(Bradenton, FL)Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum are joining forces for a great new series of evening programs called “Music & Movies,” featuring live musical performances followed by films about some of your favorite musicians! On Fridays, July 11 – September 19 (excluding July 18), local musicians assembled by the Del Couch Music Education Foundation and sponsored by Realize Bradenton and the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority will perform in the Bishop Planetarium theater at the South Florida Museum, followed by special screenings of great music documentaries. Light bites will be provided by Renaissance on 9th and available for purchase.
As part of the Museum’s on-goingFilm Fridays series the “Music & Movies” screenings feature your favorite musicians on the big screen in these intriguing and insightful documentaries that will have your toes tapping and fingers snapping! Everyone from Elvis to Neil Young to the Ramones are featured in these rollicking portraits of American musical excellence. (See individual film listing & schedule below.) “Music & Movies” tickets can be purchased from the South Florida Museum’s Film Fridays program. Tickets cost $5 General Admission, $3 Museum Members – seating is limited; reservations are required, contact 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or visit us online at SouthFloridaMuseum.org to RSVP.
Jessica Schubick, Communications Manager and Film Programmer at the South Florida Museum said, “This series gives us a great opportunity to share fantastic films about our audiences’ favorite musicians, while also highlighting the extraordinary musical talent that we have in our own community. We’re so excited to have had Johnette Isham (Executive Director of Realize Bradenton) bring this idea to us as a way of continuing to collaborate with our downtown Bradenton partners and to provide great new content to our fans, Realize Bradenton’s fans, and everyone locally and regionally who is looking for a fun way to spend Friday nights this summer!” Johnette Isham added, “This engaging summer series brings together local musical talent and film in a unique Planetarium setting and emphasizes how multiple partners successfully work together to bring greater vitality, and fun, to downtown Bradenton.”
Film Listing & Schedule:
July 11 – Special Performance: Our Dancing Daughters (1928) Not Rated, 97 minutes. Even those who may not recall the plot of this silent classic of the Jazz Age will never forget the indelible images of Joan Crawford tearing loose with one Charleston after another. During this special presentation, the film’s original music-only track will be replaced with live musical accompaniment by Peter Tavalin. Music Performance by Peter Tavalin.
July 18 – No screening; please join us next week! And join us for Snooty’s 66th Birthday Bash tomorrow!
July 25 – Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007) Rated PG, 95 minutes. The compelling history of pioneering folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger is portrayed through archival footage, performances (including “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “If I had a Hammer”), and candid interviews with artists such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Joan Baez, his children and wife Toshi Seeger, and the man himself. Music Performance by Matt Waldon & Friends.
August 1 – Muscle Shoals (2013) Rated PG, 111 minutes. Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Gregg Allman, Bono, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today. Music Performance by David Smash.
August 8 – Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013) Rated PG-13, 91 minutes. This 2014 Oscar™ winner for Best Documentary Feature pays homage to some of the unsung heroes of popular music – background vocalists. Featured artists include Darlene Love, Merry, Lisa Fischer, and the Waters Family – who have backed performers such as Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Tina Turner. Music Performance by The Glee Club.
August 15 – The Last Waltz (1978) Rated PG, 117 minutes. Martin Scorsese’s documentary of the 1976 final performance of the legendary Sixties rock group The Band is at once a show featuring some of the greatest rock performers of their generation and a bittersweet look back at an era that was just beginning to fade. Appearances by Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, and Emmylou Harris, an all-star tech crew and superb sound create what is considered to be of the best-looking and sounding rock films ever. Music Performance by The Billy Rice Band.
August 22 – Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (1970) Rated PG, 97 minutes. After a decade on hiatus while making movies, Elvis Presley is back for a show-stopping concert in Vegas – and he’s got a fancy new jumpsuit to mark the occasion. Follow Elvis throughout the rehearsal process as he prepares for his big return to the stage. Includes performances of more than 25 classic hits including “Love Me Tender,” “All Shook Up” and “Suspicious Minds.” Music Performance by The Wright Band.
August 29 – Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) Rated PG, 103 minutes. In the fall of 2005, Neil Young returned to the sound and style of his iconic 1972 album Harvest with Prairie Wind. This modern classic documentary was shot during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Proving that it’s neither better to burn out nor fade away, Neil Young: Heart of Gold works both as a concert film and a meditation on mortality. Music Performance TBA.
September 5 – Shut Up & Sing (2006) Rated R, 93 minutes. Between 1998 and 2002, it seemed the Dixie Chicks could do no wrong. Their first major-label album, Wide Open Spaces, was a smash hit, selling 12 million copies. Their concert tours were consistent sellouts, making them the most commercially successful female group in the history of the recording industry. Though ostensibly an intimate look at the Dixie Chicks after a politically controversial remark in 2003, the film achieves broader relevance by exploring how media, politics, and celebrities intertwine. Music Performance by Brooke Bonderer Band.
September 12 – End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2003) Not Rated (contains adult content), 110 minutes. In 1974 the New York City music scene was shocked into consciousness by a band of misfits from Queens called the Ramones. Playing in seedy Bowery bar to a small group of fellow struggling musicians, the band struck a chord of disharmony that rocked the foundation of the ’70s music scene. Music Performance by Tony Tyler Band.
September 19 – Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988) Rated PG-13, 90 minutes. From his childhood in New York City’s San Juan Hill, Thelonious Monk grew up to become one of the most innovative jazz pianists of all time. Monk ushered in the bebop era of the 1940s and influenced such contemporary greats as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Concert footage and Interviews shed light on the character of the jazz giant. Music Performance by Intuit.
About the South Florida Museum
The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions – offering something new to discover with each visit. The facility also includes both the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Outfitted with a brand new, state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system in October of 2013, the NEW Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility with stunning new multimedia capabilities. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County’s official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with young manatees from the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership. These injured or orphaned animals are taken care of by the Parker Aquarium staff until they are ready to be released into the wild. For more information about current exhibitions and special programs, membership, hours, or admission prices please call 941-746-4131 or visit SouthFloridaMuseum.org
About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton in a nonprofit organization that brings people together to create a more vibrant, attractive, and prosperous Bradenton area. Visit RealizeBradenton.com for more information.