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Marshall to celebrate its music scene in video

The screening of a video Jan. 23 in Marshall, Texas, will explore its music scene past and present and how the city staked the claim of being the Birthplace of Boogie Woogie. The 54-minute video, “A Town Full of Music,” was produced by the Boogie Woogie Birthplace project directors, Jack and Nancy Canson. Jack Canson said it includes concert excerpts and interviews about the prominent musicians who came out of Northeast Texas, namely the late Boogie Woogie icon Omar Sharriff.

"It's just an amazing thing that all this history, all this influence, comes out of the Ark-La-Tex," Canson said. "There's this wonderful zone of incredible music that started here and continues to influence music all around the world."

"A Town Full of Music" will be screened at 5:30 at the Marshall Visual Arts Center. Canson said it also will stream on the City of Marshall's website and other places.