If you get a chance rent the DVD The Last Waltz, but be aware that you need to have a decent picture (the movie is available on Blu Ray) and you need a good sound system. If those two are lacking take the DVD to a friend who has such in their sound/theater room. Turn it up! Enjoy Van Morrison, The Staple Singers, Joni Mitchell, and more bands.
More on our research about the blues and jazz music at a later date.
If after watching the movie you fall in love with The Band consider reading This Wheel’s On Fire by The Band’s drummer Levon Helm.