Filed under: Syl Johnson | Tags: Andy Davis, Chess Records, Gene Barge, Mayor Daley, Stony Island, Susanna Hoffs, The Bangles, The Boss
We’ve got a two-pronged attack for bringing the Chicago underground soul scene of the 1970s to Los Angeles. Saturday night, Syl Johnson plays at The Echo. This will be his first performance in Los Angeles in almost 40 years. It is not to be missed, but there are only a few tickets remaining. However, there is another event just as exciting: a presentation of Stony Island, a movie long held near and dear to the collective heart of the Numero Group. Stony Island is a cinéma vérité impression of the Chicago soul scene of the 1970s. It features giants of soul music playing characters, but really playing themselves. Rawer and truer than any other movie ever made about an R&B band… including documentaries. The movie stars Richie Davis, who is known to soul collectors and fans as the guitar player in Third Rail (and later Maxx Traxx), and Gene Barge, the Chess legend whose resume includes… well, just about everything. (Also, some amazing guerrilla footage of Boss Mayor Daley’s funeral procession!) We’re gonna be running some articles on the blog in this next week leading up to the screening to demonstrate the cultural significance of the film. We’ve confirmed that co-star Susanna Hoffs will be attending the screening and hopefully available for questions. She’s slightly better known for her work with The Bangles. Again, here’s where you can get tickets. The Silent Movie Theater is not large, this will sell out. Thanks to our good friends at Cinefamily for making this special event happen!
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