After a sold out event in January, Media Burn presents a second showing of archival video featuring legendary pianist Erwin Helfer and the late blues singer Estelle “Mama” Yancey on Saturday, April 27, as part of a celebratory evening of live gospel and blues music at Old Town School of Folk Music in Ravenswood.
In 1982, future Chicago Blues Festival Coordinator Barry Dolins filmed an intimate performance and conversation between Erwin Helfer and an 86 year-old Mama Yancey at the Chicago apartment of blues pianist and singer Little Brother Montgomery. This footage, now part of the Media Burn Archive, has been remastered and will be shown as part of this special event, with Dolins introducing the film. A live set by Helfer will follow.
The event will also celebrate releases by pianist Elsa Harris and vocalist Pastor Donald Gay, and feature performances by Cliff Dubose, Richard Gibbs, and Curtis Fondren.
ERWIN HELFER AND MAMA YANCEY AT OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC
Saturday April 27 at 7 PM
The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, 4545 N Lincoln Ave
$22 for General Public, $20 for Members
Media Burn is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that collects, restores, and distributes documentary video produced by artists, activists, and community groups. Our mission is to use archival media to deepen context and encourage critical thought through a social justice lens. Media Burn is a project of the Fund for Innovative TV, which has been producing challenging documentary video and television since 1990.