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Wednesday, August 15 • 6:30pm - 10:00pm
On Record: Documenting—and Sharing—Regional Music in Akron OH, Louisville KY, and Washington DC

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There is no fee to attend. Panel Presentation 6:30-8 PM / DJ and music showcase 8:30-10 PM

Songbyrd Record Café and Music House, a music venue and record boutique located in historic Adams Morgan, will host a program panel of archivists and music historians whose love of regional music inspires them to research, preserve, and make accessible records that often went unheard upon initial release, appreciated only by local listeners. Panel presenters discuss how their initial fascination with local music and history, developed into a lifelong obsession for some, from personal interest, by playing in a band, to professional pursuits. Presenters will share the cultural, social, and economic conditions that lead individuals to create and perform, and will describe the scene at the time, re-creating the historical context in which this music first came into being.

The panel begins with an examination of post-World War II Washington DC’s rhythm and blues, bluegrass, and country music scenes, which transition into the soul and funk sounds dominating the city’s airwaves, studio booths, and live venues. Akron’s “Rubber City” sound—parts Punk, Pop, and New Wave, with an unassuming, distinctly Midwest attitude, and much more than just Devo—are discussed. Select music listeners likely know Louisville influential bands Slint, Rodan, and Rachel’s, but Underground artists such as Babylon Dance Band and The Endtables are featured. Following the panel, each presenter will share music from their respective region. Listen closely to discern the details unique to that place and time.

Wander and discover where “old DC’ is still present in the late 19th- and early 20th-century storefronts along the main commercial district of 18th Street before and after the events.

Songbyrd Record Café and Music House is located at 2475 18th Street NW DC, accessible via the Metro Red Line, Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop.

Speakers include Calvin Rydbom, Heather Fox, Kevin Coombe, Jay Bruder, and will be moderated by Ray Barker, from the DC Public Library Special Collections, and John Davis, from the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library University of Maryland, College Park. For information contact Ray Barker.

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Ray Barker

Archivist, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Ray Barker is an Archivist at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Washington, DC, where he processes collections, conducts donor relations, public programming, and oversees the processing of the Punk Archive. Ray is a regular contributor to the Library's podcast, DCPL Radio, and is... Read More →

John Davis

Performing Arts Metadata Archivist, University of Maryland

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Heather Fox

Archivist for Manuscript Collections/Director, Oral History Center, University of Louisville
Heather Fox serves as Archivist for Manuscript Collections and Co-director of the Oral History Center in the Archives and Special Collection Library at the University of Louisville. She is one of three faculty members spearheading the Louisville Underground Music Archive Project... Read More →

Calvin Rydbom

Archivist, Akron Sound Museum/Pursue Posterity
Calvin Rydbom is the Vice President of Pursue Posterity, a freelance archival consulting firm in Northeast Ohio. He is also the Vice President and Chief Archivist at the Akron Sound Museum in Akron Ohio.

Wednesday August 15, 2018 6:30pm - 10:00pm EDT
Songbyrd Record Café and Music House