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I Am the Blues

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I Am the Blues

“The music both comes out of and is an antidote for suffering, and the result is often joyful and exultant.” (Missoula Independent)

“When the music takes flight, it’s a thing of beauty. Heartache never sounded so good.” (National Post)

Back in the 1950s South, “blues devils” like Bobby Rush performed their magic in certain bars where segregation laws didn’t get in the way of the blues. In this affecting documentary, we embark on a musical journey through Louisiana and Mississippi juke joints and moonshine-soaked barbeque joints to meet and hang out with Rush and other members of the legendary “Chitlin Circuit.” Elderly blues men (and one woman, the left-handed guitarist Barbara Lynn) share memories, jam, go about their daily lives, and wax philosophical—and in the process, create something truly beautiful.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

This film is part of the Sounds of Summer 2017: Music Films, Old and New series.

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