Treat Me Like a Saturday Night: The Joe Ely Photographs from the Cindy Light Collection

This was originally published several months ago, so it may be out of date.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Treat Me Like a Saturday Night: The Joe Ely Photographs from the Cindy Light Collection

The Austin History Center invites you to the opening reception for its new exhibit, Treat Me Like a Saturday Night: The Joe Ely Photographs from the Cindy Light Collection on Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 PM in the Holt Gallery at 810 Guadalupe St. The reception is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs July 30 - October 27, 2019.

Cindy Light is an Austin-based photographer who, over her more than 30-year career, shot many performances of Austin musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Ely, and Doug Sahm as well as international acts such as Sting, Michael Jackson, and Paul McCartney. Her work has been featured in many national and international publications including The New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, Austin Chronicle, Austin American Statesman, and Rolling Stone.

Throughout her years as a working photographer, Cindy maintained a close professional relationship with several local Austin bands, especially the Joe Ely Band, photographing them regularly. Though he hails from Lubbock and remains part of a close group of Lubbock musicians, most notably Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore with whom he performs as The Flatlanders, Joe Ely has been a mainstay and icon of the Austin music scene since the late 1970s. His music spans genres, happily occupying a space somewhere between blues, Tejano, honky-tonk, and rock ‘n' roll.

The photos in this exhibit span 1986-1990 and primarily feature guitarist David Grissom, bassist Jimmy Pettit, and drummer Davis McLarty who represent Ely’s late 1980s through early 1990s heyday. Also onstage in several photos are guitarist Jesse “Guitar” Taylor, saxophonist Bobby Keys, steel guitar player Lloyd Maines, and Texas BBQ legend Christopher B. “Stubb” Stubblefield of Stubb’s BBQ fame, all native Lubbockites. Playing at bygone landmarks such as the Austin Opera House and Liberty Lunch, the photographs represent an era in Austin’s music history that is emblematic of the city’s reputation as a live music mecca.

More photographs of the Joe Ely Band taken by Cindy Light can be found in the full collection available at the Austin History Center (AR.2019.016).

About the Austin History Center
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