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'Thunder Soul' changes venue

From Staff Reports
Oct. 4, 2012 at 10 p.m.

The East Texas premiere of "Thunder Soul" and the Thunder Soul Orchestra performance have changed venues.

The event will be 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Mickey Melton Performance Art Center on the Longview High School campus, 201 Tomlinson Pkwy. Doors open at 6 p.m.

"Thunder Soul" is the award-winning documentary about Conrad "Prof" Johnson, a Wiley College alumnus, and the music program he created at Kashmere High School in the 1960s-70s.

The jazz/funk stage band comprised of inner-city Houston students won nearly every contest it entered, and the students' performances created an international demand for their music.

The film focuses on the band's reunion after 30 years to honor Johnson. "Thunder Soul," produced by Jamie Foxx, makes the case for the differences a music program can make in students' lives.

"I think it's an appropriate venue because of Conrad Johnson's mission statement about how much music in school helps kids," said organizer Victoria Wilson. "It started in a high school, and this venue is incredible."

Tickets range from $5 to $20 and will be available at the door. For information, call (903) 235-9087.



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