Sunday, October 26, 2008
Chicago Bluegrass and Blues
Wow, look at the artists lined up for this one-day festival on Sat, Nov 22nd.
The David Grisman Quintet
The Avett Brothers
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
and a bunch of others that I've honestly never heard of but probably should have by now.
(At least I'm being honest!)
It's a long day from 12 noon 'til Midnight at the Congress Theater. At $31, the all-day ticket is a bargain. Click the link above for more info.
Monday, September 08, 2008
A song by Paula Green, music by Malcolm Dodds ©1975, UNITE
Union of Needltrades, Industrial and Textile Employees
(formerly International Ladies' Garment Workers'Union and other unions)
Look for the union label
when you are buying that coat, dress or blouse.
Remember somewhere our union's sewing,
our wages going to feed the kids, and run the house.
We work hard, but who's complaining?
Thanks to the I.L.G. we're paying our way!
So always look for the union label,
it says we're able to make it in the U.S.A.!
Play the MP3 here
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Alex was born in Chicago at Northwestern Hospital on November 17, 1989, and grew up in Oak Park in the Gunderson Historic District. He attended kindergarten and grades 1 through 4 at Ascension School, transferred to Beye School for 5th and 6th grades and then went on to the new Percy Julian Middle School for 7th and 8th grades, graduating in 2004.
While at Beye and Percy Julian, Alex studied clarinet. He played baseball in the Mustang and Bronco leagues during the summer, soccer in the fall and ice hockey during the winters. Alex was also a member of the Cub Scouts while at Ascension and later was in Troop 16 with the Boy Scouts, with which he attended camp-outs at Camp Shin-Go-Beek, explored the Mammoth Caves, and climbed Mt. Rainer during the summer of 2004. He spent time in the summers in Philadelphia where his grandparents lived, often vacationing at Ocean City, New Jersey.
Alex attended Oak Park River Forest High School where his interest in clarinet and saxophone led to his playing in the marching band under the direction of Mr. Scotty Jones. Alex played with the band at the Peach Bowl in 2006. He became known to his friends as "AJ" to some and "Cracker" to others.
Alex developed an interest in cars early in life and it led to his desire to attend Wyotech in Laramie, Wyoming years before his graduation from OPRF in 2008. Before learning to drive, Alex had developed an interest in RC electric and gas cars, racing them at Hobbytown before its closing and at a track in DeKalb, Illinois. He also had a tremendous interest in modern bands and "techno" music, collecting hundreds of CDs and other tunes on his iPod.
Alex had developed a close group of friends, all of whom valued his friendship as part of many close two-way friendships. Many of his friends and some of their parents considered him a great influence in their lives with his ever-present sharp wit, easy infectious smile and willingness to help wherever he was needed.
Upon graduation from OPRF, Alex reached his goal and began attending Wyotech in Laramie, Wyoming in July 2008 after a 12 day European trip that took him to London, Paris and Berlin with his parents. Once at Wyotech, he had begun to take the basic automotive courses until the illness struck him.
All through his short life Alex was known for his passion in all things he did, and he never lost his child-like exuberance and twinkle in his eye. He lived his life dancing on the white lines at the edge of the road and looking like a multi-colored skyrocket along the way! Alex is survived by his parents, Jim and Anne Polaski of Oak Park, and his grandmother, Marjorie Spencer of Westchester, and by his many friends.
Visitation will be at Drechsler Brown and Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion, Oak Park, on Thursday, August 21, from 2-9 pm and the Funeral Mass will be held at Ascension Church, 815 S. East Avenue, Oak Park, on Friday August 22 at 10 am. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Lung Association.
Alex's friends have created a Facebook memorial group on which you may write a message.
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Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Jack Swain and Bob Lopardo are performing at 9:30PM as The Righteous Roadrunners & the Broken-Winged Angels Choir (actually, Jack and Bob are the Roadrunners, and they will be accompanied by and Dean Milano (bass and vocals), who are the Angels); while Jack's daughter is the lead singer and namesake of the 10:30PM act, Roxy Swain.
More info at FitzGeraldsNightclub.com. And remember FitzGeralds is now smoke-free!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
With a simple, point-and-click menu, GuitarCardio lets you make finger exercises with tablature and diagrams you can print easily to use anytime. Select the key, choose a scale (major, minor, pentatonic, etc.), which root string to start and difficulty ... Viola! ... you've got a tablature page to print and play.
Now if somebody made one of these for the Dobro!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Click here to stream songs from Cadillac Sky's forthcoming Skagg's Family CD. I stumbled upon this new band on MySpace. They play some mighty fine bluegrass that's steeped in tradition while updating the form with unique arrangements, original harmonic ideas and just plain ol' hot pickin'.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
We start the month with the annual American Music Festival. Henhouse Prowlers play all night in the SideBar on Wednesday. The wonderful New Orleans-based rockabilly/bluegrass duo Jeff & Vida are in the SideBar all night Saturday.
Headliners of note include Chuck Prophet and Pat McLaughlin on Wed, Susan Cowsill, Terry Evans and Tributosaurus as The Allman Brothers on Thu, Paul Thorn on Fri, and Rosie Flores, Joe Ely with Joel Guzman and Robbie Fulks on Sat.
Now, for the rest of the month.
Tue 6/8 is Open Mic in the Club. Fri 7/11 is Jeremy Spencer (pictured above), the original Fleetwood Mac guitarist. Sat 7/12 brings the Americana singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.
Not to be missed! On Thu 7/24 there's a showcase of Spade Kitty Records artists including Roxy Swain (aka Jack's daughter) in her formal debut with their permanent 5-piece lineup.
Also on the bill is The Righteous Roadrunners and the Broken-Winged Angels Choir, featuring Jack "Gunslinger" Swain himself.
Monday, June 30, 2008
THURSDAY, JULY 3RD
TRIBUTOSAURUS BECOMES THE ALLMAN BROTHERS
at the Fitzgerald's American Music Festival
6615 Roosevelt Road - Berwyn IL
10:15pm - $25 festival admission
Tickets available at the gate - no advance sales
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
U. Utah Phillips has passed away in his sleep at 11:30PM PDT on May 23, 2008. Utah has caught the westbound, and I am at a great loss. For myself and my wife Pam, to Joanna and to all Utah's family and friends we express our deepest sympathy. We have lost a truly caring man. - Chris 05/24/08
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tuesdays at Skrine Chops:
- 06/17: Matthew Francis Andersen croons his own tunes - www.myspace.com/matthewfrancisa
- 06/24: The Frosting Collaborative: Mark Grzelak (Javelinas) & Laura Lopardo - www.myspace.com/thefrostingcoll
- 07/01: Hoyle Brothers – www.myspace.com/thehoylebrother
- 07/08: The Frosting Collaborative: Mark Grzelak (Javelinas) & Laura Lopardo - www.myspace.com/thefrostingcoll
- 07/15: The Northside Southpaws - www.myspace.com/northsidesouthp
- 07/22: The Frosting Collaborative: Mark Grzelak (Javelinas) & Laura Lopardo - www.myspace.com/thefrostingcoll
- 7/29: Holiday House - www.myspace.com/holidayhouse3
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
"Few bands have produced instrumental virtuosos who can follow the lead of newgrass icons like Sam Bush, Tony Rice and David Grisman. The Waybacks, on the other hand, feature hot pickers who are destined to become revered new-acousticians" - Acoustic Guitar MagazineConcerts & Events | Old Town School of Folk Music
Friday, June 20, 2008 | 8:00 PM
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall :: 4544 N Lincoln Ave.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Val's Halla :: What's New
May 31 at 3:30 pm we are honored to host a Master Class by the master of all things musical - CORKY SIEGEL. Corky has a new book out called LET YOUR MUSIC SOAR and will come to the Val's halla Stage, ready to critique your talent and help you present it to the world --- a rare opportunity for teachers and students.
Call 708 524 1004 for more info.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
A nice family from Oak Park made a lovely video of the opening day that features several moments of the Farmer's Market musicians performing. Take a look.
The Henderson Crooked Road Series guitar was meticulously handcrafted and includes stunning mother of pearl details. Route 58, the route of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, as well as depictions of guitars and mandolins are inlaid on the fretboard. Expect to find “Henderson” inlaid in the headstock and in the purfling on the back. Henderson guitars are typically made of Appalachian spruce, rosewood, mahogany, and ebony. Enter now for your chance to win this rare instrument!Front Row Fanatic Sweepstakes
This sweepstakes is posted by Virginia Is For Lovers (the tourism bureau) and the top two prizes are hand-made guitars, plus a vacation package. I'd say there'd be a better chance of winning for a promotion like this because it's not universally publicized. Sure, you need to give up some private info. But you ought to look at these guitars!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Ain't we got fun?!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Event Detail Concerts & Events
The Sparrow Quartet features world renowned banjoist, composer Bela Fleck, Grammy-nominated fiddler Casey Driessen, roots/classical cellist Ben Sollee, and the inimitable, unstoppable Abigail Washburn from Uncle Earl. The group became the first artists to tour Tibet and China on a US government sponsored cultural mission. With one foot rooted in the fiery sounds of Appalachia and the other in the Szechuan province, The Sparrow Quartet makes music for the global citizen.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
7:00 PM & 10:00 PM
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall :: 4544 N Lincoln Ave.
Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck, Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Meet Crooked Still, the hot young alternative bluegrass group on a mission to bend the boundaries of traditional music. The unlikely combination of banjo, cello, and double-bass drives this low lonesome band, whose captivating vocals and high-wire solos have enraptured audiences all over North America and Ireland since 2001.
Hey I just stumbled upon this Boston band while shopping for tunes on eMusic. Their debut album "Shaken by a Low Sound" is filled with traditional American old-time/bluegrass tunes, but the performances are wonderful -- especially the vocals. You know, I've come to the point in my life at which the vocals are everything. And this album is lovely. Comparisons to the neo-roots band Ollabelle and its blend of male-and-female harmonies are unavoidable. Crooked Still brings its own unique instrumentation (including cello) and a Celtic edge.
Hear them on MySpace -- http://myspace.com/crookedstill
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 02, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
We Are Emotional Spies - Measure for Measure - Opinion - New York Times Blog
While I was finding my way as a songwriter, a colleague of mine, Ed Sanford, told me something I’ve since found to be very true. Songwriters, he said, are “emotional spies” — little creative crazies creeping around, sneaking in and out of our own emotions, watching, listening and remembering every bit of conversation with friends, family and every stranger we meet.
(Read the rest of the article by clicking the headline link above.)
Friday, April 18, 2008
OPEN MIC MOLLY MALONE'S - IRISH PUB
The long-lost Open Mic at Molly's has quietly restarted. It begins at 9:00 pm every Sunday Night. And it's hosted by Laura Lopardo and her partner, Jamie.
Officially, it's listed as follows on the Molly Malone's MySpace page:
Open Mic w/ Jamie and Jim
7652 W. Madison Ave., NO COVER
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 8 pm
Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers
Heartland Cafe CHICAGO, Illinois - www.myspace.com/heartofrogerspark
Friday, April 11, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Chatham County Line: IV: Pitchfork Record Review
"IV is the most rewarding offering from Chatham County Line to date. It's a little bit bigger and a little more elaborate than its predecessors, but it's an incremental step toward something more expansive. It still retains the best elements of the band's music-- its separation from the moment. This music isn't a product of its era, but nor is it married to a bygone one. It's essentially timeless, both in terms of era and when I find I can listen to it. That's a quality any band would be happy to claim."
- Pitchforkmedia.com Record Review 03-18-2008
Another great album from one of the new wave of young (under-30) string bands plying the back roads of Americana. CCL are functionally a bluegrass unit - guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and double bass. But their music reflects their youth and diverse musical interests, but they never veer into the "newgrass"-cum-jazzesque fusion of the 70s generation. It's hard to pin a label on 'em. But the music's mighty fine!
For further festival information, VISIT THE WEB SITE call 217-243-3159 or email email@example.com.
Special Saturday Morning Open Stage & Showcase - 10:30 a.m.
Saturday Afternoon 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Separate Area - Workshops for acoustic Instruments - Adults & Youth.
Weekend Jamming Rooms - $5.00 Pass or Concert Ticket Required
Sunday, March 16, 2008
April Verch - When you see
twenty-seven year old April Verch perform, the first thing that strikes
you is the pure energy that infuses her fiddle playing and stepdancing.
Infused with both Canadian and Appalachian influences, her fiddle
playing and vocals are a sweet mix of old and new. Award-winning
fiddler, step dancing expert and vocalist April Verch brings new
meaning to the word multi-tasking. A winner of both the Canadian Grand
Masters Fiddle and Open Fiddle Championships.
• In the Club: 8pm and
10pm (2 sets) aprilverch.com
St. Patrick's Day Festival at FitzGerald's
On Monday, March 17th, when most clubs, bars and restaurants have had their fill of Irish partying from the weekend before, FitzGerald’s will open its backyard tent and club to host its own “féile” (festival) with non-stop music, food and dancing beginning at 2pm.
MySpace.com - Chicago Farmer - CHICAGO, Illinois - Folk - www.myspace.com/codydiekhoff
About Chicago Farmer Cody is a folk-singers folk-singer and a poets poet. He was born and bred in Delavan IL, population 25, surrounded by the endless skies of the American Midwest. Before moving to Chicago in 2003, Cody tried his hand at sessions in Nashville and carefully hewed and tested his art in college town bars and honky-tonks around the Midwest.
He now plays regularly in the city and its not uncommon to see whole rooms full of strangers erupt and sing along to the choruses of his songs on their first listen (Ive seen it happen). Codys voice is powerful and gritty, emotionally piercing while subtly imbuing additional layers of meaning and poignancy in his lyrical delivery. His song-writing is deeply rooted in the American Folk tradition and all of its grit but with a post Dylan sense of wit, perspicacity and that certain savior-faire.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The Fiddle Club of the World (Chicago Chapter) : Fiddle Club of the World
The Fiddle Club of the World (Chicago Chapter) kicks off its inaugural season with a series of three monthly meetings that will each offer an unplugged concert by a featured guest musician. The concert will be followed by a jam session for club members with the featured guest. Several tunes from the upcoming meeting’s guest will be posted a month ahead of time on this website (http://oldtownschool.org/connect/fiddleclub/) under the category “Tunes” linked on the right sidebar.
Monday, March 10, 2008
featuring Devin Shepherd, Theresa Shine and Bob Locke
with special guests including Mary K and Bob Lopardo, Mary and Jim Grosso plus Jack Swain
Sat., March 15, 8:00 pm
1110 Pleasant Street, Oak Park
In the Carleton Hotel
Saturday, March 08, 2008
To benefit the Music for Life Foundation providing instrumental music scholarships to needy students in Chicago and the Western Suburbs - www.musicforlifefoundation.org.
Indian, Balkan and American Folk Music by
- Sandalwood Sitar Ensemble (Sitar)
- Cavatina Duo (Guitar and Flute)
- Farmer's Market Band (American Folk)
- and more!
with Guest MC Scott Thomas, WFMT radio personality
Saturday, March 15th
First United Church, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park (click for Google Map)
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Tickets available at the door: $15/person and $45/family
Information - 708 488 9280
Event Detail Concerts & Events
Carrie Newcomer is a multi-faceted singer-songwriter, storyteller, and activist who does not believe in having any one label stuck on her artistry. "Carrie is a touchstone of authenticity in an image-driven, media-defined musical world. She is a beautiful singer and songwriter, and deeply refreshing." –Rosanne Cash
Sunday, March 9th at 7:00pm in the Maurer Concert Hall of the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave. $20 ($18 for OTS members); $16 seniors and kids. Box Office: 773-728-6000 or Tix.com
Lincoln Elementary School's PTO is raising money to plant an inner-courtyard garden in honor of Marie Fegan, the longtime kindergarten teacher who passed away last year. OPFMB washboard, Dobro and kitchen sink picker Miguel Gonzalez is playing drums and singing with THE MEN FROM DAD. Food is by WISHBONE. Fitzgerald's is smoke free. And the cause is worthy.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
College Prep Orchestra
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 7:30PM in
This a very special concert featuring the
Chamber Orchestra of Chicago's premier fine arts high school
performing a selection of Miles' works for banjo and
Program will include the Firefly
Sonata, Movements 1 and 3, as well as the Prelude to the
North Side College Prep High School, 5501
N. Kedzie, Chicago. Orchestra is under the direction of Leo Park.
Orchestration by Margaret James.
ADMISSION IS FREE
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
MySpace.com - Long Gone Lonesome Boys
The LONG GONE LONESOME BOYS are John Milne, a California native, and Patrick Penney, a Georgia boy. They sound like brothers when they sing their beautiful alt-country songs together. If you like drinkin' songs, cheatin' songs, and great harmony singing you'll love these guys. Backing them up on mandolin/steel guitar are Chicago native Pat Keiner who also chimes in with wonderful tenor harmonies, Chicagoan Leslie Walle-Santos on drums, and Wisconsinite Jesse Woelfel on upright and electric bass.
Some friends from the FitzGerald's scene are playing there this Thursday, FEB 21. If you're not otherwise occupied, please try to stop by. FitzGerald's is now Smoke Free!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
"A distillation of bare-bones vocals and delicately sketched musical accompaniment, Patty Griffin's Children Running Through bears witness to a child's clear-eyed joy."Borders Live at 01: Patty Griffin
This is very nice. A live in-store performance from Borders Store #01 in Ann Arbor, MI. It's part of a series featuring acoustic and un-plugged songwriters; and it's free on the Web.
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Monday, February 11, 2008
Amateur group-singing has been around forever, of course, at bars, churches, schools, camps and stadiums. Community sings like the one in East Lansing are pitched halfway between the ritual of the campfire singalong and the self-conscious American folk-music movement of the 20th century.Group-Singing - Pete Seeger - Rise Up Singing - New York Times
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Monday, February 04, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Greg Reish - Old Time Strings
A concert of American crime songs, including songs about some of America’s most notorious bad guys (and gals). Friday, February 15, 2008, 7:30 p.m., in Roosevelt University's historic Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago (in the Auditorum Theatre Building). Free admission.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
TRAD FEST at THE OLD TOWN SCHOOL - OPEN HOUSE
Friday, January 25, 2008 6:30 PM at the Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, 4544 N Lincoln Ave.
Trad Fest Open House with Foghorn Stringband, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Garry Harrison & The New Mules. Foghorn Stringband, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Garry Harrison &
The New Mules will host banjo and fiddle round-robins, square dancing
in two rooms, and open jam sessions throughout the School.
Tickets $5 Box Office: 773.728.6000 Tickets available online at Tix.com.