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Authentic Memphis Music descends on London this September in Film and Live Concerts featuring William Bell, Bobby Rush, Hi Rhythm Section with Ben Cauley, Stax Music Academy All Stars and more.

Take Me To The River - Memphis, USA

The new award-winning documentary film, Take Me To The River, aptly named for one of Memphis' most famous songs, is heading to London for its UK debut at the Raindance Film Festival this month.

In addition to two screenings of the made-in-Memphis masterpiece, a cadre of Memphis' most legendary musicians and singers who appear in the film will perform two live concerts that are sure to be once-in-a-lifetime experiences for UK fans of Memphis music.

Take Me To The River celebrates the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. The film features Terence Howard, William Bell, the Hi Rhythm Section, Snoop Dog, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, James Alexander and Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Ben Cauley, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and more.

Performers in live concerts by the Take Me To The River All Stars include William Bell, Bobby Rush, Otis Clay, the Hi Rhythm Section with Ben Cauley and others with The Bromfield Trio (Stax Music Academy graduates) opening the concerts.. Email if you need any further information.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 26th, 8 pm

What: Take Me to the River All Stars Live Concert

Where: Brooklyn Bowl London, The O2, Peninsula Square

Admission: £30.00 + Booking Fee

Sunday, September 28th, 6:30 pm

What: Take Me to the River UK premier film screening

Where: Raindance Film Festival, Vue Piccadilly Cinema

Admission: £12.00 adults / £9.00 seniors / £9.00 students

Sunday, September 28th, 8:30 – 11 pm

What: Take Me to the River All Stars Live Concert

Where: The 100 Club London, 100 Oxford St.

Admission: £25

Monday, September 29th, 4 pm

What: Take Me to the River UK premier film second screening

Where: Raindance Film Festival, Vue Piccadilly Cinema

Admission: £8.00 adults /  £6.00 seniors / £6.00 students

We are giving you the chance to win two tickets to the Sunday screening and concert.

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Official Trailer for Take Me to the River:


Pictures from the film:



The Stax Music Academy (a program of the Soulsville Foundation in Memphis which serves underserved students and operates the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and The Soulsville Charter School). The Stax Museum of American Soul MusicThe Blues Foundation's Hart Fund (which provides musicians in need with acute, chronic, and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral expenses), and Memphis Church Health Center (to help aging musicians with medical, dental, and emergency services).

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