CIMMFest 2014 Recap in Photos

Davina and the Vagabonds at the Double Door (4/30)

Boyce & Hart: The Guys Who Wrote ‘Em at Logan Theater (5/1)

Phil Cohran & Friends

Yo La Tengo at Concord Music Hall (5/1)

Prism at Elastic Arts (5/2)

Larry Ochs at Elastic Arts (5/2)

Be Here to Love Me at Logan Theater (5/3)

CIMMCon Panel: Chicago Film Business: Beg, Borrow, or Build at 1st Ward (5/3)

Thanks again to and all of the sponsors for the “Texan in Chicago” contest. I had a great time!

Pre-CIMMFest Thoughts

Hi listeners!
I’m excited to have won the “Texan in Chicago” contest and for the chance to come up to Chicago to cover the sixth annual Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. Thanks to all of the sponsors and all of my friends who supported me!
Before I start blogging about my experience, I’d just like to introduce myself. I currently live in Austin and my two favorite things combine into a palindrome: tacocat! (No seriously, I love tacos and cats.) I am also most definitely not a professional music blogger but I am an avid concert goer and music lover. For a better idea of my music taste, here’s my profile!
One of the things I’ve been contemplating a lot lately has been the general concert experience when you go to see a band you love and go to see a band you’ve never heard of for the first time. There a few bands on the lineup that I haven’t heard of and I honestly like that I’m going to see them with no expectations – though I do think CIMMFest is full of talented musicians! I guess from a music journalism perspective, is it important to have that familiarity beforehand? Anyway, I’m really just aiming to bring all of the awesome talent from the fest to you from fresh eyes!
In terms of CIMMFest coverage, these are the shows I’m planning on going to so they’re the ones you can expect to see reviewed:
Wed, April 30th – Davina and the Vagabonds
Thu, May 1st – Boyce & Hart / Phil Cohran / Yo La Tengo
Fri, May 2nd – Prism / Larry Ochs
Sat, May 3rd – Be Here to Love Me / CIMMCon Film Panel
Unfortunately since I have to head back to Austin on Sunday, I won’t be able to make the Downtown Boys, Mozart’s Sister, Trust, and EMA show at the Empty Bottle but I think that’ll be a show worth seeing!
Signing out for now,

Recap: CIMMFest Kick-off Party

While opening night of the Chicago International Movies and Music Fest officially starts today, the kick off party yesterday was definitely done in style at the Double Door! Both Davina and the Vagabonds and Windy City Soul Club played some great tunes to get the crowd dancing.
I had the chance to meet Dave Moore (Co-Executive Director), Vinh Tran (Creative Director), and Marcey Abramovitz (College & Radio Outreach Project Manager) and learn about their involvement in the festival. Jennifer and I also got interviewed ourselves by CIMMFest as the “first person to ever win a trip to the festival.” I’ll post the video as soon as it’s up!
When I spoke to Dave, I asked him about how he had first heard about CIMMFest and he mentioned that he attended his first year as a fan. He told me that the festival had great live scores of movies (which I didn’t know about!) so I asked him if he had any recommendations for the week. He specifically called out tonight’s show at the Double Door again with Wrekmeister Harmonies doing a live score of Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages as something worth going to!
As for the more design-related pieces of CIMMFest, I chatted briefly with Vinh about his work. Vinh and his team were responsible for all of the design aspects of the festival from logos to the website to the posters.
Lastly, I found out that Marcey was really the reason I got to go to the fest because she had gotten our passes!
Stay tuned for more details as tonight’s events get underway.


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