Kansas Museum's Blues Exhibition Celebrates Pioneers In Music
The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita will celebrate the blues this weekend with a new exhibition that showcases the genre's history and legacy.
The Bring It On Home exhibition features several artists including Wichita pianist Harold Cary. Local blues expert Patrick O' Conner says Cary helped integrate clubs south of Central Street for black musicians.
"And even then, he could play in the bar, but they had to take their breaks out in the alley in the car because that’s just the way it was," O'Conner says. "But Harold did a lot because he broadcast on KMUW back in the '40s and all the fraternity and sorority kids had him play their parties at home and their parents said, 'We want him in our clubs,' so he played the Candle Club, a lot of clubs all over town."
Cary died in 2001. TKAAM's exhibition also includes two women blues artists: violinist Barbara Kerr, sister of museum founder Doris Kerr; and Remona Hicks, known as Miss Blues.
The blues exhibition opens with local blues entertainment on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.