Express yourself at B scene: Art and Soul this Friday, March 6! Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, and enjoying the inspiring music that was born of the era. This powerful exhibition consists of approximately 100 pieces representing 66 artists’ views of the struggle for civil rights. After taking in the art, express your own creativity through an art-making project: visitors are invited to take part in the creation of a unique collage in response the theme “Art and Soul”. Contribute to the large group mural, or create a smaller piece to take home.

Not sure what to wear? Take a cue from our musical guests and get ready to groove! Local Austin band The Soul Supporters will take the stage to share their authentic take on early soul, R & B and blues from the heart. With a stinging guitar and breathtaking, gospel-tinged vocal harmonies, the band builds on the legacy of Austin’s classic female blues singers like Lou Ann Barton, Angela Strehli and Marica Ball with incredible vocals that must be heard. Influenced by early artists like The Ikettes, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and Ruth Brown, the band formulates its own non-commercialized concoction of “retro-soul” with its old-school inspired originals.

Barkley Hendricks Lawdy Mama, 1969 Oil and gold leaf on canvas 53 3/4 x 36 1/4 inches Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

Afterwards, DJ Mahogany Dane will spin her favorite R&B classics to get you in the groove. She is excited to be playing the music that her parents love so much and that she remembers listening to when she was young. Whether you watched Soul Train yourself, or whether you would only be able to see it on You Tube, come enjoy the hippest trip in Austin.

When you need a break from the dance floor, snack on a variety of bites and drinks. Austinite Hoover Alexander has been cooking in East Austin for more than fifteen years, and a sampling of Hoovers Cooking will be available for purchase, with southern style cuisine to satisfy your cravings for an authentic snack. Wash it down with beverages from the cash bar including our specialty drink, Electric Lemonade.

Members are invited to experience the exclusive Member Lounge, which will feature a surprise treat, light bites, and comfy seating. Not a member? Join today!

Tours of Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties will take place at 6:30pm, 7:00pm, and 7:30pm. Please note that all of the Blanton’s galleries will close at 9:00pm, but the party will live on until 10:00pm!

We’d like to give a special shout out to our B scene: Art and Soul media sponsor Austin360.

B scene: Art and Soul is FREE for members/ $12 general public. Tickets are available online or at the door. To learn more about B scene, visit our website.