BABE’S AND RICKY’S INN
2011, Sideshow Releasing, 90 min, USA, Dir: Ramin Niami

For more than half a century, the center of the blues in Los Angeles was Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn, a small South Central club whose stage was graced by stars and hopefuls alike. Before the storied venue closed its doors in 2010, filmmaker Ramin Niami brought his cameras in to capture stunning performances and interviews from the likes of Guitar Shorty, Barbara Morrison, Keb’ Mo’ and songwriting great Mike Stoller. This lively documentary pays loving tribute to the Inn’s late founder, Mississippi-born “Mama Laura” Mae Gross, a tireless champion of the blues and mentor to countless musicians.


DANCE CRAZE
1981, Nu Image Films, 85 min, UK, Dir: Joe Massot

The best of Britain’s 2-Tone ska bands of the late ’70s and early ’80s light up the screen in this live concert documentary. "Nite Klub," "One Step Beyond," "Too Much Pressure" and "Mirror in the Bathroom" are among the two dozen-plus songs performed by The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The (English) Beat, Bad Manners and others as they whip audiences into a sweat across the U.K.


HENDRIX 70: LIVE AT WOODSTOCK
2012, Omniverse Vision, 99 min, USA, Dir: Michael Wadleigh, Bob Smeaton

Three muddy days of peace and music, Woodstock was one of the defining events of a generation. The epochal rock festival closed with headliner Jimi Hendrix, who lit up the stage with hits like "Fire," "Purple Haze" and "Foxy Lady" as well as one of the greatest versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner” ever heard. This digitally restored live performance is preceded by a documentary about the road to Woodstock, including interviews with Hendrix band members Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox.


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