Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn

  • Directed by Ramin Niami
  • United States, 2011, 90 mins., English

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.

Genres: Documentary