In December 2014, Daptone Records presented a three-night concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. According to “Mr. Apollo” Billy Mitchell, nothing like this had taken place at the Apollo since James Brown’s 1970s residency. Many equated this concert, which featured performances by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Antibalas, Menahan Street Band, The Budos Band, and more, to the legendary 1967 Stax/Volt Revue.
Filmmakers Jeff Broadway and Cory Bailey have showcased this legendary event in their new film, Living on Soul, which stands as a beautiful document in the tradition of The Last Waltz, Monterey Pop, and Soul Power. This hybrid music documentary/concert film unearths the anecdotal history of one of the most important labels and “families” in soul music, Daptone Records, through vérité-style scenes and live performances from the most iconic soul music stage in the world. The film also serves as a celebration of the lives and talent of those Daptone artists who are no longer with us: Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and Naomi Shelton pianist, Cliff Driver.
After its recent West Coast premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Living on Soul now comes to Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Theater in Williamsburg on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 pm. The Face Radio’s Kurtis Powers will moderate a live Q&A after the film with Neal Sugarman, founder of Daptone Records, and the filmmakers, Jeff Broadway and Cory Bailey. The Face Radio will also broadcast the Q&A live on Facebook and take viewers’ questions.
After the event, we hope you’ll come join us for the after-party in The Nitehawk’s Lo-Res Bar, featuring Daptone DJs and giveaways!
Get your tickets before they’re all gone!