Join us for the Grand Opening of the Docutah Red Cliffs Theaters for:

  • Victory Missionary Baptist Church Choir launches the evening dedicated to Aretha Franklin
  • A Classic Car Show
  • Then a great drive-in movie! – FREE to the public

How They Got Over is a feature length documentary about the African-American quartets who traveled the back roads of the Deep South in the 1930s and 40s creating a hard gospel sound and vigorous performing style that foreshadowed doo-wop, rhythm and blues, soul and Motown.

With the Dixie Hummingbirds, Blind Boys of Alabama and Mississippi, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Soul Stirrers, Fairfield Four, Sensational Nightingales, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Highway QCs and more, legendary musicians like James Brown got their ideas from the impressive, dramatic performances of Afro-American gospel quartets that played in churches, on local radio stations and, later, at concert halls starting in the 1930s.

The documentary is about the evolution of these quartets and illustrates how this often originally religious harmony singing developed into more secular songs with instruments, multiple vocalists, passion and sold-out shows. Their stories and those of other genre lovers are augmented by seldom-seen archival concert footage. 2017 / United States, Runtime: 01:26:45

Director: Robert Clem, Producers: Mike Tannen, Robert Clem

Location: Red Cliffs Theaters. 7:00 PM

Event Sponsored by:
Dixie State University
Canyon Media