MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

LINCOLN SQUARE · ON LINCOLN AVE BETWEEN MONTROSE AND WILSON


Friday, July 11th, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 12th, 12:00 – 10:00 PM
Sunday, July 13th, 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Check out last year's lineup before we announce what's in store for 2014!

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Friday, July 12th, 2013

North Stage

Located in the Middle of the 4500 North Block of Lincoln
5:30 – 6:30 PM

Sanctified Grumblers

Chicago's Sanctified Grumblers formed in the Spring of 2009 when Rick Sherry from Devil in a Woodpile and Eric Noden started writing songs together. Their music succeeds in the challenge of combining the sounds of roots music's pre-electric past with the narration of modern universal themes; tales of love, communication break-downs, and good time grooves.

sanctifiedgrumblers.com  |  "Stump Grinder" on YouTube

7:30 – 8:00 PM

Contra Dance Lesson

With Meg Dedolph from Chicago Barn Dance

8:00 – 9:00 PM

Le Vent du Nord

Global Dance Party Outdoors!

Quebec's Le Vent du Nord turn neglected cultural connections into highly listenable performances. Not content with standard approaches to tradition, they draw on Quebecois ballads, Acadian blues, New Orleans brass, and Francophone resistance, with powerful vocals and a shifting cast of instruments.

leventdunord.com  |  "Le Coeur de ma Mére" on YouTube

South Stage

Located at the Corner of Lincoln & Montrose
6:30 – 7:30 PM

Birds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago is a fantastic group based around JT Nero (JT & The Clouds) and Allison Russell (Po'Girl) - two of the most compelling new voices in American Roots music today. Nero's fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell's silver and gold tones is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you'll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul.

birdsofchicago.com  |  "Flying Dreams" on YouTube

8:45 – 9:45 PM

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith, and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands.

sierraleonesrefugeeallstars.com  |  Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars' NPR Tiny Desk Concert on YouTube

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

North Stage

Located in the Middle of the 4500 North Block of Lincoln
12:00 – 12:45 PM

African Drum Circle for Families

1:00 – 1:20 PM

Bloom Yoga for Kids

1:30 – 2:15 PM

The Dreamtree Shakers

Come along for the ride as The Dreamtree Shakers present songs from their new album, Big Top Tent! Experience the secret stories of the circus in the songs and images you'll behold under the tent of your imagination. Expect a big sound as the little stories of circus life are presented in rock and roll form for kids of all ages.

dreamtreeshakers.com  |  On YouTube

2:30 – 3:15 PM

Starbright

When the light within you gleams like the bell of a slide trombone; when your spirit calls you to dance to the rhythm of the bass and drums; when every emotion is buoyed by unfettered vocal expression, unfolding harmonies, melodious keys, guitars, and horns; then you have arrived in the land of Starbright. Let's shine.

3:15 – 3:30 PM

Jazzettes

4:45 – 5:45 PM

Jon Langford & Skull Orchard

6:45 – 7:45 PM

Hoop Dance Workshop with Renee Nanzer

Hoop Dance Class Registration

6:45 – 7:45 PM

JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers

The Dirt Daubers have come down from the mountains and landed squarely in the middle of the Mississippi Delta. J.D. Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers and his former Old-Time band have decided to plug in to both his blues roots and a regulation, A.C. power socket. Having recently added electric guitar and drums, the Dirt Daubers are now poised to expand the appeal of their roots-based tunes with a whole new Swamp-Blues/Rock-n-Roll kick!

thedirtdaubers.net  |  "Don't Thrill Me No More" on YouTube

8:45 – 9:45 PM

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

The visceral rock-n-roll romp of Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside is like a cross between "Ella Fitzgerald and Tom Waits" - Mashable. Sallie has established herself as one of the most powerful female voices in indie rock, and from Letterman to Bonnaroo to the Newport Folk Fest, Sallie Ford is quickly becoming one of the most talked about new performers touring today.

sallieford.com  |  "Danger" on YouTube

South Stage

Located at the Corner of Lincoln & Montrose
12:00 – 12:40 PM

Stone Blind Valentine

Stone Blind Valentine is the acoustic project of longtime Chicago musicians Emily Hurd, Colby Maddox, and Gregg Ostrom. Gritty lyrics and unruly guitar get a layer of polish from bright mandolin and sharp fiddle licks. The group treads on bluegrass while digging into rock and early American country. The band recorded their first album Burn Like A Field live at Chicago's King Size Sound Labs earlier this year.

stoneblindvalentine.com  |  On YouTube

1:00 – 1:45 PM

Dill Costa Quintet

The Seasoning and Swing of Brazilian Music! The mixture of different styles, in a melodious voice of Dill Costa. Her repertoire ranges from classic 1940s-era samba (Ary Barroso, Noel Rosa, etc.) to the cool 1960s Bossa Nova hits of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Joao Donato, Durval Pereira, to the modern Brazilian pop of Caetano Veloso, Djavan, Joao Bosco and others Brazlian artists. Dill Costa also performs her original songs.

2:20 – 3:20 PM

Congress of Starlings

Known primarily for gorgeous vocal harmonies and stellar songwriting, Andrea Bunch & Aerin Tedesco do not settle for the standard folk stasis of guitar and voice. Instead they employ a wide palette of sounds and instruments from Aerin's ever-present tenor guitar to Andrea's computer generated tones. Their live show ranges from traditional acoustic folk to laptop tinged anti-folk and back again.

congressofstarlings.com  |  On YouTube

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Boukman Eksperyans

Haitian roots music group Boukman Eksperyans create a high energy sound fusing traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae. Since their emergence on the Haitian music scene in the ‘70s, Boukman has continued to release revolutionary music with a message and mesmerize audiences world wide travelling the globe as ambassadors of Haitian culture.

boukmaneksperyans.net  |  On YouTube

5:45 – 6:45 PM

Gangstagrass

Blending bluegrass and hip-hop seems like an unlikely recipe for success, but Gangstagrass creates a fresh sound that is an innovative blend of rap and bluegrass that breaks barriers and destroys genres with its eclectic mix of low down and down home beats.

gangstagrass.com  |  "Ain't No Stopping" on Vimeo

7:45 – 9:00 PM

Fatoumata Diawara

Perpetuating Mali’s rich musical tradition, Fatoumata Diawara presents a joyous mix of vibrant songs about love, politics and empowerment. With arresting melodies soaring over intricate guitar and drum arrangements, and inspired by Wassoulou tradition, jazz, and blues, Fatoumata Diawara has created her own unique contemporary folk sound, with a distinctly African spin to the concept of the female singer-songwriter.

fatoumatadiawara.com  |  On YouTube

Maurer Hall

Inside the West Building at the Old Town School – 4544 N. Lincoln
12:30 – 1:00 PM

2nd Half Guitar Jam

Core Guitar Classes at Old Town School

1:30 – 2:45 PM

11th Midwest Fiddle Championship

Fiddle Championship Registration & Rules

3:30 – 4:15 PM

RPA Ensemble with Steve Dawson

Guitar 4Ever Class Registration Page

4:30 – 5:00 PM

RPA Ensemble Jam

Guitar 4Ever Class Registration Page

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Brad Cole

Chicago singer-songwriter Brad Cole captures a stripped-down Americana sound — the product of Nashville jams and soaking up his host city's country roots.

bradcolemusic.com  |  "Cry, Cry, Cry" on YouTube

7:15 – 8:15 PM

Wood, Bone & Steel

Wood, Bone & Steel is a roots rock power trio bringing the power of the elements together. It is practical, spiritual, and boundless. A truly unique mixture of soul, funk, Americana, and spoken word.

billbrickey.com  |  On YouTube

9:15 – 10:15 PM

The Meditations

Living legends of Jamaican roots reggae, the Meditations have been on the world stage since 1974 providing beautiful harmony vocals over the years for the who’s who of Jamaican reggae from Jimmy Cliff and Gregory Isaacs to The Congos and Bob Marley.

meditationsmusic.com  |  On YouTube

Szold Hall

Inside the East Building at the Old Town School – 4545 N. Lincoln
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Dance Workshop with Boukman Eksperyans

3:00 – 3:10 PM

Sizzle Hummer Hot Summer Night Dance

Teen Collaboration between Old Town School & Thodos Dance Chicago

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Brazilian Dance with Dill Costa

Dance Lesson

4:45 – 5:30 PM

Tahitian Drum & Dance with Lanialoha Lee

Dance & Music Lesson

6:00 – 6:30 PM

Clogging with Barb Silverman

Dance Lesson
Dance, washboard and vintage music mistress Barbara Silverman has been referred to as a "Folk Festival in a Box." She is the Old Town School's resident Clogging instructor and choreographer, has performed in modern dance companies, fronts several prominent swing and jug bands including The Teflons, The Schticklers, and Silver Rose, and has appeared on national radio and festivals across the Midwest. Barb's contagious enthusiasm and well-steeped talents permeate her teaching. Don't miss her giant Clogging workshop supported by the music of our treasured old-time musicians.

silverbeammusic.com  |  Barb Clogging with Students on YouTube

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Fiddle Club of the World: Battle of the Bands

8:30 – 9:00 PM

Hip Hop Dance Lesson with Chris Courtney

9:00 – 11:00 PM

DJ Justin Reed (illmeasures, Freakeasy Chicago)

Justin Reed is a native of Evanston and 18 year DJ veteran in Michigan and Chicago.With a bold and unrivaled DJ technique and an ear for brilliant music Justin Reed has been rockin’ parties and creating atmosphere for nearly two decades. Not content to just "play songs," he considers DJing to be an expressive act. To that end, Justin’s DJ sets communicate the creative potential of the DJ as well as of the producers of the records.

revolutionarymusic.com/artists-djs/justin-reed/

East Lobby

Inside the East Building at the Old Town School – 4545 N. Lincoln
The East Lobby of the Old Town School is the festival home for all our interactive jams and workshops.
Bring your instrument and join in (or just watch, it's air conditioned, too)!
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Old-Time Revival with Jonas Friddle

Old Town School teacher and Grand Prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting contest, Jonas Friddle leads an Old-Time open jam!

Old-Time Revival Ensemble Class Registration

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Boukman Eksperyans Drum Workshop

All drummers welcome.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Fear of Commitment Mandolin with Colby Maddox

Mandolins will be provided for the workshop. No prior experience is necessary, but guitar players, fiddlers and banjo players will find that their skills transfer very well. Learn some open chords basic rhythms and simple melodies.

Mandolin 1 Class Registration

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Irish Session

4:00 – 5:00 PM

'90s Gen X Ensemble with Andrea Bunch & John Mead

'90s Gen X Ensemble Class Registration

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Beatles & Dead Jam with Steve Levitt

Beatles Ensemble Class Registration  |  Grateful Dead Ensemble Class Registration

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

North Stage

Located in the Middle of the 4500 North Block of Lincoln
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Wiggleworms Outdoors!

1:15 – 2:00 PM

Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies

Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies get the kids and parents singing and dancing together for the ultimate in quality time. The Sharp Cookies use every trick in their giant book to pump up the fun! The Sharp Cookies' instantly singable originals get folks involved and leave everyone feeling like full-fledged musicians!

sharpcookies.net  |  "Just for Fun" on YouTube

2:15 – 3:00 PM

The Sundown Serenaders

The Sundown Serenaders take their name from the cool retro design on Lisa DeRosia’s cowgirl guitar. The whole family can dance and sing along as this band winds down the sunset trail with classic country songs and cowgirl songs played to a western swing pulse. Also included are selections from Lisa’s new lullabies CD, Lisa's Little Lullabies. Lisa has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for many years now–writing songs, fronting bands, recording and teaching guitar and Wiggleworms. The band also includes Colby Maddox on fiddle and mandolin and Keith Baumann on upright bass and dobro.

3:10 – 3:40 PM

Story Time with the Book Cellar

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Alasdair Roberts & Friends

Alasdair Roberts’ long-standing love affair and deeply creative interaction with the traditional music of his native Scotland and beyond offers an idiosyncratic take on that tradition. "...the most exciting young musician currently working within the folk tradition of these islands and is, in my opinion, a kind of genius." - Robin Robertson, author of The Wrecking Light, shortlisted for the 2010 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

alasdairroberts.com  |  "Ned Ludd's Rant" on YouTube

5:30 – 6:15 PM

Great Divide

Chicago's Great Divide are deeply influenced by the traditional roots of soul, blues, funk, and country. Otherwise known as... good old-fashioned rock-n-roll! "Their sound is Memphis soul meets Muscle Shoals grit and funk. It is rock-n-soul glory with each note." - The Alternative Root. "Great Divide is certainly hitting their stride on their second release, delivering classic blues-rock with a healthy dose of soul." - Performer Magazine

greatdivideband.com  |  "Don't Do It" on YouTube

6:45 – 7:45 PM

The Black Lillies

Born in the rumbling cab of a stone truck and aged in the oak of Tennessee’s smoky night haunts, The Black Lillies have quickly risen to the forefront of the Americana scene. Founded by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Cruz Contreras, The Black Lillies have created their own unique brand of country, roots, rock and blues via Appalachia.

theblacklillies.com  |  "Smokestack Lady" on YouTube

South Stage

Located at the Corner of Lincoln & Montrose
12:00 – 12:45 PM

Old Town School Reggae Ensemble
with Nathaniel Braddock

Nathaniel Braddock is the a composer, guitarist, and leader of the internationally touring soukous group the Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l. As an Old Town School faculty member he leads the Afro Beat, Reggae, and Kill Yr Idols ensembles as well as many other classes on fingerstyle guitar.

Reggae Ensemble Class Registration  |  nathanielbraddock.com

1:00 – 1:45 PM

Old Town School Afro Beat Ensemble with Nathaniel Braddock

Afro Beat Jam Session Class Registration  |  "Atwer Abroba" on YouTube

2:15 – 3:15 PM

Savoy Family Cajun Band

The Savoy Family Cajun Band plays honed down, hard-core Cajun music laced with an earthy sensuality. In their hands, the old tunes have been revived and returned to new life. Marc and Ann Savoy along with sons Wilson, a member of the Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys, and Joel, a founding member of the Red Stick Ramblers, bring the raw energy of the dancehalls of southwest Louisiana to the stage, peppered with humorous and informative anecdotes about life in the Cajun heartland.

savoyfamilycajunband.com  |  On Youtube

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Glenn Jones

Glenn Jones is a unique voice working in the decades-long tradition of American Primitivism. What sets him apart from the many devotees to this style is the combination of expressive playing and technical skill, most significantly his inventive use of alternate tunings and partial capos. As anyone knows who has seen him perform, Glenn is a remarkable storyteller, and his songs reflect that talent. The songs on Glenn's latest, My Garden State, are evocative and redolent, and serve as a testament to Glenn's talent for conveying a wide array of emotions, many times in one song, without saying a word.

Glenn Jones on thrilljockey.com  |  "Of Its Own Kind" on Youtube

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Freedom Dance: Chicago House Dance Party with Boogie McClarin

Featuring DJ James Vincent/Excursions

Chicago House Dance Class Registration

5:45 – 6:45 PM

Bachaco

Bachaco is an international Afro-Caribbean Roots Rock band based out of Miami, Florida. Their music successfully blends feel-good sounds and conscious lyrics through a totally current mix of Reggae, Dancehall and Ska with Rock, Hip-Hop and Colombian Cumbia. The group's members hail from Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Peru and the U.S. allowing their songs to naturally flow in both English and Spanish backed by their uplifting, energetic groove.

bachacomusic.com  |  "Ni Una Lagrima" on Youtube

Maurer Hall

Inside the West Building at the Old Town School – 4544 N. Lincoln
1:30 – 2:00 PM

2nd Half Guitar Jam

Core Guitar Classes at Old Town School

2:30 – 3:15 PM

Hands On Gamelan Workshop

Come explore the beautiful sounds of this Indonesian percussion ensemble! Gamelan music has influenced musicians as diverse as Debussy, Steve Reich, Squarepusher, John Fahey, and Sonic Youth. This workshop invites musicians of all ages to get a hands-on experience with these entrancing instruments and to learn the foundations of its songs. No instrument or previous experience required. Look for adult and children's gamelan classes beginning in the fall at the Old Town School!

4:00 – 4:20 PM

All-Ages Mexican Song Ensemble

4:20 – 4:40 PM

Young Stracke All-Stars

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Percussion Sampler - Djembe/Cajón/Bodhran with Taylor, Rick Neuhaus, and Mike Austin

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Rajasthan Josh

Rajasthan Josh, led and directed by Chugge Khan, is a collective of Manganiyar and Langa musicians from Jaisalmer and surrounding villages in the Thar Desert. Their Rajasthani folk music, with rhythmic, hypnotic and ethereal desert sounds, embraces traditional and contemporary styles and fusions, and is grounded in the traditions of the Manganiyars: artists and musicians who for centuries have traversed Rajasthan. The group has collaborated with a wide range of international artists; Susheela Raman, Prem Joshua, Dub Colossus, Transglobal Underground and many more in both traditional and contemporary styles.

Rajasthan Josh on Facebook  |  On Youtube

Szold Hall

Inside the East Building at the Old Town School – 4545 N. Lincoln
1:00 – 2:15 PM

West African Dance Lesson with Idy Ciss

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Family Barn Dance

4:30 – 5:00 PM

Tango with Netza Roldan

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Tangata

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Rey del Vallenato Beto Jamaica

East Lobby

Inside the East Building at the Old Town School – 4545 N. Lincoln
The East Lobby of the Old Town School is the festival home for all our interactive jams and workshops.
Bring your instrument and join in (or just watch, it's air conditioned, too)!
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Sunday Sing with Gwen Pippen

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Songs of Illinois with Bucky Halker

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Country Pickin' with Trevor McSpadden

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Belly Dance with Erika Ochoa

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Twin Spin with Jimmy Tomasello & Members of the Guitar Faculty

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Vallenato Percussion Workshop