Tonight at Tampa Pitcher Show: James Brown Film Festival (video)

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"Night Train" (lower quality video but worth it for all the splits.

hosts another one of its fundraising film events, this one a James Brown film spectacular held at the food and alcohol-serving Tampa Pitcher Show. The evening kicks off with The Night James Brown Saved Boston, which documents the funk father's legendary performance on April 5, 1968, at Boston Gardens, the evening after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The film also tells sheds light on the crucial role that Brown and this particular concert played in the political, social and cultural climate of the era, and how Brown used his dynamic musical powers and uplifting energy to nurse the wounds of an aggressively mourning public. In addition, 'MNF also screens the entire April 5 concert as well as a clip from the fiery T.A.M.I. show from a few years earlier, where organizers made the mistake of scheduling the Rolling Stones to close the concert after Brown. In later interviews, Stones guitarist Keith Richards claimed that choosing to follow Brown & The Famous Flames was the biggest mistake of their careers, because no matter how well they performed, they could not top Brown's cape-flaring, dancetastic showmanship. Wed., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry, Tampa,  $10, 813-963-0578.

Check out a few performances from the TAMI show after the jump.

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