Tellus 360 & The Ware to Host Levon Helm Film & Jam Tribute Today
The Central PA music community comes together today, October 7 to celebrate the music and legacy of Levon Helm; drummer, singer, actor, and concert innovator whose voice and larger than life personality influenced three generations. Helm - who played a variety of places here in Lancaster ---died following a long battle with cancer in April 2012 at age 71.
The night begins with an exclusive screening of "Ain't in it For My Health: A Film about Levon Helm" presented by the Ware Center (42 North Prince Street, Lancaster) at 7:30 p.m. Following the film will be an after party and tribute jam at the newly expanded Tellus 360 (24 East King Street, Lancaster) beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets for the film are $10 for adults and $5 for students with valid ID. Entry to the after party (21 and over only; ID required) is $7; only $5 with film stub.
ABOUT THE FILM:
"Ain't in it For My Health," directed by Jacob Hatley and distributed by Kino Lorber, follows Helm at home and on the road as he records his first solo album in nearly a quarter century, only a few years after regaining the voice he lost to aggressive cancer treatment. The album, Dirt Farmer (2007; Vanguard), would go on to win a Grammy Award and spark a popular and critical reappraisal of Helm's legacy.
The film touches on the health and financial issues that Helm fought against in the final prolific decade of his life, and captures the singer in intimate moments with friends and family. It shows Helm as fans and family knew him best; fun, gregarious, dedicated, and uncompromising. "Ain't in it For My Health" made its debut at both the South by Southwest Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2010. It saw theatrical release this past April and is being shown for the first time in high-definition/surround sound on the big screen at the Ware Center.
ABOUT THE JAM TRIBUTE:
Performers so far scheduled to appear include Slimfit, Mike McMonagle, Bob Esbenshade, Vinegar Creek Constituency, members of The Slackwater News, The Ogham Stones, and Dave Lefever and others. Corty Byron and his band will serve as hosts and musical directors for the evening. Net proceeds from the Tellus 360 after party will benefit the American Cancer Society. The event is being presented by filmmaker/game developer Allen Clements and music journalist John Duffy with the kind assistance and cooperation of Tellus 360 and The Ware Center Film Series | Millersville University.
ABOUT LEVON HELM:
Mark Lavon Helm grew up in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas at a time when rock and roll was just being born. It was a birth the cotton farmers' son witnessed firsthand, catching Elvis Presley and his trio on the back of a truck, blues harmonica icon Sonny Boy Williamson at a local radio station, and the last of the old touring Medicine Shows as they crossed the south at harvest time.
As a teenager in 1959, "Levon" joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins' group, The Hawks, operating out of Canada. Jumping ship in 1963, they performed as Levon and the Hawks before being drafted by Bob Dylan to tour the world as his first backing band. Helm and the rest of the Hawks-Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals), Rick Danko (bass, vocals), Garth Hudson (organ), and Richard Manuel (piano, vocals)-then relocated with Dylan to bucolic Woodstock, New York.