The Delray Beach Historical Society is celebrating Rock & Roll history this summer by hosting outdoor movie events on their campus featuring films that fill in some of the gaps in the story of one of music’s most beloved genres. From unsung indigenous rock pioneers to groundbreaking music festivals, here are a few summer movies that deserve a picnic basket and a beach chair.
July 22: RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
RUMBLE tells the story of the profound and largely unrecognized influence of Native Americans on the history of Rock & Roll by examining the traditional Native beats, melodies and rhythms that helped shape the landscape of rock music. Featuring Native musician icons ranging from Delta bluesman Charley Patton to Monterey fire-starter Jimi Hendrix, this award-wining documentary sheds light on the hidden corners at the foundation of Rock & Roll.
Aug. 19: Festival
Originally released in 1967, “Festival” captures footage from performances at the Newport Folk Festival between 1963 and 1966. Featuring music from legendary American folk heroes including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and more, “Festival” chronicles the peak years of the “Woodstock before Woodstock” festival. The film also includes commentary from some of the biggest names in folk music on the foundations and enduring appeal of the genre.
Sep. 9: Summer of Soul
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, co-frontman and drummer for The Roots, made his directorial debut with this “part music film” and “part historical record” of the Harlem Cultural Festival. Taking place during the same summer as the first Woodstock, this festival celebrated Black history, culture and fashion with a series of summer concerts featuring performances from Nina Simone, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder and more. The film, which just this year took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, includes unseen footage from the festival patched together masterfully to tell the story of the legendary “Summer of Soul.”
IF YOU GO
WHEN: July 22, Aug. 19, Sep. 9. Entry at 7 p.m., shows start at 8 p.m. for each date
WHERE: Delray Beach Historical Society Campus, 3 N.E. 1st St., Delray Beach
COST: $10 per ticket, but no charge to DBHS members
To register, visit the DBHS website.