Music Movie Mondays: Film series takes us back to blues, folk and rock fests of the sixties


PORTLAND — One Longfellow Square is showing documentary films featuring some of the finest musicians and moments of 1960s blues, folk and rock festivals during its Music Movie Mondays series.

The first film, “Devil Got My Woman,” capturing performances by Howlin Wolf, Son House, Bukka White and others at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival, was shown on Feb. 6.

Upcoming screenings are as follows:

* “Festival Express,” Monday, March 5: This concert film follows The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy and many other musicians on a weeklong tour across Canada in 1970. The film shows them in concert and during open jams and parties on the train.

* “Rainbow Quest,” Monday, April 2: In the mid-1960s, American folk icon Pete Seeger had a TV show on a New Jersey UHF station. On each one-hour episode, he spoke and played with a couple of invited guests. This film features episodes with Doc Watson, one of the all-time great guitar flat pickers; and the Stanley Brothers, one of the premier bluegrass bands. Other guests include Cousin Emmy and old-time fiddler Fred Price.

* “American Folk Blues Festival,” Monday, May 7:  From 1962 through 1966, the best American blues musicians toured Europe. Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Sippie Wallace and many others appeared on a TV show in Germany. Tapes of the recorded shows were lost for about 30 years and later rediscovered.

* “Woodstock Diary,” Monday, June 4: The Music Movie Mondays series will conclude with a film of the legendary Woodstock rock festival. Teh film opens with a little documentary and then is mostly music by the likes of Richie Havens, Sly & The Family Stone, Janis Joplin, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

All films are shown at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30. Tickets, $7, may be purchased at the door, by calling 761-1757 or at Full bar service and desserts. One Longfellow Square is at 181 State St.