Special Event will Rock the Red Rocks with a Tribute Concert 

August 12, 2019 — Saint George, UT — At Dixie State University DOCUTAH International Documentary Film FestivalTM special events combine with film screenings to provide an immersive Festival experience for audiences. At many films this year, not only are filmmakers present, but also are the subjects of the films. Among the many special events planned for the Festival DOCUTAH is an extravaganza on September 3rd at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater when DOCUTAH presents “Laurel Canyon in Zion Canyon.” The evening, which features a screening of Echo in the Canyon evening, begins with a California Folk-Rock band concert, featuring the All-Star Band under the musical direction of Alice Ericksen and Bruce Bennett. 

Echo in the Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. 

Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene. Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today. Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones. 

“The presentation of Laurel Canyon in Zion Canyon allows attendees to enjoy music of the period and a great film in a spectacular setting. The festival experience is unique,” said Phil Tuckett, Professor of Digital Film at DSU and Executive Director of the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival. “It is a collective experience involving filmmakers, subjects, audience and community. Attendees will see films often shown nowhere else and enjoy special events, linked directly to the subjects of the films” 

Laurel Canyon in Zion Canyon Schedule 

2019 DOCUTAH Laurel Canyon in Zion Canyon 

7PM Gates open 8 PM DOCUTAH All-star band 8:45 PM film screening $15 – tickets available at https://tickets.dsutix.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=160 Food and beverage available for purchase 

All Star Band members: Mike Moulton (Lead Guitar/Sax/Vox) Dick Ericksen (Rhythm Guitar/Harmonica/Vox) Matt Szymanski (Keyboard) Elaine Moulton (Bass/Vox) Steve Flaig (Drums) Bruce Bennett (Lead Vox/Guitar) Alice Ericksen (Vox/Auxilary Percussion) 

The Festival runs from September 2 through 7 with the main Festival Hub at the DOCUTAH Red Cliffs Theaters and the DSU Eccles Fine Arts Center. Full information about all the films included in this year’s DOCUTAH Festival, special events, schedule and ticketing may be found at docutah.com. Informational handouts for the Festival with information are at the Cox Performing Arts Center at Dixie State University. The DOCUTAH program book will be available in late August at the Cox before the Festival and the Red Cliffs theaters during the Festival