CIMM Fest Announces Initial Lineup

If you’re a fan of music and/or movies, April 16-19 is gonna be like Christmas and your birthday rolled into one giant festival of pleasure. Now in its 7th year CIMM Fest is a combination of live music performances, film showings, Q&A’s with directors/artists, and an all-around good time. At $55 for a 4-day pass, it’s an unbeatable deal.

The first lineup announcement came late last week, and it’s already filled to the brim with great stuff. Here’s a quick rundown of what I’m most excited for-I’ll link to the whole announcement below.

Number one on my list is Sam Lay In Bluesland. The documentary focuses on Sam Lay, the 79-year-old drummer who played with everyone from Howlin’ Wolf to Bob Dylan. He’s one of the few remaining blues men from the old guard and he’ll be appearing at Rosa’s for a show on April 11th.

At last year’s CIMM Festvwe got a preview of Theory Of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents. Now the filmmakers are back with the full documentary. I saw the preview, and it’s definitely worth a watch if you’re at all interested in the avant-garde band. Access was granted to the vaults so there is a lot of material never before seen by the public.

The Possibilities Are Endless documents the life of Edwyn Collins, frontman of Orange Juice. It follows his recovery after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage that wiped his memory.

Jaco! makes its Chicago debut on Record Store Day. Metallica bass player/Producer Robert Trujillo will do a Q&A following the presentation of this film, a documentary about innovative bassist Jaco Pastorius. 

Double Door is hosting some great musical acts including The Right Now, Jamaican Queens, My Gold Mask, Bailiff, and Sidewalk Chalk. 

City Winery will host Todd Snider while Thalia Hall has Rolling Stones backup singer/star of 20 Feet From Stardom Lisa Fischer.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s plenty more to come so go grab tickets and check out the full announcement on CIMM Fest’s website.