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Opening Night Film Party
New World Home Cooking
10/01/2009, 10:00PM
$ 75



Join us to celebrate the opening night film THE MESSENGER and to welcome all the filmmakers to Woodstock and the Hudson Valley. Scrumptious appetizers provided by New World Home Cooking and lager from Stella Artois World Draught Master

Sponsored by Writers Guild of America, East

CONCERT: Mighty Uke Concert to benefit for Killian Mansfield Foundation
Colony Cafe
10/02/2009, 9:00PM
$ 20



The Mighty Uke concert will feature Jon Braman, Jim & Liz Beloff, Melvern Taylor and special guests (bring your uke!) to celebrate or the the world premiere of Tony Coleman’s "Mighty Uke" and to benefit the Killian Mansfield Foundation.

The following artists will perform:

Jon Braman is the father of ukulele hip hop. When he was in high school, Jon Braman carried a ukulele with him everywhere, after having the good fortune of finding one in a garbage can. The hip-hop didn't come until after college, one rough summer in Hartford, CT. Jon was working 80 hours a week, organizing with students for clean air and power, getting the door slammed in his face but still believing in the cause. He tried turning to music to get him through, but none of his favorites were up to the task. Jon's ukulele served as his best friend and security blanket, but he wanted to find a way to be hard-hitting with a small instrument that can't be plugged in, that most people consider a kids toy. So, rapping was really the only choice.

Jim Beloff is the author of “The Ukulele—A Visual History” (Backbeat Books) and author, arranger, and publisher of the popular Jumpin’ Jim’s series of ukulele songbooks. This series is sold worldwide and is distributed by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Jim has also recorded two CDs of original songs performed on the ukulele ("Jim’s Dog Has Fleas" and "For the Love of Uke"), produced Legends of Ukulele, a CD compilation for Rhino Records, and made two how-to-play DVDs for Homespun Tapes, "The Joy of Uke #1 and #2." In November 1999, he premiered his Uke Can’t Be Serious concerto for ukulele and symphony orchestra. It was commissioned and performed with the Wallingford (Connecticut) Symphony. In 2004, he released The Finer Things, a recording of sixteen songs he co-wrote with ukulele master Herb Ohta.

In 1999, Jim and his family introduced a new, colorful, and low-cost ukulele called the Fluke and later a soprano-sized model, the Flea, that have won admirers all over the world. Jim and his wife Liz own Flea Market Music, Inc., a company dedicated to the ukulele. They believe very strongly in their company’s motto, “Uke Can Change the World.” You can reach Jim through the Flea Market Music web site at Flea Market Music.

Melvern Taylor writes happy songs about miserable people. His instrument of choice is the ukulele. They go together like milk and cookies. He learned to play guitar with an Eagles song book. He started writing songs in the 7th grade. Mostly they were about dead cats or this girl named Emily Tilghman So far Melvern has released 4 records, "Handsome Bastard," "The Spider and the Barfly," "Fabuloso" and the latest release "Love Songs For Losers." They are all really good. You should buy one or all of them. Melvern and his band play shows quite a bit. If you happen to notice that they are playing near you, you should go check it out. Melvern has played in some other bands over the years but you probably never heard of them so we don't have to talk about that. Slaid Cleaves covered Melvern's song "Working Stiff" on his last record. In 2007 Melvern signed a Publishing Deal with a company called Primary Wave. They are a top notch bunch of cats. Together they make millions of dollars! Did we mention that Melvern lives in Lowell, MA? He also used to date your Mom. He broke it off because she was just too grabby.

Killian Mansfield was a 16-year-old ukulele wiz from Woodstock, NY who passed away on August 20, 2009 from an advanced and rare form of cancer. Days before his passing he released his dream project “Somewhere Else." Recorded In a window of time between a long hospitalization last winter and entering hospice care this spring, “Somewhere Else” is an eclectic and uplifting labor of love. The album includes original songs and eclectic covers performed by Killian on 'uke' with critically acclaimed singers and musicians including Dr. John, Kate Pierson, John Sebastian, Todd Rundgren and Levon Helm. “Somewhere Else” is a benefit recording for the Killian Mansfield Foundation, which supports integrative therapies like acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology and nutritional advice for children with cancer.”

Killian started violin lessons at age 3. By age 9, Killian had established himself as an outstanding advocate and dedicated musician. Killian was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma at age 11. Throughout his medical journey, Killian refused to be defined as “a kid with cancer,” wishing instead to be known for his artistic achievements. “I’ve played a lot of string instruments, but I’m crazy about ukulele—it’s so inviting…”

The Killian Mansfield Foundation is a not for profit entity created to support and promote the use of integrative therapies for children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. These innovative therapies reduce debilitating symptoms (such as nausea, stress and fatigue), which exhaust patients and their families. By expanding the treatment options available to medical practitioners and caregivers, patients and their families can focus on comfort and recovery. The current beneficiary of the Killian Mansfield Foundation is the Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund, which sustains an excellent Integrative Therapies Program. For more information, or to make a donation go to the Killian Mansfield Foundation.

CONCERT: The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Blues Band
Colony Cafe
10/03/2009, 10:00PM
$ 45



The Woodstock Film Festival will be treated to a special performance celebrating the roots of American blues and rock music.  The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n' Roll Blues Band will be performing at The Colony Cafe, reuniting them for the first time since their appearance in the film, "The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n' Roll." Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Sugar Blue, and Bob Stroger will be playing at the film's after party.  All veteran members of the two "titans of the blues," Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, the film represents the first time these musicians have ever united.  Joining the legendary lineup on stage that night will be Muddy's long time guitarist Bob Margolin.  The band's appearance in the film has spawned a forthcoming tour.  The tour will focus on a central theme of the film; with the band performing the blues hits that became rock ‘n' roll classics.  A film to document this historic tour is being planned.

For info about the film, see "The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n' Roll."

Hubert Sumlin
Hubert Sumlin - Howlin' Wolf's legendary guitarist. Responsible for the playing on classic Wolf tracks such as "Built For Comfort," "Shake For Me," "300 Pounds of Joy," "Louise," "Goin' Down Slow," "Killing Floor" and "Wang Dang Doodle." Many artists, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimmy Page, credit Sumlin as a major influence. Jimi Hendrix used to say that Hubert Sumlin was his favorite guitar player.

Pinetop Perkins
Pinetop Perkins, 96 years young, is one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen still performing. He began playing blues around 1927 and is widely regarded as one of the best blues pianists. Perkins is best known for holding down the piano chair in the great Muddy Waters Band for twelve years during the highest point of Muddy's career. Perkins helped shape the Waters sound.

Sugar Blue
Sugar Blue, Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso has played and recorded with musicians ranging from Willie Dixon and Stan Getz to Frank Zappa, Johnny Shines and Bob Dylan. He is perhaps best known for his signature riff and solo on the Rolling Stones' hit "Miss You" from their Some Girls album. After moving to Paris in 1976, Blue hooked up with members of the Rolling Stones, who instantly fell in love with his sound. The Stones invited Blue to join them in the studio. Besides his work on the Some Girls album, he can be heard on Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You. He also appeared live with the group on numerous occasions and was offered the session spot indefinitely. He turned the invitation down, opting instead to return to the States and put his own band together. Before returning stateside in 1982, he cut a pair of albums, Crossroads and From Paris to Chicago.

Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith was born in Helena, Arkansas, in 1936. At age 17, he ventured to Chicago where he heard Muddy Waters for the first time-an experience that got him hooked on the blues and persuaded him to stay in Chicago. In 1957, Smith joined Little Hudson's Red Devil Trio and switched from harmonica to drums. After gigs or between sets, he started sitting in on drums with Muddy Waters' band. Muddy liked what he heard, and invited Smith to play drums on a 1959 recording session.

Bob Margolin
Bob Margolin began playing in local Boston rock bands at an early age. He followed the path of Chuck Berry's inspiration back to the Blues, being especially taken by the music of Muddy Waters.

In August 1973, Margolin went to see Muddy at Paul's Mall in Boston. Muddy had seen Margolin perform in local bands and almost immediately became a mentor to the young guitarist. Fate soon smiled upon Margolin when Waters lost long-time guitarist Sammy Lawhorn, hiring Margolin as his replacement. Muddy would often times bring Margolin as the sole representative of the Muddy Waters Band to special shows and recordings. Such notable events include the 1975 recording of the Grammy® Award- winning Muddy Waters Woodstock Album, his last with Chess Records, featuring Paul Butterfield, and Levon Helm and Garth Hudson from The Band.

Perhaps no better example of Muddy's affinity for Bob and his role as band rep is evident than in their performance in Martin Scorcese's film, The Last Waltz. The now famous "single -camera angle shot" operating during a scorching performance of the classic, "Mannish Boy" features Margolin standing right next to Muddy, as they perform, with The Band in the legendary concert film.

Bob Stroger
Bob Stroger was born in the small town of Haiti in Southeast Missouri where he lived on a farm. He moved to Chicago in 1955, living in the back of a nightclub on the West Side, where Howling Wolf and Muddy Waters played. Seeing the fun they had performing, Stroger made up his mind to play music, too. One night, Stroger was invited to play bass with Jessie Green, Morris Pejo and Otis Rush. He accepted, joined that band permanently, and the rest is history.

Writer/Director Scott Rosenbaum has been aware of the impact of the blues legends on the evolution of rock 'n' roll since he first saw Muddy Waters in the 1978 Martin Scorsese film, "The Last Waltz." The experience opened his mind to the history behind the music and the musicians that have changed the world. Scott wrote and directed the narrative feature film titled, "The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n' Roll." Blues legends; Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bob Stroger, Sugar Blue, and Hubert Sumlin were all cast for their authenticity in the picturer's seminal "jook joint" scene.



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