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November 29, 2012

UGK fans must wait in line or watch Sunday exhibit induction online

PORT ARTHUR — Due to the overwhelming response from the public and the space limitations of the facility, the Museum is informing fans that admission to the event will be directed by a VIP list provided by Bun B and the family of Pimp C. Additional guests will be permitted into the event on a first come first serve basis according to the occupancy load of the building as determined by the fire marshal.

In an effort to include those who are not able to be present for the induction, the Museum is planning to stream live video of the induction and exhibit unveiling on its website: www.museumofthegulfcoast.org. Fans are encouraged to follow the Museum on facebook for more information.

The event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bernard “Bun B” Freeman and the family of Chad “Pimp C” Butler will join us as we unveil a new permanent exhibit in the Music Hall of Fame.

The permanent exhibit will be on view in the Music Hall of Fame for fans to enjoy after December 2. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and offers a modest admission fee of $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 3-18.

UGK, short for Underground Kingz, was an American hip hop duo from Port Arthur, Texas formed in 1987 by the late Chad "Pimp C" Butler who joined with fellow Port Arthuran Bernard "Bun B" Freeman. Considered by many to be pioneers of southern rap and hip hop, the duo released their first major label album, Too Hard to Swallow in 1992, followed by several other albums charting on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, including the self-titled Underground Kingz album which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in August 2007. The group has also been featured on hit singles by other artists, such as "Big Pimpin'" by Jay-Z and "Sippin' on Some Syrup" by Three 6 Mafia. During this time, Butler also founded UGK Records in late 2005.

The Museum of the Gulf Coast located at 700 Procter Street in downtown Port Arthur. It is owned and operated by the Port Arthur Historical Society in partnership with Lamar State College - Port Arthur and the City of Port Arthur.

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