In June of 1964 hundreds of college students, eager to join the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi, starting what would be known as Freedom Summer. That same month, two groups of young men—made up of musicians, college students and record collectors—also traveled to Mississippi. Though neither group was aware of the other, each had come on the same errand: to find an old blues singer and coax him out of retirement. Thirty years before, Son House and Skip James had recorded some of the most memorable music of their era, but now they seemed lost to time.
In partnership with Newport Folk Festival™ as part of Newport Folk Presents®
Free Event – Suggested $5 Donation
5th ANNUAL PICNIC CONTEST
presented by Madewell
THEME: “Peace, Love, and Music”
Let’s get GROOVY at this year’s picnic contest- drawing your inspiration from music in the 1960s.
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|5:30pm:||Venue & food vendors open.|
|6:00pm:||Picnic contest set-up begins.|
|6:50pm:||Live music by Cee Cee & the Riders|
|8:20pm:||Film followed by conversation with producer and writer Benjamin Hedin, moderated by Rita Houston, DJ and Program Director WFUV in New York City.|
|Run time:||80 min|
...this captivating film, like the blues itself, is at once a recognition of somber truths and a gesture of protest against them.