Mike McCready, Sharon Jones, Meshell Ndegeocello and others will speak at the 2014 Pop Conference, Go! Music and Mobility, April 24-27 at EMP Museum.
McCready, lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, will join Jones (of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), singer-songwriter and bassist Ndegeocello and singer-songwriter Alynda Le Segarra for the opening night “Musicians on the Road” conversation.
- Mike McCready
The 13th annual Pop Conference will include more than 100 presentations by musicians, journalists, academics and critics from throughout the United States on the theme of “music and mobility.”
Panel discussions will cover such topics as Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene,” Katy Perry’s musician evolution, Morrissey as a life catalyst, touring in the era of Jim Crow, SoundCloud economies, pop crossover as social mobility and the career and life journey of Beyonce.
Making its debut in 2002 at EMP, the Pop Conference is a gathering of academics, critics, performers and dedicated fans for discussions about popular music.
“We turn to music to put the world in motion,” says organizer Eric Weisbard. “From communication by talking drum to sounds streamed off mobile phones, music has accompanied the movement of people, alleviated work, and pulsated leisure.
“This year’s EMP Pop Conference, back in Seattle after three years roaming, offers more than 100 presentations exploring the subject of music and mobility.”
Among the highlights:
A roundtable discussion led by Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, will tackle the subject of “Tracing the Biography of a Song.”
A performance by Light Motion and Whistlestop Dance Companies, featuring six dancers, three in wheelchair), and three “standups,” using EMP Museum as inspiration. For one segment, the cell phone ringtones of conference participants will be the musical accompaniment.
The feminist Working Group will offer “Rock, Rage and Self-Defense: An Oral History of Seattle’s Home Alive,” which was founded in response to the rape and murder of Gits lead singer Mia Zapata in 1993.
“Interrupture: The Pop Music Mash-Up,” a Seattle-based “word band,” performs a new game with a music-themed script – employing lyrics, liner notes, criticism and conference highlights in a mashup musical score.
The conference is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended due to limited space. Register here.