Trailer for Doc 'Blues on Beale' About the Memphis Blues Challenge
by Alex Billington
February 1, 2022
"Hopefully we win and we don't have to work regular jobs no more." An official trailer has launched for a music documentary called Blues on Beale, made by filmmaker Larry Lancit. Filmed entirely in the Blues clubs on famed Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee (Google Maps), this doc captures the people, the soul, and music of the 36th International Blues Challenge, an annual event organized and staged by The Blues Foundation. Experience 5 days of rocking, crowd pumping Blues competition packed with passion, music, and suspense. Discover the people who keep The Blues alive and the powerful international impact of America's musical gift to the world. Big ambitions. Bigger hearts. Better world. The doc interviews a lot of the musicians and discusses the local scene in Memphis as well. This actually sounds like a great time, not only listening to all of them talk about their passion for Blues music, but listening to all the bands play, too.
Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Larry Lancit's doc Blues on Beale, direct from YouTube:
Featuring Grammy winner Bobby Rush, Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland, Grammy winner Castro Coleman and a host of acclaimed musicians, Blues on Beale was filmed entirely in the Blues clubs on famed Beale Street in Memphis, TN, captures the people, the soul, and music of the 36th International Blues Challenge, an annual event organized and staged by The Blues Foundation. Starting in the early fall of 2019, Blues Societies from across the globe held local competitions for Blues bands and solo / duo acts. The winners of these competitions qualified to travel to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge in January 2020. 232 winners of these local contests brought their hopes and aspirations to Memphis to compete for medals, recognition and possible record contracts by performing in 20 clubs along renowned Beale Street, the most celebrated Blues location in the world. Blues on Beale is directed by American filmmaker Larry Lancit, making his first documentary after directing the "Reading Rainbow" series years ago. This Blues on Beale film will debut on VOD starting February 10th, 2022. Sound good?
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