About the film

When legendary talent agent Frank Barsalona handpicked promoters around the country to feature his musical acts beginning in the 1960s, he changed the shape of live music performance forever and helped skyrocket the likes of the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, David Bowie and Bon Jovi into superstardom. A hard-rocking tribute to the men who brought more than five decades of live music to millions of fans and created the roadmap to rock superstardom as we know it, “The Show’s the Thing” reveals the fascinating, untold history of this often overlooked, but essential part of the music industry. Michigan premiere.


9 p.m. Fri., April 12
Cinema Detroit

3 p.m. Sun., April 14
Marvin and Betty Danto
Lecture Hall at the DIA

Film credits

Year: 2018 
Run time: 1 hour, 37 minutes 
Directors: Molly Bernstein, Philip Dolin 
Producers: Justus Haerder, Zach Katz, Kathy Rivkin-Daum, Winston Simone, David Simone, Steve Martin, Cathy Greenwold, Carleen Simone, Producers Molly Bernstein, Philip Dolin 
Editor: Molly Bernstein 
Cinematographers: Eddie Marritz, Philip Dolin, Ollie Verschoyle, Carlos Diaz-Munoz 
Composer: Michael Leonhart 
Featured image: Santana at Tanglewood, Aug 18, 1970. Photograph by © Amalie R. Rothschild