Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Two Way Street Coffee House in Downer's Grove is having it's 35th anniversary celebration on Saturday, November 12. Two Way Street is one of the best and oldest (if not the oldest) still-existing folk venues in the Chicago area and is nationally known. These anniversary celebrations started in 1990 (20th) and are held every 5 years.

The day starts at 2pm and includes a barn dance, an evening concert, lots-o-jamming, and plenty of fun. I hope everyone will try and stop in -- there is no admission fee, to boot.

Thursday's Child is very pleased to be invited to participate in the evening concert. (We've been performing at TWS since 1984, initially as a trio with a neighbor friend and since 1987 with Bob and Mary Kay Lopardo.)

It will be a hoot!

Here's the website for address info -- -- and just in case anyone wants to see what Thursday's Child used to look like when we were younger --

Thursday, October 27, 2005

- - - THIS SATURDAY - - -

Don't forget to be there at 9:00 a.m. for the Twenty Fifth Anniversary CD Release announcement and celebration!
Musicopia Sessions are 86'd
Sorry to say, but the folks at Musicopia are changing their approach to live events ... that's a nice way of saying they're givin' 'em up ... so our once-a-month Wed night gig is now cancelled.
Thank you for coming.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Anyone want to buy a Flatiron mandolin?
Lane's got an F model that is his second mando. "I usually play my Gibson at the market and the Buzz - and with a daughter in college I really can't justify two great instruments." This one has a ding in the pickguard area (which wouldn't be there if it had a pickguard but Flatirons don't have pickguards). At any rate, if you're interested email Lane and he'll bring it to you at the market or somehow get it to you. He wants $1900 for it, which is what it cost him. "I'll even throw in a shaped Gibson case. Thanks for listening and keep on picking." -lanek

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Final Berwyn Farmer's Mkt Session >>> This Saturday!
Mike Casey requests musical accompaniment at the final Berwyn FM of 2005 ... this coming Sat, Oct 22nd at 7:30am. The session is held on Grove Street (one block West of Oak Park Ave; behind Macneal Hospital) just a wee bit South of the Metra tracks in downtown Berwyn.
More Upcoming Shows ...
Oct 21 - Martha Wainwright (daughter of Loudon III and Kate McGarrigle; sister of Rufus) at Double Door
Oct 22 - Del McCoury at Old Town School
Oct 22 - Raul Malo (lead singer of The Mavericks) at Schubas
Oct 23 - Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops (bluegrass/old-time from PA) at Old Town School
Oct 26 - Nickel Creek at the Vic Theater
Nov 4 - Bonnie Raitt at Chicago Theater
Nov 5 - Robbie Fulks at Fitzgeralds
Details at Ticketmaster and the respective venues; info culled from Time Out Chicago magazine
Seen the Chicago Tribune article?
[ Get to clickin' right about here ]
The Trib writes about bluegrass old and new with Nickel Creek, Tim O'Brien (ex-Hot Rize) and Jim & Jennie and the Pine Tops.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Ukulele Like You've Never Seen!
Thanks to Jim Polaski for bringing up this unbelievable Hawaiian Uke player Jake Shimabukuro. He's playing at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Fri, Nov 18th (click here for info + tix). You must, must, must check out this video of Jake playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." There are several more videos of Jake at Midnight Ukulele Disco, including this stunning amateur performance video. Clearly, this is progressive/fusion music more in the mode of a Jerry Douglas or Sam Bush. But ... wow ... it's a whole new horizon for the instrument.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Steve Gilette and Cindy Mangsen at Off Square Music
Friends of Jim Polaski's are performing in Woodstock on Nov. 19 . More info on Off Square Music at 815-338-5164. They're also appearing at Acoustic Rennissance in Hinsdale on Nov. 13 (708-802-0236). Jim says, "John Denver recorded some of Steve's songs and Cindy has nothing less than a wonderful voice." You can find their stuff at "The photo of Steve on the left is one of mine from some years ago," says Jim. "Cindy has also sung some of Michael Smith's tunes as many of us have."

Thursday, October 06, 2005

UPCOMING SHOWS ... that will be "mighty fine" (most likely)Listings compiled from The Chicago Reader and other sources

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Just a Cool Photo of a Banjo
What the heck kind of chord is that ?!?!

See more like this at

Monday, October 03, 2005

It's Unkle Parppi Time!
Save the date ... Sat, Oct 8th ... at Molly Malone's .... the FMB's own Jack Swain and his friend/guitarist Jim Kaseiwicz (who teaches at Guitar Fun and regularly plays at Fitzgerald's on Tuesday Nights) perform as Unkle Parppi. Jack says, "It's not exactly bluegrass or folk. It's Jim and myself doing a variety of pop, rock and folk stuff." Expect to hear several of Jack's fantastic original compositions, plus the dynamic interchange of Jim and Jack's complimentary guitar playing and harmony vocals.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Uncle Earl from North Carolina is "Mighty Fine"

This bluegrass/old time combo is made up of four women with primo chops and lots of mountain soul. Check 'em out ... right here.

Musicopia was "Fun" to "Great"
So ... let's do it again. Next session is Wed, Oct 26th. Please save the date. We'll try to design some flyers and post them in advance of the session. Meanwhile, we're in the home stretch at the Market. Only four more Saturdays 'til we're back at the Buzz and Something's Brewing.