Saturday, May 31, 2008

Congratulations to Rachel Baiman

Write Rachel a note of post-graduate well wishes on her MySpace page.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Master Class at Val's Halla with Corky Siegel

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.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Oak Park Farmer's Market Opening Day Kid's Video

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.

Front Row Fanatic Sweepstakes

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!
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Monday, May 26, 2008

Mighty Fine Video from Opening Day 2008

Ain't we got fun?!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Swain and Lopardo, that is. They're performing this coming Tuesday night at Skrine Chops on Madison Street in Forest Park (west of Harlem, east of Circle). Sets begin at 8:30 pm. Come early for the amazing chops, steaks and sides.

Mighty Fine Concert at Old Town School

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

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Mighty Fine Boston Band - Crooked Still
Crooked Still
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 --

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Replays at Ave Ale House

the Replays

Saturday, May 24, 2008
Avenue Ale House
825 S. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park
First set at 9:30 PM

Cheaper than the Stones and slightly younger…

Friday, May 02, 2008

Surprisingly, the Oak Park Farmer's Market is opening early this year. The first weekend will be Sat., May 24th. Save the date.