Blues Beat: See Rosenbaum’s ‘Sidemen: Long Road to Glory’ at FTC Stage One
Published 5:20 pm, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
FTC Stage One on Wednesday screens “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory.” Filmmaker Scott Rosenbaum grew up on Martin Scorsese’s classic homage to The Band, “The Last Waltz.” He wanted to make a film that similarly honored the life and musical legacy of aging bluesmen Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Hubert Sumlin.
They have since passed on, but several of their performances were filmed before their deaths. Those treasured moments are complimented by over two dozen subsequent interviews with some of blues and rock’s biggest names. The film demonstrates the true impact and tremendous respect that these three men engendered over the course of their long careers.
You get to hear tales of a lifetime spent on the road. Listen to accounts of experiences with the Robert Johnson, the larger-than-life Howlin’ Wolf, the pace-setting Muddy Waters. Stars and legends that learned from them, such as Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones got the director’s creative wheels spinning.
Members of super groups and outstanding solo acts share their personal and professional recollections of these men and the impact that they’ve had on their own careers. When asked how they hoped to be remembered, Smith, Perkins and Sumlin consistently expressed their wish to be known for both having kept the blues alive and to serve as an inspiration for the younger generations of musicians.
Haunting imagery of the Mississippi Delta region, the birthplace of the blues and these legendary bluesmen, punctuates this powerful piece of history. This film succeeds in capturing the personal triumphs, tragedies and tremendous perseverance of three of the last original Delta and Chicago bluesmen while preserving a critical legacy. Director Scott Rosenbaum and Producer Tony Grazia and guitarist Paul Nelson will be there to discuss the film.
G. Love & Special Sauce are coming to Infinity Hall Hartford on Sunday. With decades of international touring under their belt, they bring their unique sounds of peace, love and happiness, with a rock n roll edge. These guys can seriously play so many different genres of music in one night, but we know one thing is for sure, it will be an absolutely incredible experience. G. Love was suggested to Blues Beat by John Hammond. Get ready for a show that will have you coming back to their music.
The Coffee Grinders are joined by Rocky Lawrence at the Maple Tree Café on Friday. This will give fans a chance to see Frank Breen who made it to the Solo/Duo semi-finals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis..
Friday, saxophonist and vocalist, George T. Gregory, has been delighting audiences with his modern mix of original and cover songs in R & B, blues, Motown, jazz and New Orleans style rock and roll. His band provides a flavorful mix of music that make everyone get up and dance.
Then Saturday, Sally’s has award-winning Australian singer/songwriter Peter D. Harper, known in the music world simply as “Harper.” He creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. His well-traveled Detroit-based touring band “Midwest Kind completes the show.
Harper possesses a powerful soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music that some might say has evolved into its own genre. Harper calls it “World Blues” a rich musical stew of ‘50s rhythm and blues, a ‘60s message of love and unity, and ‘70s funky soul, stirred up with masterful, virtuoso harmonica and the deep, woody, percussive tones of the didgeridoo, served up in a feast of timeless mystery
The Tipping Chair Tavern keeps its schedule of active music. Saturday, Butch Taylor Duo is on early and The Bernadettes end the evening.
If you want to continue the weekend, head over to The Brass Horse Café on Sunday, for Jr Krauss & the Shakes at 3 pm.
Later in the week, The Stomping Ground has The Balkun Brothers on Wednesday. Thursday, The Rick Harrington Band hits The Stomping Ground.
On Thursday, the Balkun Brothers travel to The Acoustic Café. Earlier in the blues schedule, Friday, The Sisterhood Blues Project with Jake Kulak and others are playing.
A press release has The Outer Space / Ballroom moving forward as “Space Ballroom.” New ownership has taken over the music venue which will be re-opened under the name “Space Ballroom.” Previously owned and operated by Steve Rodgers, The Outer Space / Ballroom was recently closed. New management is Backstage Hamden LLC, (whose management operate the bars at College Street Music Hall. Manic Presents has been booking and promoting shows in Connecticut for over 15 years and has become exclusive venue promoter and booking agent. The venue will also be available to outside rentals, local showcases, and other community oriented events.
Get the complete Blues Beat schedule on Thursday at the blog http://bluesbeatnews.wordpress.com/. Any questions or comments should be sent to Domenic Forcella at TWBlus@aol.com.