Author to discuss Indy’s music history Feb. 21

Preston Lauterbach
(Photo by Justin Fox Burks)

UPDATE: Preston Lauterbach’s appearance at UIndy has been postponed. Efforts are under way to reschedule the event.

Making his first Indianapolis appearance, acclaimed music journalist Preston Lauterbach will discuss the city’s musical and cultural history Feb. 21 at the University of Indianapolis.

Lauterbach is author of The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ’n’ Roll, the first definitive look at the network of African-American nightclubs that nurtured innovative performers and altered the course of 20th century music, all the while functioning outside the confines of mainstream U.S. culture. Indianapolis is featured heavily in the narrative, which was named among NPR’s Best Music Books of 2011 and was cited by both the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe as one of the top nonfiction books of 2011.

The lecture, titled “Indiana Avenue and the Road to Rock ’n’ Roll,” will draw from Lauterbach’s research into the Indianapolis R&B and jazz clubs that hosted black America’s top acts and rising stars from the 1930s into the ’60s, as well as the colorful characters who ruled the scene.

Sponsored by the university’s Sutphin Lectures series, the talk will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 in UIndy Hall A of  Schwitzer Student Center. Admission is free.