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"Summer of Soul, 1969: A Retrospective" Concert

The concert will feature music from the Academy-award winning film "Summer of Soul" about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.

Harlem Music Festival

Florida Atlantic University’s Department of History presents “The John O’ Sullivan Memorial Concert: Summer of Soul, 1969: A Retrospective.” The concert will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at or by calling 561-297-6124.  FAU students, faculty, staff and alumni tickets are free with ID.

The concert will feature music from the Academy-award winning film “Summer of Soul.” This documentary film by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival that took place on six Sundays between June 29 and August 24 at Mount Morris Park in Harlem, and included such performers as Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, The 5th Dimension, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and many more.

The concert will be narrated by Candace Cunningham, FAU professor of history, and will include music performed by FAU Alum Sam Avery Miller as musical director and the band: Alejandro Sánchez-Samper, keyboard; Rob Rimmington, bass; Sam Avery Miller, lead guitar and backing vocals; Rody LaFrance, rhythm guitar; Gabe Molano, saxophone; Camie Wheeler, vocals; Matt Nichols, Drums; and Andres Espinoza, percussion.

There will also be a free showing of the movie “Summer of Soul” on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the University Housing Lawn next to Atlantic Park Towers Residence Hall. The screening, food and drinks are free and open to the public.

The mission of the John O’Sullivan Memorial Lectureship has been to provide students, secondary school teachers, faculty members and public guests with exposure to a distinguished historian whose lecture/presentation broadens and deepens understanding of the major thematic and conceptual aspects of 20th century American history relevant to O’Sullivan’s specialties. Over the years, FAU has hosted scholars of World War II, the Vietnam War, the Nuclear Age, the Holocaust, modern American culture, and 20th century political and diplomatic affairs.

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