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Minneapolis-made film "Bahamian Son" premieres Thursday at Lagoon

Filmmaker Reggie Henderson also stars in the partially Minneapolis-made movie "Bahamian Son" opposite Leah Eneas.

It’s a long and roundabout way from north Minneapolis to the Bahamas to Hollywood, but a new locally made movie premiering Thursday night at Lagoon Cinema in Uptown connects those dots.

The film is called “Bahamian Son” and is the product of Minneapolis’ own Reggie Henderson, founder of Soul Tools Entertainment, a promotions and record company that has worked with local hip-hop and R&B stars such as Toki Wright, Freez, Kevin Washington and DJ Snuggles. Henderson wrote, produced and stars in the movie, a semi-autobiographical tale about a man finding his long-lost father in the Bahamas. Watch the trailer below.

“Bahamian Son” has already gained some traction on the film-fest circuit, having shown at both the Bahamas Film Festival and the Pan American Film Festival, the latter selection earned via none other than actor Danny Glover. Veteran movie critic and former “Sneak Previews” host Jeffrey Lyons also got on board with the film, calling it “a poignant, touching story with some of the best, no-frills acting you're likely to see. It's warm, honest, and heart-felt."

Much of the movie was shot around Minneapolis with local actors. Predictably, Twin Cities hip-hop also plays a role in it – literally so in the case of Wright, who appears on screen, while the soundtrack also features Washington, Eric Mayson, Lawrence Miles, Lyric Lashay, Greg Grease, Larissa Wilson, Don Xaba and Kazeem.

In addition to Thursday’s premiere, the Lagoon will screen “Bahamian Son” three more nights next week, Monday through Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m. There will also be an after-party with live music at Icehouse following Thursday’s premiere. Here are details on each event:





  • 10 p.m. Thursday, Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Av. S, Mpls., with performances by Toki Wright, Kevin Washington, Eric Mayson, Lawrence Miles, Don Xaba, and DJ Sound of Fujun, hosted by Miss Brit and Ras Bongo Jerie (21+, $5, free with movie ticket).



  • Monday, Oct. 12, 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7:30pm (with a wrap-up Q&A)
  • Tickets to each night also available via EventBrite.



Lianne La Havas seduces with her fragile soul/jazz at the Varsity



The planets – or something – aligned. It was the right venue for that artist at the right time. British pop star Lianne La Havas at a crowded Varsity Theater on Tuesday night just felt right. So right.

Not because the crowd gushed like worshipful One Direction fans. Or because an admiring Prince sat in the balcony (as he did two years ago at the Varsity for La Havas’ debut; she sang on his “Art Official Age” album in 2014). Or because 89.3 the Current has been championing La Havas’ second and latest album, “Blood,” and recorded an in-studio session with her before the concert.

No, it’s because her sound fit the Varsity. And she was so effective in presenting her gauzy, gently breezy, enticingly sexy soul/jazz/pop. Her voice was fragile, befitting the vulnerability of her lyrics. But, like her lyrics, she also had resiliency and strength, showing a full-throated soulful voice that recalled Alicia Keys.

Natural, engaging and unpretentious, La Havas, 26, connected more convincingly in the quieter modes if only because her four-man band was a little too aggressive on up-tempo numbers like “Never Get Enough.”

When it was just her voice and her hollow body electric guitar playing soft jazzy chords, the London singer was penetrating and seductive, with her straightforward lyrics on “Age,” “Ghost” and “Tease Me” pulling at your heartstrings.  

Even with her band and backup singer on a slower, pretty piece like “Lost and Found,” La Havas’ butter-like voice made you want to melt into your lover’s arms. And she was just as alluring on lite funk of “Unstoppable,” one of her singles from “Blood.”

La Havas’ sound may owe debts to a long line of mellow British soul/pop stars from Soul II Soul and Sade to Corinne Bailey Rae and Adele. In other words, her music is not particularly original but it is inspired and refreshing.

Tuesday’s 85-minute, 17-song set was split between material from “Blood” and her 2012 debut, “Is Your Love Big Enough?” Both records are winners but her live performance was even more remarkable.

Here is La Havas' set list from the Varsity:

Green & Gold/ Is Your Love Big Enough/ Au Cinema (with a snippet of Pharrell’s Happy) / What You Don’t Do/ Wonderful/ Tease Me/ No Room for Doubt/ Lost & Found/ Unstoppable/ Grow/ Midnight/ Elusive/ Never Get Enough/ Tokyo  ENCORE Age/ Ghost/ Forget 



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