Recommended: Questlove’s “The Summer of Soul.”

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Roots drummer and now filmmaker Questlove has made a thoroughly enjoyable concert documentary based on a series of concerts for the Harlem Cultural Festival in New York City.

One of the most successful years of the concert series was in 1969, and it became known as the “Black Woodstock.” The concert featured performances by an emerging Gladys Night and the Pips, Nina Simone, The Fifth Dimension, Sly and the Family Stone, Mahalia Jackson, The Staple Singers, Stevie Wonder, and more.

The film provides an excellent opportunity to see some of these legendary performers in their early years, and the energy they draw from the crowd is palpable.

From a Production Viewpoint

From a production point of view, you’ll marvel at the organizer’s ingenuity. Looking at the stage, you’ll notice there isn’t any rigging for lights. Because of the budget, the organizers had bare-bones event production. For that reason, they built the stage facing west to capture as much of the day’s natural light as possible.

The event was filmed by Hal Turchin using five portable video cameras shot throughout six weekends. He recorded over 40 hours of footage. When Questlove and the documentary’s producers received it, they pored through the videos to find sharp, good-quality show footage that would eventually be restored and used in the “Summer of Soul” documentary.

Technology Today in Event Production

Technology has grown by leaps and bounds since 1969, and The Full Pike can offer your company the latest in utilizing event production equipment and techniques. However, there are many budget limitations even in today’s world! That’s when you need to work with someone who can offer creative solutions.

Felix Pike is an innovative problem solver with vast experience and has worked on myriad event types with varying budgets. There’s a reason he’s known as “Fix-It Felix” in the industry!

Watch Questlove’s award-winning “Summer of Soul” documentary for the feel-good film you’ve been waiting for. You don’t have to be an event producer to appreciate event production challenges, but it is certainly enlightening. And the trip down memory lane is positive and uplifting.

Contact The Full Pike today for your production needs.