Join our exhibition curator, Jeremy Hileman, as he welcomes Israel Vasquetelle for a very special tour of our latest exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground with Coffee & Conversations: The Hip Hop Scene in Central Florida. Through Vasquetelle’s own experiences, the two will draw on themes in the exhibition to delve into the history of the hip hop scene in Central Florida and beyond.
Vasquetelle’s experience in media spans more than two decades and includes various facets of the entertainment industry. He has produced music-related projects, directed documentaries, and founded Insomniac Magazine. Which has covered hip hop music and culture since 1996. He has also hosted a podcast that featured in-depth discussions with impactful up-and-coming industry players and hip hop legends.
As the host of a radio show that spanned the better part of the 1990s, a journalist in print and online, and a veteran educator, Vasquetelle has interviewed hundreds of prominent industry insiders, including multiplatinum artists, executives, and music icons. His creative work has been featured in a variety of publications. Some of whic inlcude Rolling Stone and Spin and quoted by business publications such as Billboard Books.
Admission is free.
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The Orange County Regional History Center’s story begins at the historic heart of the community and is entwined with the county’s series of courthouses – most of which occupied the spot next to the History Center that’s now Heritage Square park.
From Heritage Square, Orlando’s city limits were platted in 1857. Florida was wild frontier: Razorback hogs rubbed their backs against wooden courthouse steps. But as the city and county grew, a grand brownstone courthouse rose in 1892. In 1927, a neoclassical revival building – now the History Center’s home — was added and became the main courthouse.