8th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up At The Movies.

Come to the movies to see the Grateful Dead’s entire July 7, 1989 concert, the very last show at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium. Dancing in the aisles is guaranteed!

Oh, and you’ll want to head down early because we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at the PACIFIC NORTHWEST ’73 – ’74: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS teed up and ready to roll. It’s all happening this Wednesday, August 1st at the 7:00pm local time.

Tickets are available online at FathomEvents.com and at your participating theater’s box office on the night of the event.

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My Favorite Character in the Movie Sing

If you haven’t seen the movie Sing yet I urge you to watch it. We love to view it with my great-niece and great-nephews. We took them with their Mom and my brother and sister-in-law last year. to the movie theater to witness it.  Upon repeated viewings, amazingly the performances, the story, and the 3D animation get better and better.

My favorite character is Johnny, an English teenage gorilla who longs to sing, despite his father who wants him to lead a life of crime. His moment of triumph is when he sings and plays the piano, Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing”.

Born to Be Blue – Ethan Hawke

Spring 2016 offers jazz fans some great choices for famous trumpet player movies. I reported earlier on the Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle which opens April 1st in limited theaters (NY/LA). I am invited to attend the advance screening earlier in New York City as an IndieGoGo contributor but I have a schedule conflict that night darn it all.

I was just informed by the 92nd Street Y that Ethan Hawke will be appearing there with his new film about Chet Baker, Born to Be Blue on March 17th. He will conduct an interview after the screening. How cool is that 😉

Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf: Preview of “Born to Be Blue” and Conversation with Ethan Hawke

Date: Thu, Mar 17, 2016, 8 pm

Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall

Price: from $32.00

Ethan Hawke stars as Chet Baker in this remarkably creative reimagining of the legendary jazz trumpeter’s struggle to overcome his drug addiction and stage a comeback.

Johnny Winter – Down and Dirty

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty, the definitive, feature-length documentary by acclaimed Lemmy co-director and producer, Greg Olliver, will be available worldwide on March 4, 2016, on DVD and iTunes. The package will feature never-before-seen photos and bonus footage, including extended interviews and his final studio performance, a solo resonator version of the Son House classic, ‘Death Letter.’

Produced independently through Secret Weapon Films in NYC, director Greg Olliver was welcomed into the Johnny Winter family during the final two years of Johnny s life, capturing the making of his Grammy-winning Step Back (Best Blues Album, 2015), and traveling the world from Beaumont to Hong Kong. Winter continued to perform over 200 sold out shows a year until his death on tour in Switzerland in 2014.

The film also features Clive Davis, Edgar Winter, James Cotton, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Luther Nallie, Joe Perry, Tommy Shannon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more.

Rock the Kasbah – Bill Murray

I am excited that the new Bill Murray film, Rock the Kasbah, will release to movie theatres on October 23rd. My interest has built since I first saw the trailer. According to Bill Murray he modeled his role on two legendary concert promoters, Ron Delsener and the late Bill Graham.

I met Ron Delsener at the last King Crimson concert, July 1, 1974 at the Schaeffer Music Festival in Central Park. He was very personable with me that day. I still have his business card he gave me as we discussed the possibility of a future interview (never materialized, unfortunately).

I have noticed that the movie hasn’t been getting great reviews but I don’t base my movie choice primarily on what the movie critics report.

Here’s the trailer: