The Big Pink: A Tribute to the Last Waltz

Dubbed by Pauline Kael "the best of all rock-concert documentaries," 1978's The Last Waltz leaves me wishing director Martin Scorsese had waited and made a Clash film instead: The Band are just too comfy in their rustic-traditionalist approach to blaze more than a campfire for guests Muddy Waters, the Staples, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan. Yet there's admirably obsessive fandom behind recreating the entire film onstage with local musicians, great songs to seize (the undeniable "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"), and neck-chilling vocal likenesses all over this tribute's MySpace page. With Katie Gearty and Larry Fountain as the Staples, Andra Suchy as Joni Mitchell, Big George Jackson as Muddy Waters, Dan Israel as Dylan, Terry Walsh as Van Morrison, Melissa Moser as Emmylou Harris, Mick Sterling as Neil Diamond, and many more. 21+.
Fri., Jan. 23, 8:30 p.m., 2009
 
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