Reel Music 33: ROXY: THE MOVIE

Roxy the Movie- Frank Zappa

Filmed over three nights in December 1973 at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, ROXY: THE MOVIE perfectly encapsulates the qualities that made Frank Zappa such a revolutionary musical pioneer. Thanks to advances in digital technology, this never-before-released film—which sat in the Zappa vaults for decades because its sound didn’t meet Zappa’s technical standards—is finally being shared with music lovers around the world. ROXY features the unparalleled composer and guitarist leading one of the most iconic iterations of his backing band the Mothers (including keyboardist George Duke, trombonist Bruce Fowler, flutist Napoleon Murphy Brock, bassist Tom Fowler, drummers Ralph Humphrey and Chester Thompson, and percussionist Ruth Underwood) through some of Zappa’s most challenging and rewarding music. A unique big screen treat. (95 mins.) 

Sponsored by KBOO. 


Welcome to our 33rd annual edition of Reel Music. We’ve been on the lookout all year for new works—and timely classics—to feature in our annual celebration of sound, music, and image. Whether your passion is jazz, blues, rock, soul, opera, classical, avant-garde—or anything in between—we hope you find something to discover and inspire you in this eclectic mix of the familiar and unknown. As always, our special thanks go to Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker,, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, XRAY.FM, KMHD, KBOO, PDX Pipeline, Oregon Music News, and Marmoset.

ROXY: THE MOVIE screens Friday, January 15 at 9:15pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located inside the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of our 33rd Reel Music Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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