Gingerr Shankar for CIMMfest

Chicago celebrates spring every year with a dynamic line-up of movies and music at CIMMfest, the five day festival centered around the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square on April 13-17. This year, the festivities expand throughout the city, covering miles and miles of arts activities.

CIMMfest — Chicago International Movies & Music Festival — always serves up an eclectic array of films, concerts, discussions,industry panels, VJ and DJ sets and everything else related to movies and music and the 2016 highlights uphold that tradition.

Here are some standouts not to miss:


Taj Mahal, at Old Town School of Folk Music, April 14, 7:00/9:30pm
A Grammy Award-winning icon who plays 20 instruments, Taj Mahal's legendary shows incorporating blues and global influences are not to be missed. 


Afrika Bambaataa at The Promontory, April 16, 9:00pm
The godfather of hip hop makes a rare appearance that's guaranteed to be a bass-heavy dance fest. One of the original creators of the funk, rhymes and beats mixes that evolved into hip hop in the 70s era Bronx, Afrika Bambaataa is a hip hop legend. He'll be joined by another icon, Lovebug Starski.


Avery R. Young at Emporium, April 16, 9:30pm
Local notable Avery R. Young blends soul-drenched vocals with poetry, hip hop, jazz and blues for euphoric live shows. He'll be joined by the band Chicago Loud 9 for a full on musical extravaganza.


Gingerr Shankar at City Winery, April 17 at 5:00/8:00pm
As the only woman to play the double violin, singer and musician Gingger Shankar presents exciting, culturally rich shows.  She'll present the story of Lakshmi and Viji Shankar,, the artists who brought Indian music to the West.


Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars at Lincoln Hall, April 17, 3:30pm
David Bowie's cinematic gifts are featured throughout CIMMfest but none are as legendary as this documentary. Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars reveals Bowie's last performance as the extraterrestrial character of Ziggy in a dynamic London concert.




A full list of CIMMfest's movie and music events are at Individual tickets for concerts start at $8 for concerts and $12 for movies. Fest passes start at $79.


Photo of Gingerr Shankar courtesy of CIMMfest