Fri.–Sat., May 3–4
A giant of a guitar player, the last of the great pop festivals, 45 top-notch speakers, and Pittsburgh’s largest screen, equal an eye-opening trip through rock history. Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church at The Rangos Giant Cinema will place you at the psychedelic center of Hendrix’s musical mastery.
Electric Church presents the legendary guitarist in full flight at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival before the largest U.S. audience of his career. This critically acclaimed film combines color, 16mm multi-camera footage of Hendrix’s unforgettable July 4, 1970 concert with a new documentary that traces his journey to the festival amidst the dark shadow of civil rights unrest, the relenting toll of the Vietnam War, and a burgeoning festival culture that drew together young people across the country who were inspired by the Woodstock festival.
The film details Hendrix’s integral role in drawing nearly 500,000 people to his Electric Church – a dusty scorching hot pecan orchard in Byron, GA some 100 miles south of Atlanta. Together with Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and drummer Billy Cox, Jimi skillfully blended favorites such as “Purple Haze,” “All Along The Watchtower,” and “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” with confident renditions of new songs such as “Freedom” and “Straight Ahead” that had not yet been released on album. With The Rangos’ surround sound system, Hendrix’s music will sound more electrifying than ever.
Featuring interviews with Hendrix bassist Billy Cox, Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer, concert promoter Larry Vaughan, artists Paul McCartney, Metallica’s Kirk Hammit, Steve Winwood, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Mountain’s Leslie West and Bruce Hampton, publicist Bob Merlis, journalist Anthony DeCurtis, filmmaker Steve Rash and many more, Electric Church is a can’t-miss musical event for any fan of the ‘60s and ‘70s rock catalog.