Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum Present: “Music & Movies” July 24-September 25; This collaboration between Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum brings live music performances and movies about music and musicians to Bradenton’s South Florida Museum Friday evenings through September 25. The series is preceded with a special preview event on July 10 featuring a video debut and performance by Have Gun, Will Travel

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Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum Present:

“Music & Movies”

July 24-September 25

This collaboration between Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum brings live music performances and movies about music and musicians to Bradenton’s South Florida Museum Friday evenings through September 25. The series is preceded with a special preview event on July 10 featuring a video debut and performance by Have Gun, Will Travel.


(Bradenton, Florida) Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum present “Music & Movies,” a series featuring 10 evenings of live music performances by locally based musicians followed by movies about musicians, every Friday, July 24 through September 25, in Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton. Performances start at 6:30 p.m., followed by screenings at 7:30 p.m. Wine, beer and snacks are available for purchase. Tickets are $5 for museum members; $7 for non-members. Paid reservations are required; RSVP online at or call 941-746-4131, Ext. 13.

“This series is yet another inspired collaborative partnership that encourages people to come to downtown Bradenton,” says Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton. “We’re thrilled to be able to showcase local talent in the live performance portion of each evening. What better way to spend a hot summer night than with great music and movies?”


Music and Movies Schedule:


July 10, 8 p.m.: Special Preview Event: Have Gun, Will Travel Music Video Debut Screening: Enjoy a stripped-down acoustic set from the nationally acclaimed band Have Gun, Will Travel at the world premiere debut of its new music video for the song “True Believers.” The band will screen several of its past videos and play some of its favorite songs, unplugged. $5 cover for all.


July 24: Shine a Light (2008) Rated PG-13, 122 mins. Martin Scorsese turns his lens on the Rolling Stones for this feature focusing on two concerts from the band’s 2006 “A Bigger Bang” tour. In addition to extensive coverage of the band’s two-night stand at New York’s Beacon Theater the film also features historical footage, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage from decades past. The live musical performance is by John Denver’s Ghost, an acoustic southern rock powerhouse duo.


July 31: Sound City (2013) Not rated, 106 mins. Deep in the San Fernando Valley was rock n’ roll’s best kept secret: Sound City. Directed by Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and featuring interviews and performances by the iconic musicians who recorded some of rock’s greatest albums at the studio, Sound City doesn’t just tell the story of this real-life rock ‘n’ roll shrine, it celebrates the human element of music as Grohl gathers some of rock’s biggest artists to collaborate on a new album. The musical performance is by Danny Wampole, a singer-songwriter who plays upbeat acoustic rock, with influences ranging from Foo Fighters to The Beatles.


August 7: Thunder Soul (2010) Rated PG, 83 mins. In the 1970s, the jazz band at Houston, Texas’ Kashmere High School was one of the best in the nation, and even scored regional hits with its recordings. Comprised of students from one of Houston’s roughest neighborhoods, the Kashmere Stage Band was the brainchild of Conrad O. Johnson Sr., the school’s band director who replaced the band’s staid repertoire with a mix of lively jazz and funk tunes and current R&B favorites. The musical performance is by Local Artists, featuring jazz, blues and funk.


August 14: Shut Up and Play the Hits (2011) Not rated, 105 mins. On April 2nd, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. The instantly sold-out, near four-hour extravaganza moved the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York Magazine calling the event “a marvel of pure craft” and TIME magazine lamenting “we may never dance again.” This moving documentary captures that moment and the personal and professional ramifications for the artists involved. The musical performance is by Reggie Williams, a singer-songwriter featuring soul and pop sounds.


August 21:  It Might Get Loud (2009) Rated PG, 98 mins. Rarely can a film penetrate the glamorous surface of rock legends. It Might Get Loud tells the personal stories, in their own words, of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos–The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). It reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing favorite instruments, guitars both found and invented. The musical performance is by Dan Shafer, offering up a unique blend of folk, blues, indie, and rock.


August 28:  Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012) Rated PG-13, 100 mins. Drew DeNicola’s documentary traces the history of the highly influential power-pop band Big Star, which was headed by Alex Chilton. The band’s three albums provided inspiration to a host of successful artists including R.E.M., The Replacements, and The Flaming Lips. Archival footage of the group is presented along with commentary from those who worked with them. The musical performance is by Billy Burke, a local singer-songwriter whose style has been compared to artists like Ed Sheeran and John Mayer.


September 4: Benda Bilili! (2011) Rated PG-13, 85 mins. Benda Bilili is a musical group from Kinshasa, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s a city mired in poverty and dotted with shantytown communities. The band was founded by three homeless men who struggle with the aftereffects of polio and play instruments they either scavenged from the trash or built themselves from cast-off materials. Despite their dire circumstances, these musicians possess a genuine and remarkable talent, performing a fusion of rumba, rhythm and blues and hip-hop. The musical performance is by Matt Walden, a  20-year-old singer-songwriter and musician whose eclectic blend of soul, folk and pop give him an originally honest and progressive sound.


September 11: Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005) Rated PG-13, 104 mins. Leonard Cohen is widely regarded as one of the finest and most influential poets and songwriters of his generation, a writer whose artful mélange of love, Eros, and despair has earned him a passionate international following and the respect and admiration of other artists. Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man includes highlights from a tribute concert and thoughts on Cohen and his work from the participants and Leonard Cohen, himself. The musical performance is by Kristopher James, an alt-folk troubadour who channels the balanced line of life, love, doubts and hopes into “captivating music loaded with soft, acoustic guitar tunes and stunning vocals” (Music Gets Me By).


September 18: Lou Reed’s Berlin (2007) Rated PG-13, 85 mins. Thirty-three years after his ambitious concept album “Berlin” was pronounced dead on arrival, Lou Reed reteams with producers Bob Ezrin and Hal Willner to stage live performances of the now-classic release at concert venues all across the globe. The album, which was savaged by critics upon release, was eventually named by Rolling Stone as one of the top 500 albums ever released. The musical performance is by Beartoe, featuring Florida folk, delta blues and soul.


September 25: Mistaken For Strangers (2014) Rated G, 75 mins. Hailed by Pitchfork as “the funniest, most ‘meta’ music movie since This is Spinal Tap,” Mistaken for Strangers is a truly hilarious and touching film about two brothers. Matt is the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, and his younger brother Tom is a loveable slacker. What starts as a rock documentary quickly becomes a crowd-pleasing journey about family, ambition, and the creative process. The musical performance is by Sean McInerney & Erik Livingston, offering up acoustic melodies tempered with electric sensibilities.


About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a non-profit organization that brings people together to create a vibrant and prosperous Bradenton area. For more information, visit:


About the South Florida Museum

The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions – offering something new to discover with each visit. The facility also includes both the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Outfitted with a state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system, the Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility with stunning new multimedia capabilities. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County’s official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with young manatees from the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership. These injured or orphaned animals are taken care of by the Parker Aquarium staff until they are ready to be released into the wild. For more information about current exhibitions and special programs, membership, hours, or admission prices please call 941-746-4131 or visit


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