Could the Pop Conference at EMP/SFM, as it’s now called, really be in its seventh year? Apparently, and the 2008 edition is bursting at the seams with 160 presenters and 40 panels, making it the biggest to date.
Pre-registration is closed, but admission is free -- trying your luck at the walk-up registration table is not only worth a shot, it’s usually successful. Thursday night’s keynote panel, Ritmo and Blues: Hidden Histories Shaking Up “American” Pop, ties in to the current exhibit “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music”, and keynote panelists include Louie Perez of Los Lobos and Ozomatli‘s Raul Pacheco. The panels begin in earnest on Friday and Saturday before a Sunday wind-down, and all the usual suspects will be on hand, clutching abstracts and ready to throw it down at the podium: Robert Christgau, Greil Marcus, Ann Powers, et al. Heck, if you’re a big music fan, it’s just a kick to meet these folks and put faces with names.
For those looking to mix some booty shake with their academia, Seattle’s own Blue Scholars will be doing a live set on Saturday at 1:00 pm. KEXP DJ Michele Myers will be doing some post-panel spinning later that evening in the Revolution Bar & Grill from 7:00 - 9:00 pm , during the reception and unofficial event everyone looks forward to as much as any panel -- the Schmoozefest!
Information on all panels and their participants is on the EMP website.
See you there!