This blog was created to provide my opinion and reviews about the Chicago music scene. The commentary here is based upon what shows that I (as a lover of all things music) have SEEN. I also comment on the venues so that you can know what to expect during your night out, whether reserve tables are in order, what acoustical nightmares or pleasures you might experience, where you might go to eat before the show, and other random, noteworthy, or fun observations. I hope you enjoy the reviews!
Apr 6, 2014
CIMMFest Chicago May 1-4, 2014
From the CIMMfest website:
"CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival—is a four-day showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets, lively Q&A’s, daring live score performances, industry panels and presentations…anything to show just what movies and music mean to each other.
Each Spring filmmakers, musicians, and their passionate fans alike, descend upon Wicker Park and Logan Square, two of Chicago’s most eclectic, vibrant neighborhoods. That’s where CIMMfest takes place—the films by day, the live music by night—at theaters, galleries, bars, concert spaces, and some of the city’s most storied venues.
The films come from all countries and cultures, and range from documentaries to fiction to concert films to shorts to music videos. They just have to be about music and/or use music in a creative, integral way. The live performances are inspired by film or feature visual accompaniment.
In 2013, CIMMfest expanded its music section to include more than fifty bands, twenty venues and a footprint along Milwaukee Avenue that stretches nearly two miles. CIMMCon also made it’s debut in 2013, bringing together nearly sixty innovators, tastemakers, industry leaders and more in a series of fifteen free panels exploring everything from State of the Recording Industry to how to Kickstart your Film."
This year, headliners include Yo Lo Tengo and Escort. Tickets are $75 for a 4 day pass which get's you three top choice venues and the ability to get into all the rest, first come first serve. Individual venue tickets can be purchased also. Truly an amazing music culture event that we are lucky to have in our own backyard. A full schedule of music, movies and events are listed at the CIMMfest website: CIMMfest
My recommendations so far include the band Tall Walker at Subterranean on 5/1 and Hip Hop artist Hologram Kizzie AKA Psalm One at Subterranean on 5/4 for starters. I need to peruse the schedule and find others that will get my 5 guitar rating! Check out their YouTube videos posted below. See you there!