As previously reported, the 14th Annual deadCenter Film Festival kicked off Thursday night and continues through Sunday.
Included in the screenings of more than 100 films are three chances to see outdoor movies for free. Plus, deadCenter is partnering with the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, which will offer three free outdoor musical performances to go with the movies, as add-ons to its long-running Twilight Concert Series.
Souled Out is set to perform at 7:30 tonight followed by the deadCenter Film Festival. Souled Out’s performance will take place on the Great Lawn Stage at the Myriad Gardens.
The band performs a wide variety of music and has been thrilling audiences in the Southwest for more than 20 years. Souled Out’s set includes classic party/dance hits from the glory days of Motown through today, and the versatility of the group also allows them to perform favorites from the “Big Band Era.”
Following the Twilight Concert, audiences can stick around for a special deadCenter 30th anniversary screening of Kevin Bacon’s hit dance drama “Footloose,” based on real events that took place in Elmore City in the 1980s. The free screening of “Footloose” is set for 9:30 tonight on the Myriad Gardens’ Great Lawn Stage.
The Mojo Men are set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on on the Great Lawn Stage.
“Audiences will adore The Mojo Men’s classic blues style and should stick around for the deadCENTER film, ‘Take Me to the River,’ to enjoy some more Memphis blues,” said Christina Foss, director of the Sunday Twilight Concert Series, in a news release.
“Take Me to the River” will screen for free at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Great Lawn Stage. The documentary is a jubilant celebration of music featuring some of the greatest Memphis musicians to ever record, partnering with today’s freshest acts to create an album that transcends time and genre. The rise and fall of Memphis’ Stax Records during the turbulent 1960’s provides a backdrop for a series of amazing musical collaborations, featuring Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Oscar winner Frayser Boy (“It’s Hard Out Here for Pimp”), William Bell, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Snoop Dog, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Lil P-Nut, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more.
After the screening, deadCenter will present a special “Take Me to the River” encore concert at the Myriad Gardens Water Plaza. The concert will include Stax Record Legend William Bell, Grammy nominee Otis Clay, Academy Award Winner Frayser Boy formerly of Three 6 Mafia, Critics Choice Award winner Al Kapone, a 13-piece house band lead by The Hi Rhythm Section and Ben Cauley and the Royal Memphis Horns, Stephanie Bolton and Memphis rapper Ify, Stax Music Academy students and more. The free concert is set for 11 p.m. Saturday.
The Wise Guys will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the Great Lawn Stage.
“The Wise Guys are always a crowd favorite,” Foss said in a release. “Come enjoy some classic rock ‘n’ roll for an energizing night of music followed by the conclusion of the deadCenter Film Festival.”
The film festival will close with a free screening of the rock doc “Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun” at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Great Lawn Stage. The enduring rock band showers the people of Japan with beautiful rock ‘n’ roll, featuring 16 live performances of classics rock hits like “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Livin’ On the Edge,” “Love in an Elevator” and many more. In March 2011, Japan was beset by a huge earthquake, a monstrous tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. In the autumn 2011, despite advice to the contrary, Aerosmith brought their “Back On The Road” tour to Japan, a country with which they always had a special relationship. The Japanese fans came out in droves and Aerosmith responded with some of the finest shows of their distinguished career. This film follows the band on that tour combining full-length live tracks with behind the scenes footage, which is at times touching and emotional and at others humorous and insightful.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series, presented by Devon, is back for its 34th year in downtown Oklahoma City. The public can enjoy the free, family-friendly concerts every Sunday through Sept. 28. For more information, go to www.artscouncilokc.com.
For more information, go www.deadcenterfilm.org/festival/schedule.