Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Sights and Sounds: 'New Orleans: The City of Music'; music superfans documentary; Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Looking to catch some music entertainment at home? Here is a roundup of several noteworthy media releases to land in my inbox...



~STARTING MAY 15, 2020~

Starting May 15Eagle Rock Entertainment and Michael Murphy Productions will present a virtual cinema release of the celebrated New Orleans documentary Up From The Streets ®: New Orleans: The City of Music. In an effort to assist the brilliant musical artists of New Orleans, a portion of the proceeds from each $12 “ticket” sale will be donated to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund -- a statewide relief initiative supporting Louisiana musicians who have lost income amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Viewers will be able to buy a ticket to the film from one of their local cinemas and watch the film at home, while supporting their favorite independent movie theaters as they practice social distancing and self-quarantine. Over 50 theaters nationwide are participating. The order will be good for 7 days, and the viewer will have 72 hours to finish the film once they have started watching it. Virtual cinema tickets will be available here.
Originally premiering at the 30th Annual New Orleans Film Festival in October 2019, Up From The Streets explores the unparalleled, historical musical heritage of New Orleans. Produced and directed by Michael Murphy and hosted by Oscar-nominated and six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter / composer Terence Blanchard – Up From The Streets dissects the evolution of the city’s music, from early innovations in Jazz through R&B and Funk. Archival and newly filmed performances by such legends as Louis ArmstrongFats DominoAllen ToussaintDr. JohnThe Neville Brothers, and, of course, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band are weaved between conversations with such impactful New Orleans musicians as Branford MarsalisWynton MarsalisHarry Connick, Jr.Mannie Fresh, and Dr. Michael White, as well as commentary by Robert PlantKeith RichardsBonnie Raitt, and Sting. “Anyone interested in the culture and music of New Orleans will love this film,” states Terence Blanchard. “The resilience of the people of New Orleans reflects the story of America.”
An intricate study and celebration of a quintessential cultural epicenter, Up From The Streets ®: New Orleans: The City of Music is a definitive look at one of the most influential components of American music.
About The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation:
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the non-profit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. In response to the devastating effects that COVID-19 has left on Louisiana's music community, the Foundation has established the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund – a statewide relief fund created to support Louisiana musicians and music industry workers whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by this unprecedented crisis. For more about the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, please visit us online at
Additional support is provided by the City of New Orleans “Embrace The Culture” series utilizing resources to activate art through virtual experiences.
About Eagle Rock Entertainment:
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world-leading producer and distributor of music documentary and concert films. Founded in 1997, the multi-award-winning company releases over 50 productions a year and controls the distribution of over 2,000 hours of music programming. The catalogue includes work by award-winning filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Brett Morgan, Stanley Nelson, Paul Dugdale, Bob Smeaton, Jeremy Marre, Mike Figgis, Leslie Woodhead and Michael Epstein. Eagle Rock works with a wide spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Eminem, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Muse, Steven Wilson, Slash, Iggy Pop, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Shania Twain and Van Morrison. Eagle Rock is headquartered in London.

The Untold Story of Rock n Roll’s Legendary Superfans

An award winning Documentary by Chris Cassidy

Featuring: Happy Mondays, Peter Hook (New Order), Andy Rourke (The Smiths), Jimi Goodwin (DOVES) and many more

There are bands, there are fans, and then there’s Dennis and Lois. It’s official, April 28, 2020 is the release date for the long awaited, award winning documentary called DENNIS AND LOIS. A story about a New York couple that transcended beyond just being ‘music fans’, to become the legends behind the legends.
More on Dennis and Lois:
In the Rock n Roll world, the word ‘Legends’ is normally reserved for the performers and the stars, but every now and then, certain people rise up between the cracks of celebrity and fame to cement their own legacy. Dennis and Lois are such people.
It all began in the mid-70s at a gritty little club in New York City called CBGB’s where Dennis and Lois befriended an up-and-coming band, The Ramones. They quickly became part of The Ramones inner circle, selling merchandise and assisting the future punk legends on tours around the world. This experience changed their lives forever.

Through the years, Dennis and Lois continue to build friendships and sell merchandise for the bands they admire. Happy Mondays immortalized them in song and SPIN Magazine published a comic strip celebrating their ‘War Stories from the Road’. Dennis and Lois are considered by many to be rock n roll Icons, but as age and illness start to threaten their lifelong tour, they need to rely on the friends they’ve collected along the way and the music that energizes them to keep it going.
Dennis and Lois is a documentary about love, passion and the power of music. Its about a couple who’ve always lived life on their own terms, and who have dedicated their lives to the spirit of Rock n Roll with a self-imposed moral obligation to give back to those who create the music that moves them. It’s a film about the long list of artists that they’ve come to call friends, who consider Dennis and Lois an integral part of their own success and purpose.
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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Video Vault Spotlights Class of 2000 This Week

30+ uncut Induction videos released including Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge and a superjam tribute to Nat “King” Cole on “Route 66”

CLEVELAND – Turn back the clock twenty years with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and explore the class of 2000 Induction Ceremony. Each week, the Rock Hall is opening its video vault and featuring full Induction Ceremony speeches and performance videos, along with never-before available programs. Videos are available on the Rock Hall’s YouTube channel.

Watch memorable live performances from the 2000 Induction Ceremony, including:

Amplify your experience with free online learning resources at Rock Hall EDU, including a playlist celebrating the blues roots of Inductees Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt. 

Plus, this Mother’s Day, show your mom how much she rocks with a curated rock gift set, including The Rebel collection with a stylish rock & roll wristlet. Shop Rock Hall’s online store now and take advantage of 15% off all women’s clothing items that will make it into your mom’s “greatest hits” collection. 

Stay connected on and across the Rock Hall’s social channels on YouTubeFacebookTwitter, and Instagram. For more ways to explore the Rock Hall online, visit

About the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 
Rock Connects Us. Our mission is clear: To engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. We share stories of the people, events and songs that shape our world through exhibits, innovative programs and concerts. Join the millions who love it as much as you do. Experience us live or online – Visit or follow the Rock Hall on Facebook (@rockandrollhalloffame), Twitter (@rockhall), Instagram (@rockhall) and YouTube ( Long Live Rock! 

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