Harlem Street Singer tells the story of Reverend Gary Davis, the great blues and gospel musician whose unique style and remarkable skills on the guitar inspired a generation of musicians. The film traces Davis’s journey out of poverty in the deep South to his iconic status in the folk and rock scene in 1960’s New York. The film includes interviews with celebrated folk and rock musicians who knew and studied with Davis, such as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. These interviews are interwoven with rare archival footage and photographs as well as recently discovered concert footage of Davis with Peter, Paul and Mary from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
Join us for this one-of-a-kind film, along with a Q&A session following the screening with film producer and musician Woody Mann, who is currently teaching at Berklee in the Robert Davoli and Eileen McDonagh Country Blues Visiting Artist program.
Guitarist Brendan Badger's senior recital will feature a performance of groove-based music in the styles of funk, fusion, and R&B. A band will join Badger in performing originals as well as tunes by Hiromi Uehara, Erykah Badu, Billy Strayhorn, and Joshua Redman.