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Directed by Ramin Niami

United States 2011 90 mins.

From 1957 to its closing in 2007, Laura Mae Gross’s legendary South Central Los Angeles blues club was ground zero for a generation of music lovers and legends. Welcoming to all audiences, everyone from Johnny Lee Hooker, BB King, Albert King, and T-Bone Walker to the up-and-coming shared the stage in an open, creative, and safe environment. Niami’s loving valentine is a homey ode to a 50-year story of music and family with Guitar Shorty, Ray Bailey, Deacon Jones, Keb’ Mo’, South Side Slim, Tokyo Mississippi, and many others testifying to the club’s profound influence on their lives and music and demonstrating it in rousing performances. “If you don’t want to get up and move at some point during this film, go see a doctor.”—The Los Angeles Times.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.