IMCfest is this Saturday (All Ages!) and Wednesday (18+).
IMCfest 2003 was so fun that we decided to have another one and it's two days this time. On Saturday, May 1st we'll have 2 stages at the University YMCA with 5 bands, a short film, and a zine slam. On Wednesday, May 5th we'll have 2 stages at the Canopy Club with 9 bands and 2 films. The events are $3-$50 sliding scale so for a mere $6 you can see 14 bands, 3 films, and a 'zine slam on 4 stages. Never a dull moment with the IMC Shows Group.
We raised $1600 towards the Capital Campaign and the Shows Group at the last IMCfest and we hope to do it again. When the IMC acquires a new building of it's own, we will need funds to build our own shows space so that C-U can once again have a permanent all ages non-smoking volunteer operated independent music venue. 14 bands are donating their performances to this event, let's make it worth their while by packing the University YMCA on Saturday and the Canopy Club on Wednesday!
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The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, in conjunction with The Canopy Club, WEFT 90.1 FM, and the Hub, is having a follow-up to its highly successful fundraiser last August. IMCFest 2004 will take place at the University YMCA on May Day from 7 PM until midnight and at the Canopy Club on Cinco de Mayo from 6 PM until 2 AM. This festival will be a fundraiser for the UCIMC--100% of the money collected at the door will go directly to the Independent Media Center. Help the shows group get a new PA, book more bands, fix up our OWN concert space, and more.
IMCFest 2004 will be a two-night multimedia event featuring 15 bands and four independent films. Music groups at the fest will range in styles from folk to rock to punk. The May Day event is all-ages; the Cinco de Mayo event is 18+. See below for a list confirmed bands and films.
May 1st and May 5th are days to celebrate independence and grassroots struggle. May 1st is Labor Day celebrated by workers all over the world. International Labor Day commemorates the struggle for the 8 hour day by workers in Chicago in 1886 and the Haymarket Martyrs who were targetted by the government as part of that struggle. May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) commemorates the victory of an outnumbered Mexican peasant army over foreign invaders.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
We are still in the process of confirming bands for this event, so please check back here often!
So far we've confirmed...
"Lee has a beautiful, airy voice, and combined with her acoustic guitar, she spins gold-threaded webs around listeners....This is the kind of quality music that should be playing on the radio." - Holly Rushakoff, The Octopus,Champaign, Illinois
Local female-fronted straight-up punk rock. Complete with mohawks.
A local old school pop-punk band. They have been accused of "fus[ing] up-tempo melodies with loud, experimental riffs and vocal dynamics reminiscent of Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl." Very catchy.
Loud, high intensity rock drum and guitar duo. Featuring ex-Buzzards, ex-Empty Orchestra, and ex-Goldsmith Jones. Did I say loud already?
Green Light Go
Local power pop foursome featuring IMCsta Jenny Stewart.
Water Between Continents
Instrumental indie rock. Only much, much better than you've heard it done before.
Chicago-based jangle pop. Wanamaker is nice enough to stop off at IMCFest from their tour, so come see them! Featuring Janet Kim of Kim, and Brent Olds, ex-Poi Dog Pondering and ex-Johnny Socko.
i:scintilla is Champaign's best local industrial band. Female-fronted, they put the "dark" back in "darkwave."
Veteran local power pop band, unrelated to polyps. Check out their mp3s.
Nu Orbit Ensemble
Nu Orbit Ensemble features Tom Paynter (from Ear Doctor) on keyboard and flute, Jason Finkelman on berimbau and percussion, Chad Dunn (G. Lee and Jet Blonde and many others), and Jay Eychaner on synthesizer.
The Hags are an all women a capella (plus drums) singing group with funky attitude and fair shares of silliness and political seriousness. Infinite fun. "Worms shit dirt but they don't eat concrete." The Hags are exactly what the IMC is all about, independent community-oriented radical music that you won't hear many other places.
Joni Laurence sings, plays guitar and writes songs, not unlike lots of other girls with guitars. So, what makes her stand out? The truth is, Joni's music is everything you already love about acoustic music -- strong vocals, meaningful lyrics and memorable melodies. Joni has worked hard to become a well known singer-songwriter throughout central Illinois and up to Chicago. Her influences include the Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Suzanne Vega, Nanci Griffith, and Paul Simon.
A Philly-based singer/songwriter, Cynthia is touring with Wanamaker and is also nice enough to stop and play for us. Her folk-rock sound has been described as "placid delivery and appealing production [that] have lulled me into believing Pennsylvania is a modern-day utopia with mood-lighting."
Rodeo Girl Collective
Band members describe themselves as rock "through a classic rock filter." Curious yet?
IMC Newsreal Cancun 2003
IndyMedia's documentation of the 2003 WTO protests in Cancun. 28 min.
The video tells the story of the 24 unarmed, ski-masked rebel leaders of the Zapatistas, joined by thousands of indigenous, Mexican, and international supporters in their mission to address members of the Mexican government to demand democracy, liberty, and justice for the indigenous peoples of Mexico. The perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, as the Zapatistas and others continue to struggle for true independence and peasant rights.
This movie will be shown at 6 PM. 70 min.
Land and Street
A collaboration between IMC-Italy, IMC-Argentina, and Vrije Keyser Televisie in Amsterdam, this video tells the story of the Argentinian economic collapse and how the people are creating autonomous organizations such as the piqueteros and neighborhood assemblies to both solve their own problems and struggle against neo-colonization by global capital. No Pasaran!!
This movie will be shown at 7:15 PM. 40 min.
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The UC-IMC's Capital Campaign to buy a building of its own, establishing a permanent presence in our community, is in full swing. The Capital Campaign already has about $70,000 in the bank.
The UC-IMC is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. All donations to the capital campaign are tax deductible as allowed by law. Those who would like to make an anonymous or one-time contribution to the IMC capital campaign can send donations by mail to:
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