America’s musical roots explored in new series.

Musical events are a tradition at the Sundance Film Festival and Thursday night’s special event at the Eccles Center was one not to miss.

Appearances by Robert Redford and filmmaker Bernard MacMahon, a partial screening of “American Epic,” the upcoming four-part six-hour television mini-series about the evolution of American music, an extended onstage conversation between Sundance Institute Film Music Program director Peter Golub, T Bone Burnett, Jack White, Taj Mahal and MacMahon, and live mini-sets from Taj Mahal and the Avett Brothers, were hiughlights.

Setting the stage for the film, Redford spoke about how music became a major force in shaping his life and how it continues to influence his journey to this day.

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