Thursday, April 27, 2006

~~ Rest In Peace ~~

Tom Dundee
Tom Dundee

[ Chicago Tribune Obit ]
[ Photos from Utah Phillips ]
[ Additional Tribute Information ]

There will be a special memorial concert in tribute to Tom Dundee on Sunday, May 14th at 5:00 p.m. at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4844 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Chicago Tribune | Eric Zorn

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Folk Alley: OpenMic

And yet another kind of Open Mic ... this one is completely virtual. At you can upload your own recordings and lots of acoustic music fans will listen. Registered listeners vote for their faves to determine a monthly winner. (Jack's a regular Folk Alley member. You can see and hear him on the Open Mic right about here ...)
[ Bruce Springsteen - Seeger Sessions ]
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See 'em live on June 13th at the First MidWest Bank Ampitheater (formerly the Tweeter Center)
Other Acoustic and/or Bluegrass Open Mic Nights

Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove
Fourth Saturday of Every Month at 2:00 p.m.
A lot of OPFM musicians are quite familiar with this venue and its owners. There are many, many great musical experiences presented practically every night. Check their Web site for special events, festivals and additional jam nights.

Uncommon Ground Cafe
3800 N. Clark St., Chicago
Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Gabriel Otto & Paul Stauffer
This one is a very intimate room that features "folk" and "singer-songwriter" genres versus "bluegrass." But I played it once (as accompaniest to my friend Ben Arnold) and the acoustics are quite nice. Smoke free too! Oh, and they can record your performance through the PA. It's like recording live in the studio. Nice!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

[ Mighty Fine Monday Night Open Mic ]
Bluegrass Jam at Kitty Moon
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Kitty Moon Chicago
Monday Nights at 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Kevin Becker of Feathergun and Sleepercar
More info about Kevin and his gig(s) here
This venue is in the Edgewater section of Chicago. It's a ways to go for some pickin'. But the neighborhood's awfully nice. When and/or if anybody checks it out, please write comments here. Thanks a bunch.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Bass Pro Mandolins - for the fishin' musician!

Could this possibly be on the level?
It's your call!
Thanks to Jim Polaski for the link.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Live Upload Series IX :: Grateful Dead 5.8.77

Little Radio Blogzine

Blogging about other blogs ... hmmm. Well, I just found this one. It's about and for independent music with a decidedly young, indie twist. Not so much about bluegrass. But it reveals much about the currently thriving acoustic scene among the under-30 generation.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Please support Jack and friends as they showcase original songs at this cozy watering hole.

Here's another string band/old time/bluegrass ensemble (featuring Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident) who're givin' away MP3s. Plus they've got shows on ... mighty fine!

Monday, April 10, 2006

[ Mighty Fine Upcoming Show ]
Darol Anger's Republic of Strings
with Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek

Republic of Strings live 2005

Fri, May 5th ($17, 21+) at Martyrs'