Sunday, November 24 / 10:00 a.m.
Blues Film Screening
SATAN & ADAM
hosted by MICHAEL CLOEREN
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Amphitheater
TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY, JULY 15 @ 10:00 a.m.!
“Satan & Adam” chronicles the unlikely pairing of legendary one-man-band Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee and harmonica master Adam Gussow.
Shot over 20 years, the film showcases one of the greatest blues duos you probably never got a chance to see. Magee and Gussow came together on the streets of Harlem in the 1980s, a time when race relations in New York City were at an all-time low. From completely different worlds, these two musicians forged a lifelong relationship that showcases the unifying power of music.
Sterling Magee experienced the music industry’s exploitation of black musicians firsthand. So he walked away to play on the Harlem streets for “his people.” Reborn as Mr. Satan, he spread his gospel and became a New York City legend.
When a white, Jewish musician named Adam Gussow asked to play with him, their lives took a powerful turn. Adam cast aside an ivory tower life, and Sterling’s embrace of his apprentice forged a sound that thrust him back in the spotlight due to a chance encounter with rock icons U2
But life on the road took its toll, and Magee vanished. The separation would test both men’s courage, and their journey to find each other again is a tale of tragedy, survival and miraculous rebirth.
Michael Cloeren is a major force in the festival world. Michael Cloeren Productions has created and/or produced over 80 festivals since 1991.
Cloeren was awarded the Blues Foundation’s KBA Award for promoter of the year in 1996 for keeping the blues alive.
He was the founder and producer of The Pennsylvania Blues Festival at various venues.