Want a free crash course in Texas music history? Head over to the day-long Texas Music Mini Conference at the Dallas Public Library tomorrow. The breakout sessions stretch from Buddy Holly to Bob Wills, Southern Gospel to Deep Ellum Blues.
I’ll be there to introduce a screening of South Dallas Pop. But I’m most excited to see the latest version of Teen-A-Go-Go. In the ’60s, thousands of kids grabbed guitars and headed into their garages. This doc uses veterans of Ft. Worth teen clubs and bands like Larry & the Blue Notes, Mouse and the Traps, The Elite as a prism to examine the teen scene taking hold around the country. That’s the trailer, above. I ran into director Melissa Kirkendall last night, who tells me the film has evolved since it was screened last fall at the Lonestar Film Festival. Hopefully, we’ll get her on the blog soon to tell you more about her transition from rock promoter to film director. Til then, check the whole thing out tomorrow. Conference starts at 10, Teen-A-Go-Go screens at 2.