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Friday, July 7th, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 8th, 12:00 – 10:00 PM
Sunday, July 9th, 12:00 – 9:00 PM

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Friday, July 7th, 2017

North Stage South Stage Maurer Hall Szold Hall East Lobby
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Square Dance with Super String Band Students

Education Tent

5:00

Jam with Joan Soriano 6:00 jam with international artist
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Jam with Joan Soriano

Education Tent

6:00

Join in this open, participatory jam with “The Duke of Bachata” Joan Soriano! All instruments and skill levels welcome!

Joan Soriano
Parker Millsap 7:15 roots rock
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Parker Millsap

7:15

YouTube

At only 24 years of age, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. Blending that fire and brimstone preaching with rock, country, blues and Waits-ian imagery, he has created a sound uniquely his own.

"I wasn’t prepared for the wild, vast power of his voice and his remarkable charisma. This guy can yodel, he can sing a soul song for real, he can preach and he wiggles his leg like Elvis. A star in the making.” - NPR

parkermillsap.com
Parker Millsap
Nikki Lane 8:45 country rock
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Nikki Lane

8:45

YouTube

Nikki Lane’s stunning third album Highway Queen sees the young Nashville singer emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage Sixties country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Lana Del Rey and Jenny Lewis fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty. 

nikkilane.com
Nikki Lane
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Beatles Ensemble

5:30

You’ve got a “Ticket to Ride” with one of the Old Town School’s longest running and most popular classes, The Beatles Ensemble. The British are coming! The British are coming!

Minor Moon 6:45 indie rock
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Minor Moon

6:45

Vimeo

Minor Moon is the songwriting project of Chicago-based musician and Old Town School teaching artist, Sam Cantor. Inspired by the rooted innovativeness of contemporary artists like Wilco, Grizzly Bear, Radiohead, Bon Iver, and Gillian Welch as well as the sound and craft of older folk and folk rock musicians like Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Van Morrison, Minor Moon’s soulful, complex, “americana-esque” sound strikes a unique balance between a vintage and modern sound palate, mysterious and revelatory lyrics, and a contemplative and emphatic spirit.

minormoon.com
Minor Moon
Bachata with Tania Daley 7:45 dance lesson
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Bachata with Tania Daley

7:45

GDP: Joan Soriano 8:30 GDP Outdoors!
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GDP: Joan Soriano

8:30

YouTube

Groove under a Chicago moon at Global Dance Party outdoors!

Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line and has never looked back. Soriano plays steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. The Afro-infused rhythm that permeates his music has made him a favorite among dancers.

Bachata is essential to Dominican culture and draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. A practitioner of palo and gaga, Joan blends Afro-Dominican sacred traditions with bachata, imparting his music with down to earth spirit and dance-ability. Joan preserves bachata’s roots and expands on them.

Sponsored by SEPALA

iasorecords.com/artists/joan-soriano
Joan Soriano
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Teen Arts Camp Showcase

7:00

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

North Stage South Stage Maurer Hall Szold Hall East Lobby
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Drum Circle with Rick Neuhaus

12:00

Join in the circle, make like a drum, and beat it! Crowd favorite Rick Neuhaus is a nationally acclaimed rhythm-circle facilitator, gifted performer, hand drummer and percussionist, aspiring writer, songsmith, visual artist and Old Town School staff teacher.

Rick Neuhaus
Dreamtree Shakers 1:15 Kids
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Dreamtree Shakers

1:15

YouTube

The Dreamtree Shakers will be serving up lots of shiny new songs from their latest release, “Pretend a Parade”. Expect an energetic, rockin' show that promises to inspire hands to clap, feet to stomp and naptimes to be pushed back a bit. Kids of all ages are encouraged to make this show a must see at one of the best festivals Chicago has to offer!

"Call it poppy folk, folky pop, or indie alt country Americana, Jeremy Babcock and gang lay down some righteous, jangly tunes...very cool indie pop for kids, awesome kindie rock for adults." - Kids Music That Rocks

dreamtreeshakers.com
Dreamtree Shakers
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Mr. Nilsson's Open Orchestra (Live band karaoke for kids)

2:30

Come one, come all to Mr. Nilsson's Open Orchestra! We are the band and you are the singer! Kids live band karaoke in Chicago!

Mr. Nilsson's Open Orchestra
The Jazzettes 4:00 Dance
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The Jazzettes

4:00

This highly energetic youth dance troupe performs jazz and musical theatre dance to a selection of popular music. With choreography by Old Town School faculty member Nancy Teinowitz, their moves may inspire you to start dancing!

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Nancy Teinowitz.
Jazzettes
Half Gringa 4:15 indie Americana
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Half Gringa

4:15

YouTube

Izzy Olive is an anxious young woman who overthinks things constantly. A confrontational storyteller, Half Gringa is a long, hard look in the mirror. She writes songs about the Venn diagram of Latin and Midwestern identity, domestic disputes, and genuine hope set to rowdy rural rock music.

Half Gringa
Oh Pep! 5:30 folk pop
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Oh Pep!

5:30

YouTube

The sometimes foot-stomping, somewhat heart-breaking, multi award-winning Melbourne, Australia duo Oh Pep! is a dynamic new duo comprised of Olivia 'Liv' Hally and Pepita 'Pep' Emmerichs. They were hailed as "Newest and Most Promising Artists" by NPR All Songs Considered, and at CMJ they were picked by Jon Pareles of the New York Times as his "CMJ keepers" and KCRW's "11 Artists who stole the Fest". Not even 23 years of age, Oh Pep! have been awarded Young Folk Performer of the Year 2014 and two time nominees for Best Folk Roots by The Age Music Victoria Award 2014 & 2015 in their native Australia.

ohpep.com
Oh Pep!
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Scott Lucas & the Married Men

7:00

YouTube

Scott Lucas is best known as the singer/guitarist for the two-man, Chicago rock band Local H. But recently, he has broadened his musical scope and greatly expanded his lineup, pulling together a collective of musicians -- the Married Men -- that currently numbers seven and includes violin, accordion and organ. The result is quite different than Local H and a perfect fit for Lucas’ more personal, introspective songs. Reviewers have compared the band to American Music Club, the Waterboys and Lambchop. Lucas calls the group’s evolving sound “country-ish, alt-rock for people who like metal.”

scottlucasandthemarriedmen.com
Scott Lucas
Meat Puppets 8:45 alternative
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Meat Puppets

8:45

YouTube

“Right now the band is so powerful, it’s just a blast,” says Cris Kirkwood of longtime American underground music royalty, Meat Puppets. From their early days in Arizona to their seminal recordings on SST to their dalliance with the mainstream (no small thanks to an appearance with Nirvana on MTV Unplugged), culminating in an alternative hit “Backwater” off the gold record “Too High To Die”, Meat Puppets are back and in full force.

For this tour, the Puppets – Curt and Cris Kirkwood with drummer Shandon Sahm (son of Doug Sahm) and Curt’s son, Elmo Kirkwood on guitar – have been adding music from their “middle period”: Huevos, Monsters and Too High to Die, along with “new” old stuff.

themeatpuppets.com
Meat Puppets
Effigee 12:30 singer-songwriter
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Effigee

12:30

YouTube

Effigee is a performance artist from Chicago.  She can be found playing her original music in a piano/drum duo or dancing with fire, fabric, and lights.  Her singer-songwriter tunes are reminiscent of Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, and Trent Reznor.  Effigee is currently in the studio recording her first two EP's, which will be released this July.

effigee.bandcamp.com
Effigee
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Guitar4Ever Ensemble

1:30

Come cheer on the Old Town School Guitar4Ever Ensemble as they show what they’ve got on the South Stage!

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Kafolike School of Percussion

2:30

RPA Ensemble 3:30 pop/rock
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RPA Ensemble

3:30

YouTube

Really Pretty Awesome? Rock Pop Acoustic? The band name remains a mystery, but the musical secrets will be revealed by Old Town School teaching artist Steve Dawson’s Guitar 4ever students on the South Stage!

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Brass & Choir Pop Up Parade

4:15

Acre Brothers 4:45 rock and roll
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Acre Brothers

4:45

The Acre Brothers are a rock and roll band from southern Indiana. They released their first EP “So Many Roads” in 2016. The EP combines many styles and moods and reflects on escaping problems and facing demons. The Acre Brothers began playing together in 2010 but lead singer Ben Cole and guitarist and principal songwriter Nathan Dillon go back almost 20 years. "Ben went to Butler for voice and I (briefly) went to Indiana University for guitar back in the day. We always knew the other could bring the heat, it just took us a while to get a band together!"

theacrebrothers.com
Acre Bros
Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots 6:00 American roots
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Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots

6:00

YouTube

"Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots have their feet firmly planted in American roots music, blending a strong modern take on rhythmic Memphis Soul, recalling Stax-Volt era performers like Carla Thomas, with doses of introspective folk, classic country, and the occasional pop-influenced flourish. In performance and on record, Rachel delivers intelligent lyrics in a soulful, heartfelt manner backed by a cadre of some of Chicago’s best working musicians." - Christopher Alvarado

racheldrew.com
Rachel Drew
Los Vicios de Papá 7:30 Latin ska fusion
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Los Vicios de Papá

7:30

YouTube

Los Vicios de Papá is a high energy Latin ska fusion band with socially conscious lyrics and an enormous fan base in their hometown of Chicago. Their unique sound was born out of Chicago’s love for ska and roots reggae music. The group has toured the U.S. sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in Latin ska music. They have been featured on the album Latin Ska Force Volume 2 from Jump Up Records and on Jump Up 10th Anniversary Sampler CD.

losviciosdepapa.bandcamp.com
LVDP
Explosión Negra 9:00 Colombian groove
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Explosión Negra

9:00

YouTube

Staying true to their musical roots in Colombia's Pacific coastal region, Explosión Negra combine such rhythms as chirimia, currulao, and porro with modern dance floor elements like hip hop and dancehall to create a unique sound that appeals to music lovers everywhere.

soundcloud.com/explosion-negra
Explosion Negra
2nd Half Guitar Jam 12:30 participatory
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2nd Half Guitar Jam

12:30

Join in on one of Old Town School’s longest running traditions! Bring your guitar and strum along!

Jarana 12:45
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Jarana

Outside Pop Up (OTS West)

12:45

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Youth Advanced Fiddlers

Outside Pop Up (OTS West)

1:15

15th Annual Midwest Fiddle / Banjo Championship 1:30 participatory / sign up required
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15th Annual Midwest Fiddle / Banjo Championship

1:30

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Come cheer on Midwestern musicians as they share their favorite tunes. Seman Violins of Skokie, Illinois has donated instruments to be the top fiddle prizes for the Youth and Open Divisions, and Gold Tone Music Group has done the same for the top banjo prizes. Second and third place winners receive cash prizes. Judges will be asked to award prizes on the basis of the playing that moved them the most. They will not be asked to decide who has the best technique or who played the flashiest or the cleanest. The only criteria is musicality. What does that mean? It means play from your heart. Play it hard and play it strong so that people want to get up and dance. Play it soft and play it tender so that folks in the audience have to wipe away a tear.

The contest was founded by Old Town School of Folk Music teaching artist Paul Tyler who handed over the reins to fellow teaching artist Matt Brown in 2016. It is intended to promote the many sounds of fiddle and banjo in the Midwest. It is organized in the spirit of fun and musical conviviality that accompanied two huge fiddle contests held in Chicago nearly 80 years ago. Players from all traditions are welcome: old-time, bluegrass, Norwegian, Scottish, Irish, Cajun, Mexican, Polish, Swedish, etc. Judging will be done on the basis of musicality. All decisions are final and are not subject to second-guessing.

For rules and registration (which ends on June 30), visit: squareroots.org/fiddle/

Youth Division (under 16)
1st Round — Wednesday, July 5, 6:30 PM Szold Hall, 4545 North Lincoln Avenue 
Finals — Thursday, July 6, 6:30 PM Maurer Hall, 4544 North Lincoln Avenue 

Open Division 
1st Round — Thursday, July 6, 6:30 PM Maurer Hall, 4544 North Lincoln Avenue 
Finals — Saturday, July 8, 1:30 PM Maurer Hall, 4544 North Lincoln Avenue

Prizes:

Youth Division Fiddle
First Prize – Yamaha SV-150 Silent Practice Plus Violin™ ($1000 value) donated by Seman Violins
Second Prize – $75
Third Prize – $50

Youth Division Banjo
First Prize – CC-100: Cripple Creek Banjo ($464.25 value) donated by Gold Tone Music Group
Second Prize – $75
Third Prize – $50

Open Division Fiddle
First Prize – Peter Zemon violin ($2500 value) donated by Seman Violins
Second Prize – $100
Third Prize – $75

Open Division Banjo
First Prize – Banjola ($708 value) donated by Gold Tone Music Group
Second Prize – $100
Third Prize – $75

15th Annual Midwest Fiddle / Banjo Championship
Walsh 3:30 singer-songwriter
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Walsh

Outside Pop Up (OTS West)

3:30

Big Band Ensemble 4:00 swing dance
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Big Band Ensemble

4:00

Dead Horses 6:30 folk roots
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Dead Horses

6:30

YouTube

Originally hailing from a small Wisconsin town made world famous by a pair of overalls (Oshkosh, B'Gosh), the now Milwaukee-based folk band have cultivated a sensibility beyond their years due in part to the powerful literary force that is frontwoman and songwriter, Sarah Vos.

Raised on Bible Hymns by her preacher father, Vos' backstory sounds more like that of an old bluesman from the Mississippi Delta than a young folk singer from Wisconsin. Despite their youth, Dead Horses have crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by modern Americana as it is by traditional roots music.

"Beautiful and fresh, Vos' exceptional songwriting becomes music magic." - No Depression

deadhorses.net
Dead Horses
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Chicago Soul Explosion

8:00

Gullibanque 9:45 Reggae
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Gullibanque

9:45

YouTube

Formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1988, Gullibanque has established an international reputation, with their positive vibe, skillful artistry and powerful messages, as one of the hottest reggae groups touring today.

gullimusic.com
Gullibanque
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Yoga & Live Music with Andrea Bunch

12:30

60 Years of Ella Jenkins! 3:00 CD release party
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60 Years of Ella Jenkins!

3:00

Celebrate sixty years of music making with Chicago’s own living legend and national treasure Ella Jenkins as she celebrates the release of her new album on Smithsonian Folkways, “Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins & Friends”.

Ella will be joined by:
René Cardoza - cajón and percussion 
Erin Flynn - vocals 
Bucky Halker - guitar/vocals
Lanialoha Lee - `ukulele/vocals
Jason McInnes - upright bass
Tony Seeger - banjo/vocals
Barbie Silverman - washboard/vocals 
Chris Walz - mandolin 
Children and Family Chorus!

Best of Teen Open Mic 5:00 performances
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Best of Teen Open Mic

5:00

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Saturday Jam with Jason & the Young Stracke All-Stars

12:00

Bring the kids, and some instruments, and join in the fun at this family friendly jam as led by Old Town School teaching artist and Young Stracke All-Stars captain, Jason McInnes and his merry, music making crew.

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Fear of Commitment Banjo with Jonas Friddle

1:00

Join Old Town School teaching artist Jonas Friddle and get your clawhammer on in this participatory banjo workshop.

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Bhangra & Bollywood Dance with Anjali Julka

2:00

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Voice of the People with Andrea Bunch & Mary Peterson

4:00

Explosión Negra 5:00 jam
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Explosión Negra

5:00

Join in this open, participatory jam with Explosión Negra from Colombia. All instruments and skill levels welcome!

Swing Set Drum Kit Near Lincoln & Sunnyside
12:00

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

North Stage South Stage Maurer Hall Szold Hall East Lobby
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WAGGALOO: Woody Guthrie 105th Birthday Celebration!

12:00

Woody Guthrie Songs for Children and the grown ups who love them led by Old Town School teaching artist Diana Laffey.

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Mr. Nilsson's Open Orchestra (Live band karaoke for kids)

1:00

Come one, come all to Mr. Nilsson's Open Orchestra! We are the band and you are the singer! Kids live band karaoke in Chicago!

Mr. Nilsson's Open Orchestra
Cielito Lindo 2:00 kids
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Cielito Lindo

2:00

YouTube

Cielito Lindo's five musicians range in age from 10 to 39 and are all members of the nine person Lucero family (two parents and seven children). The Lucero family moved to Chicago from New Mexico in 2015 for all of the opportunities that a larger city can provide.

This musical story starts with the eldest sons who began performing with their father in public at 3 and 4 years old. In the last two years, Cielito Lindo has been invited to perform at the National Museum of Mexican Art, WGN morning news, WGN Radio, Old Town School of Folk Music, Navy Pier and Allstate Arena.

The group performs “mariachi” and the traditional music of Mexico but also performs the occasional a cappella and English pop song. These musicians use their powerful voices along with the guitar, vihuela, guitarron, and trumpet to make beautiful acoustic music. Their repertoire includes bolero, ranchera, cumbia, huapango and son. Established in 2013, Cielito Lindo has performed for over 100 events both in and around Illinois.

Cielito Lindo
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Justin Roberts & Laura Doherty's Pop Up Show

3:00

Family folk meets power pop! Grammy-nominated Justin Roberts and folk-pop sensation Laura Doherty have teamed up this summer to bring kids and families a unique concert experience that’s not to be missed. Roberts, known for his 10 critically acclaimed albums and top hit “Willy Was a Whale” and Doherty, best known for her easy-to-sing melodies and tenure teaching Wiggleworms at the Old Town School of Folk Music, hit the stage together supported by a select group of their very own band members. The repertoire will include songs from Roberts's latest “Lemonade” album (2016) and Doherty’s forthcoming  “High Five” album, expected in Spring of 2018, as well as classic favorites from both artists.

justinroberts.org lauradohertymusic.com
Justin Roberts & Laura Doherty's
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Chicago House Dance Party with Boogie

4:00

Get on the floor and join the party! Boogie McClarin guides an exploration of movement history, concepts, approaches and social dance practices that accompany the global phenomenon born of Chicago's rich heritage - House Music and Dance Culture.

Chicago House Dance Party with Boogie
The Accidentals 5:45 folk
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The Accidentals

5:45

YouTube

Multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson and Savannah Buist are creating quite a name for themselves among music lovers of all genres.  Described as, “a duo giving an edge to folk with unique instrumentation”, the two met in 2011 at their public high school in Traverse City, Michigan where Katie was a freshman cello player, “playing up” in the Philharmonic Orchestra and Savannah was Concert Master, violinist. They volunteered for a class assignment that threw them together for their first rehearsal and The Accidentals were born!

"Displaying a genre-hopping range of influence and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops." - Billboard

moreaccidentals.com
The Accidentals
Lucero 7:45 rock and roll
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Lucero

7:45

YouTube

Lucero is a band for everyone. Parts country and parts folk with an added heaping of punk rock, the six-piece cover the musical gamut. Look to your left. A young couple is passionately making out. To your right, two grizzled bearded gentlemen are getting drunk and rowdy and singing loud as hell. And don’t forget to look up, because an old punk rocker has just launched himself from the stage. Welcome, you are at a Lucero show.

luceromusic.com
Lucero
60s Ensemble 12:15
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60s Ensemble

12:15

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Cowboy Jesus & the Sugar Bums

1:15

YouTube

The future of rock and roll! This terrific, all-kid band from Chicago covers some classic rock favorites and more!

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Crimson Octopus Society

2:00

By day they pose as the mere Old Town School Teen Songwriting Ensemble, but at night they transform into the CRIMSON OCTOPUS SOCIETY, harnessing the power of rock with instruments made of pure unknown energy. In their secret lair under the sea, they concoct mythic tales of conquest, space travel and mushrooms.

Crimson Octopus Society
Geoff Dolce 2:45 indie rock
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Geoff Dolce

2:45

Although the labels garage and indie rock, come to mind upon first listen of the guitar slinging power trio Geoff Dolce, the underlying work is distinctly rooted in the folk tradition. This juxtaposition of heavy guitar and folk song is an odd yet comfortable pairing. Proudly wearing influences on his sleeve, Dolce's guitar solos sound like mutant experiment using the ears and fingers of Slash and Dinosaur Jr. The guitar shines on complimented by tribal tom toms and melodic bass lines from Andrew Grill and Jon Hill. Dolce's lyrics explore the disillusionment of youth, wanderlust, and self-deprecation in a tone that recalls Neutral Milk Hotel. 

http://www.geoffdolce.com/
Geoff Dulce
Liz & the Lovelies 3:45 indie folk
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Liz & the Lovelies

3:45

YouTube

Liz and the Lovelies is the Chicago based indie folk band of singer/songwriter Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia. Their 2017 EP release 'Progress into Simplicity' combines sibling harmonies, dreamy synth folk/pop, and brooding lyrics.

lizchidester.com
Liz and the Lovelies
Skyway Man 5:00 singer-songwriter
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Skyway Man

5:00

YouTube

For the last decade, James Wallace & the Naked Light recorded and released music from the fringes of Music City USA, touring all over with a singular vision and purpose. But now the name is Skyway Man. Solo tours in Japan and China, a new batch of songs intertwined with his fascination with UFO religion, signaled a shift in direction. His inner mercury nudged him toward a new role, and the name Skyway Man rose to the surface again and again. Was it the trickster of mythology, the soul of some eternally missing astronaut, or the old singing storyteller trying to get through? Music for driving along the skyway, and thank god the skyway is made of music anyway.

skywayman.com
Skywayman
Fémina 6:30 Argentinian fusion
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Fémina

6:30

Fémina is a unique and thrilling trio of female Patagonian singer songwriters, whose diverse songs are characterized by show-stopping harmonies and a magical on-stage chemistry reminiscent of Ibeyi mixed with smooth hip hop flow a la Anita Tijoux.

Hailing from the tiny mountain town of San Martin de los Andes, Fémina are two sisters and their best childhood friend: Sofia “Toti” Trucco (vocals, guitar, ronroco), Clara “Wewi” Trucco (vocals, percussion) and Clara Miglioli (vocals, guitar).

Their live shows are often theatrical in nature, and mix a variety of Latin genres such as cumbia, candombe, rumba, boleros, with international rhythms alike such as reggae and funk.

femina.bandcamp.com
Fémina
Los Texmaniacs 8:00 Tex/Mex/Conjunto
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Los Texmaniacs

8:00

YouTube

Over the last 12 years, Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs have established themselves as the most recognized Conjunto band in the world, delivering a traditional style fused with modern rhythms to deliver a unique and infectious brand of Conjunto. The band is led by premiere "first call" bajo sexto player, Max Baca. Max has been Grammy Lifetime Achievement , winner Flaco Jimenez ' long time right hand man. Max has recorded on 11 Grammy winning recordings including The Rolling Stones "Voodoo Lounge", Los Super 7, Texas Tornados, and many more.

In 2009, Los Texmaniacs were selected by Smithsonian Folkways to document Conjunto as a form of American Roots & Folk music. The subsequent recording titled Borders y Bailes earned a GRAMMY in 2010. In the United States, Los Texmaniacs have delighted audiences at such prestigious and diverse venues as: The Library of Congress; The Kennedy Center (D.C.); New Orleans Jazz Fest; Rhythm and Roots Fest (Rhode Island); The Ford Theatre and Greek Theatre (L.A.); and Garrison Keillor’s nationally-syndicated radio program A Prairie Home Companion’s 40thAnniversary Celebration (St. Paul, MN).

Since 2013, Max and the band have focused heavily on stretching the boundaries of Conjunto both musically and globally: Los Texmaniacs were designated “cultural ambassadors” by the city of San Antonio, Texas. They have performed in Russia (two tours), China, Switzerland, Canada, and Argentina, Hawaii & Honk Kong World Music Festival.

Their new album "Americano Groove" was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos . The album features Los Lobos' Berlin and David Hidalgo along with Alejandro Escovedo, and Joe Ely. The album features the debut of Los Texmaniacs accordion wizard and Flaco Jimenez protege - Josh Baca. Josh is Max’s 24 year old nephew. He, along with his Uncle Max and bandmates, are taking TexMex / Conjunto to a new level and audience while helping preserving culture and tradition.

Los Texmaniacs
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2nd Half Guitar Jam

1:30

Join in on one of Old Town School’s longest running traditions! Bring your guitar and strum along!

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Soundtrack of the City: Folk - Chicago's Legacy

3:00

Join us as we take a look and listen to the welcoming role Chicago played (and still plays) in folk music, from way back to The Peoples' Songs Concerts of the late 1940s with Pete Seeger, Big Bill Broonzy, and Woody Guthrie in Orchestra Hall, to the voices of singers and players over the airwaves with Studs Terkel, to the lore of the historic Chicago venues, and to the hallowed halls of our very own Old Town School of Folk Music. Chicago's beckoning call made this a welcoming hub, bringing folks here to participate: to play and sing and join in this musical community, whether passing through or staying on. Folk music, always the people's songs. Come on!

Alex & Lucia 4:00 Arabic & Balkan folk
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Alex & Lucia

Outside Pop Up (OTS West)

4:00

YouTube

Alex and Lucia are a violin and oud duo that perform a variety of folk music from the Near East, including classic Arabic music from Egypt and Syria, Balkan folk songs, Greek rebetiko music, and Ottoman classical music.

alexfarha.com
Alex & Lucia
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Celebrating Tradition Jam with Peggy & Maura

4:30

Family Barn Dance 2:00 dance w/ caller
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Family Barn Dance

2:00

Promenade left with you neighbors and kin at this family friendly square dance complete with caller and music by the Youth String Band and the Young Stracke All-Stars!

West African Dance Lesson with Idy Ciss 3:30 participatory dance
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West African Dance Lesson with Idy Ciss

3:30

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater 7:00 dance performance
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Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

7:00

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20th Century Protest Songs with Bucky Halker

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Summer of Love Singalong with Steve Levitt & Jimmy T

2:00

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New Releases Jam with Shelley Miller

4:00

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Jam with Texmaniacs

5:00

Swing Set Drum Kit Near Lincoln & Sunnyside
12:00