MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

LINCOLN SQUARE · ON LINCOLN AVE BETWEEN MONTROSE AND WILSON


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

2014 lineup announced! Check back often - we'll be adding more bands, dances, and workshops soon!

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Friday, July 11th, 2014

Times subject to change

North Stage

Located in the Middle of the 4500 North Block of Lincoln
8:00 – 9:15 PM

Global Dance Party: Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

7:30 – 8:00 PM

Cajun Dance Lesson with Louie Stallone

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Noura Mint Seymali

South Stage

Located at the Corner of Lincoln & Montrose
8:45 – 10:00 PM

Liam Finn

8:30 – 9:30 PM

Hula Hoop with Renee

7:00 – 8:00 PM

The Flat Five featuring Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and Alex Hall

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Little Queens: A Tribute to the Music of Heart

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Times subject to change

North Stage

Located in the Middle of the 4500 North Block of Lincoln
9:00 – 10:00 PM

Ivan & Alyosha

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

6:00 – 6:45 PM

The Ye-Ye's

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Teens That Rock: Rogue Manatees & Spice Blades

3:15 – 4:15 PM

Mocoloco the Clown

3:00 – 3:15 PM

Jazzettes

2:15 – 3:00 PM

Two Men & a Monster with John Francisco and Nick Davio

1:15 – 2:00 PM

Lindsay & The Shimmies

12:00 – 7:00 PM

Swing Set Drum Kit
Near Lincoln & Sunnyside

South Stage

Located at the Corner of Lincoln & Montrose
8:45 – 9:45 PM

Fatbook

7:15 – 8:15 PM

Saintseneca

6:45 PM

Samba School Parade

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Sons of the Never Wrong

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Kolaam - African Dance with Idy Ciss

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Kaiju Daiko & Friends

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Urban Twang

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Sunnyside Up with Layla Frankel

Maurer Hall

Inside the West Building at the Old Town School – 4544 N. Lincoln
9:45 – 11:00 PM

Zion & The Lion Roots Band

8:00 – 9:00 PM

Emeline Michel

5:45 – 6:30 PM

60's Ensemble

4:30 – 5:15 PM

Beatles Ensemble

3:15 – 4:00 PM

Poets of Pop Ensemble

1:30 – 2:45 PM

12th Midwest Fiddle Championship

Fiddle Championship Registration & Rules

12:30 – 1:15 PM

2nd Half Guitar Jam

12:15 – 1:00 PM

Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats

Szold Hall

Inside the East Building at the Old Town School – 4545 N. Lincoln
5:30 – 6:30 PM

Psychedelic Garage Ensemble with GoGo Express

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Family Barn Dance

2:45 – 3:30 PM

Capoeira for Kids & Adults

2:00 – 2:30 PM

Bloom Yoga for Kids & Families

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. Each jam/workshop will last 45-50 minutes.
Bring your instrument and join in (or just watch, it's air conditioned, too)!
5:00 PM

Kora Jam with Sekou Kouyate

4:00 PM

Rhythms: Bones, Body & Board with Barbie

3:00 PM

Beatboxing Workshop with Joe Driscoll

2:00 PM

Harmonica Workshop with Joe Filisko

Bring your own harmonica if you have one. If you don't, we'll have FREE harmonicas for the first 25 participants!

1:00 PM

Zombie Movement: Reanimating Your Stage Presence with Dream Theatre Company

12:00 PM

Intro to Singing with Carol Kagy

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Times subject to change

North Stage

Located in the Middle of the 4500 North Block of Lincoln
7:30 – 8:30 PM

Caught a Ghost

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Moon Hooch

5:30 – 5:45 PM

Hip Hop with Boogie McClarin

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas

4:00 – 4:15 PM

Hip Hop with Boogie McClarin

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Strictly Jug Nuts

2:00 – 2:45 PM

The Young Stracke All-Stars

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Family Games with Jeremy

12:15 – 1:00 PM

Joel Frankel & the Groan-Ups

12:00 – 7:00 PM

Swing Set Drum Kit
Near Lincoln & Sunnyside

South Stage

Located at the Corner of Lincoln & Montrose
8:00 – 9:00 PM

Bobby Bare, Jr.'s Young Criminals Starvation League

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Wake Up Madagascar!

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Midnight Moxie

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Deanna Devore

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Las Alegres Ambulancias

1:15 – 1:45 PM

OTS Women's Choir

12:15 – 1:00 PM

Big Sadie

Maurer Hall

Inside the West Building at the Old Town School – 4544 N. Lincoln
8:00 – 8:30 PM

Aloft Circus Arts

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Caravan of Thieves

5:00 – 5:45 PM

Brazilian Folk Ensemble with Paulinho Garcia

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Jacob Turner & Coren Warden

2:45 – 3:45 PM

Teen Open Mic Showcase

1:30 – 2:15 PM

2nd Half Guitar Jam

Szold Hall

Inside the East Building at the Old Town School – 4545 N. Lincoln
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Fiddle Club of the World Battle of the Bands
featuring Byzantine Time Machine, Fantastic Toe Trippers Orchestra, and Renato Anesi Trio

5:00 – 5:45 PM

Las Alegres Ambulancias Dance & Drum Workshop

4:30 – 4:45 PM

Hip Hop with Boogie McClarin

Outside 4545 N. Lincoln at the Education tent

4:00 – 4:45 PM

Wake Up Madagascar Dance Workshop & Rhythms (guitar) Workshop

2:45 – 3:45 PM

Flamenco Dance Lesson with Maya Tatiana
Live accompaniment by Mehran Jalili

1:30 – 2:30 PM

West African Dance Lesson with Idy Ciss

12:30 – 1:15 PM

Hula with Lanialoha lee

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. Each jam/workshop will last 45-50 minutes.
Bring your instrument and join in (or just watch, it's air conditioned, too)!
5:00 PM

Piano Bar 101 with Gwen Pippen

4:00 PM

Celebrating Tradition with Peggy Browning & Maura Lally

3:00 PM

New Releases Jam with Shelley

2:00 PM

Fear of Commitment Singing with Typhanie Monique

1:00 PM

Intro to Improv with Tim Joyce

12:00 PM

Rhythm Revolution Drum Circle with John Yost

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Times subject to change

North Stage

Located in the Middle of the 4500 North Block of Lincoln
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Noura Mint Seymali

Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries, having begun her career, aged 13, as a supporting vocalist with her legendary step-mother Dimi Mint Abba. Reared in a culture of collision where sounds from across the Sahara, the Magreb, and West Africa coalesce in the dynamic language of the Moorish griot, Noura’s success stems from her ability to combine a rare classical mastery and a griot’s cultural authority with musical idioms that speak to the emergent realities of youth culture in West Africa and beyond. Composing for an ensemble with traditional instruments at its core—ardine (harp), tidinit (lute), and t’beul (bowl drum)— and fortified by Western bass and drum-set, Noura employs the instruments and modal structures essential to Moorish tradition while simultaneously delivering ideas within the format of the pop song, the ever-potent currency of memes in contemporary Africa. With Mauritania’s unique cultural and geographic identity as a desert nation physically and socially between North and Sub-Saharan Africa—Noura Mint Seymali is a vital and vibrant staging post on the road from the Medinas of Fez and Algiers to the dance clubs of Bamako and Dakar and an unforgettable voice of Africa. With an already formidable international debut, at events like Festivalau-Desert (Mali), Festival Pirineos (Spain), and Festival Timitar (Morocco), and collaborations with artists like Tinariwen, BasSekou Kouyaté, and Baaba Maal, Noura Mint Seymali is steadily gaining wider recognition, determined to bring Mauritanian music to the world.

nouramintseymali.com  |  Noura Mint Seymali on YouTube

7:30 – 8:00 PM

Cajun Dance Lesson

With Louie Stallone

8:00 – 9:15 PM

Global Dance Party: Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

The finest Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys always get the crowd moving. The guy in the middle holds a button-box that squeezes like an accordion, but shouts hallelujah like a big brass band. The fiddle cracks wise and warm, the guitar falls off the edge of the earth, and the rhythm section is purring rumble like a Coupe DeVille of shark-fin vintage. It all flows as a liquid-smooth groove, topped with three heartfelt voices harmonizing in 17th-century French from the steamy sub-tropics.

From the day they started, they have gone from strength to strength. Never before in Cajun music has a comparable wealth of skills been brought to the same table. When all that heart and all that skill focus on the revelry of a hot two-step, then turn on a dime and deliver an a cappella ballad, then play something that sounds like Howlin’ Wolf fell in lust with a Creole girl, you’ve found the most Cajun music you can find in any one spot. You’ve found Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.

mamouplayboys.com  |  Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys' NPR Tiny Desk Concert on YouTube

South Stage

Located at the Corner of Lincoln & Montrose
5:30 – 6:30 PM

Little Queens: A Tribute to the Music of Heart

Aerin Tedesco, Andrea Bunch, and Greg Nergaard of Congress of Starlings have teamed up with John Mead, Steve Alspach, and Debbie Kaczynski to create Little Queens, a passionate tribute to the magical music of Heart. This multi-talented, seasoned group of performers delivers loving, detailed versions of songs from Heart's classic 70's lineup - Magic Man, Barracuda, Love Alive, and much more. Aerin and Andrea channel the Wilson sisters' power and beauty with their own glorious harmonies, and the complex interplay of electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards recall Heart's rich, unique sound flawlessly.

littlequeens.org  |  "Barracuda" on YouTube

7:00 – 8:00 PM

The Flat Five featuring Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor, Scott Ligon,
Casey McDonough, and Alex Hall

“Chicago’s roots-pop gene pool has been skimmed, and the group calling itself The Flat Five is the happy result. With the natural gift to blend into almost any musical terrain, these five masters roam at will from the Beach Boys to the Magnetic Fields, ancient country to neo-cabaret, gently melodic originals to gruesome old Americana. Left to their own devices, they get busy translating feeling into tone, improvising gorgeous harmonic structures and grooves, and poking curiously into posterity’s dusty little corners.” - Robbie Fulks

The Flat Five on Facebook  |  "Li'l Darlin'" on YouTube

8:30 – 9:30 PM

Hula Hoop with Renee

Off stage lesson.

8:45 – 10:00 PM

Liam Finn

New Zealand artist Liam Finn first caught the attention of American audiences with his debut solo album, ‘I’ll Be Lightning,’ which earned him “Artist to Watch” accolades from The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Spin, Stereogum and more, along with performances on Letterman. Entertainment Weekly hailed his “effervescent choruses [and] swooning harmonies,” while Billboard called the record a “charmer.” He toured the world, sharing stages with the likes of Eddie Vedder, The Black Keys, and Wilco. His new album “The Nihilist” is out on Yep Roc records.

“…blends sophisticated melodies and wistful vocals with masterful authority.” - SPIN

Liam Finn on Facebook  |  "Second Chance" on YouTube

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Times subject to change

North Stage

Located in the Middle of the 4500 North Block of Lincoln
12:00 – 7:00 PM

Swing Set Drum Kit

Near Lincoln & Sunnyside

Swing Set Drum Kit by Dave Ford is an interactive sonic sculpture encouraging people to build rhythmic sounds through their swinging. Three swings activate large colorful wheels that trigger multiple drumsticks, striking percussive instruments. From the snare drum to sleigh bells, the visual and auditory layers to the piece are endless.

Swing Set Drum Kit website  |  On YouTube

1:15 – 2:00 PM

Lindsay & The Shimmies

Joined by the rocking rhythm and tight harmonies of Heather Perry and Aerin Tedesco, Lindsay & The Shimmies fill the ears of kids and adults with fun, catchy tunes that get feet tapping and voices singing along.

lindsayweinbergmusic.com  |  "Truck Song" on YouTube

2:15 – 3:00 PM

Two Men & a Monster with John Francisco and Nick Davio

An interactive playdate with John Francisco and Nick Davio, songwriting duo, and their monster friend, Prudence (puppeteered by David Andora.) Original songs, unexpected activities, and dances you've never heard of. John and Nick will sing some of their own stuff, some other people's stuff, they'll play a lot of instruments, and it will be AWESOME!

3:00 – 3:15 PM

Jazzettes

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!

3:15 – 4:15 PM

Mocoloco the Clown

Mocoloco was born on the tough streets of Medellín, Colombia in an effort to bring hope to young victims of violence with a smile and a hug. Mocoloco mixes a little magic, expressive movement, juggling, and crazy sounds for loads of fun and laughter.

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Teens That Rock: Rogue Manatees & Spice Blades

6:00 – 6:45 PM

The Ye-Ye's

These ladies sling instruments and sing 1960's pop gems to you in French. Leaning heavily on famous ye-ye artists like Francoise Hardy and France Gall, The Ye-Ye's present covers from around the world, originals with vintage flair, and translations of hits by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, and more. Enjoy your favorite songs in the world's sexiest language.

yeyechicago.bandcamp.com  |  "Laisse Tomber Les Filles" on YouTube

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

The well-worn and often overblown expression "music is a common language" has never been more apropos in the case of Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. US-born, England-based Driscoll speaks no French and Kouyate, who hails from the West African country of Guinea, little English. When they were brought together at the Nuit Metis (Mixed Night) festival in Marseille, France in 2010 and given a week to produce a concert, music was the only way they could communicate.

It turns out, they had a lot to "talk" about, and their first meeting sparked a collaboration that led to the formation of a band, the recording of an album, over 120 concert dates across Europe and rave reviews. Driscoll contributes the rapping, looping, beatboxing and songwriting talents he developed growing up in Syracuse, New York and during his own successful recording career. Kouyate, already a phenomenon in African music circles, has blown minds and ears with his hypersonic electrified riffs on the kora, bringing the exalted West African harp into the 21st Century with use of distortion peddles, effects and previously-unimagined technical prowess. Together, Driscoll and Kouyate blend hip-hop, spoken word, funk, and soulful, accessible rock with Afrobeat, reggae and irrepressible African grooves.

joeandSekou.com  |  "Wonamati" on YouTube

9:00 – 10:00 PM

Ivan & Alyosha

Ivan & Alyosha, a Seattle combo–which borrows its name from a pair of characters from Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, delivers its songs of struggle, perseverance and spirituality with a resilient, upbeat attitude that's reflected in their bubbly brew of stirringly strummed folk-rock guitars, surging instrumental interaction and a bright, buoyant blend of voices that reflects the band members' family-style camaraderie, evoking a timeless pop ideal that's as affecting emotionally as it is pleasing to the ear.

The intrepid ensemble–comprised of core members Tim Wilson (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Ryan Carbary (guitars, piano and vocals), Tim Kim (electric guitar and vocals) and Tim's brother Pete Wilson (bass and vocals), plus a revolving assortment of friends and collaborators on keyboards, drums and other instruments–has spent much of the past two years on the road, traveling the highways and back roads of America, often with wives and children in tow, building a loyal fan base with their joyous, high-energy live performances.

ivanandalyosha.com  |  "Who Are You" on YouTube

South Stage

Located at the Corner of Lincoln & Montrose
12:30 – 1:30 PM

Sunnyside Up with Layla Frankel

"Chicago’s Sunnyside Up makes the sounds of bluegrass its own. Audiences are quick to move to the beat of an uplifting performance, and Sunnyside Up delivers. The melodious sounds of this three-piece band can change the way you think of bluegrass music. Aficionados and newbies alike love the Sunnyside Up’s approach to the beloved style of bluegrass music." - CBS Chicago, Best of Chicago

The band will be joined for half the set by singer Layla Frankel.

sunnysideupmusic.com  |  "Fickle Fingers" on YouTube

2:15 – 3:00 PM

Urban Twang

As enduring as their harmonies, Urban Twang brings together a fusion of eclectic acoustic sound to create their sonorous songs. Shades of folk, alt-country, Americana, and roots music come together through the potent vocals of Trish Clausen, Laura Glyda, and Sarah Barlett. Their gorgeous three-part blend, cemented through the instrumental stylings of Max Twang has inspired an ever growing following of loyal fans.

urbantwang.com  |  "Think I'll Drive" on YouTube

3:00 – 3:45 PM

Kaiju Daiko & Friends

4:00 – 4:45 PM

Kolaam - African Dance with Idy Ciss

This performance is a celebration of West African Dance through song, music, and dance from the Malinke to the Mandingo people in West Africa. You'll be uplifted and inspired by the drums, rhythms, and dances.

Idy Ciss

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Sons of the Never Wrong

Sons of the Never Wrong has been creating original "turbo-charged alt-folk music" for 20 years to a cult-like international following. With their outrageous approach to 3-part harmony on top of original, witty, whimsical songs, Sons' style has turned familiar musical traditions inside out! In performance this trio’s energy can power up an entire town, and in this day and age of global warming, we all could use some wattage like the Sons of the Never Wrong.

“Their vocal blend sounds like no other; their original songs have wit & heart; their onstage dynamic is nothing short of manic.” - The Ark

"Literate, witty folk music!" - Chicago Tribune

sons.com  |  "Twiggy Little Bird" On YouTube

6:45 PM

Samba School Parade

Join visiting artist and bateria leader Ailton Nunes from Rio de Janeiro, with Chicago-based percussion master Geraldo de Oliveira, samba dance master and choreographer Dill Costa, and composer Paulinho Garcia to celebrate the music, dance, costumes, and rhythms of Brazil in a unique Old Town School samba parade on Lincoln Avenue!

Old Town Samba School on YouTube

7:15 – 8:15 PM

Saintseneca

Saintseneca is led by singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist Zac Little who originally hails from rural Appalachia. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes – from the Violent Femmes to Neutral Milk Hotel – Saintseneca perform songs that sound both familiar and uniquely original. The group utilizes a wide range of acoustic instrumentation with more contemporary elements such as synthesizers and electric guitars to create a seamless blend of soaring vocals and vibrant post-punk energy. As Nashville Scene writes, “Saintseneca spins isolation into folk gold... Little's once minimalist compositions seem to miraculously twirl from sparse acoustic arrangements into layered space-rock jams that Built to Spill would be proud of" while Pitchfork.com offered, "bandleader Zac Little writes stompy folk songs that are more artfully crafted than all the bands you probably just thought of when you read the words “stompy folk songs.”

saintseneca.com  |  "Happy Alone" On YouTube

8:45 – 9:45 PM

Fatbook

Fatbook serves up a heavy dose of Chicago groove with a worldwide perspective showcasing soul and jazz sensibilities, reggae intentions, hip-hop beats, and influence of West African and Brazilian music. Fatbook shows are an energized excursion through soundscapes that weave through genres - a sound that you can’t quite place and you you can’t stop moving to. The group makes music that is fresh, colorful, and rooted in groove.

Fatbook on Facebook  |  "Scoop" On YouTube

Maurer Hall

Inside the West Building at the Old Town School – 4544 N. Lincoln
12:15 – 1:00 PM

Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats

Kids' pop-sweetheart Laura Doherty, along with her band, The Heartbeats, acoustically rock your kid's world with her breezy folk-pop tunes for the whole family. She'll be playing songs from her new album "In a Heartbeat", her third children's CD, along with kid-requested classics from her first two CDs "Kids in the City" and "Shining Like a Star."

"Music for the whole family, full of beauty and fun" says Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, who guest drums on a track on the new record, and whose daughter has taken Laura's Wiggleworms class.

"Doherty is one of Chicago's most influential children's artists of the decade" -Time Out Chicago

lauradohertymusic.com  |  "Hello Hippopotamus" on YouTube

12:30 – 1:15 PM

2nd Half Guitar Jam

Bring your guitar or voice (or both!) and strum along at one of Old Town School's oldest traditions!

Core Guitar Classes at Old Town School

1:30 – 2:45 PM

12th Midwest Fiddle Championship

Fiddle Club of the World, with The Old Town School of Folk Music, announces the 12th Annual Midwest Fiddle Championship.

Fiddle Championship Registration & Rules

3:15 – 4:00 PM

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Ensemble Classes at Old Town School

4:30 – 5:15 PM

Beatles Ensemble

Ensemble Classes at Old Town School

5:45 – 6:30 PM

60's Ensemble

Ensemble Classes at Old Town School

8:00 – 9:00 PM

Emeline Michel

Emeline Michel is the reigning Queen of Haitian Song: a captivating performer, versatile vocalist and one of the premier Haitian songwriters of her generation with incandescent rhythms and poignant, soul stirring lyrics. She has recorded and appeared on concert stages throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and North & South America for over 20 years. Singing both in French and Haitian Creole, her nine acclaimed albums and charismatic stage presence have catapulted her to international acclaim. Jon Pareles, principal popular music critic for The New York Times, describes her as “the dancing ambassador with a voice serene and warm like a breeze”.

This tour is supported in part by the globalFEST Touring Fund.

emeline-michel.com  |  On YouTube

9:45 – 11:00 PM

Zion & The Lion Roots Band

Desmond “Zion” Albert was born in a small village located on the eastern side of the island of Dominica, and he has the knack for packing searing social commentary and spiritual revelations into pulsating roots reggae. Together with his Lion Roots Band, Zion brings the conscious party wherever he goes in the spirit and continuum of other roots reggae masters like Lucky Dube, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Burning Spear, and Steel Pulse.

Zion on Facebook  |  "Jah Won't Foresake Me" on YouTube

Szold Hall

Inside the East Building at the Old Town School – 4545 N. Lincoln
2:00 – 2:30 PM

Bloom Yoga for Kids & Families

2:45 – 3:30 PM

Capoeira for Kids & Adults

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Family Barn Dance

Youth, adults, young musicians, and teaching artists play side by side as the band for our fun Family Barn Dances!

Family Barn Dance on YouTube

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Psychedelic Garage Ensemble with GoGo Express

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. Each jam/workshop will last 45-50 minutes.
Bring your instrument and join in (or just watch, it's air conditioned, too)!
12:00 PM

Intro to Singing with Carol Kagy

1:00 PM

Zombie Movement: Reanimating Your Stage Presence with Dream Theatre Company

2:00 PM

Harmonica Workshop with Joe Filisko

Bring your own harmonica if you have one. If you don't, we'll have FREE harmonicas for the first 25 participants!

3:00 PM

Beatboxing Workshop with Joe Driscoll

4:00 PM

Rhythms: Bones, Body & Board with Barbie

Bring washboards, sandblocks, bones, and/or nothing (you can use your thighs)!

5:00 PM

Kora Jam with Sekou Kouyate

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Times subject to change

North Stage

Located in the Middle of the 4500 North Block of Lincoln
12:00 – 7:00 PM

Swing Set Drum Kit

Near Lincoln & Sunnyside

Swing Set Drum Kit by Dave Ford is an interactive sonic sculpture encouraging people to build rhythmic sounds through their swinging. Three swings activate large colorful wheels that trigger multiple drumsticks, striking percussive instruments. From the snare drum to sleigh bells, the visual and auditory layers to the piece are endless.

Swing Set Drum Kit website  |  On YouTube

12:15 – 1:00 PM

Joel Frankel & the Groan-Ups

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Family Games with Jeremy

Jeremy has a passion for play and a knack for bringing folks together. With a background in experiential learning and improvisational theatre, Jeremy and his crew will bring the games, good times and lots of high fives!

On YouTube

2:00 – 2:45 PM

The Young Stracke All-Stars

Named after children's music and education pioneer Win Stracke, these young musicians build a bridge between legendary figures like Carl Sandburg and Woody Guthrie and the youth of today.

On Facebook

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Strictly Jug Nuts

Strictly Jug Nuts is a 21st century fusion jug band, bringing the music of Maxwell Street and BBQ parties into the current day for contemporary audiences. Scouring closets, kitchens, and basements, they have wrangled the results into Chicago’s champion jug band, three-time winners of the Chicago Battle. The band promotes ecology and reuse, both through their music and via recycled and invented instruments and outfits assembled from resale shops. They arrive fully armed with jug, washboard, washtub bass, kitchenware, kazoos, harmonicas, slide whistles, and canjo - as well as a string section of guitar, banjo, and mandolin. The music? They push the jug band envelope, combining traditional good-time favorites from the 20's and 30's with music from the current day, jazzed up jug band style. The resulting show is energetic, animated, and (usually) family-oriented.

4:00 – 4:15 PM

Hip Hop with Boogie McClarin

Classes at Old Town School with Boogie McClarin

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas

Conjunto Chappottín is one of the top Cuban son groups on the scene today. The founding of the band dates back to the 1940s and its founder, Arsenio Rodriguez, one the country's most renowned band leaders and a major influence on Latin Jazz and Salsa for decades. With his Conjunto, he was the first to add reed and brass instruments to a Latin band. When Arsenio left Cuba in 1950 to undergo an ophthalmological treatment in New York, he handed the musical direction over to his first trumpet player, Felix Chappottín. The band was renamed "Felix Chappottín y su Conjunto Todos Estrellas". Felix directed the band successfully until his death in 1983. From 1983 until the 1990s his son, Angel Chappottín Valdes carried on as musical director and since then the grandson of Felix Chappottín, Jesus Angel Chappottín Coto, has directed the band together with singer/percussionist, Miguelito Cuni Jr.

"Conjunto Chappottin y Sus Estrellas is one of the most renowned 'Son' bands in Cuba..." - Latin Pulse Music

Conjunto Chappottín Website  |  "Camina y Prende el Fogon" on YouTube

5:30 – 5:45 PM

Hip Hop with Boogie McClarin

Classes at Old Town School with Boogie McClarin

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Moon Hooch

The reaction is instantaneous. It doesn't even matter when they're the opening act no one in the room has heard before - as soon as Moon Hooch starts playing, it's as if the room becomes a living, surging, pulsing thing. They call it "cave music": like house music, but more primitive and jagged and raw. But there are no DJs or manufactured beats here - just one drum kit and two saxophones.

Moon Hooch - saxophonists Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler—met while all three were students at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. They found in each other a similar drive to work hard, practice, and create new, unusual sounds with their instruments.

“Moon Hooch is a band on the rise. From New York City’s Union Square subway stop where the band got their start to selling out shows at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn…no doubt that the dance floor will continue to get more and more packed.” - JAMBASE

moonhooch.com  |  "Contrabass Dubstep" on YouTube

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Caught a Ghost

Los Angeles-based trio Caught A Ghost is a new project from songwriter and producer Jesse Nolan. They create a modern take on blue-eyed soul that features elements of classic Motown and Stax/Volt with influences from dubstep, ‘90s rap, and contemporary electronica.

“A unique pastiche of ambient, psychedelic, and electronic sounds.” – Interview Magazine

caughtaghost.com  |  "Hold Out" on YouTube

South Stage

Located at the Corner of Lincoln & Montrose
12:15 – 1:00 PM

Big Sadie

Big Sadie is Elise Bergman on upright bass, Collin Moore on guitar, and Jess McIntosh on fiddle. The Chicago-based trio formed in early 2014 and boasts an impressive repertoire of bluegrass, old-time, and original music in three-part harmony. Big Sadie’s uplifting performance invites audiences to share in a centuries-old tradition of unified experience between listener and performer.

The band’s roots span from north of Milwaukee to the heart of Appalachia. Chicago native Elise Bergman grew up surrounded by music. She brings a solid blues influence to the band and owns a subtle lyrical twang that is easily received. Collin Moore grew up in the hills of East Tennessee, where he began learning tunes at an early age from his mother, an accomplished fiddler and ballad singer. Jess McIntosh hails from Southeast Wisconsin and teaches fiddle at the Old Town School of Folk Music. A lifelong and uniquely versatile musician, she comfortably moves between genres of traditional American music, as well as classical and contemporary styles.

bigsadie.com  |  "Blue and Lonesome" on YouTube

1:15 – 1:45 PM

OTS Women's Choir

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Las Alegres Ambulancias

Las Alegres Ambulancias de San Basilio de Palenque, founded in 1905, is an amazing band from the 500-year old cabildo/lumbalu tradition. In this Afro-Colombian tradition the singers accompanied by drummers mediate the duel that occurs between Death and the family members of the deceased. They sing to mitigate the pain of loss, to emotionally stabilize family and friends and bring closure. The name of the group explains the philosophy of the Afro-Colombians of Palenque in their relationship with death. Happiness (alegres) is the vehicle (ambulancias) of change from one state of being to another – in short life continues.

Las Alegres Ambulancias is no museum piece having been transformed from generation to generation, evolving with the community, its traditions, fiestas, funerals and daily life in general. Along with traditional singers and drummers the band incorporates electric guitar and bass into this living tradition.

Las Alegres Ambulancias online  |  "La Maldita Vieja" on YouTube

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Deanna Devore

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Midnight Moxie

Midnight Moxie was once described by a stranger as “a basketful of kittens playing rock and roll,” which delighted the band to no end. The all-lady trio, born and raised in Chicago, is known for blending pop and rock song styles with doo-wop-inspired vocals. Coming together as a band nearly five years ago, sisters Meg and Nia O’Reilly Amandes and their longtime bestie Sarah Chang have been singing together all their lives, and the ease and humor that exists between them makes them irresistible onstage.

The Moxie girls intertwine tight, honey-drenched harmonies, reminiscent of 1960s girl groups, with genuine rock-and-roll instrumentation. Their original material shows their talent for creating pop tunes that stick in your head. Songs swing from pretty to gritty, with a healthy dose of sass and heartbreak liberally sprinkled in.

midnightmoxie.com  |  "No Place to Fall" on YouTube

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Wake Up Madagascar

Featuring Jaojoby, Razia, Charles Kely, Saramba

The Wake Up Madagascar tour is a magical concert experience with a mission to end illegal logging in the rainforests of Madagascar. The concert showcases outstanding musicians and dancers who create an uplifting celebration of salegy music. The music that makes Madagascar dance with its heart pounding rhythms, rippling guitars, lush vocal harmonies, bouncy accordion and hip-shaking dance moves, salegy represents the soul and spirit of the island.

Wake Up Madagascar on Facebook  |  On YouTube

8:00 – 9:00 PM

Bobby Bare, Jr.'s Young Criminals Starvation League

Bobby Bare Jr's Young Criminals Starvation League play every show like it’s their last round - focused, and full of energy and purpose. Undeniably kinetic, BBJ and his group can lay down sinister and sexy boogie grooves straight from the ‘70s, tap into a British Invasion vibe, and get inside a introspective echo chamber aesthetic à la My Morning Jacket.

“The only real curiosity about Bare’s career to date is that he hasn’t yet become a big name in modern rock - the kind of artist whose every album is awaited with the eager anticipation that greets the latest from Spoon or the Shins.” —Nashville Scene

"There is only one Bobby Bare, Jr.” — Jim James (My Morning Jacket)

bobbybarejr.com  |  "Valentine" on YouTube

Maurer Hall

Inside the West Building at the Old Town School – 4544 N. Lincoln
1:30 – 2:15 PM

2nd Half Guitar Jam

Bring your guitar or voice (or both!) and strum along at one of Old Town School's oldest traditions!

Core Guitar Classes at Old Town School

2:45 – 3:45 PM

Teen Open Mic Showcase

Teen Classes at Old Town School

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Jacob Turner & Coren Warden

5:00 – 5:45 PM

Brazilian Folk Ensemble with Paulinho Garcia

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Caravan of Thieves

Caravan of Thieves channels pop bliss through their trademark lock-tight, turn-of-the-century, bang out a beat on anything that can take it approach. The group was started with a married couple- Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni -- writing and performing as a duo. By the spring of 2008, Fuzz and Carrie extended their family to include fiery violinist Ben Dean and double bass madman, Brian Anderson completing their colorful vision of Gypsy Swinging Serenading Firebreathing Circus Freaks!

Caravan of Thieves is theatrical and humorous. It's musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton's house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired.

caravanofthieves.com  |  "Dead Wrong" on YouTube

8:00 – 8:30 PM

Aloft Circus Arts

Aloft Circus Arts is the leading contemporary circus company in the U.S. Producers of Chicago's popular El Circo Cheapo Caberet, Aloft is bringing several of its fantastic and fun performers to dazzle us at the Square Roots Festival. Photo by Red Riding Photography.

Szold Hall

Inside the East Building at the Old Town School – 4545 N. Lincoln
12:30 – 1:15 PM

Hula with Lanialoha Lee

1:30 – 2:30 PM

West African Dance Lesson with Idy Ciss

2:45 – 3:45 PM

Flamenco Dance Lesson with Maya Tatiana

Live accompaniment by Mehran Jalili

4:00 – 4:45 PM

Wake Up Madagascar Dance & Rhythms (guitar) Workshop

4:30 – 4:45 PM

Hip Hop with Boogie McClarin

Outside of 4545 N. Lincoln at the Education Tent

Classes at Old Town School with Boogie McClarin

5:00 – 5:45 PM

Las Alegres Ambulancias Dance & Drum Workshop

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Fiddle Club of the World Battle of the Bands featuring
Byzantine Time Machine, Fantastic Toe Trippers Orchestra,
and Renato Anesi Trio

The band that gets the most folks dancing wins! Dancers wanted and encouraged for three different styles of music. Quick dance lessons will be given intermittently throughout the event.

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. Each jam/workshop will last 45-50 minutes.
Bring your instrument and join in (or just watch, it's air conditioned, too)!
12:00 PM

Rhythm Revolution Drum Circle with John Yost

1:00 PM

Intro to Improv with Tim Joyce

2:00 PM

Fear of Commitment Singing with Typhanie Monique

3:00 PM

New Releases Jam with Shelley

4:00 PM

Celebrating Tradition with Peggy Browning & Maura Lally

Come on out and make music with others in this relaxed, welcoming setting. We'll play and sing by ear, adding harmonies, instrumental breaks and dynamics in our arrangements of traditional tunes, folk songs, blues, ballads, gospel songs, and more. We'll base it on the way the school began in 1957 and still carries on today: a variety of instruments and levels of experience, all contributing to the sound as a whole! Bring your voices, instruments and heart and come enjoy.

5:00 PM

Piano Bar 101 with Gwen Pippen