1/5/19: Erwin Helfer And Mama Yancey At Hungry Brain

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Erwin Helfer with Estelle “Mama” Yancey in 1982

Media Burn presents a special evening of live music and archival video featuring legendary pianist Erwin Helfer and the late blues singer Estelle “Mama” Yancey on Saturday, January 5, at Hungry Brain in Roscoe Village.

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 FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER as part of this special event, to be followed by a discussion with Helfer and Dolins and a live set by Helfer. The show will be introduced by John Anderson, whose film “Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story” is now in select theaters.

Saturday January 5 at 9 PM
2319 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
Donations welcome

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.



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