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LINCOLN SQUARE · ON LINCOLN AVE BETWEEN MONTROSE AND WILSON


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

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Friday, July 8th, 2016

North Stage South Stage Maurer Hall Szold Hall East Lobby
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The Booty Movement Coalition 5:15 - 6:15 Funk/Jazz
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The Booty Movement Coalition

5:15 - 6:15

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The Booty Movement Coalition (BMC) is the brainchild of renowned Chicago-based jazz and funk siren, Typhanie Monique, who created it to bring together some of Chicago’s most talented and diverse musicians from all genres to give music fans from all over Chicagoland an experience sure to treat their mind, body & soul. Expectations for what jazz is, what hip-hip is, go out the window as the improvisation plays out on-stage. Songs morph from concepts as obscure of off-the-wall as pancakes into avant-garde blends of beats, sounds and rhythms created instantaneously by this collective of talented musicians.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Typhanie Monique of Booty Movement Coalition.
The Booty Movement Coalition
My Brightest Diamond 6:45 - 7:45 Indie Pop
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My Brightest Diamond

6:45 - 7:45

YouTube www.mybrightestdiamond.com

Not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance film festival and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing all in a month’s time. But Shara Nova can. Her multi-faceted career as My Brightest Diamond, which began with an acclaimed independent rock record, has reflected her journey into the world of performing arts. Born in diamond rich Arkansas and then raised all around the country, Nova came from a musical family of traveling evangelists. She went on to study operatic voice and then classical composition after a move to New York City leading to such disparate and interesting collaborative projects with Laurie Anderson, The Decemberists, David Byrne, Bon Iver, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and more.

My Brightest Diamond
Dessa 8:45 - 10:00 Hip-Hop
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Dessa

8:45 - 10:00

YouTube http://www.doomtree.net/dessa/

Dessa is a rapper, a singer, and an essayist with the Doomtree collective–the ascendant Minneapolis hip-hop crew. She’s landed on the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (Parts of Speech) and as a Doomtree member (All Hands), and has made a career out of bucking traditional genre designations–rapping at Lollapalooza, arranging for full choir, and co-writing classical works for an orchestra. As a writer, she’s contributed to MPR, the Star Tribune, literary journals around the country, and has published two short collections of her own.

Dessa
NEST 5:45 - 6:45 Indie Rock
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NEST

5:45 - 6:45

YouTube wearereallynest.com

Like its namesake bird home, Nest is greater than the sum of its skillfully thatched-together parts: finely tuned pop instincts à la The Smiths, fierce Sleater-Kinney–inspired vocals, and an unapologetic intimacy reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac.

Nest
Mambo with Saladeen 7:00 - 7:30
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Mambo with Saladeen

7:00 - 7:30

YouTube More About Saladeen Alamin

Learn some sizzling Latin dance steps with the great Saladeen Alamin then put your new moves to work to the Latin grooves of Los Hacheros!

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Saladeen Alamin.
Los Hacheros - Global Dance Party! 7:30 - 8:30 Salsa/Mambo
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Los Hacheros - Global Dance Party!

7:30 - 8:30

YouTube www.loshacheros.com

Brooklyn’s Los Hacheros, modern-day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music, recorded their sophomore album Bambulaye live to vintage analog tape, giving the music a raw, but warm and open sound similar to the Latin legends that have inspired them.

Los Hacheros revives folkloric styles like son montuno, guaracha and salsa, and often combine them with Bomba, a fiery rhythm from the mountains of Puerto Rico. Wax Poetics states, “The groove to this music is deep,” while The City Paper boasts, “…its solid arrangements and lively original songs have impressed old-school salseros and young music fans alike.”

Los Hacheros
Dolly Varden 9:00 - 10:00 Pop/Rock
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Dolly Varden

9:00 - 10:00

YouTube www.dollyvarden.com

Dolly Varden has been making music for almost two decades but its latest release explores how quickly that time has passed. The band is built around the heartfelt singing and songwriting of husband and wife Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen, the melodic and soulful guitar and lap steel playing of Mark Balletto, and the solid rhythm section of Matt Thobe on drums and Mike Bradburn on bass. Remarkably the line-up has stayed the same through 18 years, six critically-acclaimed albums, and well-received shows all over the USA and Europe.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden.
Dolly Varden

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

North Stage South Stage Maurer Hall Szold Hall East Lobby
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The Doodle Bugs 12:00 - 12:45
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The Doodle Bugs

12:00 - 12:45

Swinging rockabilly for kids!

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

1:00 - 1:45

Crimson Octopus Society 3:15-3:45pm Teen Rock
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Crimson Octopus Society

3:15-3:45pm

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. The COS features The Phantom of the Ocean on bass and vocals; The Scarlet Hammer on drums and vocals; and The Inky Vengeance and The Energy Claw on keyboards, guitars and vocals. You will both fear and respect the Crimson Octopus Society!

Vamplifier 4:15 - 5:00 Rock
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Vamplifier

4:15 - 5:00

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Vamplifier is a Chicago-based trio (guitars, bass, drums), with a unique mix of tunes ranging from heavy rockers to dancey poppers.

It's only rock and roll and you'll like it.

Vamplifier
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Offstage: Flow Arts w/ Gwen Klemenz

5:00 - 6:00

Gwen is a professional flow artist with years of experience spinning both fire poi and non-fire poi. Appropriate for kids and adults.

Zeshan and the Transistors 5:30 - 6:15 Urdu-Hindi/Punjabi Soul
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Zeshan and the Transistors

5:30 - 6:15

YouTube www.zeshanbagewadi.com

Faris
Israel Nash 7:00 - 8:00 Psych/Americana
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Israel Nash

7:00 - 8:00

YouTube www.israelnash.com

Cosmos-wrangling Americana upstart Israel Nash performs a deeply gorgeous and wholly immersive music that takes the listener on an epic trip. The music ventures down acid-soaked trails and arrives in lush and expansive territory.

“…dense, dusty psychedelic Americana that makes the similarly inclined Tame Impala sound a little lightweight” – 4 Stars, Q Magazine

Israel Nash
Lydia Loveless 8:45 - 10:00 Roots Punk
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Lydia Loveless

8:45 - 10:00

YouTube www.lydialoveless.com

Two years after the critical success of her breakout second album, Indestructible Machine, Lydia Loveless emerges from the trenches of hometown Columbus, OH with the gloves off and brimming with confidence on Somewhere Else. While her previous album was described as “hillbilly punk with a honky-tonk heart” (Uncut), this one can’t be so quickly shoehorned into neat categorical cubbyholes. No, things are different this time around—Loveless and her band have collectively dismissed the genre blinders and sonic boundaries that come from playing it from a safe, familiar place.

Lydia Loveless
Jam Band Ensemble 12:15 - 1:00
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Jam Band Ensemble

12:15 - 1:00

The Hat Stretchers 1:30 - 2:15 String Band
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The Hat Stretchers

1:30 - 2:15

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From the urban hollers of Chicago were born The Hat Stretchers! They are a string band trio whose music will place you on the edge of a beat-up porch, as you swing your bare feet to the beat of their bygone sounds. The Hat Stretchers members are veterans of the Chicago acoustic music scene: Rick Cookin’ Sherry (Devil In A Woodpile, Sanctified Grumblers) sings and plays guitar. John Hasbrouck (The Northside Southpaws, Hardscrabble) plays left-handed banjo and mandolin. And Jon Williams (Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, The Chandelier Swingers) plays fiddle. Music with crooked harmonies and foot stompin’ rhythms fueled by moonshine and the music of Charlie Poole, Uncle Dave Macon plus lesser known pioneers of primitive country music. It’s a hillbilly, “hell-yeah” hollerin’ good time!!

Growler
Rebecca Jasso 2:30 - 3:15 Singer Songwriter
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Rebecca Jasso

2:30 - 3:15

YouTube www.rebeccajasso.com/

Rebecca started playing guitar at the age of 10. Since then, her aim has been to write the best songs she can. A Chicago native, she studied classical guitar throughout high school, until she quit formal lessons and began to focus on her original tunes.

With a passion for the acoustic guitar, Rebecca explores its beauty with her fingerstyle playing. A visual artist, she conjures images with her lyrics and haunting melodies. Rebecca Jasso's songs are vivid stories, replete with mythical creatures.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Rebecca Jasso.
Growler
Growler 3:30 - 4:30 Bluegrass
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Growler

3:30 - 4:30

YouTube www.growlermusic.com

21st Century bluegrass outfit formed in Chicago during the summer of 2015, Growler has truly hit the ground running. Performing their first show with the award-winning Trout Steak Revival to a sold-out house, the group has gone on to wow audiences at festivals and venues throughout the Midwest.

Growler
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Lindsay and the Lights Go Out

4:45 - 5:30

YouTube www.lindsayweinbergmusic.com

Lindsay Weinberg's soulful voice and colorful lyrics evoke the boisterous energy of Chicago summer, the dim corners of a cabaret, and the bright lights of Broadway. Fueled by joyous melodies, rich horns, and a driving rhythm section, the sound is at once incandescent and insightful. Lindsay tells her honest stories through subtle composition and details that stick, inviting us to join her adventure through the little things in life that make the biggest difference in the size of our hearts.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Lindsay Weinberg.
Growler
Yerba Mate 6:00 - 6:45 Tango/Folklore
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Yerba Mate

6:00 - 6:45

www.gabrielmedinamusic.com/

Yerba Mate Project, a Chicago-based Tango/Folklore music band, effortlessly blends together the heritage and musical influences of South America music and culture. Yerba Mate Project was created with the idea of performing Argentinean rhythms to continue with the promotion and expansion of the Latin American culture.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Gabriel Medina of Yerba Mate.
Yerba Mate
Shauit 7:15 - 8:15 First Nation Reggae
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Shauit

7:15 - 8:15

YouTube www.shauit.com

Originally from the native community of Maliotenam in Northern Quebec, Shauit is a singer-songwriter and composer who sings in French, English and his native Innu language. Shauit delivers a mature, honest and committed form of dancehall reggae with songs that speak of love, hope, respect, peace and the environment. Shauit is an original talent who credits his thirst for discovery for powering his musical journey.

Shauit
Debo Band 9:00 - 10:00 Ethiopian Groove
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Debo Band

9:00 - 10:00

YouTube www.deboband.com

Debo Band raises the roof on the Ethiopian musical past, picking up where political upheaval of the 1970s and 1980s quenched the energy of one of East Africa’s most prolific, vibrant scenes. They imagine what Duke Ellington, while on his famed African tour, might have played with the Addis Ababa Police Orchestra. They invent the jams of the Ethiopians who served in the Korean War and brought back influences from East Asia. The large ensemble is known for its fun, danceable dives into Ethiopia’s rich musical worlds--from Orthodox Christian liturgy to hot-and-sweaty club sounds.

“...riotous energy and sinuous swing.” -- NPR

“Guitar solos, massed vocals, violin and brass rush in like a Red Bulled marching band. Dance at your own risk." -- Rolling Stone

Debo
2nd Half Guitar Jam 12:30 - 1:15
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2nd Half Guitar Jam

12:30 - 1:15

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

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14th Annual Midwest Fiddle / Banjo Championship

1:30 - 3:00

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Brill Building Ensemble

3:45 - 4:30

Poets of Pop 5:00 - 6:00
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Poets of Pop

5:00 - 6:00

BLT 6:30 - 7:15 Rock & Soul
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BLT

6:30 - 7:15

Dubbed a "joint musical sandwich", BLT brings together the diverse musical styles and tastes of three of our veteran guitar teachers who have played together for years. When Bill Brickey, Steve Levitt and Jimmy Tomasello take to the stage, sets range anywhere from classic rock, traditional folk, blues, gospel, R&B, spontaneous parodies, contemporary styles and exciting originals.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Bill Brickey.
Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Steve Levitt.
Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Jimmy Tomasello.
BLT
Squid Pro Quo 8:00 - 9:00 Ska
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Squid Pro Quo

8:00 - 9:00

Squid Pro Quo was formed in 2015 by veterans of various midwestern music scenes. Boasting the best cephalopodic horn section in Chicago, SPQ plays original and recycled third-wave ska tunes with occasional splashes of 50's rock melodies and allusions to 80's pop.

Squid Pro Quo
Taj Weekes 9:45 - 11:00 Reggae
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Taj Weekes

9:45 - 11:00

YouTube www.tajweekes.com

Bred in the Caribbean but shaped by intercontinental life experience, Taj Weekes is the creative and poetic singer-songwriter who fronts the dynamic reggae powerhouse Adowa. Adowa boasts a diverse Caribbean line up of musicians: a bassist from Dominica steeped in soca, a classically trained keyboardist with roots in Barbados, a Jamaican reggae stalwart on drums, a Trinidadian guitarist, and backup singers from yet another island. The eclectic styles and tastes of its members ensure a freshness and inventiveness to Adowa’s sound.

Taj Weekes
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Bloom Yoga for Kids & Families

2:00 - 2:30

Start the day off right and center yourself with our Lincoln Square neighbors from Bloom Yoga.

Family Barn Dance 3:30 - 4:30
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Family Barn Dance

with music by the Young Stracke Allstars and the OTSFM Fiddle Camp!

3:30 - 4:30

Swing your partner at this traditional, all-ages, participatory barn dance. No experience necessary.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Jason McInnes.
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Dance Basics with Louie Stallone

5:00 - 5:30

Learn some basic swing dance steps to get you out on the dance floor to move your feet to the Big Band Jazz Ensemble!

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Louis Stallone.
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Big Band Jazz Ensemble

5:30 - 6:30

Battle of the Bands presented by 77 Beats - Plus dance lessons! 7:00 - 9:30
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Battle of the Bands presented by 77 Beats

Plus dance lessons!

7:00 - 9:30

Come dance to the music or just hang back and watch. Audience participation decides the winners!


Fiddle Club of the World

Simple set and couple dances from three fiddle-crazy parts of the world: Norway, Mexico, and the US of A. Featuring Judy Higgins, Mitzi Lebensorger, Rebecca Brook, and Vidar Skrede on fiddles, Othello Anderson on flute, Rene Cardoza on vihuela, Gail Tyler on bass, and dance teacher Paul Tyler.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Paul Tyler.
Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Rene Cardoza.

Jafra

Palestinian dabke music group with strong backgrounds in folkloric tradition as well as modern elements. Featuring Old Town School teacher Ronnie Malley on oud, Dusan Simic on woodwinds and percussion Hamze Allham on vocals and shibaba, and dance teacher Ahmed Hamad.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Ronnie Malley.

Teresa Shine Trio

Three Old Town School of Folk Music teachers will pound out some Irish reels, jigs, polkas and slides for some simple group set dances. Featuring Teresa Shine on fiddle, Mike Austin on bodhran, and Jim Dewan on guitar.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Teresa Shine.
Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Mike Austin.
Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Jim DeWan.

77Beats
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Dylan Songbag w/ Jimmy T

celebrating Dylan's 75th birthday with Jimmy T

3:00

We'll do a musical travelogue journeying through a menagerie of locations found on the Bobster's music.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Jimmy Tomasello.
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The Makusham, Innu Style - Indigenous Dance with Shauit

4:00

Shauit will give a brief presentation of the various tribes, their environment, and what distinguishes them from one another. He will demonstrate how to dance the Makusham and play traditional songs. Audience dance participation encouraged!

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String Band Bluegrass Jam

with Colby Maddox and John Huber

1\5:00

Join in this open, participatory Bluegrass jam! All instruments and skill levels welcome!

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Colby Maddox.
Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist John Huber.
Swing Set Drum Kit Near Lincoln & Sunnyside
12:00 - 5:00

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

North Stage South Stage Maurer Hall Szold Hall East Lobby
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Lucky Diaz 12:15 - 1:15 Kids/Family
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Lucky Diaz

12:15 - 1:15

YouTube www.luckydiazmusic.com

Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, a married couple, have been named ‘THE face of kindie music’ by the Washington Post, ‘SUPERSTARS’ by Red Tricycle, ‘The Rolling Stones of Kids Music’ by the Style Network.! They create indie music sounds that are rooted in their whimsical child-friendly imaginations.

As featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, three time Emmy nominees and two time Latin Grammy winners, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first Americans to ever win a Latin Grammy in the children’s album category!

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Lucky Diaz
Little Miss Ann 2:15 - 3:00
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Little Miss Ann

2:15 - 3:00

YouTube www.littlemissann.com

Join in the family fun with Little Miss Ann, a mother, teacher and one of Chicago's "Most Influential Kids Musicians" and "One of the Best Things to Happen to Chicago Kids" as voted by Time Out Chicago. Come hear the Little Miss Ann Band perform music from her three kids CD's that showcase a mix of folk-rock, both traditional songs and new ones, filled with rich vocals and a beautiful mix of simple instrumentation.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Ann Torralba.
Little Miss Ann
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World Premiere: Calling (for Ellen)

A world premiere by Joe Clark

4:15 - 4:30

World premiere of a dueling rooftop brass band fanfare to honor Ellen Shepard.

Bones Jugs 4:30 - 5:30 Jug Band
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Bones Jugs

4:30 - 5:30

YouTube www.bonesjugs.com

Bones, jug, xylophone, kazoos, resonator guitar, upright bass, trap kit, horns, and all sorts of noise makers. These are just some of the instruments Bones Jugs use to conjure up their eclectic acoustic sound. The group offers a musical experience that can be enjoyed on street corners, in corn fields, on the beach, in a living room, amplified in a club, and just about anywhere else. A frenzy of frivolity! A marvel of merriment! A 21st century throwback to 1920’s ragtime, a new­-agey jugband twist, an indescribable sonic carnival. In short, it’s just loads of fun!

Bones Jugs
Dale Watson 6:00 - 7:00 Outlaw Country
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Dale Watson

6:00 - 7:00

YouTube www.dalewatson.com

Dale Watson is a country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.

Like the early country legends of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Dale has a style and sound all his own. Tattooed and always dressed to the nines, he is a true entertainer, mixing humor and pathos into his lively shows. Whether playing with his Texas Two or with his rocking band the Lone Stars, Dale is sure to take us on one hell of a musical ride.

Dale Watson
Cracker 7:45 - 9:00 Roots/Alt Rock
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Cracker

7:45 - 9:00

YouTube www.crackersoul.com

Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman have been at it for almost a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe (“Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl,” “Get Off This” and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me” to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base – that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry – continues to grow each year.

“Cracker have been weaving subtle yet undeniable country twang throughout their sound since their 1992 self-titled debut....” – Rolling Stone

Cracker
Beatles Ensemble 12:15 - 1:00
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Beatles Ensemble

12:15 - 1:00

The Astronomer 1:30 - 2:15 Indie Rock
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The Astronomer

1:30 - 2:15

YouTube www.astronomermusic.com

The Astronomer evokes the song construction and lyricism of The Band and mid-period Kinks, while sonically akin to releases by Brian Eno and Brian Wilson. The songs are hopeful and naive tales wrapped in rustic orchestrations of pedal steel, vibraphone, upright bass, creaking electronics and floating voice. The Astronomer is Charles Kim (lead vocals/guitar), Geoff Dolce (guitar/violin/vocals), James Ross (bass/vocals), Nathan Bojko (drums), Debbie Kaczynski (vocals/piano) and Nick Ross (vocals/guitar/electronics).

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Charles Kim.
The Astronomer
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60s Ensemble & GoGo Express

2:45 - 3:30

Jodee Lewis 4:00 - 5:00 Americana
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Jodee Lewis

4:00 - 5:00

YouTube www.jodeelewis.com

A native of the Missouri Ozarks, Jodee Lewis was raised on folk songs and honky-tonk, and her music reflects the best of both worlds. The Chicago Tribune says she is “a singer-songwriter whose outsized talent is as big as her voice,” and calls her first album,Whiskey Halo, an “impressive solo debut”.

Jodee Lewis
Villalobos Brothers 5:30 - 6:30 Mexican Folk
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Villalobos Brothers

5:30 - 6:30

YouTube www.villalobosbrothers.com

Through multi-disciplinary acts that often include masks, poems, and theatrical sketches interwoven with powerful lyrics and high-energy compositions, Villalobos Brothers use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. With their original compositions, they masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood, and social justice.

“…young brothers who grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, and now live in New York…a crazy ball of sound: Mexican coastal traditions meet Sam Cooke in the Bronx!" - Dan Zanes, Grammy Award Winner, USA TODAY

Villalobos Brothers
Lera Lynn 7:00 - 8:00 Indie Roots
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Lera Lynn

7:00 - 8:00

YouTube www.leralynn.com

Singer-songwriter Lera Lynn juggles multiple roles on Resistor, an album that finds the Nashville transplant embellishing her Americana roots with a mix of spacey, left-of-center rock and experimental pop-noir. “Resistor has this otherworldly quality to it, this darkness, this sense of atmosphere and space,” says Lynn. “There’s a slow-burning intensity that at times sounds a little spooky. It’s creepy and lovely.”

Lynn spent 2015 in a creative whirlwind, kicking off the year with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and wrapping things up with a 39-date headlining fall tour. Along the way, she also played a role in shaping the dark direction of True Detective’s second season, both appearing in the popular HBO series as a barroom singer and contributing a handful of original songs to the show’s soundtrack with her song “The Only Thing Worth Fighting For” (co-written with Rosanne Cash and T Bone Burnett) racking up more than 35 million views.

Lera Lynn
2nd Half Guitar Jam 1:30 - 2:00
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2nd Half Guitar Jam

1:30 - 2:00

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

Sarah Jarosz with special guests The Brother Brothers
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Sarah Jarosz

with special guests The Brother Brothers

5:00

Tickets YouTube www.sarahjarosz.com

A gifted multi-instrumentalist, a singularly expressive vocalist and a songwriter of rare insight, Sarah Jarosz has been described by The New York Times as "one of acoustic music's most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success."

"From an early age, I've had a strong desire to create music," Jarosz states. "I was also fortunate to be surrounded by older, accomplished musicians who were my mentors. From the very beginning, all of my heroes looked out for me and challenged me in the best ways. It was great being raised in music that way."

Sarah Jarosz
Sarah Jarosz with special guests The Brother Brothers
*requires separate admission ticket
8:00
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Sarah Jarosz

with special guests The Brother Brothers

8:00

Tickets YouTube www.sarahjarosz.com

A gifted multi-instrumentalist, a singularly expressive vocalist and a songwriter of rare insight, Sarah Jarosz has been described by The New York Times as "one of acoustic music's most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success."

"From an early age, I've had a strong desire to create music," Jarosz states. "I was also fortunate to be surrounded by older, accomplished musicians who were my mentors. From the very beginning, all of my heroes looked out for me and challenged me in the best ways. It was great being raised in music that way."

Sarah Jarosz
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Pop Up Choir with Andrea Bunch and The Pop Divas

2:00 - 2:45

Learn a song and then do a pop up performance!

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Andrea Bunch.
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Host Andrew Sa presents 6 up and coming bands.

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Medicine Bear & The Herbal Remedies

4:00 - 4:30

www.medicinebearandtheherbalremedies.com

Medicine bear and the Herbal Remedies represents a hippie reawakening movement in which respect for fellow human beings and care for Mother Earth are the keys to living harmoniously and happily. Over a soundscape of melodious finger picking, violin magic, flutistry and trance inducing accordion drones, the stylized vocals seem nothing but natural.

BR. 4:40-5:10pm
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BR.

4:40-5:10pm

Louis Bardales is a bilingual songwriter, guitarist, poet, and guitar teacher at Old Town School of Folk Music. He performs and releases music under the name Br. (formerly, as Brother Moose). He has performed in and around Chicago for the past 6 years as a solo performer or as a duo, with percussionist Raul Cotaquispe. Louis Bardales delivers a kaleidoscopic blend of musicianship and artistry, ranging in dynamics from drone driven fingerstyle guitar to densely lyrical songwriting. Primarily influenced by the more progressive, psychedelic and experimental British and American folk sounds of the 60s and 70s, Br. is the manifestation of a unique and singular vision and voice.

Congress of Starlings 5:20 - 5:50
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Congress of Starlings

5:20 - 5:50

www.congressofstarlings.com

Congress of Starlings is a long-time favorite on the Chicago indie folk rock scene. Aerin Tedesco and Andrea Bunch have been called ‘two of the most beautiful noises on the planet.’ Lindsay Weinberg rounds out the complex and heavenly harmonies. Greg Nergaard and Janet Cramer lay a skilled groove foundation under gorgeous original tunes.

The Starlings have brought their music to dozens of famous venues like Milwaukee’s Summerfest, The National Women’s Music Festival, Halsted Market Days and to beloved Chicago venues like Martyr’s!

Photo-Curio 6:00 - 6:30
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Photo-Curio

6:00 - 6:30

invertebratarecords.com/artists/photo-curio/

Photo-Curio formed in Chicago in early 2014 when Ben Pfeifer (bass and vocals) and Robie Anson (guitar and vocals) got to know each other in a guitar workshop. With the addition of Matt Haddock (guitar) and Melissa Scales (drums and vocals) they began songwriting in earnest. After writing and practicing for months in what was formerly a factory that made photo albums and memorabilia, they chose the name Photo-Curio.

Photo-Curio’s music blends atmospheric drone-rock noise, melodic finger-picking, and a rhythm section that pumps, rumbles and pulses underneath it all. With influences ranging from Deerhunter and the Replacements to Nirvana and Sonic Youth they arrived at a sound that is, in equal measures, rock, psychedelic, experimental and pop (in the best sense of the word).

Weatherman 6:40 - 7:10
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Weatherman

6:40 - 7:10

www.weathermanband.com

Weatherman is a minimal, experimental pop collaboration between pianist/vocalist Annie Higgins (Singing in the Abbey) and drummer Jason Toth (The Handsome Family, Daniel Knox), with exploratory electronics from composer Joshua Dumas (Quarter Mile Thunder). Their inaugural recordings, engineered and mixed by Alex Inglizian at Chicago's Experimental Sound Studio, was released in a series of singles in 2015 on the La Société La Société Expéditionnaire imprint.

Courtney 7:20 - 7:50
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Courtney

7:20 - 7:50

courtneymusic.bandcamp.com

Chicago three-piece Courtney layers gritty-sweet harmonies over thick grunge guitar and bass. The band's simple, three-chord songs rattle Millennial nostalgia for early 90s rock radio.

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Bowie Singalong & Jam

with Jane Hanna

1:00

Join in a participatory jam from the deep catalog of the late, great David Bowie. All levels and instruments welcome. Bring your instrument or just sing along!

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Jane Hanna.
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Celebrating Tradition jam with Peggy & Maura

2:00

Play and sing the tunes passed on through the generations, from gospel to blues to old time and folk ballads, in the tradition of Frank Hamilton and Win Stracke, the Old Town School’s founders.

Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Peggy Browning.
Take a class with Old Town School Teaching Artist Maura Lally.
Peggy & Maura
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Jam with The Villalobos Brothers

All string & percussion instruments welcome

3:00

Swing Set Drum Kit Near Lincoln & Sunnyside
12:00 - 5:00