‘Sidemen: The Long Road to Glory” to be screened during Bright Lights, Big City blues music celebration

The Billtown Blues Association, the Uptown Music Collective and the Lycoming Arts Council will hold a screening of “Sidemen: The Long Road to Glory” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Uptown Music Collective as part of the Bright Lights, Big City week-long celebration of blues music.

The film, which took blues fans, music industry leaders and a Kickstarter to make happen, is about the lives of three famous blues “sidemen.” It was released world-wide in August 2016.

Famed guitarist Hubert Sumlin, drummer, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and piano player Pinetop Perkins devoted the prime of their lives as “sidemen” to Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, only to find themselves “unknown,” with no work, and no friends after the passing of their famous bandleaders. The film takes the audience on their respective journeys from their early childhood, their migration to the north and their careers as sidemen … and to their final passing all within 8 months of each other in 2011.

The film includes cameos from musicians like Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Christone Ingram, Derek Trucks, Paul Nelson, Johnny Winter and others who express the importance of how these “sidemen” affected their own musical journeys. All of these sidemen have performed multiple times at the Billtown Blues Festival.

Space is limited and reservations are required.

For more information about the film, visit www.sidemenfilm.com/about.

For more information or to RSVP, call 570-584-4480 or email bmtallman@aol.com.

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