Narrated by legendary Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, the film follows Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces the roots of America’s music, following the footsteps of Louis Armstrong through the colourful locales and cultures where America’s music was born.
Visiting such iconic cities as New Orleans, Chicago, New York City, Nashville, Memphis, Miami and more, America’s Musical Journey explores the collision of cultures that gave birth to such electrifying American art forms as jazz, the blues, country, rock and roll, hip-hop and more.
As audiences join Blacc on this joyful, tune-filled tour, they’ll experience uniquely American adventures such as paddle-wheel boating up the Mississippi Delta, flash mob dancing in Chicago and skydiving with Elvis impersonators over Memphis in scenes shot exclusively for the giant screen.
“America’s music has its roots in the diverse cultures that came together from different parts of the world, culminating in a unique blend of sound, culture and innovation unlike anywhere else in the world,” said MacGillivray.
“Music is an essential part of the human experience, and I look forward to helping audiences discover the unique cultural influences that gave rise to jazz, the blues, folk and other American musical genres,” says Aloe Blacc. “I love the freedom of expression in this country, which is a source of creativity and innovation unlike anywhere else.”
In addition to Aloe Blacc, audiences will meet other iconic artists, musicians and innovators who are shaping America’s culture today, including Jon Batiste, bandleader and musical director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Latin music stars Gloria and Emilio Estefan, New Orleans music hero Dr. John, Chicago jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, teenage banjo-playing phenomenon Willow Osborne, Memphis jookin dance star Lil Buck, the Detroit Youth Choir, Chicago footwork maestros Pause Eddie and Donnetta “Lil Bit” Jackson, the Bandaloop vertical dancers, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, the Beale Street Flippers, skydiving Elvis impersonators and many more.
“We are thrilled to bring this film to Melbourne,” says IMAX Melbourne General Manager Richard Morrison. “America’s Musical Journey is a very different kind of IMAX experience and we’re excited to see how our audiences react!”
iTWire is a proud supporter of IMAX & Museum Victoria, with the Editor in Chief and CEO of iTWire, Andrew Matler stating: "If you like music, and interested in the background of modern music this covers America's influence on modern music which led to rock, rap, hip-hop, jazz and many more iconic styles. The movie has some very beautiful cityscapes and engaging characters.
"Some of the dancing was just amazing and I mean amazing. With 45 mins as the duration, it is a great movie to attend with that special someone or family followed by dinner There is nothing like a positive enjoyable movie to set the scene for a night out."
Tickets go on sale on September 3 at the IMAX Melbourne website.
America’s Musical Journey is suitable for all ages and has a running time of 45 minutes.
Here is the official IMAX trailer: