Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson… Five musicians who helped forge folk-rock with Bob Dylan and pioneered Americana (from a Canadian perspective) as The Band… all from an unassuming house in Saugerties in the ’60s.
The Band’s glorious run in the spotlight came to an end on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, with director Martin Scorsese capturing the Band and their non-stop parade of special guests – Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Dr. John, Van Morrison and so many more – in one of the greatest rock concert films of all time, “The Last Waltz.”
This week marks the 40th anniversary of The Band’s final concert, and there are quite a few special events going on around Greater Nippertown to celebrate The Last Waltz. Here’s a round-up of some of those events:
TELEVISION: “THE LAST WALTZ” @ WMHT-TV
Wednesday, November 23, 7:30pm
Thursday, November 24, 1am, 3pm & 11pm
Wednesday, November 30, 9pm
The Greater Nippertown PBS-TV station broadcasts the classic concert film, plus a conversation with Levon Helm recorded by WMHT in the performer’s kitchen not long before his death, and new interviews with Robbie Robertson recorded in LA by WMHT’s Scott Sauer.