Next Stage film series focuses on American music

Thursday February 7, 2013

PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project presents its February Film Series "Reeling in American Music, From the First Blues to the Last Waltz," with guest host and curator Louis Erlanger on Thursday nights at 7 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill.

The schedule includes:

* Feb. 7 -- "The American Folks Blues Festival 1962-1966 Volume I." This features performances by Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, T-Bone Walker, Sippie Wallace, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Willisamson, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Earl Hooker and more.

* Feb. 14 -- "Last of the Blue Devils." A 1979 reunion of legendary musicians, featuring performances by Count Basie, Big Joe Turner, pianist Jay McShann and more, all playing Kansas City-style blues.

Feb. 21 -- "Last Waltz" -- The Band’s 1976 farewell concert after 16 years on the road. They are joined by guest artists Ronny Hawkins, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell and many more.

Tickets are by a suggested donation of $5. Find out more at

Host Erlanger is a guitarist best known for his work with the band Mink DeVille. Erlanger recorded three albums with the group and also appeared with them on "Live at CBGB’s," an album of bands that pioneered punk rock at the venerable nightclub in the mid-1970s.

A fan of the blues since his early teens, Erlanger worked as a sideman with many blues artists, including John Lee Hooker, R.L. Burnside, Cedell Davis, Otis Rush, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers and others. He also produced a number of award-winning recordings by blues musicians. Erlanger’s guitar playing can be heard in a number of feature films, including "Wild Hogs," "You Me And Dupree," "In The Land Of Women," "Breathless," "Blue Collar" and more. Erlanger is a Brattleboro resident who continues to play music, hosts two radio shows -- Blue Monday 6 to 8 p.m., Mondays on Brattleboro Community Radio, and After Hours, 8 to 10 p.m., Sundays on Bellows Falls Community Radio -- and runs Glowing Pigs International, a consulting company that develops software and provides strategic direction for music, entertainment and media companies.

The Feb. 7 film is "The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 Volume 1." The American Folk Blues Festival was an annual event that featured the cream of American blues musicians barnstorming across Europe every fall from 1962 through 1970. The film, restored by the Jimi Hendrix Experience project and Jimi Hendrix’s recording engineer Eddie Kramer, captures the intensity of this music as no other film has. It includes crackling performances by Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Earl Hooker and others.


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