?Have we got an amazing weekend of films about music this weekend! Here is just a taste of what is in store this weekend:
Join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot of WBEZ Chicago’s Sound Opinions for an awesome double feature of Ain’t in it for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm an intimate portrait of the late rock legend Levon Helm at 7pm and then hop on a train in 1970 with Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and Buddy Guy in Festival Express.
CIMMFest hosts a very special screening of A Band Called Death. 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.
Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) formerly of the AV Club and now of Pitchfork’s new film site The Dissolve will host a very special double feature with Alex Winter. He will discuss his new film Downloaded— A feature documentary about the rise and fall of Napster that explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large. and then introduce Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, you know, because he is Bill S. Preston Esq.
Approximately Nels Cline, best known as the lead guitarist of Wilco and one of the most brilliant and adventurous musicians on earth and In Search of Blind Joe Death a feature documentary about the tremendously influential composer, guitarist, author and provocateur John Fahey (1939-2001). The film combines live action and archival footage with animation in a kinetic, musically charged tribute to a great artist.
See Festival Express at 6:30pm and Big Easy Express at 8:15 as the greatest two musical journeys ever taken via train!
OH! And we thought this was the perfect time to have an awesome party out on the street too! So there will be Summer On Southport Come enjoy activities and events geared towards children during the day. At night adults have the chance to “play” with food, drink and live entertainment that rivals any of the street festivals in Chicago.