F3 Saturday Night Blues!

It’s long been a tradition at the Frederick Film & Music Festival to close Saturday night with a great session of live music on the Weinberg stage. While there is another whole day of film left on Sunday at the Delaplaine with our Documentary Sunday, it tends to be a more laid back day...Saturday is the big day and we like going out in style!

This year is no exception.

The evening’s program begins with a screening of the amazing film Late Blossom Blues which tells the astounding story of Leo “Bud” Welch..a traditional blues man who cut his first record in 2014...at the age of 81...and rocked the blues world to it’s core. Where has this guy been the last 60 years? Why has nobody ever heard of him?

It’s the quintessential Blues story – a story about poverty and exploitation, about The Lord & The Devil, and of course a story about life that reminds us that it’s never too late to live your dream. The film follows Leo and his ex-soldier manager as they balance the tightrope between business and geriatrics, between jet lag and soundcheck. It also paints a heartwarming portrait of Leo’s small hometown Bruce, MS, where Leo’s daily life is still untouched by his late global popularity.

Following the film will be a performance from the acclaimed blues master Memphis Gold and his band, with special guest Ms Zeno, (The Louisiana Mojo Queen). Memphis’s master of the blues tradition and Ms. Zeno’s more Louisiana flavored stylings promise a night of amazing music to complement the film you just witnessed.

Memphis Gold has hared the stage with such artists as Bernard Allison, James Brown, R.L. Burnside, Debra Coleman, Robert Cray, John Hammond, Little Jimmy King, Johnny Lang, Taj Mahal, Bobby Parker, Little Jimmy Reed, Martha Reeves, Charlie Sayles, Guitar Shorty, Mavis Staples, Hubert Sumlin, Beat Daddys, Joyce Cobb, Shemeika Copland, Junior Kimbrough, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Roomful of Blues, Otis Rush, Temptations and Jimmy Vaughn, and many more blues legends.

Music Monthly says of him: "He is the genuine article, perhaps a throwback to the blues men of yore who learned their licks at the knee of legendary patriarch like Charlie Patton. And having done so, serves as one of the last links to the days when cotton was king on the Mississippi Delta."

Ms Zeno has been making music professionally for more that 25 years and first came to the business though L’il Milton and Albert King who both saw something amazing in her singing and introduced her to the life. She has opened shows for Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Omar & the Howlers, Lil Milton, Bo Diddley, Lynn White, Ann Pebbles, Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, Rufus Thomas, the late Ollie Nightengale, Albert King and many more.

We here at the Frederick Film & Music Festival have always felt that melding film and live music provides the viewer and listener a better and more complete understanding of both. Don’t miss this opportunity to see an amazing story of the blues and hear some amazing music. The music is included in your SATURDAY festival day pass or your WEEKEND festival pass. Separate tickets for the just the blues movie/music program are also also available.