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Sidemen: Long Road to Glory

Official selection and World Premiere SXSW Film Festival 2016
Official Selection, Nashville Film Festival 2016
Winner, special jury prize, Nashville Film Festival 2016
Winner, Best Documentary, South Bay Film Music Festival 2016

Join us for an evening of talks, music, and film to kick off Shades of Blues, Strathmore’s celebration of a quintessential American art form. This premiere event begins our season-long exploration with a focus on the blues artists who built the genre from the roots.

The award-winning documentary Sidemen: Long Road to Glory makes its DC-area debut with an intimate look at the incredible lives and legacies of pianist Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. These blues masters played with the greats—Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. The film captures some of the last interviews and their final live performances together, accompanied by personal insights from many of the blues and rock stars these legendary sidemen inspired, including Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Robby Krieger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa, and Johnny Winter. Narrated by Marc Maron. Film is preceded by lectures and live music, and followed by discussion with Director Scott Rosenbaum.

3pm Doors
4-5pm Lecture by Gayle Dean Wardlow: Mississippi Delta Blues
5:15-6:15pm Lecture by Daryl Davis: Race in the Blues in the 20th Century
6:30-7:30pm Dinner* with music by Warner Williams and Jay Summerour
7:30pm Sidemen: Long Road to Glory
Post-Show Talkback with Filmmakers Scott Rosenbaum & Jasin Cadic

Guitarist Warner Williams and his collaborator of 30 years, harmonica player Jay Summerour, offer unadulterated country blues that comes straight from the heart. Both men were born to musical families right here in Maryland. Williams, age 84, first performed live alongside his parents and 10 siblings, singing country and blues numbers at events around DC. A true songster, Williams’ repertoire is impressively eclectic, having mastered country, jazz, big band, and more over the decades. Summerour first picked up the harmonica at age 10, and he was mentored by his idols Sonny Terry and James Cotton. Says Summerour, “we just play because we love playing.”

*Seasonal menu favorites will be available for purchase.

This performance is part of Strathmore’s Shades of Blues festival. Check out the full line-up.

Seating will be general admission.