DeadCenter to show Questlove, Foo Fighters Rock Docs
Music festival stages have been dark for over a year, but Oklahoma City’s 21st annual DeadCenter Film Festival will bring director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s music documentary “Summer of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution Could Not Televised) ”at Booker T. Washington Park for a free outdoor screening on June 12.
The opening of “Summer of Soul”, which features never-before-seen images from the 1969 festival shown in what is now Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, is the short documentary “Pause the Game”, marking the premiere of the fourth OKC Thunder film at deadCenter.
In addition, deadCenter will rock Wheeler District on June 11 with an outdoor screening of “We Are The Thousand”, a one-of-a-kind doc rock about the worldwide formation of a 1000-member band who all love Foo Fighters. .
The state’s largest film festival, DeadCenter 2021, will take place June 10-20. Much like the 2020 event, this year’s festival will be a hybrid attraction, with films available online for the duration of the festival and a limited list of outdoor screenings and events for pass holders, the sponsors and the public offered the first weekend, from June 10 to 13. .
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Questlove presents a powerful and transporting documentary – part a musical film, part a historical record created around an epic event celebrating black history, culture and fashion. For six weeks in the summer of 1969, just 160 km south of Woodstock, the Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The images have never been seen and largely forgotten until now. “Summer of Soul” highlights the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and testifies to the healing power of music during times of turmoil, past and present.
The feature includes unreleased concerts by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King, The 5th Dimension and more. “Summer of Soul” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. It will be broadcast on Hulu in collaboration with the Onyx collective; Searchlight Pictures will release it in theaters.
“DeadCenter is the place where creativity, community and celebration intersect to create one of the most anticipated events of the year and we are excited to create unique experiences that celebrate the magic of independent cinema,” said Alyx Picard Davis, executive director of deadCenter Film, in a report. “Summer of Soul” and “We Are The Thousand” draw on this creative energy and this dynamic. Showing them outdoors is the perfect way to not only experience phenomenal movie-making, but also get a sample of the exceptional outdoor sights Oklahoma City has to offer.
“We Are The Thousand”, directed by Anita Rivaroli, follows Fabio, a big fan of the Foo Fighters, as he tries to convince Dave Grohl and the band to come to Italy and perform in his small village. To do this, he brings together 1,000 musicians to play “Learn to Fly” and finally creates the largest rock group in the world. (Spoiler alert for parents out there: Grohl has a pot mouth.}
March 11, 2020 has been called the day that changed everything. COVID-19 was officially declared a global pandemic, the world was in the early stages of trying to figure out what to expect, and in Oklahoma City, the Thunder were about to play a game of basketball. Short documentary “Pause the Game” revisits historical moments before the Utah Jazz prediction, with interviews with key players that night, including until when Oklahoma City and the United States were invited to “Pause the Game”.
“We are delighted to partner with deadCenter for a fourth consecutive year to present the latest of our OKCThunder Films projects,” Dan Mahoney, vice president of broadcast and co-executive producer of OKCThunder Films, said in a statement. “Pause the Game” chronicles the unforgettable night of March 11, 2020, when Oklahoma City set the stage for a global sports and entertainment shutdown due to the pandemic. It is a story told through the eyes of those who were there to watch, learn, worry, plan and make decisions. We’re honored that deadCenter audiences are the first to see it. “
Following its world premiere, “Pause the Game” will be available for free online streaming as part of the Deadcenter Community Showcase until June 20.
Outdoor movies will begin after dark and are free and open to the public. Food trucks will be available. For more information, visit www.deadcenterfilm.org.
Oklahoma music icon Charlie Wilson teams up with Fire in Little Africa
Oklahoma music icon Charlie Wilson to be a featured guest on upcoming self-titled album Pioneer music consortium based in Tulsa Fire in Little Africa.
“Fire in Little Africa” - a groundbreaking album of original material, written and recorded by a collective of hip-hop artists from Oklahoma to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre – will be released on May 28 by Motown Records / Black Forum in partnership with the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa and the Woody Guthrie Center.
The collection of 21 titles uncovers the truth about what happened on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when a white crowd took to the streets of Greenwood – then a prosperous part of Tulsa known as Black Wall Street – and torched the business district, destroying around 1,500 homes, killing hundreds and leaving thousands of Black Tulsans homeless. For years this historic, albeit disastrous, chapter has been left out of classrooms and textbooks as the city tries to erase this part of its past. The artists heard on Fire in Little Africa uncover the truth through urgent songs, recalling stories told and stories lived in the hope of ushering in a new era for Tulsa by helping the community deal with this generational trauma through music. .
Here is the track list from “Fire in Little Africa”, including the song that features Wilson:
2. City of dreams
6. Party Plane (feat. Charlie Wilson)
7. I’ve been through it all
9. Our world
10. From top to bottom
11. Cream of the crop
12. 918 Thug Town Skit
13. Watchu On
16. POD Pt. II
17. Raw cocaine
18. The rain
19. North Tulsa has something to say
20. Brunch at the Brady
21. Young and free
Wilson is 13 Grammy nominees and the former frontman of the Gap Band.
“I am honored to be part of the Fire In Little Africa album featuring the musical contributions of talented young local artists from my hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This tragedy has been suppressed for generations, ”Wilson said in a statement.
“Growing up in Tulsa, we named our band, The GAP Band, after Greenwood, Archer and Pine Streets, the richest and most prosperous African American community in America at the turn of the 20th century. I am proud to see a new generation of talented Tulsans continue to tell the stories of our ancestors. They open the door for many generations to come by shedding light not only on racial slaughter, but also on the excellence of the community of Black Wall Street and Greenwood.
The collective will perform in Tulsa in the coming days as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the Tulsa race massacre.. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/fireinlittleafrica.
OKC’s Sunday Twilight concert series kicks off with Noah Engh
The Oklahoma City Arts Council will present its 2021 Sunday Twilight Concert Series both in person and live this summer.
The first two performances, scheduled for June 6 and 13, will take place on the patio of the Jones Assembly. All other performances will take place on the Devon Lawn in the Myriad Botanic Gardens.
“Through our live concert series last year, we saw how many people we could reach through the online format. This year, we wanted to combine in-person concerts in addition to the live broadcast, so that we could reach everyone – especially those who are more comfortable watching from home. Our goal is to provide live music and art free of charge to as many people as possible, either virtually or in person, ”said Alyssa Flesher, Arts Council OKC Director of Projects, in a statement.
The Sunday Twilight Concert Series is a free outdoor concert series that aims to bring the arts and community together each summer.
The series premieres at The Jones Assembly on June 6 with American artist Noah Engh. For more information, visit artscouncilokc.com/twilight.
Ben Rector teams up with Steve Winwood for new single ‘Range Rover’
Independent superstar and native of Tulsa Ben Rector today released his latest single “Range Rover,” starring Grammy winner and legendary musician Steve Winwood, who has joined the track to play the Hammond organ.
Written by Rector, Devin Dawson and Mark Trussell, this ironic tune marks Rector’s first release in 2021. He is currently working in the studio on his next project, which will be released early next year.
The rector is also expected to join TV and radio personality Bobby Bones for the nationwide iHeart radio show “The Bobby Bones Show” Monday morning.