Archive for October, 2011

Western Pennsylvania Screenings This Week

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Just a reminder, Troubadour Blues premieres this Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont (Pittsburgh) and Friday, Oct. 28, at the Erie Art Museum. Doors open for both events at 7 pm, with musical guest Mark Dignam and his band performing at 7:30 and the film at 8.

You can get directions or make a reservation for the Pittsburgh screening here. There’s a suggested donation of $5. Information on the Erie Art Museum screening is available here. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. DVDs and t-shirts will be available for sale at both events.

By the way, a press kit for Troubadour Blues is now online. You can download a copy here.

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Coverage in Pittsburgh Newspaper

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Arts writer Manny Theiner, who also promotes shows at the Tunderbird Cafe and Garfield Art Works, wrote this article for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about our premiere next Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the beautiful Hollywood Theater (below).

Hollywood Theater Dormont

Advance tickets aren’t necessary, but help us get an idea how many people are coming. You can get them at Eventbrite, which takes credit cards and PayPal. Suggested donation is $5.00, more if you’d like to support getting this film in front of audiences nationwide. Doors open at 7, musical guest Mark Dignam performs at 7:30, and the film begins at 8. There will be a Q&A with me and Mark after the show. Hope to see you there!

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One more day till the World Premiere of Troubadour Blues at the Buffalo International Film Festival. Read a nice preview article from the Buffalo Artvoice, written by Kevin Hosey, who also produces the Buffalo Roots blog. I met Kevin and his wife Val years ago, when Peter Case was playing at Mohawk Place in downtown Buffalo. If you need to get tickets to the BIFF premiere, the link is here.

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WBFO Buffalo Radio Interview

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Here’s a five-minute-long radio interview about Troubadour Blues by WBFO-FM, Buffalo, Arts and Cultural Affairs Producer Joyce Kryszak. Illustrated with stills from the film.

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Buffalo News Article About Troubadour Blues

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Music » Sound Check

Road warrior


Buffalo News Pop Music Critic

Will the troubadour soon become nothing but a memory? Is there a place in our fast-moving, hyper-informational mess of a culture for the traveling singer-songwriter? Does that culture put any value on the independent, modern-day itinerant minstrel? If Woody Guthrie was alive and singing today, would anyone even notice?

These questions sit at the heart of “Troubadour Blues,” a new documentary that centers around the life and work of Hamburg native and revered DIY singer-songwriter Peter Case.

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About the Film

Troubadour Blues is a feature-length documentary that explores the fascinating world of traveling singer-songwriters. We see them in a variety of situations: impromptu performances, concert stages, formal and informal interviews and songwriting sessions. This is a story that needs to be heard. In our media-saturated age of instant pop stardom, there is real danger that the tradition of the itinerant working musician -- the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly -- is being diluted or lost. Troubadour Blues explores the hidden corners of our culture, where honest, authentic songs reflecting the human experience are still being made up and sung.

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