“Wild Combination” is director Matt Wolf’s visually absorbing portrait of the Iowa-born, seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur prolifically created music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur’s family, friends, and closest collaborators-including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg – to tell this poignant and important story.”
5:00 – 6:00 – DJ sets brought to by Just Let Go. Food courtesy of The Figge.
6:00 – 6:45 – Short film program with a live score performance (TBA).
6:45 – 7:30 – Intermission and DJ sets
7:30 – 9:30 – “Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell”
Followed by a performance from Seth Knappen, Sean Chapman and Dennis Hockaday playing the songs of Arthur Russell.
Todd Rittmann has been around Chicago forever, at the forefront of the fringes, in various outfits — though he is best known for his influential work with U.S. Maple. Now Rittmann is four albums deep with Dead Rider, and though he cites the band’s roots as being in classic rock and R&B, the band is still deeply weird — a fascinating balance of highbrow and the decidedly lowbrow, making albums that enrapture and repel in the same measure.
6:00 – 6:40 Idpyramid (Quad Cities)
7:00 – 7:40 Mountain Swallower (Quad Cities)
8:00 – 8:40 Har-Di-Har (Saint Paul MN)
9:00 – 9:40 Moss Folk (Milwaukee WI)
10:00 – 10:40 Dead Rider (Chicago Illinois)
11:00 – 11:40 Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor (Detroit MI)
12:00 – 12:40 US Mode (Quad Cities)
Now’s the time to drink deeply from the grail of psych, for its bearers Plastic Crimewave Syndicate are among us once more. From the splatter vinyl to the extra-heavy cardboard sleeve, Crimewave leader Steve Krakow knows how to recast the spell of psych’s golden hour. Such obsessive detail is behind his Galactic Zoo Dossier magazine and in every fuzz-fierce and echo-soaked riff on this new self-titled LP. The music, however, is far from being revivalist or a mere pastiche of past glories. These six heavy and transcendental compositions channel inspiration in a way akin to Loop, Terminal Cheesecake or even Skullflower on a track like “Void 0f Eternity”. lt’s a double pleasure of the old and new. Now, are you ready to dream the dream – or ride the nightmare?”
3:00 – 3:40 Johnnie Cluney of Bedroom Shrine (Quad Cities)
4:00 – 4:40 Brooks Strause (Iowa City)
5:00 – 5:40 Liv Carrow (Quad Cities)
6:00 – 6:40 Emili Earhart (Madison WI)
7:00 – 7:40 Bill MacKay (Chicago IL)
8:00 – 8:40 Heavens Gateway Drugs (Bloomington IN)
9:00 – 9:40 Vanishing Kids (Madison WI)
10:00 – 10:40 Plastic Crimewave Syndicate (Chicago IL)
11:00 – 11:40 US Mode (Quad Cities)
12:00 – 12:40 The Golden Fleece (Peoria IL)
Flea market, art fair, local craft beer/food vendors and handmade piñatas and facepainting by Adventure Orange plus DJ sets by Just Let Go and performances from Centaur Noir, Bob Bucko Jr, Speaking Of Secrets, Konrad and Morten Wa Byaombe and so much more!