Showtime announced today that the network has just acquired exclusive television rights to film and air the one-night only benefit concert ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER TIME: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF "INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS," inspired by music from the upcoming Coen Brothers' film, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, which is set in the 1960's Greenwich Village folk music scene. Produced by the film's writer and directors Joel and Ethan Coen, the film's executive music producer T Bone Burnett and producer Scott Rudin, the star-studded concert reunites the trio behind O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? and the highly successful concert events launched in conjunction with that film. ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER TIME: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF "INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS" will feature live performances of the film's music, as well as songs from the early 1960s that inspired the film. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation. The concert will take place at The Town Hall in New York City on Sunday, September 29, 2013, and Showtime will air it nationally on Friday, December 13th at 9 PM ET/PT. Artists performing at the concert include The Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, The Milk Carton Kids, Keb' Mo', Marcus Mumford, Bob Neuwirth, Conor Oberst, Punch Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Secret Sisters, Patti Smith, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, and Jack White. Stars of the film will also perform at the event, including Oscar Isaac (who plays the title role in the film), Carey Mulligan, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and John Goodman. In addition to extensive concert footage, the documentary will feature behind-the-scenes material from the feature film, including rehearsals, and interviews with the filmmakers and cast. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, written and directed by Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen, was produced by Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS recently won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival, and will also screen at this year's New York Film Festival on September 28. The film, which will be distributed by CBS Films in the U.S., begins its theatrical run on December 6. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn's misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club - on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul - and back again. Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan (as Llewyn's married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS - in the tradition of O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? - is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. An Epic on an intimate scale, it represents the Coen Brothers' fourth collaboration with multiple-Grammy and Academy Award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett. Grammy Award winner Marcus Mumford is associate music producer. Nonesuch Records releases the soundtrack to INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Produced by T Bone Burnett, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, with Marcus Mumford as its associate producer, the album features 12 new recordings created especially for the film and soundtrack. Also included is a never-before-released recording of Bob Dylan performing his song "Farewell," which was originally recorded during the sessions for his album The Times They Are A-Changin', and is available exclusively on this soundtrack.
Marcus Mumford, actor Oscar Issac, and Punch Brothers onstage during the concert film celebrating the movie “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Picture a parade of superb classic and contemporary folk, roots, and rock musicians playing in your living room and you’ll have some idea of the cozy feel of the concert film “Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’ ”
Airing Friday at 10 p.m. on Showtime, the documentary, recorded Sept. 29 at Town Hall in New York, was produced by “Davis” filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (“Fargo,” “No Country For Old Men”) and their “O Brother Where Art Thou” musical collaborator, acclaimed producer T Bone Burnett. The trio convened an amazing roster of artists, including a few of the actors from the film — opening Dec. 20 — to pay tribute to the artists and songs that serve as the backbone to the story’s 1960s folk scene setting.
“What everyone’s going for,” says singer-multi-instrumentalist Chris Thile of Punch Brothers at the outset, “is to create an experience that could be had around a campfire” — since during the ’60s, “all of a sudden, downtown New York was America’s campfire.”
It would be the lucky camper, indeed, who was able to lure the artists of “Another Day” over to their site, since they include the Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, the Milk Carton Kids, Patti Smith, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and Jack White. (For some reason, not everyone who appeared on the bill is represented in the film — which condenses three hours into about an hour and 40 minutes — with Elvis Costello.)
ANOTHER DAY/ANOTHER TIME: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF “INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS”
the Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers, Patti Smith, Gillian Welch, Jack White
It’s endearing to see Smith admit to nerves before heading onstage to slay “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” or Meloy clearly in awe of Baez as they work out their harmonies.On a simple stage, playing acoustic instruments, the artists play solo and in various configurations, collaborating on covers and original tunes. The film also offers a peek backstage where the hootenannies — watched over by Burnett and the Coens — are even looser, and in the rehearsal space as the artists work out how to fit their voices and instruments together.
Among the many highlights is Meloy performing “Blues Run the Game,” Welch, Rawlings, and Willie Watson getting down on “Midnight Special,” and Giddens tearing up “S’iomadh Rid the Dhith Om/Ciamar A Ni Mi.” The Milk Carton Kids are particularly a revelation with their close harmonies on “New York” and they also offer some dry humor to the proceedings. “For some reason T Bone Burnett has started asking us to do things,” says Kenneth Pattengale. “I’m mowing his lawn next week,” replies Joey Ryan. Thile and his Punch Brothers also offer supple assistance to many of the acts.
While “Another Day” is a standalone event, the best advertisement for the film itself is the appearance of “Inside Llewyn Davis” star Oscar Isaac, who talks about the pressure of performing on film versus the concert. “At least in the movie, I don’t have to follow Jack White,” he says with a gulp.
Isaac acquits himself quite well, performing a tender rendition of “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” made famous by Dave Van Ronk, the folk singer whose memoir served as a loose blueprint for the title character of the film.
And as Seth Avett notes, “there should not be an element of exclusivity with folk music.” “Another Day” shows that it is here for us all, the folks playing and the folks watching.
Last night at Manhattan’s Town Hall, folk music’s greatest and latest joined forces to pay tribute to the music of Inside Llewyn Davis, the forthcoming Coen Brothers film chronicling the city’s downtown music scene in the ’60s.
It was an evening of “weeping, wailing and sowing and reaping” (as master of ceremonies and Llewyn Davis costar John Goodman put it) featuring an all-star lineup — including Avett Brothers, Marcus Mumford, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Jack White, Conor Oberst, and the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy — performing music from the soundtrack as well as the classic folk songs from the movie.
The five-man band took on classics like “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds” and “Rye Whiskey,” and provided the backbone for multiple performers.
+ Justin Timberlake’s “Understudy”: Elvis Costello
Although Davis costar Justin Timberlake was unavailable, he sent his “understudy,” Elvis Costello. The bespectacled rock icon walked into his set with a standing ovation, joining famed producer T Bone Burnett and actor Adam Driver, who backed on vocals for “Please, Mr. Kennedy,” the song performed by Timberlake in the film.
+ Colin Meloy & Joan Baez
Meloy brought out folk music legend Joan Baez to perform “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night” alongside Gillian Welch. She went on to be something of the night’s MVP, returning again to join Patti Smith and Marcus Mumford.
+ Patti Smith
Taking on “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” a classic folk song once covered by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Smith wowed the audience with her rendition of her own “People Have The Power,” cowritten with her late husband Fred “Sonic” Smith. She was joined by Baez, alongside The Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive and Dave Rawlings for a moment made in folk heaven. “I’m sure that Fred would be glad to see all these people,” Smith told the audience. “I don’t even know who they are, but I’m glad to see them!”
+ Marcus Mumford’s ‘OMG’ Moment
The Mumford and Sons frontman proved you can never be too cool when you meet your heroes. After performing John Fahey’s “Give Me Cornbread When I’m Hungry” with Baez, he said in awe, “That’s f–ing Joan Baez, man … Everyone’s been too cool to have one of those OMG moments.” (Later in the night, he also joined the Punch Brothers on a rendition Bob Dylan’s “Farewell” featured on the soundtrack.)
+ Carey Mulligan
Mumford’s wife, actress and Davis costar Carey Mulligan, had her OMG moments too. In addition to joining Costello and The Punch Brothers to sing “500 Miles” by Hedy West, she also partnered up with Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens, the frontwoman for Carolina Chocolate Drops, on an alluring a cappella rendition of “Go To Sleep, Little Baby.”
“Tumbling Tumbleweeds”- The Punch Brothers
“Rye Whiskey”- The Punch Brothers
“Will The Circle Be Unbroken”- Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings with The Punch Brothers
“That’s The Way It Goes”- Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings
“Midnight Special”- Willie Watson with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings
“I Hear Them All/This Land Is Your Land”- Dave Rawlings with Gillian Welch and Willie Watson
“The Last Thing On My Mind”- Stark Sands with The Punch Brothers
“New York”- The Milk Carton Kids
“Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”- The Secret Sisters
“You Go Down Smooth”- Lake Street Dive
“Please, Mr. Kennedy”- Elvis Costello with Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, T-Bone Burnett and The Punch Brothers
“Four Strong Winds”- Conor Oberst with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings
“A Man Named Truth”- Conor Oberst with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings
“Tomorrow Is A Long Time”- Keb’ Mo’
“Blues Run The Game”- Colin Meloy
“I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night”- Joan Baez, Colin Meloy, and Gillian Welch
“All My Mistakes”- The Avett Brothers
“That’s How I Got To Memphis”- The Avett Brothers
“Road Full Of Doubt/Head Full Of Promise”- The Avett Brothers
“Did You Hear John Hurt?”- Jack White
“We’re Going To Be Friends”- Jack White
“Water Boy”- Rhiannon Giddens
Gaelic Traditional- Rhiannon Giddens with The Punch Brothers
“Hang Me, Oh Hang Me”- Oscar Isaac with The Punch Brothers
“Green, Green Rocky Road”- Oscar Isaac
“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”- Patti Smith
“People Have The Power”- Patti Smith with Joan Baez, The Avett Brothers, Dave Rawlings, and Lake Street Dive
“Rock Salt and Nails”- Bob Neuwirth with The Punch Brothers
“The Auld Triangle”- The Punch Brothers with Marcus Mumford
“Go To Sleep, Little Baby”- Gillian Welch, Carey Mulligan, and Rhiannon Giddens
“500 Miles”- Elvis Costello, Carey Mulligan and Stark Sands with The Punch Brothers and Secret Sisters
“Which Side Are You On?”- Elvis Costello and Joan Baez
“House Of The Rising Sun”- Joan Baez
“Give Me Cornbread When I’m Hungry”- Joan Baez and Marcus Mumford
“I Was Young When I Left Home”- Marcus Mumford
“Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)”- Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac with The Punch Brothers
“Farewell”- Marcus Mumford with The Punch Brothers