As CIMMfest No. 6 moves toward its second day, this annual mashup of movies and music has been garnering a fair amount of attention in the Chicago media. There are 17 different shows tomorrow night, May 2nd—mostly spread around the city’s north side. From a film about Led Zeppelin to live disco music, with options for comedy, blues, and techno music, the schedule reflects the eclectic vision of the festival’s organizers. Here are a few suggestions. Check out the CIMMfest website for all the details.
Pleased to Meet Me exemplifies CIMMfest’s mission to find common ground between rock and film. It’s an 80-minute comedy-drama directed by Archie Borders about an unlikely band comprised of aspiring musicians who responded a classified ad posted by a veteran rock star. The newly assembled band’s goal is to make the most of a one-day opportunity in a recording studio. The offbeat and fascinating cast includes Aimee Mann, John Doe of the Los Angeles punk band X, Karin Bergquist of the alt/country rock band Over The Rhine, Loudon Wainwright, and Joe Henry. Pleased to Meet Me will be shown at 9:25 PM at the Logan Theatre, with a Q and A session with Archie Borders. Admission is $10.
It’s a complicated and most likely funny matter of What Is And What Might Have Been in Jeff Krulik’s film Led Zeppelin Played Here. The issue is whether the heavy metal band performed for about 50 people at a Maryland youth center on the night of Richard Nixon’s inauguration in January, 1969. Krulik attempts to discern which of the locals he interviews have the most accurate memories of that evening. Led Zeppelin Played Here will be shown at 7:15 PM at the Logan Theatre, with a Q and A with Jeff Krulik. Admission is $10.
Chicago is justifiably proud of its blues heritage, so when one of its adopted sons snags a prestigious honor, it’s time for a celebration. CIMMfest and Orman Music aim to give saxophone player Eddie Shaw a joyous send-off to Memphis, where he’ll be inducted into The Blues Hall Of Fame. Shaw first came to Chicago in 1957, and went on to perform with Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Howlin’ Wolf, and other blues luminaries in the city. Shaw will be backed by The Wolfgang when he performs at 6:30 PM at Rosa’s Lounge, and at 7:30 PM, there will be a screening of Gary Vincent’s TV show Down to the Crossroads, which features Shaw, George Thorogood, and Morgan Freeman. Admission is $15.