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Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

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Music Doc Featuring Portland's Fritz Richmond Screens in Portland on 1/29

Fritz Richmond (1939-2005)- for the Grateful Web

Acclaimed jug band documentary "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" is set to screen at the 25th Reel Music Festival in Portland at the Whitsell Auditorium on January 29, 2008.  "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" has recently screened to sold-out crowds at the Woodstock Film Festival, Hartford International Film Festival and the San Francisco Jug Band Festival.  

The film, directed by Todd Kwait, is a labor-of-love documentary focused on one of America's most beloved forms of folk music, the jug band.  Featuring a who's-who of '60s folk artists like Rock and Roll Hall of Famers John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), David Grisman, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur and Jim Kweskin, "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" explores the history of jug band music and the influence it had on these legendary musicians.  

Fritz Richmond, who made his home in Portland later in life and is widely considered to have been the finest jug and washtub bass player in the genre, is featured throughout the film.  Fritz passed away while "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" was being filmed, and in some ways the film became an ode to Fritz - to his talent and character.  He led an illustrious musical life, co-founding the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and performing with Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder and the Grateful Dead.  "Fritz was a cultural icon," says Sebastian in the film.   

Todd Kwait says, "One of the last things Fritz said to me was that if I wanted to tell the complete story we needed to go to Japan and the Yokohama Jug Band Festival."  Todd followed his advice, and filmed what became some of the documentary's most exciting and endearing scenes.   

What: Screening of "Chasin' Gus' Ghost"
Where: Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR
When: January 29, 2008 at 7PM
Tickets: $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors

"Chasin' Gus' Ghost" Jug Band Documentary Screens In Hartford, CT

John Sebastian- for the Grateful Web

Fresh off the heels of a sold-out world premiere screening at the Woodstock Film Festival earlier this month, jug band documentary "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" is set to screen at the Hartford International Film Festival in Hartford, CT on November 10th at 7PM.

The film, directed by Todd Kwait, is labor-of-love documentary focused on one of America's beloved forms of folk music, the jug band.  Featuring a who's-who of 60s folk artists like Rock and Roll Hall of Famers John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead); David Grisman, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur and Stamford, Connecticut-born Jim Kweskin, "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" explores the history of jug band music and the influence it had on these legendary musicians.

Highlights of this "inspiring" (Allaboutjazz.com) film include Bob Weir recalling the first time he met Jerry Garcia and the eventual formation of the Grateful Dead, vintage performance footage of Lovin' Spoonful and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and newspaper clippings, photos and archival video footage of jug band musicians dating as far back as the 1920s.  All are rare treats for music and documentary lovers.

What: Screening of "Chasin' Gus' Ghost"
Where: The University of Hartford's Wilde Auditorium, Hartford, CT
When: November 10th at 7PM
Tickets: $10 for "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" screening, available at the Wilde Auditorium before the screening and online at http://www.capitolcinemacollective.org.