Thursday February 21, 2013

PUTNEY -- On Thursday at 7 p.m., Next Stage Arts presents the third film in its "Reeling in American Music" series with a special screening of Martin Scorsese’s seminal concert film "The Last Waltz" featuring The Band in their final performance on Thanksgiving night, 1976.

Filmed at San Francisco’s Winterland Theater, the movie captures the sound and spirit that propelled this group of musicians in their 16 years on the road, most notably as Bob Dylan’s backup band.

"The Last Waltz" was filmed by director Martin Scorsese in 35 mm format, and is considered by many to be the definitive rock performance film due to the richness of the cinematography, the quality of the sound and the nature of the performances captured in the film.

Featured on stage in the film are many of the musical icons with whom The Band forged deep connections over the years, including Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Muddy Waters and Emmylou Harris. The performances are deeply emotional given the context of the evening some 37 years ago.

While the concert marked the end of an era, the The Band’s musical DNA resonates deeply in today’s American music scene through artists like The Avett Brothers who draw directly from The Band’s eclectic mix of northern and southern folk rock influences.

"The Last Waltz" will be presented in full surround sound. The film will be presented by musician and historian Louis Erlanger who will facilitate an informal discussion following the film.

Admission is by $5 suggested donation

For information, contact nextstagearts.org or call 802-387-0102.