I AM the BLUES @ Clinton Street Theater, Portland [20 September]


19:00 - 21:00

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Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, Oregon 97202
I AM THE BLUES. This is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest documentaries ever produced! I AM THE BLUES carries you through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Highlighting the last original blues devils, many in their 80's, still living in the deep south, working as renegades, touring the Chitlin' Circuit. Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and friends will wake up the blues in you, too. #kboo #blues #iamtheblues #reclaimingmytime #blacklivesmatter #bobbyrush #barbaralynn #waterfrontbluesfest #pickathon #swamp
Suggested $7-10, nobody ever turned away for lack of funds!

Also, this is certainly one of the greatest docs regarding the lives of musicians. It's a film that stays with you long after you've watched it. Relatively devoid of any simple narrative structure, it consists of a series of interviews and observations of social gatherings of some of history's (wrongly) forgotten blues musicians. Almost equal to the music is the protagonists' capacity to talk endlessly about any issue under the sun. More than recording the thought and process of writing songs, the film ultimately becomes a meditation on the value of life as death approaches. It is inspiring to see how a group of tough old guys and girls have succeeded in transcending their material circumstances to create something truly beautiful.
Portland Blues & Jazz Dance Society (PB&J DS) Cascade Blues Association Facebook Blues Society Black Lives Matter Black PDX Louisiana KBOO Community Radio Facebook Blues Society

am the Blues movie poster
Director: Daniel Cross
Country: United States
Year: 2017
Runtime: 106 minut7es
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