Directed by John Goddard
FOCUS: ROCK’N’SOUL • Hi De Ho Show fans take note: This is the extravaganza that John Goddard—our maestro of the marvels and mysteries of all things musical—has always wanted to do . . . be doo be doo. Veejaying clips from his personal archives, Goddard spins an uncut outtake fiesta of fabulous faves from his legendary Village Music shows at the original Sweetwater—plus some of those extraordinary in-store appearances. (Remember packing in to see Elvis Costello?) The invitation-only shows began after Sweetwater’s Jeanie Patterson bemoaned never getting someone like Ry Cooder to play a club so small. “Why not?” asked Goddard, and the roster grew: Santana, John Lee Hooker, the Fairfield Four, Carla Thomas, Jimmy Scott, Bettye Lavette, Charles Brown . . . Add Audie Delone as impromptu music director and it was, per Goddard, as though Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland were putting on a show and “hired a bandleader like Benny Goodman to run the thing.” The nonstop extravaganza takes place at the Sweetwater. Be there!