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IBFFN & MTMA presents: Muscle Shoals Live…The River that Sings

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*Friday April 19-20th, 2013

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*Friday April 19, 2013

Nashville Film Festival, Regal Cinema Green Hills Mall, Lower level and online (Click here to purchase online)

*Saturday April 20th, 2013

Allen Arena, David Lipscomb Univ. (Click here for directions) and Online (Click here to purchase online)

The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) and the Mid-Town Music Academy (MTMA) proudly announces the benefit concert “Muscle Shoals Live: The River That Sings,” to be held April 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm at David Lipscomb University Collins Auditorium (click here for directions).

IBFFN and MTMC are also working in close collaboration with the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) to present an unforgettable evening of events.  The screening of the critically acclaimed “Muscle Shoals Documentary,” written and directed by Greg Camalier, premiered to a sold out crowd and rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will have its TN premiere at the NaFF at the Regal Cinemas in Green Hills on April 20th at 6:00 p.m. preceding the concert.

The concert will feature a spectacular line up of Muscle Shoals artists and local musicians such as: Candi Staton; The Swampers; bassist/vocalist Jesse Boyce of The FAME Gang; Donna Godchaux of The Grateful DeadHarvey Thompson of The Muscle Shoals HornsGino Speight and The SOS Band; Dez Dickerson, the original guitarist of  the award winning group Prince and the Revolution; Angela Primm of Still Waters, jazz musician/vocalist Thomas Cain and Sarina-Joi Crowea Tennessee native and  a young, talented vocalist. More surprise performances will be announced. Concert-goers will have a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to enjoy live performances of classic renditions of songs released from the infamous Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The film highlights the impact  of the music produced at Muscle Shoals’ Fame Studios and cites the groundbreaking role played by an integrated corp of phenomenal musicians under the guidance of studio head Rick Hall. Their musical vision prevailed despite segregation serving as law and social practice during that era in Alabama.

“This is one of those exciting programs that are a win for everyone: from the amazing artists from Muscle Shoals to the filmmakers, host organizations and the audiences at the film and concert,” said Ted Crockett, Executive Director of NaFF. “We are so pleased to be a part of it.”

This collaboration that brings music and film together reaffirms IBFFN’s, MTMC and NAFF’s to partner and provide audiences with diverse, provocative, and inspirational events. Jesse Boyce, MTMC Founder & Executive Director and former bassist for Little Richard for  over 30 years, also contributed to many hit recordings as a writer and bassist at Fame Studios. He credits that period as a time he received vital personal and professional lessons.

Boyce says “What we did at Muscle Shoals embodies the true spirit of America. It was about people of different backgrounds coming together and creating something unique and special. The songs that came out of Muscle Shoals have inspired people around the world, and this concert will give listeners the chance to hear them once more and get a renewed appreciation for that legacy and history.”

Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Mavis Staples, Clarence Carter, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Art Garfunkel, The Rolling Stones, Percy Sledge, Candi Staton, and Wilson Pickett. The Swampers and The Fame Gang, are just a few of the artists and musicians who made hit records at the studio located in a small town on the banks of the Tennessee River, that Native Americans called the “Singing River.”

Hazel Joyner Smith, IBFFN Executive director and founder IBFFN, adds: “We are happy to come together in collaboration with Jesse Boyce, Director of Mid-Town Academy and Ted Crockett, Executive Director of the Nashville Film Festival, to present an acclaimed documentary and live production of the legendary music from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This is a great story that reveals how local musicians and internationally known artists came together to create soulful music that connected people beyond race, gender and national origin around the world during the era of segregation.”

“We are offering a double treat with both the film and musical production that will feature many of the original players and their music that still rocks today.”

Please visit the IBFFN website  at  to purchase tickets and find additional details on the benefit concert. Visit the Nashville Film Festival website at for general festival and screening details. Tickets will also be available onsite during the Nashville Film Festival and the Allen Arena Box Office on the Campus of the David Lipscomb University on the day of the concert.

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