Summer Music Film Festival 2013

Friday, June 28th – Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013


Everyone loves a good music festival. Lollapalooza, Summerfest, Pitchfork, Walkarusa, Coachella – all great places to hear great music. The Music Box Theatre and WBEZ Chicago’s Sound Opinions have an indoor option for you that helps you avoid sunburn and heatstroke and will take you on a journey of music and film from the past 40+ years! The Third Annual Summer Music Festival will rock your face off.

<cite>A Band Called Death</cite>

A Band Called Death

directed by Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett in English

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ’70s formed a band, played a few local gigs, and pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But record companies found Death’s music — and band name — too intimidating, and the group soon disbanded.

Equal parts rockumentary and family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible journey of what happened three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger.

<cite>Big Easy Express</cite>

Big Easy Express

directed by Emmett Malloy

3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track…the Big Easy Express documents a cinematic musical journey. Directed by renowned filmmaker Emmett Malloy (The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights) this incredible new film captures nothing less than history in the making.

Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons climbed aboard a beautiful vintage train in California, setting out for New Orleans, Louisiana on a “tour of dreams”. The film resulting from the journey is nothing short of magical.


Most Screenings $10
Select Double Features $15
WBEZ Member Discounts $2 off/ticket (use coupon code “915WBEZ” during checkout!)
Festival Passes $70.00


Friday, June 28th, 2013

A Band Called Death

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

A Band Called Death
Big Easy Express

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Big Easy Express
A Band Called Death

Opening Night Presentation by WBEZ Chicago’s Sound Opinions! Join Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for opening night of the 2013 Summer Music Film Festival.

Sound Opinions is co-presenting the 3rd annual Music Box Theatre Summer Music Film Festival from June 28-July 2, 2013. It’s five days and nights of great music movies, featuring everything from breakdancing (Wildstyle) to Detroit punk (A Band Called Death) to the most epic use of air guitar in cinematic history (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure). Join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for the opening night kick-off on Friday June 28th. Following a reception from 6-7pm, Jim and Greg will introduce a screening of the highly-anticipated new documentary Ain’t in it for My Health, an intimate portrait of the late rock legend Levon Helm. Then hop on a train in 1970 with Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and Buddy Guy in Festival Express.

Summer on Southport is THIS WEEKEND TOO!

by Dave Jennings, Fri 28 Jun 2013, 8:08pm

It’s a party on Southport! Take public transit and say hello to our awesome MBT volunteers at the gates! Remember, if you are coming to the MBT you can say that when you enter and you won’t have to pay any entrance fee to get into Summer on Southport!

Help out the Music Box Theatre during the Summer on Southport street fest this weekend!

by Dave Jennings, Mon 24 Jun 2013, 4:26pm

Hey! Do you like street fest, free admission to movies, and the Music Box? How about tee shirts and free soda too?

Tickets now on sale for the Summer Music Film Festival 2013!

by Dave Jennings, Mon 10 Jun 2013, 6:33pm

Tickets are now on sale for the best interior music festival!

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