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Thursday, April 7
 

7:00pm

Old Town School of Folk Music and CIMMfest Present: Deer Tick 'Acoustic' 7 pm
Feel-good indie rockers Deer Tick help to set CIMMfest No. 8 in motion with a festival kick-off show at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The Providence, Rhode Island-based five-piece formed in 2004, and has subsequently grown a following for its fol...


Thursday April 7, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Avenue

10:00pm

Old Town School of Folk Music and CIMMfest Present: Deer Tick 'Acoustic' 10 pm
Feel-good indie rockers Deer Tick help to set CIMMfest No. 8 in motion with a festival kick-off show at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The Providence, Rhode Island-based five-piece formed in 2004, and has subsequently grown a following for its fol...


Thursday April 7, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Avenue
 
Thursday, April 14
 

7:00pm

CIMMfest & Old Town School of Folk Music Present: Taj Mahal Trio – 7 PM Show
Grammy winner and an Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Taj Mahal brings his eclectic mix of blues, roots, and international sounds to the Old Town School of Folk Music. One of the most celebrated American musici...


Thursday April 14, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Avenue

7:15pm

CIMMfest & AUDACIA Present: Yoko and the Oh No's / Modern Vices / The Boxers / Oketo / The Animal Heads
With a sound the band describes as “rock and roll with a touch of soul,” Yoko and the Oh No’s really roll with the soul. This vocal, guitar, and drum trio will surprise you with their youth while showing off their cl...


Thursday April 14, 2016 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Township

8:00pm

Hideout and CIMMfest Present: Eszter Balint with Live Film accompaniments by Daniel Knox, Eli Dixon of Smoking Popes, and Mendings' Josh Dumas and Kate Adams
Eszter Balint’s Airless Midnight brings eerie yet artful Americana tunes that entice you to listen carefully. The singer, violinist, and actress from Hungary emerged from her eleven-year musical hiatus late last year. She had been keeping busy, ...


Thursday April 14, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Hideout 1354 W Wabansia Ave

8:00pm

OnTheScene and ReverbNation CONNECT present: My Gold Mask/ Glass Lux/ + More
MyGoldMask's is a unique blend of cross boundary influences with a unifying "dark pop" undercurrent. Founders Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo set the tone at the onset for this visually mesmerizing and sonically seductive band. The additions of drumm...


Thursday April 14, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
1st Ward

9:00pm

1833 & CIMMfest Present: Taylor McFerrin

Thursday April 14, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
East Room 2354 N. Milwaukee Ave.

9:00pm

9:00pm

Moe's and CIMMfest Present: Seventeen Sisters
With more than 25 years of collective musical experience, the Scarbrough siblings are bona fide entertainers that any rock-junkie will enjoy. Pulling from their deep southern roots, they combine classic rock, blues, soul and gospel to create an unforg...


Thursday April 14, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Moe's Tavern 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

9:00pm

Thalia Hall and CIMMfest Present: Peter Murphy 'Stripped'
CIMMfest is proud to present English singer and musician Peter Murphy in a special performance at Thalia Hall. As the lead vocalist of the post-punk quartet Bauhaus, Murphy helped pioneer the gloomy, romantic sounds of the burgeoning gothic rock style...


Thursday April 14, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Thalia Hall

9:30pm

CIMMfest & Old Town School of Folk Music Present: Taj Mahal Trio – 9:30 PM Show
Grammy winner and an Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Taj Mahal brings his eclectic mix of blues, roots, and international sounds to the Old Town School of Folk Music. One of the most celebrated American musici...


Thursday April 14, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Avenue

9:30pm

CIMMfest and Creative Cypher Present: David Banner
A staple in the hip hop community since the early 2000s, David Banner’s hits include “Like A Pimp,” “Get Like Me,” and “Play.” Banner strives to create “material that [he] hopes lasts in [your] minds for...


Thursday April 14, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
The Promontory
 
Friday, April 15
 

8:00pm

CIMMfest & Thalia Hall present: Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
Tennessee-based, singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb launched his band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors in 2006 along with his wife Ellie Holcomb, Nathan Dugger, and Rich Brinsfield. Together, the group crafts a soulful mix of Americana and alt-rock which ha...


Friday April 15, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Thalia Hall

8:00pm

CIMMfest and Metro Present: LOCAL H – PERFORMING AS GOOD AS DEAD AND MORE (Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of As Good as Dead)
Chicago alt-rock favorites Local H return to CIMMfest for two nights of celebration of its 20th Anniversary sophomore album, As Good As Dead. Each Metro show will feature a short set of material from across its catalog, and a headlining perfo...


Friday April 15, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Metro 3730 N Clark

8:00pm

Emporium and CIMMfest Present: White Mystery / Dirty Fences / Lifestyles / Archie & The Bunkers
Alex White has been punching Chicago (and the world) in the chest with raw, medium-rare and well-done rock and roll since she was thirteen, for the last several years with her brother Francis in White Mystery. She shows no sign of let...


Friday April 15, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Emporium-Logan Square

8:32pm

Empty Bottle & CIMMfest Present: Tim Hecker
The prolific Montreal-based, avant-songwriter Tim Hecker has produced a range of audioworks that explore the intersection of noise, dissonance, and melody, and foster an approach to songcraft that is both physical and emotive. Following his acclaimed ...


Friday April 15, 2016 8:32pm - 10:30pm
Empty Bottle

9:00pm

Burlington and CIMMfest Present: Made To Break / Brian Case / Kurzmann Barnes Duo
Chicago reedman Ken Vandermark is one of the world's most prolific purveyors of improvised music. Made To Break, one of his many ongoing projects, combines saxes/drums/bass trio with the warped electronic genius of Austria's Christof Kurzmann, whose l...


Friday April 15, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Burlington

9:00pm

CIMMfest & AUDACIA Present: GGOOLLDD / Sc Mira / The Pact / Armitage
GGOOLLDD's indie take on the electronic pop genre has earned the Synthpop band from Milwaukee a strong following and a reputation "the Pringles of music," because of their addictive quality. Listed as one of six Wisconsin Bands to Watch by the Milwauk...


Friday April 15, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Township

9:00pm

CIMMfest and Southside Music Series Present: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble with JD’s Revenge & special guest: GLC / Hosted by Drunken Monkee & M'Reld Green
The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a family band consisting of seven blood brothers who began their musical training at the tender ages of four and five by their father, jazz trumpeter/band leader Kelan Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Sun...


Friday April 15, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Martyrs' 3855 N Lincoln Ave

9:00pm

JAM Productions Presents: The London Souls / We Are The Asteroid / Noble Thiefs
Formed in NYC (not London!) in 2008, The London Souls are guitarist Tash Neal and drummer Chris St. Hilaire. Their newest album, Here Come The Girls, is a smart and savory blend of 60s mod rock, classic soul and modern New York grit. The glue? Funky c...


Friday April 15, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Subterranean

9:00pm

Sean Healy and CIMMfest Present: SLUM VILLAGE / King's Court - A tribute to J Dilla / BLACK MILK / Guilty Simpson / Phat Kat / BLAQ ROYALT
Slum Village emerged out of the east side of Detroit in the early 1990s. Comprised of high school friends J Dilla, Baatin, and T3, the trio mixed old school hip hop, soul, and funk with innovative production, and quickly won the heart...


Friday April 15, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
The Promontory

9:00pm

Moe's and CIMMfest Present: stop.drop.rewind
Opening for music powerhouses such as The Misfits, Hawthorne Heights, Amber Pacific and Real Friends, this progressive pop rock band knows how to amp up a crowd. Hailing from Valparaiso, Indiana stop.drop.rewind is an example of what happens ...


Friday April 15, 2016 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Moe's Tavern 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

9:30pm

Hideout and CIMMfest Present: Rami, Alex, Casey and Scott / Nick Dittmeier / The Trews / Lonesome Still
RACS–Rami Gabriel, Alex Hall, Casey McDonough and Scott Ligon–present new original songs in the great American traditions of soul and country music. This is a pure Chicago band built on collaboration from a hosts of bands ...


Friday April 15, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Hideout 1354 W Wabansia Ave

9:30pm

Rosa's Blues Lounge/ Orman Music/ CIMMfest Present: John Boogie Long
From Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jonathon “Boogie” Long was born with the blues coursing through his veins. He started playing guitar at the age of six, teaching himself old gospel songs. A 2011 Guitar Center’s “King of the Blues&r...


Friday April 15, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Rosa's Blues Lounge

10:00pm

Hello HipHop/Right Now Tour/CIMMfest Present: Kap G/ V!SUAL/ Ray iLLa aka 'iLLz'/ KID-RO
The Mexican-American rapper hails from the south side of College Park in Atlanta, and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the rap game including Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa and Spenzo. Layering his Mexican heritage with African-American cultu...


Friday April 15, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday April 16, 2016 1:00am
1st Ward
 
Saturday, April 16
 

6:00pm

Hello HipHop/Right Now Tour/CIMMfest Present: Million Dollar Mano/ Ghetto Division
Million Dollar Mano is a rapper, producer, actor and DJ signed to Chocolate Industries. He is half of the hip hop duo He Say, She Say with singer Drea, and the cousin of rapper Hollywood Holt. Since starting his music career in 2004, he has collaborat...


Saturday April 16, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
1st Ward

8:00pm

CIMMfest & Thalia Hall present: Poliça / MOTHXR
Minneapolis-based, synth-pop/rock project Poliça was formed by producer Ryan Olson and vocalist Channy Leaneagh in 2011. In a live setting, the group is rounded out by bassist Chris Bierden, and percussionists Drew Christophers...


Saturday April 16, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Thalia Hall

8:00pm

LOCAL H – PERFORMING AS GOOD AS DEAD AND MORE (Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of As Good as Dead)
Chicago alt-rock favorites Local H return to CIMMfest for two nights of celebration of its 20th Anniversary sophomore album, As Good As Dead. Each Metro show will feature a short set of material from across its catalog, and a headlining perfo...


Saturday April 16, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Metro 3730 N Clark

9:00pm

CIMMfest & AUDACIA Present: Monobody / Lifted Bells / Moonrise Nation / Moritat
Chicago natives Monobody are a musical conglomerate who borrow aspects from a myriad of genres including jazz, post rock, electronic, and math rock and creates instrumentals that are as mesmerizing as they are electrifying. While there are no vocals, ...


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Township

9:00pm

CIMMfest and Martyrs Presents Start Making Sense
The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring the Heads unique live show to the stage. Frontman Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, gives you a roc...


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Martyrs' 3855 N Lincoln Ave

9:00pm

CIMMfest and Promontory Present: Afrika Bambaataa the Godfather of Hip Hop, with Lovebug Starski
The legendary Afrika Bambaataa is bringing the party to CIMMfest. Raised in The Bronx, where his early electro-funk experiments helped lay the foundation of hip hop, rap, and myriad electronic styles. Breaking away from violent street gangs that plagu...


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
The Promontory

9:00pm

Hideout and CIMMfest Present: Claudettes / Big Lazy / Chachi and the Bandidos
It is mindblowing to find out that there are only two instrumentalists behind The Claudettes’ sound. Johnny Iguana on piano and Michael Caskey on drums come together to create a hypnotizing blend of blues and soul-jazz that forces the audience t...


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Hideout 1354 W Wabansia Ave

9:00pm

Moe's and CIMMfest Present: Blood Red Boots / Red Jr.
With a growing national presence, the band’s song “War Paint” was featured in radio and TV ads during the Grammys, The Beatles 50th Anniversary, and the CBS TV series, Survivor. Known for their indie pop and electronica sound and the...


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Moe's Tavern 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

9:00pm

9:30pm

Emporium and CIMMfest Present: Avery R. Young/ Chicago Loud 9
With his poetic heart and soulful voice, Avery R Young combines gospel, blues, jazz and hip hop to create a sound that reaches into the soul. His words and music intertwine to tell stories rooted in Black folk consciousness with lyric and melody aimed...


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Emporium-Wicker Park

9:30pm

Rosa's Blues Lounge/ CIMMfest Present: Guitarama - Blues Around the World
Iceland's virtuoso guitar hero, Bjorn Thoroddsen leads The Iceland Guitar Festival and hosts a world wide traveling festival; Guitarama, playing with guitar greats from around the world. For Guitarama Chicago, Bjorn is joined by world travelers Rami G...


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Rosa's Blues Lounge

10:00pm

Chicago Afrobeat Project
For over a decade Chicago Afrobeat Project has been building on the music pioneered by Fela Kuti with powerful live performances and innovative recordings. Their upcoming release features master drummer Tony Allen (Fela’s Drummer) along with JC ...


Saturday April 16, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
1st Ward
 
Sunday, April 17
 

11:00am

Old Town School of Folk Music, CIMMfest and PicklesPlayroom.com Radio Present: Lisa Loeb Kids Concert
Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb was launched into the limelight in 1994 with her platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. Since then, she has enjoyed a successful career encomp...


Sunday April 17, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Avenue

4:30pm

5:00pm

City Winery and CIMMfest Present: Gingger Shankar 5pm Show
Gingger Shankar is a singer, composer and only woman to play the Double-Violin. Working with Katy Perry, Smashing Pumpkins and co-composing 'Passion of the Christ’. NARI is the unsung story of Lakshmi and Viji Shankar, extraordinary artists who broug...


Sunday April 17, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
City Winery

7:00pm

Moe's and CIMMfest Present: Jazz Jam with Gustavo Cortiñas / Psych Jam with Members of WaxWorks
With a focus on melody, synergy, and the rhythms of his native Mexico, Gustavo Cortiñas is a slick drummer and composer rooted in the jazz tradition.
Play jazz? Bring your instrument and jump in. This event is an Open Jazz Jam.



Sunday April 17, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Moe's Tavern 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

7:00pm

Moe's and CIMMfest Present: Jazz Jam with Gustavo Cortiñas / Psych Jam with Members of WaxWorks
With a focus on melody, synergy, and the rhythms of his native Mexico, Gustavo Cortiñas is a slick drummer and composer rooted in the jazz tradition.
Play jazz? Bring your instrument and jump in. This event is an Open Jazz Jam.



Sunday April 17, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Moe's Tavern 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

7:00pm

Old Town School of Folk Music, CIMMfest and PicklesPlayroom.com Radio Present: Lisa Loeb
Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb was launched into the limelight in 1994 with her platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. Since then, she has enjoyed a successful career encomp...


Sunday April 17, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Avenue

7:30pm

CIMMfest & AUDACIA Present: Future Thieves / Lovedrug / Friday Pilots Club / Author / Homme
Future Thieves’ debut album Horizon Lines boasts the precision and artistry that comes with years of experience, but Future Thieves managed to harness it within their first two years. Performance is at the root of their songs, these blues infuse...


Sunday April 17, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Subterranean

7:30pm

CIMMfest, Pop Montréal and Lincoln Hall Welcome: Moonface and Weatherman
Moonface is the moniker under which Canadian artist Spencer Krug currently produces, releases, and performs his music. Whether it be solo or collaborative material, Moonface could generally be described as dark, introspective, slightly absurd, simulta...


Sunday April 17, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave

8:00pm

CIMMfest & AUDACIA Present: California Wives / Soul Low / WHITING / Lipstick Jodi
Don’t let the name fool you. California Wives are most definitely a Chicago band. The four-piece emerged in 2009 and have since impressed audiences far and wide with their hook-driven, dreamy indie pop. In 2015, the group released its synth-soak...


Sunday April 17, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Township

8:00pm

8:00pm

City Winery and CIMMfest Present: Gingger Shankar 8 pm
Gingger Shankar is a singer, composer and only woman to play the Double-Violin. Working with Katy Perry, Smashing Pumpkins and co-composing 'Passion of the Christ’. NARI is the unsung story of Lakshmi and Viji Shankar, extraordinary artists who broug...


Sunday April 17, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
City Winery