & B got with country and they named the baby rock and roll. But really, “American” pop has always been a love triangle – profoundly influenced by the instruments, rhythms, and repertoire of Caribbean, Afro-Caribbean, and Mexican-origin communities. This roundtable discussion, featuring a mix of musicians and scholars, is inspired by the exhibition American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, on display at the EMP|SFM and guest curated by University of Washington faculty. Looking at what scenes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio, Miami, and New York created within a context of intense anti-immigrant politics and nativist sentiment, the exhibition attempts to shift discussion of national culture by reframing narratives of U.S.-produced rock and roll.

Participants: musicians Louie Perez (Los Lobos), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), panel co-organizer Martha Gonzalez (Quetzal), and El Vez; American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music curators Michelle Habell-Pallán, Shannon Dudley, and Marisol Berríos Miranda.

Discussants: Kandia Crazy Horse, Josh Kun, Marie Miranda and Ned Sublette.
Moderated by: Michelle Habell-Pallán

Looks like a real treat of a start, and hey, my not-namesake is involved as well (of the two of us, Mr. Sublette is way more of an actual musical scholar than I’ll ever be!).

Registration is recommended — the conference is free, though. I’ll be doing some sort of liveblog via phone of what I catch, but we’ll see how it works out! And of course if you’re there and all, do please introduce yourself!

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