Join us for the second act of The Dirty South’s Sound Series curated by DJ Flash Gordon Parks! Visit the Museum for music on the Plaza provided by Gracie Chavez. In addition, there will be a SLAB on view by BG Porter, owner of SLAB Outlawz. The SLAB on view is curated by Ángel Quesada. Food will be available for purchase.
About DJ Gracie Chavez
Gracie Chavez is an ambassador for the Texas music scene. She cut her teeth in the industry as a music editor and journalist, which led her to become an in-house PR writer for Swisha House, Chamillionaire, and other rappers during the rise of Houston’s rap scene to the global stage. She then honed her skills and taste-making selections on the decks to earn top accolades nationwide.
In 2010, she helped create and pioneer Bombón, a collective DJ/musicians and party series based on screwmbia, Houston rap and tropical bass.
More recently, the Houston-based DJ/producer continues to usher in new urban tropical sounds as label head of Bombón Music. Now, Chavez is the executive producer and host for Radio Bombón.
“One of my biggest sources of inspiration comes from my identity as a Latina,” she says. “Our Latin culture is so colorful, vibrant, and passionate that I think these elements naturally translate through me in my music, writing, and artwork.”
About DJ Flash Gordon Parks
Jason Woods aka Flash Gordon Parks is an ethnomusicologist from the city of Houston, Texas. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography at Sam Houston State University in 2001.
In 2005, Flash Gordon Parks published a book of photography and poetry called The Beautiful Side of Ugly with Eric Blaylock. TBSOU combined the poetic words of Blaylock with the striking images of FGP to document the beauty of urban areas of Houston, Texas.
He has also maintained several DJ residencies which range from Blues to Jazz to Soul/Funk to Hip Hop since 2004. As a DJ, he strives to educate the audience through carefully thought out selections. Flash Gordon Parks often collects, documents and lectures on the importance of Houston’s Rich Music History. He has lectured at such institutions as Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Rice University, Art League Houston and more.
In 2015, Flash Gordon Parks directed the documentary, This Thing We Do Houston DJ Culture Revealed, which is an introduction to the world of Deejaying in the City of Houston. And in 2019, he directed the documentary, Archie Bell, celebrating the achievements of soul music icon Mr. Tighten Up (Archie Bell).
Most notable events include Motown On Mondays Houston and A Fistful Of Soul.
About BG Porter
BG Porter is the owner of SLAB OUTLAWZ, a one-stop SLAB shop in North Houston. He has been working in the SLAB customizing business for the past two decades and is known far and wide throughout the southern U.S. from Texas to Louisiana region within the SLAB circles.
The soft top ride, owned by Rodney Brooks from Porter, Texas who helped BG envision this classic creation. Coated with the canonical “candy paint”, this Cadillac is a prime example of a pristine SLAB which utilizes the Fleetwood body.
Inside the car, a luxurious Hermès leather upholstery gives its passengers an added buoyancy on the road, adding d’Elegance to this seminal American car. The vehicle is fully equipped with a sophisticated hydraulic, audio system and personalized “pop-trunk” replete with its neon words. The “elbow” or wheels increase the drama another 15″–20″ on either side as well as behind on the fifth wheel. This is the epitome of what makes a Houston SLAB.
About Ángel Quesada
Ángel Quesada has been an active visual and cultural arts worker, ethnographer, and events producer in Houston, Texas for the past decade. His dedication to artists and experts outside academia often places him within underserved or under-recognized cultural and artistic communities throughout Houston. While at the Houston Arts Alliance Folklife program he was seminal to bringing to fruition the very first official SLAB Parade and Family Festival alongside Pat Jasper, Langston Collin Wilkins, Paul Wall, John Guess, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, and the City of Houston. In this context, Ángel brings to bear his relationships with respected SLAB creators and owners in the city and helps provide a window into this artistic component of the Houston car culture.