800 Aurora Street
Houston, TX 77009
7:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
14 Pews presents the Bayou City Music & Film Festival, December 6th - December 10th.The Bayou City Music & Film Festival (BCMFF) is an exciting new festival celebrating great music and the artists and stories behind the songs. This eclectic, five-day festival features a great selection of music films in an intimate setting, along with guest artists, and lively receptions and parties. Including spotlights on Blues, Country, Folk, Rhythm and Blues, Rock, and Hip-Hop, the festival’s programming reflects the diversity of Houston’s culture and musical tastes.BCMFF is proud to present the Houston premieres of new music documentaries Bayou Maharaja about New Orleans musician James Booker, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me about the 1970s Memphis band, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records) about the L.A.-based indie hip hop label started by DJ/Producer Peanut Butter Wolf,and Ok Buckaroos, The Life, Music, & Good Times of Jerry Jeff Walker about the Country singer-songwriter.In addition, the festival presents special screenings of historic films featuring Texas musicians, including filmmaker Les Blank’s 1969 film, The Blues Accordin’ To Lightnin’ Hopkins and the 1976 “outlaw country” documentary Heartworn Highways featuring early footage of singer-songwriter legends Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, and others.The festival is programmed by film curator, Peter Lucas, who was named “Best Curator” by the Houston Press in both 2012 and 2013 for his work with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Aurora Picture Show. He will be in attendance to introduce screenings and conduct Q&A’s with guest artists.BAYOU CITY MUSIC & FILM FESTIVAL Festival Schedule at-a-glance:
Friday, Dec. 6
7:00PM BAYOU MAHARAJA / OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Co-presented by Heights VinylOpening Party following the film, feat. Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella ManBayou Maharajah (2013, Dir. Lily Keber, USA, 90 minutes) explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, who recorded his own diverse solo albums as well as collaborating with the likes of Dr. John, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Jerry Garcia, and Harry Connick, Jr. The eccentric musician that Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced” lived a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. This new film paints a portrait of an often-overlooked genius, featuring never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos, and exclusive interviews.BCMFF’s OPENING NIGHT PARTY immediately follows the film screening. Join us in the venue’s main room and outdoor patio for food, drink, and live music by Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man, whose irresistible mixing of Texas-Louisiana-area genres (Country, Rockabilly, Swamp Pop, Conjunto, and more) is sure to have you dancing in church!
Saturday, Dec. 7
5:00PM TEXAS BLUES ACCORDING TO LES BLANK
Co-presented by the Houston Blues SocietyThis special screening of two rarely-seen blues documents is a tribute to master documentary filmmaker Blank (who passed away earlier this year) and to the great Texas bluesmen that inspired him. The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins (1969, 31 minutes) captures the personality and artistry of legendary Houston bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins, with performances at an outdoor barbeque and a black rodeo, and a visit to Hopkins’ boyhood town of Centerville, Texas. A Well Spent Life (1971, 44 minutes) is a glowing film portrait of great bluesman, husband and life-long share-cropper, Mance Lipscomb.8:00PM OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON (THIS IS STONES THROW RECORDS)
Co-presented by Cactus Music and DJ SunReception following the film, featuring DJ Sun.
“Stones Throw Celebration” Afterparty at the FlatFounded by enigmatic DJ and producer Peanut Butter Wolf, the unique, independent record label Stones Throw has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-center albums since its founding in 1996. Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton sheds light on the label’s story, groundbreaking artists, and global influence with live performance footage, rare archival material, and in-depth interviews. The film features musical visionaries including J Dilla, Madlib, MF Doom, Mayer Hawthorne, and Dam-Funk, as well as interviews with Beastie Boys, Common, Questlove, and others.Patio reception following the film, featuring DJ SUN. DJ, producer, and fixture in the Houston music scene DJ Sun will spin Stones Throw cuts during the post-film reception."Stones Throw Celebration" Afterparty at The Flat (10PM)
DJs Melodic, J Salaam, and SoulOne, and SUN will be spinning Stones Throw releases for your listening and dancing pleasure at The Flat– 1701 Commonwealth St.Sunday, Dec. 8
4:00PM MIMOSA SUNDAY WITH TWO STAR SYMPHONY
Two Star Symphony will perform while you enjoy chilled mimosas.5:30PM HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS
Producer Graham Leader in attendance.Reception immediately following the film.Shot in Austin and Nashville between 1974 and ’75, this rarely-screened documentary captures a candid glimpse of the emerging new wave of Country at the time and features priceless footage of folks that would become singer-songwriter legends. The intimate film finds Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, David Allan Coe, Steve Young a teenaged Steve Earle, and others in concert performances, living room jams, and conversations. Footage of Townes Van Zandt fooling around on his farm and playing “Waiting Around To Die” in his kitchen.We’re proud to present an important music document that is close to our hearts in the Texas music scene, and to have the film’s producer, Graham Leader, in attendance for a Q&A after the film.Producer Graham Leader of Granite Films is an Academy Award-nominated producer of such films as Shuttlecock, In The Bedroom, and The Saffron Limited. Heartworn Highways, a collaboration with director Jim Szalapski, was his first film.Monday, Dec. 9
7:00PM BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT MESinger-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock describes the legendary 1970s Memphis band Big Star as "a letter that got lost in the mail." The group crafted three albums that are now considered to be pop masterpieces and influenced countless artists such as REM, The Replacements, and Wilco. Yet they never experienced popular success in their time. Even today, they are most widely known for the song "In the Street," heard on TV’s “That '70s Show.” Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me traces the history of the band, from singer Alex Chilton's stardom with The Box Tops in the ‘60s, through the tumultuous recording of the group's landmark albums, and each member's struggles to define themselves after the band's demise.Tuesday, Dec. 10
7:00PM OK BUCKAROOS: THE LIFE, MUSIC, & GOOD TIMES OF JERRY JEFF WALKER
Director Patrick Turville in attendanceIn the ‘60s, he was a street singer. In the ‘70s, he led a musical movement. In the ‘80s he walked away from the recording industry. Ok Buckaroos recounts this Gypsy song man’s journey, from writer of the massive popular hit “Mr. Bojangles” to becoming a fiercely independent, underdog maverick. The film weaves together archival footage, interviews with friends and contemporaries (including Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Guy Clark) and 2009 performances from a stage in Round Rock, TX.Dallas-born director Patrick Tourville has over four decades of experience in filmmaking and music/media work. He and other guests will be in attendance to talk about Walker and the long journey making of the film.BCMFF is presented by 14 Pews, and made possible by the generous support of Houston Arts Alliance, Saint Arnold Brewery, Heights Vinyl, Cactus Music, The Houston Blues Society, and The Flat.