Past Dates

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Columbus Park Refectory
West Side Blues Fest
Central and Jackson Av.
Chicago, IL

Alderman Chris Taliaferro and former Ald. Ike Carothers of the Illinois Alliance hosted neighbors and supporters at their second annual West Side Blues Fest. Larry Taylor, on whose life story TRTB movie is based, was the headline band, along with his buddy Killer Ray Allison (who played the guitar-hand double for Leon in TRTB.)Ike Blues fest 2016 poster

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Douglas Park: N. Lawndale Arts & Culture
First N. Lawndale Arts & Culture Fest
1400 S Sacramento
Chicago, IL

Larry Taylor, West Side bluesman on whose life TRTB is based, was the headline act in celebration of his own community.  He grew up around Douglas Park


Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Blues for N. Lawndale; TRTB Trailer talk - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DRW College Prep 931 Homan Av.
chicago, IL 60624
Price: FREE

The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council includes an Arts and Culture Committee meeting. Bonni McKeown, producer of TRTB, will talk on how this movie can help to project a positive image for North Lawndale, where the Taylor family lived for most of the 1950s, 60s and 70s surrounded by other musicians and night spots.  Instead of guns and drugs, can the neighborhood now be known for Blues and Soul?

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

TRTB Fundraiser at Ashunti Resource Ctr
Danny K Davis invites you to a post-Black History Month blues bash - 4:30 to 9 p.m.
4350 W. 16th St
Chicago, IL 60623
Price: $25

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Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Larry Taylor's legendary Blues & Soul - 8 to 11 p.m.
10426 S. Western Av
Chicago, IL 60643
Price: Eat and drink at the Horse Thief

Larry Taylor is the bluesman whose life The RHythm and the Blues is based on! His singing will blow you away. He is the REAL BLUES. Come here him live.

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Water Hole Lounge
Larry Taylor's 60th Birthday Blues bash
1400 S. Western Av
Chicago, IL 60636

Larry Taylor's 60th birthday blues bash in this vintage West Side spot was a time for folks from all walks of life to celebrate Larry's generation of blues men and women.  Larry, whose life is the subject of the movie, sang with Jerry-O and the ban. Special guest singers were Little Johnny, and Ms. Rodeo who was also a hostess. Other members of the host committee invited friends to make a motley crew that had a great time: old West Side Panther and social service youth worker Billy "Che" Brooks, Glenn Harston (actor who plays bluesman Floyd Jones in a barbershop scene; Southwest ChiIrish musician and chaplain Jim Smith; graphic designer Blanca Robledo and her husband  Dave Atwood, all around good guy. Darryl Pitts, director, writer and producer; and lawyer Kelvin Bulger stopped by.  Cathy Stacey at Ellie's Cafe provided meat pastries. 

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Reel Black Love at Oak Park Library/Dole
Reel Black Love screen and discussion with Darryl Pitts - 6:30 p.m.
Dole Branch, 255 Augusta St.
Oak Park, IL 60302
Price: FREE; RSVP below

Sponsored by Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  FREE; Please visit to RSVP!

Preview:Austin Weekly News

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

TRTB Support Party with LEON
Downtown Party featuring LEON, Larry Taylor - 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Exact Publicity, 161 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60605

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Audience sees trailer of Leon and Guy Davis, applauds Larry Taylor blues and soul band; Leon and Darryl lead discussion.  VIPs:  comedian George Wilborn; longtime music promoter George Daniels; actor LEON; producer Darryl Pitts; Exact CEO Shawn Zanotti.

Media writeups (see Press): Rolling Out, Reel Chicago, Truestar, Windy City Blues Society, and more. 

Thanks to Exact Publicity and Murphy Media/Michael Murphy for photos.



Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Bezazian public library
Reel Black Love film screen and discussion - 6 to 8 p.m.
1226 West Ainslie St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Price: FREE

Darryl Pitts screened and led a discussion on his recent documentary "Reel Black Love." He interviewed over 60 movie stars, directors and producers on their experiences of portraying romance on the screen. Great way to end Black History Month!

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Austin Town Hall
Reel Black Love film screen and discussion - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
5610 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60644
Price: Free all ages: RSVP

Nearly 100 people joined us to celebrate Valentines Day and Black History Month, as Darryl Pitts screened his documentary "Reel Black Love" featuring his interviews with over 60 actors and directors, about Black romance in the movies.  Co-Sponsored by Austin Weekly News and the West Side Business Network.

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

CASTING Calls for primary roles - also Feb. 11
SAG office
Chicago, IL

This is not an open call.  Professional actors with credentials welcome.

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Larry Taylor in Windy City Blues Challenge
754 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 427-1190

TaylorBandWindCtyChalng  Larry Taylor, on whose life The Rhythm and the Blues is based,  fronted a band including his brothers Tim Taylor on drums and Eddie Taylor Jr. on guitar, in the Windy City Blues Challenge at Buddy Guys legends. 

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Little White Lie: Discussion Panel - 6:15 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center,
164 N. State St., Chicago IL

Darryl Pitts, producer of TR&TB, moderates the discussion after the screening of "Little White Lie."

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Blues at the BBF - 7 p.m.
1512 S. Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL
Price: FREE all ages

With opening acoustic blues by Eddie Taylor Jr. and a panel discussion moderated by Bonni McKeown, featuring Darryl Pitts and Larry Taylor.


Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Reel Black Love film screen and discussion - 6 to 8 p.m.
9525 S. Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60628
Price: FREE

Darryl Pitts to lead discussion.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Culture Connection
Reel Black Love film screen and discussion
400 W. 71st St.
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Francis Parker School
Reel Black Love:Relationship Discussion
330 W. Webster
Chicago, IL 60614

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Reel Black Love screen and discussion - 6 to 8 p.m.
315 E Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 494-5800

 Admit it or not, we all learn about grownup love watching the movies. Darryl Pitts’ 70 minute documentary, Reel Black Love, spins an entrancing, flavorful history of African-American film romance. Leading actors like Diahann Carroll, Nia Long, Bernie Casey, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Leon, interviewed in Reel Black Love, tell how they project every feeling from naughtiness to gallantry onto the big screen. Karen Sharpe Kramer, widow of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner director Stanley Kramer, relates the backstage love of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn and the challenge of promoting Sidney Poitier’s interracial romance movie.

Darryl will show and discuss "Reel Black Love." 

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Reel Black Love film screen and discussion - 5:30 to 8 p.m.
9525 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60628
Price: FREE

Darryl Pitts showed and discussed his 70 minute documentary "Reel Black Love" in a FREE, all ages program at the Woodson Regional Library on Chicago's South Side.

Here's a review of the event: