Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Friday Night Live

The evening of Friday, June 13, was magical. I went over to the other side: downtown Champaign, to take in Friday Night Live, a 40 North 88 West Champaign County arts council outdoor event. In it, three local bands perform on street corners, with cars whizzing by and lots of people sitting in front of breweries and restaurants enjoying the music and the scene. Look for my e3 cover story on Thursday on Friday Night Live, which continues all summer. Fun!

Vagabond music

After Friday Night Live, friends and I headed to the UI Research Park to hear Davina and the Vagabonds. A magical night with a full moon, low temps and fantastic music; must have been close to 1,000 people there. I heard nothing but superlatives about the high-energy Davina and her four bandmates. From Facebook: "an awesome evening with superb musicians." "THEY RAWKED!" "I was not sure what to expect when I went, but they blew me away with their performance. It certainly was a treat."

Love among the vamps

Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive," starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and John Hurt as elegant, dissolute vampires who sip fresh blood from little chalices was what I expected: hip, smart, clever, funny, entertaining. A bit slow, but that doesn't bother me, and vamp Mia Wasikowska comes along to speed things up. I love the art direction and decaying settings of Detroit and Tangier. It's a must-see if you're a musician into analog equipment, as is Hiddleston's depressed Adam.

Topics (2):Film, Music

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