Bob Dylan, Radiohead, B.B. King, Neil Diamond, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, U2, and the Rolling Stones are among the artists whose classic performances will be featured in a free outdoor film series being presented at the Levitt Shell in Midtown Memphis' Overton Park.
Presented by Indie Memphis and the Levitt Shell, the Concert Film Series is made possible through a First Tennessee Foundation Award for Innovation in the Arts and is sponsored by the Newcastle Brown Ale and the Memphis Flyer.
Films will begin at dusk on Friday evenings from July 1 through August 12. Admission is free and open to the public. Newcastle Brown Ale, and other beverages and snacks will be available for purchase beginning at 8 pm.
The series beings with Martin Scorcese's The Last Waltz (July 1), which documents the 1976 farewell concert of The Band and features performances by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Muddy Waters; Radiohead: Live in Prague (July 8), captured and edited by fans in 2009 during Radiohead's acclaimed In Rainbows tour; Albert and David Maysles' Gimme Shelter (July 15), chronicling the Rolling Stones' chaotic 1969 American tour; and Rattle and Hum (July 22), which follows U2 during the US leg of their 1987 Joshua Tree tour, including a recording session at Sun Studios and a pilgrimage to Graceland.
The night before Bob Dylan and Leon Russell play live at the Mud Island Amphitheater, Memphians will have an opportunity to see the two in The Concert for Bangladesh (July 29), which was organized by The Beatles' George Harrison along with this friend and mentor Ravi Shankar in 1971 to raise funds for UNICEF's relief efforts for victims of war and flooding in Bangladesh. Dylan performs "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall," "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry," "Blowin' In The Wind" and "Just Like A Woman" with Leon Russell on bass. Russell also performs a medley of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Young Blood." Also featuring classic performance by George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and Ravi Shankar, The Concert for Bangladesh was the first benefit concert of its kind, bringing together an extraordinary assemblage of major artists collaborating for a common humanitarian cause, and setting the precedent that music could be used to serve a higher cause.
The following week will celebrate the Blues with Lightning In a Bottle (August 5), which captures a 2003 concert at Radio City Music Hall that brought together legendary performers from roots, rock, jazz and rap for a once-in-a-lifetime "Salute To The Blues," including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Steven Tyler, Macy Gray, Buddy Guy, Chuck D., Jimmie Vaughan and Alison Krauss.
On August 12, the series will close with a concert film to be determined by an online poll, which will open on July 1.