It’s the dawn of a new era in Arizona bluegrass — the first ever AZ Bluegrass Film Festival! The festival will be held in Chandler, AZ at the American Legion Post 35 located at 2240 W. Chandler Blvd. (From 101 & Chandler, go 1/2 mile east.) The event is FREE so come on out and enjoy an evening of fun for the whole family. Doors open at 5PM.
There will be a meetup sign. The films will be indoors. There will initially be a meal at a low nominal cost. Then the festival will feature films that honor Bluegrass, Americana, Old-Time, and Folk musicians, followed up by Q&A with the film producers.
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Two independent films have been selected for this first festival and both of the film’s producers will be on hand for Q&A after the show.
• “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words”
- Hosted by James Reams
- A true labor of love that preserves stories from over 40 early bluegrass musicians who helped pave the way for so many modern day performers of Americana music.
• “Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B — A Tribute to a Bluegrass Legend”
- Hosted by Rick Bowman
- Bluegrass legend Herschel Sizemore and his wife Joyce were both diagnosed with cancer on the same day in the Fall of 2011. On the evening of February 19th, 2012 bluegrass stars came out for a special benefit concert in Roanoke, Virginia and the music community that supported the event captures the spirit of the man being honored.
- With interviews and performances by The Seldom Scene, David Grisman, Doyle Lawson, The Travelers, Chris Thile, and a special reunion of Del McCoury and The Dixie Pals. This is a lasting tribute to one of the greatest mandolin players of our time.
The FREE event is set for Saturday, August 2, 2014, 5:00 to 9 PM, as part of the R&R Production’s mission to promote bluegrass in the Phoenix area. The films featured are independent films that were released in 2013. The event will be hosted by the Arizona Bluegrass Association’s Ned Robbins. For more information, call[masked]-1086. Refreshments will be provided and an “after party” will be held nearby.
(This Meetup was originally posted by James.)