Opening Night

Summer of Soul - Opening Night Gala

“A song isn’t just a song. It can capture a moment in time. It will tell you a story, if you look close enough. The story of “Summer of Soul” is my voice.” -Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Summer of Soul is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival

A hundred miles south of Woodstock, some of the biggest names in blues, gospel and soul – including Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, BB King and Mahalia Jackson – prepare to take the stage. It’s 1969, the year of the Manson murders, the moon landing and the third Harlem Cultural Festival, which brought almost 300,000 people to upper Manhattan’s Morrison Park. The concert series, held over a series of weekends, was filmed by Hal Tulchin, yet his footage of this history-making event remained locked in a basement for 50 years … until now.