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Black Classics Under the Stars: Performance by James Montgomery Band & Screening of Bonnie Blue

August 18, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Rhode Island Black Film Festival Has the Blues: Blues Legend Jack Montgomery and His Band Headline and Kick Off Free Movie

The journey to the annual Rhode Island Black Film Festival in April 2024 begins in August when the film festival presents Black Classics Under the Stars, a free film screening of one of the official screenings from this year’s film festival held last spring. Bonnie Blue:

Screening is free. Seating is limited. So sign up in advance:  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/rhode-island-black-film-festival-43681876603.

The Rhode Island Black Film Festival

WHAT: Black Classics Under the Stars
includes a screening of Bonnie Blue: James Cotton’s Life in the Blues, a  feature documentary that portrays the untold story of James Cotton, a music legend whose musical influence shaped the Chicago Blues style having been mentored with the originators of the Delta blues tradition. Cotton’s life tracks a swath of America’s history — from the post-depression cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to tough Chicagoland’s era of brilliant artistic reinvention to today’s live music scene in Austin, Texas. In between are tours with Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield, and sessions with the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Steve Miller, B.B. King, and many more. This new film capture’s America’s soul as the blues becomes interpreted in jazz, big band, rock and roll, punk, hip-hop, and rap. The screening is followed by a discussion with film producer and Woods Hole Film Festival Judy Laster

A live performance with the James Montgomery Band kicks off the evening. The Detroit native and Blues Legend James Montgomery and his band will perform before the screening. Rhode Island Monthly’s Best Bakery winner, Syroya’s Bakery is among the featured vendors. The award winning bakery will sell a variety of desserts including her cupcakes and pound cake. The screening is free thanks to sponsors 195 District Park and Navigant Credit Union. 

WHEN: Friday, August 18, 5:30 p.m

195 District Park, 120 Peck Street, Providence (across from the CIC Building- 225 Dyer Street)


Established in 2017. The Rhode Island Black Film Festival gives a voice to diverse cultures. We welcome the Black, Afro-Caribbean and Latin both local and worldwide. With a varied lineup of narrative, documentary, feature and films. The Rhode Island Black Film Festival features emerging filmmakers, actors and film industry insiders sharing their passion for the artistry of cinema. The festival is held each April in partnership with Johnson & Wales University College of Arts & Sciences, Brown University and Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island. In 2022 they established the Beyond the Lens Academy for Black and minority high school students interested in a career and studying film. In June graduates of the program worked on the film production GOOD BURGER 2.


August 18, 2023
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Innovation Park
195 District Park, 120 Peck Street
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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