Lor’s Folk & Country Notes


WELL FOLKS, IT LOOKS LIKE Lor, AND “Lor’s List” WILL BE GOING ON HIATUS FOR THE SUMMER unless I can make some other arrangements. I have no computer at home newer than Windows 3.1 and it is not online. No smart phone either. I asked our folklore society president what was supposed to happen and here’s his reply: “Those are all good questions, ones that I too would like to know the answer to. When I talked to ORCSA earlier this week, all they were willing to say is that the whole building is being packed up for repairs during the summer (and we dont have to do the packing), and we will have office space by fall, though they haven’t decided themselves how room assignments are going to work yet. I made it very clear what the office and its contents means to everyone in the folklore society, so I am hopeful we will not be moved to a new location. Ill be sure to keep you and the rest of the group updated as soon as I know anything more.  Best, --Chris” I will be working on this through Thursday 7/31/14, at least. Partially updated 7/25/14. This is always a work in progress, since I can never keep up with it all. Typos and poor html coding are mine and should not be blamed on the main website designer. The list starts with several ongoing events (such as exhibits that have already started) arranged chronologically by ending date, followed by a chronological list of shorter events (such as concerts) plus longer events that haven’t started yet. I mostly list events centered around Chicago and the surrounding states, so check the band websites if you want to know about their appearances in other areas. Also, if an “expired” event looked interesting, check their website to see what they are currently doing.

Although I try to include a wide range of what might be considered "folk," the list tends to reflect my own favorite old-time stuff, and is not only music, but also includes such topics as horses, early technology (from flint knapping to steam locomotives), farming, folk arts and crafts. I add updates when I have time, so of course it’s never complete. Most stuff is copied shamelessly from the events’ or artists’ own sites, so any commentary is mostly theirs. My comments are in brackets and say "Lor says" or something like that. Because I get some of this info months in advance of the event and it can change, I recommend you look on the internet, e-mail, or call to confirm details. You can send me info on your concert or event at laura.gloger@yahoo.com if you want it posted here. Also e-mail me if you want your event entry changed or deleted.

Please note that I haven’t been to most of these events and places myself, so I can’t give you any first-hand info about quality, value, safety, etc. This list is just meant to provide leads on potentially interesting things to do.

If you are looking at a printed copy of this, you can find updates of it online at www.uofcfolk.org, click on Lor’s Events List.


Exhibition: "As Cosmopolitans & Strangers: Mexican Art of the Jewish Diaspora"

When: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Sunday, August 3, 2014, Museum Hours  10am-5pm, Tuesday - Sunday

Where: Rubin & Paula Torres Gallery, National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL, 312.738.1503

Price: Admission is FREE for exhibitions. Donations are accepted.

Contact: For Museum information Click: http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/events/outside

From NMMA website: "This NMMA Permanent Collection exhibition explores the notion of both “insiders and outsiders” and the struggle between preservation and integration among the Jewish communities in Mexico. Furthermore, the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to challenge established notions of Mexicanidad (Mexicaness), as these artists of Jewish heritage have been integral to the evolution of a modern Mexican visual culture. The diverse experiences that have cultivated Mexican identity now raise questions of citizenship and immigration."


Exhibit: Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography

When: Now through August 10, 2015. Museum Hours: Monday–Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Where: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614; (Neighborhood: Gold Coast)
Price: General Admission: Adults $14 with audio tours; Seniors (65+) $12 with audio tours; Students (13-22 with ID) $12 with audio tours; Free for children (age 12 and younger); Free for members of: Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, and National Museum of Mexican Art.
Contact: Museum, 312-642-4600
http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/exhibitions

Soldiers and civilians, food and supplies, fuel and raw materials—everything moved by rail during World War II (1941–45). America’s railroads were critical to the war effort, and the Office of War Information assigned photographer Jack Delano the job of telling the nation’s rail story in pictures. He focused his lens on the railroaders who kept the industry running, the men and women whose demanding jobs and long hours demonstrated the sacrifices needed to win the war. During the assignment, Delano captured three thousand images, two-thirds in Chicago—the heart of the nation’s rail industry. Railroads and rail workers were essential to America’s victory in World War II. In 1942, the Office of War Information issued photographer Jack Delano a new assignment: document “railroads and their place in American life.” During the next several months, Delano captured three thousand images, two-thirds of them in the nation’s rail hub—Chicago. Railroaders features more than sixty of Delano’s images, both black and white and early color photographs. Come explore the stories of Chicago railroaders. Meet the men and women who hustled on the rails, in the stations, and at the yards. Step inside a caboose. Help rail yard workers get trains ready for the road. Discover the legacy of Jack Delano’s efforts through the contemporary photographs of his son, Pablo. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Center for Railroad Photography and Art in Madison, Wisconsin. Exhibition sponsors include Bon and Holly French, Union Pacific Foundation, and CSX Foundation with promotional support provided by Metra.


Exhibit: Cultural Identities: Mixed Blood

When: September 28 2013 - September 2014. (Museum hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 10am-5pm. Thursdays 10am-8pm. Sundays 12pm-4pm.)
Where: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201
Price: Free with regular admission.  (Museum admission is Adults $5 suggested donation; children, students, teachers, and senior citizens $3; $10 suggested maximum donation per family. Free to members of Mitchell Museum, & Tribal Members.)
Contact: Museum Phone Number: 847-475-1030; visitorservices@mitchellmuseum.org
http://www.mitchellmuseum.org/

With the influx of immigrants from throughout the world, the United States has been called the great melting pot. But how has this played out for the original people in America?  Explore how American Indian peoples from multiple cultures and races identify themselves, pre-European contact and today in our new exhibit Cultural Identities: Mixed Blood. In the exhibit, curator Melissa Halverson highlights how American Indian history from pre-European contact to the present shaped the current debates over tribal membership and cultural appropriation and discusses the many way in which a mixed race or mixed culture person can identify themselves.  The exhibit reviews historical family unit structures, including slavery and adoption, the impact of treaties, assimilation campaigns, and the U.S. government's introduction of blood quantum.  Finally hear about today's controversies from tribal members, as well as those no longer qualified for membership. Consider the many facets of identity from government allegiance, religious beliefs, living on or off reservations to legal rights and genealogy.  The exhibit includes unique pieces from the museum's collection including a U.S. government ration card from 1886, a Cochiti nativity scene, a Navajo beaded Chicago Bulls hat, and a beaded pipe bag.  Come learn about the importance of self-identification and how history and culture affects the way you identify yourself. 


Exhibit: Did You Know They're Native, IV?

When: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 is start new of version IV; Museum hrs: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Thursday 10am-8pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm
Where: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201
Price: Museum admission: Adults $5 suggested donation; children, students,  teachers, and senior citizens $3 suggested donation; $10 suggested maximum donation per family. Free to members of Mitchell Museum, & Tribal Members.
Contact: call the Museum for info: 847-475-1030
http://www.mitchellmuseum.org/

Come see the Mitchell's newest exhibit and find out how many famous Americans you never knew were Native American.  See the next installment of our popular Did You Know They’re Native? exhibit as the Mitchell Museum features new, noteworthy individuals of Native American heritage. Some of those featured in version III were: Elizabeth Marie "Maria" Tallchief (Osage); Wayne Newton (Cherokee, Powhatan); Satana (Kiowa); Jon Red Corn (Osage); Touch the Clouds (Lakota); Jim Thorpe (Sac, Fox); Jodi Gilette (Standing Rock Sioux)


Exhibition: Researching Mexico

When: Monday, June 30, 2014, 9am – Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:45pm. Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am-4:45pm; Saturdays: 9am-12:45pm when classes are in session.
Where: Special Collections Research Center, at the University of Chicago’s main Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Price: Free
Contact: http://www.uscpfa.org/chicago/

Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014. University of Chicago scholars have traveled to Mexico since the late nineteenth century, pursuing research subjects ranging from archival investigation of revolutionary leaders, to documentation of indigenous communities and languages, to the search for the cause of a deadly strain of typhus. Drawn from the holdings of the Special Collections Research Center, including the papers of Friedrich Katz, Robert Redfield, Norman McQuown, Manning Nash, Howard T. Ricketts, Sol Tax, Frederick Starr, and others, this exhibit presents correspondence, diaries, photographs, sketches, recordings and objects generated and collected by these scholars in the field, as well as holdings from the Rare Books and Manuscripts collections that continue to support study of Mexican history and culture. Presented in conjunction with the University of Chicago's Katz Center for Mexican Studies, this exhibition will mark the meeting in Chicago of the XIV Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México on September 18-21, 2014. Curators: Kathleen Feeney and Seonaid Valiant


If you are ambitious, Jackson Park Advisory Council and Friends of the White City offers tours of parts of the footprint of the 1893 Columbian Exposition and nature in the park Saturdays through October, 11am. Meet at the west end of the parking lot south of the Museum and its basin (east side of Darrow Bridge).

Exhibition: The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

When: Friday, August 15, 2014 - 6:00 PM to Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 9:00 PM. Opening Reception Fri, Aug 15, 2014, 6–8 pm
Where: Logan Center: Second Floor and Café, Logan Center for the Arts|, 915 E. 60th St. and Drexel Avenue, Chicago, IL
Price: Free
Contact: CONTACT
https://arts.uchicago.edu/event/exhibition-pulse-africa-celebrating-25-years-african-festival-arts

This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Logan Center, in conjunction with the Africa International House, the festival’s organizers, takes a look back at the artworks that have served as the image of the festival. Featuring posters and a selection of the original artworks that inspired them, you’ll see the work of artists including Dayo Laoye, Melvin King, Najjar, and Woodrow Nash. Examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, the Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah declared, “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocative, and vital. An enduring beat experienced and shared through the arts, Africa has deep roots in Chicago, and this connection is fostered by the work of the Africa International House and its partners in creating the festival each year. Exhibition is co-presented by the Logan Center for the Arts and the Africa International House USA, Inc.


exhibition: Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection

When: September 28, 2013 – extended to January 4, 2015; Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am-5pm.
Where: The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611-2730
Price: Fee: $10 - $20/person
Contact: CONTACT
http://www.driehausmuseum.org/tiffany/view/visit.

One of America's most celebrated artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany worked in nearly all media available to artists and designers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries---glass, ceramic, metalwork, jewelry, and painting. He earned international acclaim for his artistic output, receiving prestigious awards in exhibitions in Europe and the United States. His work was enthusiastically acquired by art museums throughout his lifetime, and continues to be highly sought after today. In September 2013, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum debuts its inaugural exhibition, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection. More than 60 objects will be on view in a magnificent historic setting, representing this extraordinary artist's work over his prolific 50-year career with the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company and Tiffany Studios, among his many other interrelated firms. The exhibition also introduces audiences to Tiffany artworks from the distinguished Driehaus Collection, representing the unique collecting vision of philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus over the course of several decades. Situated in the fully restored Gilded Age mansion designed by the architectural firm of Burling & Whitehouse in 1879 for prominent Chicago banker Samuel M. Nickerson, Tiffany's masterpieces are placed within the larger context of late 19th-century interiors. The exhibition includes outstanding examples of Tiffany windows, lamps, vases, and accessories from the Driehaus Collection, displayed together publicly for the first time.


TV shows: First Nations Experience television network:

When: November 2013–ongoing, (see below)
Where: WYCC, TV channel 20.2
Price: free on broadcast TV
Contact: look up their whole schedule on http://www.wycc.org/Home/

The FNX | First Nations Experience television network is proud to announce it’s now on-air with WYCC PBS Chicago! “FNX is thrilled to now be in the Chicago market,” said KVCR/FNX General Manager Alfredo Cruz. “FNX is one of today's most exciting public media programming developments,” he added. On the importance of FNX, Cruz said, “Equitable representation of our communities in mass media is long over-due and we are privileged to have an entire channel, programming 24/7, completely dedicated to celebrating Native American life and experiences.” He added, “I know you’ll enjoy FNX and ask that you please help us spread the word.” The FNX channel will now be available to viewers on WYCC’s channel 20.2. FNX illustrates the healthy, positive, and real lives and cultures of Native American and indigenous people around the world. Programming includes TV series, documentaries, short films, PSAs, and films in the categories of lifestyle, children’s, drama, comedy, sports, music, art, dance, politics, news, social, cooking, health, animation, fitness, talk shows, nature, and gardening. All programs reflecting a true voice of Native American and Indigenous communities across the globe.


TV show: Antiques Roadshow

When: most days; show duration: 60 min
Where: various local public TV channels
Price: free on broadcast TV
Contact: You can get the entire local schedule including what items are featured by going to:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/schedule.html



Chicago's Clarke House Museum, 1827 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago, IL 60616, is Chicago's oldest house. Tours of this 1836 Greek Revival-style house reveal what life was like for a middle class family in Chicago, when the city was in its formative years before the Civil War. Ongoing tours are given Wednesdays - Sundays at 12noon and 2pm. All tours begin at Glessner House Museum Coach House on 18th street, just east of Indiana. Admission: $10/adults, $9 seniors & students, $6 children 5–12 years old, free for kids under 5; Wednesdays are free For information call 312.326.1480 or visit http://clarkehousemuseum.org

While you are downtown, check out the Illinois Artisans Shop in the State of Illinois Building (aka James R. Thompson Center) on the north side of Randolph Street at Clark, kitty-corner from the Daley Center. The shop features handmade items from all over the state of Illinois, ranging from folk to fine art, in a wide range of media. They have jewelry, cards, ceramics, textiles, wrought iron, baskets, wooden items, etc. Shop is located on the mezzanine level; if you get off the el you’ll probably be at the right floor. From the ground floor just take the escalator up. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Telephone: 312-814-5322. http://illinoisartisansshop.com/

Hyde Park’s artisan shop, Artisans 21, is now closed at 5503 1/2 South Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60615. If you are looking for hand-made gifts or just something nice for your place, they have ceramics, jewelry, hand-knit and hand-woven items, etc. … they are closing their store December 24, 2013 but will exist online. http://www.artisans21gallery.com/

Hyde Park’s last [I think] remaining gift shop, What the Traveller Saw, is also closing on June 30. They did alright on 53rd street, but the UofC had them move to the 55th & Lake Park shopping center where they are not getting the foot traffic they need. Look for them between the post office and the Shoe Corral. They have a wide variety of really cool stuff from all over the world: jewelry, carvings, clothing, and a lot more.
Beginning in Autumn 2009, students will have the opportunity to major or minor in a new undergraduate degree program in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies*, which includes African American Studies, Asian American studies, Latina/o studies, Native American studies, and African studies. Courses currently listed under CRPC will be transferred over to the new major and renamed CRES. A description of the new major and minor, the requirements, and a list of courses offered can be downloaded at http://csrpc.uchicago.edu/CRES%20description.doc

The post office “Station U” that was in Ingleside Hall is gone; so is Ingleside Hall. Walgreens only have flag stamps. There’s a USPS branch in the Hyde Park Shopping Center at 55th & Lake Park; it has a limited selection of commemorative stamps, which change over time; as of 5/8/14 they had songbirds, March on Washington, and 2 others. The main office of zip 60615 is at 4601 Cottage Grove Avenue; I haven’t checked to see what stamps they have. The main office of 60637 is at 61st & Langley. https://www.usps.com/ shows Forever stamps of Johnny Cash, Lydia Mendoza, Ray Charles, and some other musicians. There are also several statehood Forever stamps. [Lor sez: Forever stamps are good for first-class postage even after rate changes. Soon after the conifer designs stamp came out, they decided to make most new first class stamps into forever stamps; these say “forever” on each stamp. However, some of the special stamps such as the wedding stamps still have denominations.]
This may be of interest to Folklore members - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/arts/music/the-alan-lomax-collection-from-the-american-folklife-center.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all.  Within a month or so you'll be able to stream a significant portion of Alan Lomax's folk music recording collection online for free.
Great old photos of Chicago at http://chicagopast.tumblr.com/ (click on archive)
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*********************************************************************** ********************************************************* ******************** Hi all, … The dates for next years festival are confirmed, and it is set to happen once again on Valentines day weekend, Feb 13-15, 2015. Be sure to save the date and tell all your friends! I hope you all have a great summer. --Chris

Country Dance & Song Society

When: weekly sessions June 27 - July 4, and July 20 – August 31, 2014,
Where: Pinewoods, Plymouth, MA; also sessions at Timber Ridge Camp, High View, WV; and Ogontz Camp, Lyman, NH.
Price: ??
Contact: CDSS, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 345, Easthampton, MA  01027-2759, or Call 413-203-5467, x 2
http://www.cdss.org/

Each summer, the Country Dance and Song Society runs several residential weeks for adults and families where we get to experience traditional English and Anglo-American dance and music in beautiful outdoor settings. Each weeklong program has a unique focus and each offers a different mix of dance, music, song and special workshops. There are daily classes, a dance party each evening (sometimes with a concert), followed by late-night activities, plus there is swimming, canoeing, and relaxing with old friends and new. Not to mention the scrumptious meals, fresh air, and break from our daily hectic lives.


== July 2014 ==


Swannanoa Gathering

When: July 6 – Aug. 9, 2014
Where: Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC
Price: Tuiton is $500/week in 2014.
Contact: Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, PO Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000; (828) 298-3434
http://www.swangathering.com/

We are a series of summer workshops in various folk arts held on the campus of Warren Wilson College near Asheville in the heart of North Carolina's beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Each week also features public concerts. 7/6-12/14 Traditional Song Week. 7/13-19/14 Celtic Week (Scottish fiddle classes will be taught by Brian McNeill. Flute classes will be taught by Kieran O’Hare, guitar by John Doyle; john whelan will teach button accordion; Kathleen Conneely's whistle classes.). 7/20-26/14 Old Time Music & Dance Week. 7/27- 8/2/14 Guitar week. 7/27- 8/2/14 Contemporary Folk week. 8/3-9/14 Fiddle Week and mandolin & banjo week.


61st Street Farmers Market

When: 7/26/14 & All Saturdays, May 17, 2014 until the end of October, rain or shine; hours 9am-2pm. closed Thanksgiving weekend, November 29th.)
Where: The 61st Street Farmers Market takes place In summer outdoors on 61st Street between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues, Chicago, IL. (In November and December the Market continues indoors, 10am-1pm, inside the Experimental Station, located at 6100 South Blackstone Avenue. Please enter the Market through the red door on the east/Blackstone Avenue side of the building.)
Price: Admission is free. Open to the public. Prices of products vary. We accept LINK and match LINK purchases up to $25 per cardholder per market day. 
Contact: 773-241-6044. http://www.experimentalstation.org/
In case you are on facebook, we also have a Market facebook page that gives information about the Market and some of the work we do in the local schools teaching kids about where food comes from, how it grows, how to grow it, and how to prepare and enjoy it. Do check it out! 

We sincerely thank: The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Leo S. Guthman Fund, BMO Harris Bank, Harmony WellCare, the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Wholesome Wave, Greer Foundation, and University of Chicago Medicine for their generous support this year. Without this support, the 61st Street Farmers Market would simply not exist.  Having not met our budget yet for 2014, we would be deeply grateful if you would contribute to the cause! An anonymous foundation has just offered Experimental Station a $25,000 matching grant. Every penny that you donate to the Experimental Station will be doubled!  Thanks for everything, and see you at the Market!
We are excited to welcome you back to a new—7th—season of the 61st Street Farmers Market! As you will see, the Market grows and changes each year, while most good things stay the same. The Market offers coffee, prepared foods, outdoor seating to enjoy your breakfast or lunch, and great hospitality. You will find your favorite farmers and food artisans from the past, as well as some new ones—and, with them, new tastes, people, and pleasures to discover! As you know, farmers markets like ours, which sell locally produced and sustainably grown foods, are a reflection of our local climate, the seasonal moment we are living, and the weather conditions we are experiencing. Part of enjoying and benefiting from the 61st Street Farmers Market this and every year will be our ability to appreciate and take pleasure from the here and now. We encourage you to enjoy the, fresh greens and asparagus season, as it is fleeting, and not to lament that there will be no corn or watermelon in May. That day will come too! Know that every season will have its moment, and that, rather than seek what is not, we will enjoy it best if we revel in what is!  In an effort to do our part to rebuild our depleted humus (the 'life-force' of the soil, the organic matter in the soil that retains nutrients and water, and stores carbon), the 61st Street Farmers Market will be composting and recycling! We ask you to please pay attention to the various bins the Market provides and to sort your unwanted materials and food scraps.  In our divided, dysfunctional political environment, there are few issues or areas of concern that our elected leaders will allow themselves to agree upon. It is therefore a happy occurrence, worthy of celebration, when one comes along that brings us all together. We're very pleased to say that farmers markets are one of these!  This year, agreement has already happened twice. As part of the 2014 Farm Bill, in a bipartisan effort, federal legislators agreed to provide $100 million over 5 years for Double Value nutrition incentives to enable SNAP ('food stamp') customers to afford the fruits and vegetables sold at farmers markets and other direct-to-consumer venues. This is good news for our Double Value Coupon Program! Then, just a couple of weeks ago, Illinois legislators agreed to new legislation providing for smarter, streamlined and statewide rules for sanitation at farmers markets that will support the growth of small-scale agriculture in our state. More good news! That legislation was introduced by Rep. Mike Tryon (R) and State Sen. David Koehler (D).  Here are some of the highlights of this week's (7/26/14) Market: * It is the height of the fruit season! Mick Klug Farms will be harvesting peaches, apricots, plums, blueberries (5# boxes too!), blackberries, red raspberries, sweet cherries (last week!), sour cherries (Balaton variety), green beans, zucchini, squash blossoms, cucumbers, and pickling cucumbers. * Ellis Family Farms will be bringing red and black raspberries, apricots, plums, peaches, currents, sweet cherries, tart cherries, blueberries, green and yellow zucchini, eggs, jams and honey. * It is also the height of the summer vegetable season! It is the moment for eating greens and salads, tomatoes, beets, carrots, beans, turnips, kohlrabi, early potatoes, squash, zucchini, cabbage, fresh mushrooms.... * We are pleased to welcome Sunkissed Organics back to the Market this week! * Mike & Clare's Farm will be harvesting beautiful cabbage heads, beets and carrots.  * Marigold Hill Organics will be featuring their Sun-Gold tomatoes! * Videnovich Farms will be selling zucchini, a variety of basils (lemon, lime, cinnamon/Vietnamese, Thai, wide-leaf Italian), garlic, garlic bulbs, and green tomatoes. Here is Vera's favorite zucchini pickle recipe (note that she uses rice wine vinegar instead of cider), and here is a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake. There must be a life lesson in combining chocolate and zucchini! * If you're looking to live large this week, you might want to drizzle a little olive oil over some Sun-Gold tomatoes, fresh basil and Stamper Cheese fresh mozzarella. * Faith's Farm will be featuring pasture-raised bacon, pork chops, and Italian sausage. Kim will also be selling her REAL Laundry Soap (Just Naked and Lavender) and is offering FREE cracklins with any $25 purchase! * Peerless Bread & Jam will be featuring Lauren's delectable tangy and sweet Blueberry Lime Jam! * If you're looking for a seasonal treat, Pleasant House Bakery will be bringing Peach-Blueberry-Mint Galettes!   * At 10:30am, at the Chef Demo tent, join Lindsay Fertig who will be preparing a refreshing Summer Cucumber Salad.     * From 10am-1pm, stop at the Market School tent where La Leche League Chicago-South Side will connect you with maternal and breast feeding resources. Raw, local—milk doesn't get any better than that! * From 12pm-1pm, do YOGA AT THE MARKET! Corepower Yoga (Hyde Park) will be offering a free class at the Market on the lawn just north of 61st Street and the Market. All levels welcome! Lastly, we can all agree that your patronage of the 61st Street Farmers Market, rain or shine, has been a key factor in making it one of the best community markets in the city! As always, thank you for your support of our farmers and producers!


China In A Suitcase

When: Wed. July 30, 2014, 4pm-5pm
Where: Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Price: Please register in advance by visiting the children's reference desk, or by calling 312-744-7616, ext. 3. Registration for all summer programs will begin on June 2.
Contact: Library, (312) 744-7616
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/sulzer-regional/

About this event: Join presenter Ling-Ling Hu in an exploration of Chinese history and culture. View a short documentary of the land and culture; try eating with chopsticks, making a paper cutting craft or calligraphy in this interactive program. China In A Suitcase is suitable for kids ages 5 and up.


Avalon Odeum

When: Wed. July 30, 2014, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Avalon Library, 8148 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617
Price: This program is free and no registration is required.
Contact: Library, Phone: 312-747-5234
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/avalon/

Program: Adult Summer Learning Challenge. About this event: Film screening of Sweetgrass by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Casting-Taylor. This film follows the last modern-day cowboys leading their flock of sheep up into the breathtaking and often dangerous mountains for summer pasture.  This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov). Contact: Joanne Brady, Phone: 312-747-5234 


Musical Zoo

When: Thu. July 31, 2014, 1:30pm
Where: Avalon Library, 8148 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617
Price: Contact the library for registration information.
Contact: Library, Phone: 312-747-5234
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/avalon/

Program: Children's Summer Learning Challenge. About this event: 'Musical Zoo' is an interactive music program with songs about all kinds of different animals and where they live, complete with sing-alongs, dance-alongs, hand movement, relay races and even a limbo contest. Kids can come dressed up as their favorite animal if they like. It's a ROARING Good time!! 


TV show: Local, USA: Native American Culture

When: Thursday, July 31, 11pm on WTTW HD
Where: WTTW HD, ch.11.1
Price: free on broadcast TV
Contact: CONTACT
http://schedule.wttw.com/episodes/273387/Local-USA/Native-American-Culture/

A new short-film anthology series, produced by WTTW, showcasing the best human interest segments from regional public television as well as independent producers, giving voice to the rich characters in every corner of America. The series is hosted by Second City performer Niccole Thurman and independent producer Evan Allen-Gessesse, both of Chicago. CC.


== August 2014 ==


[HP Village] rummage sale at Montgomery Place. The sale is happening today 7/31/14 from 10am to 4pm and tomorrow, Friday, 8/1/14, from 10 am to 12 noon.  You are welcome to come and browse and shop. Hope you find just what you're looking for

Free Admission Day

When: Aug. 1, 2014; 10am-5pm
Where: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201; 847-475-1030
Price: FREE. (Normally it’s Adults $5; Children, students, teachers, seniors $3; Mitchell Members FREE, Tribal Members FREE.)
Contact: Museum Phone: 847-475-1030; visitorservices@mitchellmuseum.org
http://www.mitchellmuseum.org/

Enjoy Mitchell Museum's many exhibits. 


Singer Charles Thomas with Guitarist Scott Hesse

When: Fri. August 1, 2014, 12:15pm
Where: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Price: ??
Contact: (312) 747-4300.
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/

About this event: With a repertoire that spans from Bernstein to Stevie Wonder and from Gershwin to gospel, jazz / folk / pop singer Charles Thomas entertains, accompanied by guitarist Scott Hesse. Contact: Christopher Popa, Phone: 312-747-4850; Email: cpopa@chipublib.org


The Hoyle Brothers

When: every Fri., 2014 (5:30pm-7:30pm)
Where: Hardcore Honky Tonk Happy Hour, at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago,
Contact: Phone: 773-276-3600
http://hoylebrothers.com/
Price: Free

The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.” Future gigs at other venues:
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7:30pm: Chicago SummerDance


Dee Alexander CD Release Concert: Songs My Mother Loves

When: Fri, Aug 1, 7pm and 9pm
Where: Performance Hall, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL
Price: $20 general, $10 students, $50 VIP (includes CD)
Contact: get tickets at:
http://ticketsweb.uchicago.edu/shows/dee%20alexander%20cd%20release%20concert-%20songs%20my%20mother%20loves/events

Songs My Mother Loves is the title of Dee Alexander's latest recording project, which consists of selections of classic jazz that her mother listened to when Dee was a child. This project pays tribute both to this music, which has become a significant part of her life, and to her mother's inspiration and influence. The performance will run approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. Dee Alexander will be available after each performance to sign CD's in the Gidwitz Lobby.  


First Fridays Concerts

When: Aug 1 & Sept 5; 7pm- 8:30 pm. Site closes at 9pm.
Where: Lost Valley Visitor Center Patio, Glacial Park
Price: Free
Contact: CONTACT
http://www.mccdistrict.org/web/special-events.htm

Join us on the first Friday of each month this summer for an evening of music and nature. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy the beautiful view from the Lost Valley Visitor Center patio and stay for a free concert from talented regional musicians. Note: No glass containers. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors.
Aug 1: The Diego Alonso Flamenco Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary flamenco music and dance. Like jazz, flamenco has roughly 400 structured forms that the dancers and musicians can improvise rhythmically, melodically, and dynamically. Guitarist Diego Alonso, singer Patricia Ortega and flamenco dancer Ronaldo Monge are sure to dazzle you with their talent. www.SpanishGuitar.org
Sept 5: Cheryl Niemo and the Down Home Boys: With all players from McHenry and Boone Counties, this truly local band plays American Roots music, a delicious blend of Old Time Country, Folk, Bluegrass, and Country Blues. Their music spans the decades from as early as 1865 and travels through the present. Cheryl, Pete Jonsson (guitar and vocals), Marty Brunkalla (mandolin and fiddle), and Al Fyfe (stand up bass) will delight you with their down home music.


Monroe Crossing

When: Fri, Aug 1, 2014, 7pm
Where: A Slice of Bluegrass House Concerts, Brashler Barn, 17560 South Gougar Road, Lockport, IL
Price: ??
Contact: Hotline: 815-838-1549. Print a PosterPoster then print a map to it with yahoo or google from each gig’s link:
http://www.monroecrossing.com/


Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada.  Future Monroe Crossing gigs:
•  Sat, Aug 2, 2014, Time(s) TBA, Badgerland Bluegrass Classic, Jefferson County Fair Park, 503 North Jackson Avenue, Jefferson, WI. Hotline: 414-961-0660
• Sun, Aug 3, 2014, 7pm, Fishstock Music Series, Camp David's Party Barn, W3127 County Road F, Fish Creek, WI. Hotline: 920-839-2981
•  Fri, Oct 10, 2014, 8pm, River Falls Hospital Foundation Fall Fling, Mystical Rose Garden, W5415 890th Avenue, Baldwin, WI- Hotline: 715-307-6001
Sat, Oct 11, 2014, 7:30pm, Phipps Center for the Performing Arts, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI- Hotline: 715-386-8409
•  Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 8:30pm, Route 20 Outhouse, 14001 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant, WI- Hotline: 262-898-7900
• Sat, Oct 25, 2014, 7:30pm, Community Bluegrass & Gospel Concert, Cup O Joy, 232 South Broadway, Green Bay, WI- Hotline: 920-435-3269
• Thu, Nov 13, 2014, 7pm, Woods and Waters Fine Arts Council Concert Series, Chequamegon HS, Harry D. Frokjer Auditorium, 400 North Ninth Street, Park Falls, WI - Hotline: 715-762-2971
•  Fri, Nov 14, 2014, 7:30pm, Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High Street, Chippewa Falls, WI- Hotline: 715-726-9000
•  Fri, Dec 26, 2014, 7:30pm, A Bluegrass Christmas With Monroe Crossing, Festival Theatre, 210 Washington Street, St Croix Falls, WI- Hotline: 715-483-3387
•  Fri, Feb 6, 2015, Time(s) TBA, Community Bluegrass & Gospel Concert (tentative), Special Guest: The Stringsmiths, First Lutheran Church, 15 East Sawyer Street, Rice Lake, WI
• Fri, July 10-11, 2015, Time(s) TBA, Traditional Bluegrass Gospel Music Festival, Vernon County Fairgrounds, 210 Fairground Road, Viroqua, WI- Hotline: 608-606-4105
• Sun, Aug 2, 2015, 7pm, Fishstock Music Series, Camp David's Party Barn, W3127 County Road F, Fish Creek, WI- Hotline: 920-839-2981


Lee Murdock

When: Friday, August 1, 2014, 7pm
Where: at Michigan Legacy Art Park, 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville MI (map).
Price: ??
Contact: www.michiganlegacyartpark.org ; http://www.michlegacyartpark.org/sculptures/michigan-by-brian-ferriby/
http://www.leemurdock.com/

 Description: Grand unveiling for new sculpture: Lake Huron, by Brian Ferriby, planning for unveiling about this time. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, picnics. Outdoor Concert: In case of rain, signs will be posted, concert will move indoors to Crystal Mountain
Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the Great Lakes. There is strength and timelessness in this music. Great Lakes songs are made of hard words, hard living, ships that go down and ships that come in. The music is grounded in the work song tradition, from the rugged days of lumberjacks and wooden sailing schooners. Murdock comes alongside with ballads of contemporary commerce and revelry in the grand folk style. Lee's fans have discovered a sweet-water treasure in his songs about the Great Lakes, finding drama and inspiration in the lives of sailors and fishermen, lighthouse keepers, ghosts, shipwrecks, outlaws and everyday heroes. Future Lee Murdock gigs:
• Saturday, August 2, 2014, 11am-5pm, Point Aux Barques Lighthouse Festival, at Lighthouse County Park, 7320 Lighthouse Road, Port Hope, MI, (map). Description: Heritage Festival sponsored by the Point Aux Barques Lighthouse Society. Also performing: Annie and Rod Capps. http://www.pointeauxbarqueslighthouse.org/ Rain or shine (under tents)
• Friday, Aug 29, 2014, at Tent in Community Park, West Morton Avenue, Jacksonville, IL, (map). Description: Prairieland Chautauqua. Event runs 4pm-9pm each night, with an intermission for catered picnic supper. Other performers TBA, Lee will present "From Auld Sod to the New Prairie: The Irish in America" at 4pm
• Saturday, Aug 30, 2014, at Nahma Festival, Location and more info to follow. Nahma, MI - (map). Description: Labor Day Weekend Festival performance
• Monday, Sep 1, 2014, at Island Park, 2 E State St. Geneva, IL, 60134 (map). Description: Lee Murdock Band. Fox Valley Folk Festival, Island Park, Geneva, IL Sunday and Monday, 11am-6pm each day. Bring lawn chairs. (Dog-friendly, bike paths) http://www.FoxValleyFolk.com -- Schedule will be posted around August 27 (keep checking back)
• Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1pm-2pm, Presentation at AGLMH Conference, Where Dossin Great Lakes Museum, 100 The Strand, Detroit, MI, United States (map). Description: Here We'll Stand: The Struggle that Forged Two Nations; Interpreting the War of 1812 Through Music For the Annual Conference of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History. For info or to register for the conference go to http://www.Aglmh.net
• Sunday, September 14, 2014, 4pm, at Naper Settlement, 523 South Webster Street, Naperville, IL, (map). Description: www.napersettlement.org "Thunder in the Distance: Midwestern Perspectives on the Civil War"
• Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7pm: at Henry Public Library, 702 Front St, Henry, IL (map). Description: "Thunder in the Distance: Midwestern Perspectives on the Civil War" Free one hour program
• Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7pm,  BLUE HORIZON,: Southeastern IL University Theater, at 3575 College Road, Harrisburg, IL (map). Description: Concert in the Art Center/Theater Lobby--With Blue Horizon Band; more info at lbclemm at gmail dot-com
• Sunday, September 21, 2014,  , IL: Southern Illinois Irish Festival, at Walker's Bluff Winery, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL, (map). Description: http://www.silirishfest.org Lee Murdock will perform two sets during the day at the Southern Illinois Irish Fest.
• Saturday, September 27, 2014,  6:30pm:, - Grayslake Heritage Center, in Downtown Grayslake IL - tba (map). Description: Halloween Ghost Songs around the campfore www.villageofgrayslake.com
• Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7pm, Michigan State University Museum at St Ignace Public Library, 110 West Spruce Street, St. Ignace, MI, (map). Description: Evening concert with Dr. Laurie Sommers, celebrating the centennial of Alan Lomax's birthdate. This concert will feature Lomax's songs collected in Michigan and especially around St. Ignace. http://joomla.uproc.lib.mi.us/StIgnace/ www.greatlakesfolkfest.net
• Monday, October 13, 2014, 7pm, Tiskilwa Historical Society, at The Museum on Main St, 110 E Main St., Tiskilwa, IL 61368 (map). Description: From Auld (Old) Sod to the New Prairie: The Irish in America www.tiskilwahistoricalsociety.org
• Saturday, October 18, 2014, 4pm, 30th Anniversary 10-Act Celebration Concert, at Maple Street Chapel, Maple & Main Streets, Lombard, IL (map).  $30 adv/ $35 door – general admission; $50 adv/ $55 door – front row or choir loft (on stage, left).  Featuring over 5 hours of live music and more! 4pm Live Music. 6pm Meal & Mingle Hour– BRICKS offers selections for purchase onsite. 7pm Live Music: Eric Lambert & Friends, Lee Murdock, Mark Dvorak Trio, Harpeth Rising, Kate MacLeod & Andrew Calhoun, Bill & Kate Isles, Dan Zahn & Kate Moretti, Tangleweed,  Andina & Rich, In Tents.  Tickets are on sale now at our website, or visit our website for a mailorder form. folk.maplestreetchapel.org
• Monday, October 27, 2014, 6:30pm, Washington District Library 380 N Wilmor Rd, Washington IL (map) Description: Great Lakes Ghosts
• Monday, November 10, 2014,  6pm, Dossin Historical Society, at Dossin Great Lakes Museum, The Strand, Detroit, MI, States (map) Description: www.detroithistorical.org Lost Mariners Memorial event - open to the public and webcast
• Friday, November 14, 2014,  7pm:, WI - House Concert at Dale and Mary Goodner's House, Algoma WI (map). Description: House Concert - For info: 920-487-8094
• Saturday, November 29, 2014,  7:30pm: at The Maple Street Chapel, Mapl and Main Streets, Lombard, IL (map) Description: The 20th Annual Christmas Ship Concert, folk.maplestreetchapel.org $20 tickets. Advance tickets at http://www.LeeMurdock.com


Various Artists (see below)

When: various dates 2014 (see below)
Where: The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI
Price: various prices (see below)
Contact: Office: (734) 761-1800
http://www.theark.org/
Future August, 2014 shows at the Ark:
1, Friday, The Kruger Brothers, 8 pm, $20, Bluegrass/Newgrass · Virtuoso
2, Saturday, Mustard's Retreat, 8 pm, $20, Classic Folk · Local/Regional
3, Sunday, Liz Larin & Soleil Moon, 7:30 pm, $15, Local/Regional · Rock/Pop v 4, Monday, A.J. Croce, 8 pm, $20, Contemporary Songwriters & Groups
5, Tuesday, We Banjo 3, 8pm, $15, Bluegrass/Newgrass · Celtic/British Isles
6, Wednesday, The Ark's Open Stage, 8 pm, $3,
7, Thursday, Poor Angus, 8pm, $15, Celtic/British Isles · English/Canadian/Australian
8, Friday, The RFD Boys, 8pm, $11, Bluegrass/Newgrass · Local/Regional
9, Saturday, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at the Michigan Theater, 8 pm, $75, Americana/Alt-Country · Country/Rockabilly · Genre-Defying
9, Saturday, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, 8pm, $25, Zydeco/Cajun
10, Sunday, Carlene Carter, 7:30pm, $35 (Gold Circle) $25 (General Admission) , Country/Rockabilly
12, Tuesday, FullSet, 8 pm, $20, Celtic/British Isles
13, Wednesday, Andy Irvine & Dónal Lunny, 8 pm, $20, Celtic/British Isles
14, Thursday, Joshua Davis & Rachael Davis (no relation), 8pm, $15, Contemporary Songwriters & Groups · Local/Regional
15, Friday, Al Stewart, 8 pm, $30, Legends
16, Saturday, San, Emily, & Jacob , 8 pm, $15, Chamber folk · Local/Regional
17, Sunday, SOLD OUT - Jeff Daniels & The Ben Daniels Band, 7:30 pm, $45, Contemporary Songwriters & Groups · Local/Regional
18, Monday, Jeff Daniels & The Ben Daniels Band, 8pm, $45, Classic Folk · Local/Regional
19, Tuesday, Candye Kane, 8pm, $15, Blues
20, Wednesday, Katie Geddes, 8pm, $15, Classic Folk · Local/Regional
21, Thursday, Ray Bonneville, 8 pm, $15, Americana/Alt-Country · Blues
22, Friday, Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful & Chris Bathgate , 8pm, $15, Americana/Alt-Country · Local/Regional
23, Saturday, Paul Thorn, 8 pm, $25, Americana/Alt-Country · Soul/R&B
24, Sunday, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, 7:30 pm, $15, Bluegrass/Newgrass
26, Tuesday, Take a Chance Tuesday with The Sea The Sea, 8 pm, $FREE,
27, Wednesday, Liz Story & Lisa Downing, 8pm, $25, Genre-Defying · Jazz
28, Thursday, Beoga, 8 pm, $15, Celtic/British Isles

DONNA ADLER

When: Friday  August 1, 8:15pm
Where: Two Way Street, 1047 Curtis St., Downers Grove, IL, across from the Public Library; (630) 969-9720
Price: $7
Contact: http://www.twowaystreet.org

From Chicago's Lincoln Ave to Nashville's Bluebird Café, a modern folk sound with an undercurrent of tradition, and a voice often compared to Judy Collins or Joni Mitchell. Latest CD: Stories to Keep
The The Two Way Street Coffee House has moved back in to its normal room as of Friday, August 23. All the major redecorating is done, but we still have finishing touches to add over the next few weeks. Live entertainment is featured every Friday night beginning at 8:15pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. A $7 donation is requested. We serve coffees, teas, hot cider, cocoa, soft drinks and snacks. We are one block west of Main Street, and one block south of the Metra railroad tracks. We are inside the First Congregational Church, which is a large, red brick building at the southeast corner of Curtiss Street and Forest Avenue.
Future performers at Two Way Street (* = Will be featured the next night on WFMT 98.7 "Folkstage" with Rich Warren.):
Scheduled :
Friday  August 8, 8:15pm, $7, VILLAGE JAMMERS — New England quartet of talented musicians plays a unique blend of “bluegrass/country/jazz/rock/blues/folk/rockabilly.” Part bluegrass band, part comedy troupe, part working-class Joes. Fun!
Friday  August 15, 8:15pm, $7,) ANNIE & ROD CAPPS with Jason Dennie — Award-winning Michigan duo sings indie/folk/rock with guitars, banjo, fiddle. Rootsy vibe, touch of twang, and soulful groove. Playful and endearing. Jason adds virtuoso mandolin! Great! Will be featured the next night on WFMT 98.7fm Folkstage with Rich Warren. Friday  August 22, 8:15pm, $7, CHRIS FARRELL — Renowned singer-songwriter performed with Steve Goodman and John Prine 35 years ago, and he’s even more relevant today! Touching ballads, comic songs, social satire. Teaches guitar at Old Town School! Here is a preliminary list of some upcoming shows. More info to come! 
Fall 2014: Oct 3 February Sky. Nov 7 Greg Klyma. Nov 28 Greg Trafidlo. Dec.12 Bittersweet Christmas Band. Dec. 19 Christmas Show w/ McIntosh & McGovern. Dec 26 Pete Norman (Post-Christmas Bluesfest).


Tiny Ruins, Tangleweed, Lizzie Weber

When: Fri, August 1, 2014, doors 9pm / Show 10pm
Where: at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago
Price: $10 - $12
Contact: 773-227-4433
http://www.hideoutchicago.com/

Tiny Ruins is the project of Auckland musician & songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. Born in Bristol, England in 1985, Fullbrook learnt the cello from an early age & at 10, moved with her family to New Zealand. Teaching herself the guitar through her teens, she traveled alone in the US for a while before moving to Wellington in 2005, where she studied & wrote music for small-fry theatre productions. Tiny Ruins was named as such when, while reading a passage in a book that mentioned ruins, a favourite song of Fullbrook's, She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain as performed by Tiny Bradshaw, played on her stereo. Sharing rough tape-recorded demos of her songs with music-minded friends, they garnered attention from beyond New Zealand's shores; in 2010, she was asked to fly to Sydney to support Scottish folksinger Alasdair Roberts, and was then duly signed by influential indie label Spunk Records. Tangleweed: : For generations, practitioners of that uniquely American art form known variously as old-time or string-band music – progenitor of country, precursor to bluegrass – have labored in obscurity, their talents unrecognized, their provenance maligned. The men of Tangleweed are proud to uphold that tradition. Their personal histories, while colorful, bear witness to the manifold hardships and hard-scrabble existences so commonly borne by folk artists. Only one was educated on the Continent. Most were forced to leave college after graduation. Like most such groups, Tangleweed typically performs at drinking establishments and other communal gathering places, where ordinary people come to wash away the trials and tribulations of their workaday lives. Such venues are far removed from the niceties of the concert hall. Yet they testify to the formative influence that context can exert on performance style. How easily does the plaintive keening of Tangleweed's vocal harmonies rise above the whine of milk frothers and espresso machines. How cleanly do their finger-picked melodies cut through the din of mobile telephones and personal computing devices. Tangleweed’s repertoire, which encompasses traditional fiddle tunes, African-American blues, rags, and stomps, was born in the rich soil of the rural agrarian South. Unlettered and without formal training, its originators gave rise to a deeply expressive musical idiom that spoke for and to a vast, poverty-stricken community of Euro- and African-Americans, for whom such music functioned first and foremost as an accompaniment to social dance. Tangleweed is proud to claim this rich cultural legacy, without in any way sharing in it. Relieved of the burden of authenticity, unencumbered by troublesome notions of historical accuracy or, indeed, of personal accountability, the men of Tangleweed are free to pursue their own startlingly original interpretive impulses. So does a great tradition reinvent itself, often beyond all recognition. Lizzie Weber is a singer/songwriter from St. Louis. With strong folk and acoustical influences, her style resembles that of Mazzy Star, Beth Orton and Idina Menzel. Her eponymous debut album released January of this year has been described as "lushly orchestral" by Eleven Magazine and "personal, powerful, and, at times, perfect" by No Depression. Infusing her theatrical training with elements of both folk and pop, Weber's cinematic video for the record's second single, "Falling Like Fools," has now received awards at two international film festivals. Recently, she was nominated by the Riverfront Times for Best Singer/songwriter of 2014.


Badgerland Bluegrass Festival

When: August 1-3, 2014, Grounds open for admission Friday at 1pm.
Where: at Jefferson County Fair Park, 503 N. Jackson Ave., Jefferson, WI
Price: $25–adults/Kids 12 and under free
Contact: Info: 414-961-0660
www.badgerlandbluegrass.org

 Friday will be jamming at campsites. Saturday morning will be instrumental workshops, followed by bands performing all afternoon & evening.  The bands will be:        1:00-1:45 &     5:30-6:15      Mecan River Ramblers – Milwaukee; 1:45pm-2:30pm    &             6:15-7:00   Genesee Ridge – Milwaukee; 2:30pm-3:15pm &    7:00pm-7:45p Pickin’ Up Speed – Milwaukee;  3:15-4:00    &              7:45p-8:30pm Big Cedar – West Bend; 4:00pm-4:45     &          8:30-9:15              Freshwater – Racine; 4:45pm-5:30pm  &    9:15-10:00 Daylight in the Swamp – Madison;             night only          10:00pm-11:30   Monroe Crossing – Minnesota (our headliner)   Saturday’s events will be in the Activities Building, so it’s a covered venue. There will be a food vendor all day Saturday.  Bring low-backed lawn chairs.  Sunday will be campsite jamming and possibly a gospel music jam. 3pm checkout deadline.  


Guided Hike

When: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am & 1:30pm
Where: Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, 16006 875 E. Street, on the outskirts of Sheffield, IL
Price: ?
Contact: For further information or information packets, call (815) 454-2328. If you call after hours, the answering machine will take your call.
http://www.dnr.state.il.us/education/interprt/Hennepin.htm

Dress Seasonally. The Visitor Center is open daily 8am-4pm. The hours occasionally vary on Saturday or Sunday mornings, but the Center is open by 10am. There are Nature walks focusing on several different aspects. The Visitor Center complex has a restored prairie that most people enjoy learning about. There is also a wetland with an Observation Blind. Walks can go along the Canal towpath, toward the prairie, back to the wetlands, or take place at a site away from the Complex. The Canal stretches seventy-five miles East-to-West and twenty-nine miles North-to-South.


Kid's Craft Mornings

When: on Saturdays (11am-12noon), and on Sundays (12:30pm-1:30pm).
Where: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201
Price: Kids' Craft FREE with regular admission. Museum admission: Adults $5 suggested donation; children, students, teachers, and senior citizens $3 suggested donation; $10 suggested maximum donation per family. Free to members of Mitchell Museum, & Tribal Members.
Contact: Museum Phone: 847-475-1030; visitorservices@mitchellmuseum.org
http://www.mitchellmuseum.org/

Children learn about Native American culture through hands-on activities at these Mitchell Museum workshops, generally held twice monthly on Saturdays throughout the school year and on various days during the summer. Museum staffers and volunteers lead the informal, 90-minute sessions where children learn to construct simple versions of traditional Native American objects using everyday craft materials and engage in other activities related to Native culture. Kids Craft Mornings are recommended for children ages 5 and up, but there is no minimum age requirement. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is necessary.
 Please join the museum for guided kids' craft activities. 
August 2 & 3 Northwest Coast Masks. August 9 & 10 Medallions. August 16 & 17 Lakota Star Quilts. August 23 & 24 Dreamcatchers. August 30 & 31 Beaded Keychains.


Kid's Craft Mornings

When: on Saturdays (11am-12noon), and on Sundays (12:30pm-1:30pm).
Where: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201
Price: Kids' Craft FREE with regular admission. Museum admission: Adults $5 suggested donation; children, students, teachers, and senior citizens $3 suggested donation; $10 suggested maximum donation per family. Free to members of Mitchell Museum, & Tribal Members.
Contact: Museum Phone: 847-475-1030; visitorservices@mitchellmuseum.org
http://www.mitchellmuseum.org/

Children learn about Native American culture through hands-on activities at these Mitchell Museum workshops, generally held twice monthly on Saturdays throughout the school year and on various days during the summer. Museum staffers and volunteers lead the informal, 90-minute sessions where children learn to construct simple versions of traditional Native American objects using everyday craft materials and engage in other activities related to Native culture. Kids Craft Mornings are recommended for children ages 5 and up, but there is no minimum age requirement. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is necessary.
 Please join the museum for guided kids' craft activities. 
August 2 & 3 Northwest Coast Masks. August 9 & 10 Medallions. August 16 & 17 Lakota Star Quilts. August 23 & 24 Dreamcatchers. August 30 & 31 Beaded Keychains.


Pike River Rendevous

When: Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, 9am-5pm; Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014; 9am-4pm
Where: Simmons Island Park, 50th Street and 4th Avenue,  Kenosha, WI. For information about I-94 road construction in Kenosha County, visit: www.plan94.org
Price: The event is free and open to the public.
Contact: (262) 653-4140. For information on participating as a reenactor, call Ernie Kraak, 262-843-3757.
http://www.kenosha.org/kenevents/events/pike_river_rendezvous.html

Step back in time when Native Americans and fur traders gathered to exchange goods and services and to celebrate. More than 350 reenactors in 150 camps will be encamped on Simmons Island. Talk with them about what life was like during the fur-trading era. See craft and trades demonstrations throughout the camp. Free parking at Kennedy Park (4051 Fifth Ave.). At Kennedy Park, climb aboard a horse-drawn wagon for shuttle service to Simmons Island! Play period games, try daily chores of the 1800s and make crafts at the Family Activity area.


Mecan River Ramblers

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014, two shows - Times TBD,
Where: Badgerland Bluegrass Classic, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Jefferson, WI
Price: ??
Contact: For booking information, please contact Pat Canney, (262)251-6770, pcanney@sbcglobal.net, If you'd like to receive email updates, please contact Larry Mueller, lmueller44@yahoo.com
http://www.mecanriverramblers.com
Also, www.badgerlandbluegrass.org,

Bluegrass Concert. The Mecan River Ramblers are named after a small trout stream in central Wisconsin which meanders leisurely through wild wetlands and hardwood forests. With its frequent twists and turns and abundant wildlife, the Mecan River offers adventure and excitement for young and old alike. True to their namesake, The Mecan River Ramblers provide bluegrass and acoustic musical entertainment that is sure to warm the heart of every audience. Originating from a local Wednesday night jam session and sharing a common interest in bluegrass music, the Rambler's have evolved into a band with a unique style and presentation. Combining traditional bluegrass, selected country classics and original material, the Ramblers feature solid instrumentation and three part harmony vocals on many tunes. Sharing a philosophy that places entertainment value squarely in the lead, the group's members interact effortlessly with the audience, creating a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for all.
Future gigs:
•  Wednesday, September 3, 2014,: 5:30pm-8pm, Motostatic Car and Music Festival, Village parking Lot - Downtown Pardeeville, Pardeeville, WI
•   Saturday, September 20, 2014, 12noon-3pm, Riponfest, MainStreet-downtown Ripon, Ripon, WI.
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Big Cedar Bluegrass Band

When:  Aug 2, 2014, An all day event. Big Cedar Plays at 3:15pm and 7:45pm.
Where: Bluegrass Classic Festival, Jefferson County Fair Park, 503 N. Jackson Ave., Jefferson, WI.   
Price: ??
Contact: Call 262-338-6954 for info or email:mdrbears@aol.com.
http://www.marthasbears.com/bigcedar.html

Bluegrass music. Sponsored by Badgerland Bluegrass Music Assoc.
Future Big Cedar Bluegrass gigs:

• Aug 9, 2 services; We start playing at 1:30pm - 1st service at 2pm; we play again at 5:30pm and 2nd service is at 6pm. Tent Revival, Fountain Park, United Methodist Church, 828 Erie Ave, Sheboygan, WI.  Details TBA
• Aug 10, 2014, Bands play from 12:30pm-6:30pm; Big Cedar is on around 3pm, Pioneer Village Bluegrass Festival, Hwy I, Saukville, WI
• Aug 31, 2014, starts at noon. Bluegrass Under the Pines, Mishicot, WI. one day, 3 bands.
• Sept 12, 2014, food for sale from 5:30pm-7pm; Concert at 7:30pm. Limited seating - come early.  Old Barn Concert, Lac Lawraan, 300 Schmidt Road, West Bend, WI
• Sunday, Sept 14, 2014, Big Cedar Plays at 1pm. This festival is on Sept 13 & 14 with multiple bands both days -- a great outdoor festival on the square. East Troy Bluegrass Festival
• Oct 11, 7:30 - 10:00 (Doors Open 6:30pm) Concert, Lutheran Church of the Living Christ, W156 N10660 Pilgrim Road. Germantown, WI 53022 (Just South of Mequon Rd). Admission: $10, or $8 with a can of food for the food pantry
• Dec 12, 7pm-9:30pm, Christmas Concert, Faith Presbyterian Church, 3800 W Rawson Ave, Franklin, WI 53132. (414) 421-3860. donation: $5 plus 2 cans of food for the food pantry




Forever Open, Clear, and Free: The Struggle for Chicago's Lakefront (Chicago History Book Club)

When: Sat. August 2, 2014, 1pm
Where: Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway Street, Chicago IL 60660
Price: ??
Contact: Library, (312) 742-1945
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/edgewater/

About this event: Join the Edgewater Branch's Chicago History Book Club for a discussion of Lois Wille's 1972 book, Forever Open, Clear, and Free: The Struggle for Chicago's Lakefront. 'Through photographs and narrative, Lois Wille recreates the story of how Chicago's lakefront has survived more than 150 years of development. We watch as a colorful cast of characters, including fur traders, Indians, robber barons, visionaries, geniuses, and peacemakers, engage in pitched battles, intricate political maneuvers, and wars of words. Wille's story serves as a warning to anyone who thinks the struggle for the lakefront is over, or who takes for granted the beauty of its public beaches and parks.' So reads the back cover of Forever Open, Clear, and Free. A limited number of copies of Forever Open, Clear, and Free are available at the reference desk of the Edgewater Branch Library for book discussion participants. The Edgewater Branch's Chicago History Book Club is generously co-sponsored by the Edgewater Historical Society.


Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014, Set: 3pm,
Where: Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ Birthplace of Country Music Museum, 416 State St, Bristol, TN 37620 - Map
Price: Tickets: FREE
Contact: Bookings: Moonstruck Management, Josh Trivett, 626-893-5216. . (276) 645-0111.
http://drralphstanleymusic.com/

  All Ages.   
When legends come to mind there is one star that shines above them all that is none other than the legendary icon Dr. Ralph Stanley. For over 6 decades he has become one of the most influential artists of all time. Born in 1927 in Big Spraddle VA, Ralph Stanley was the second child of Lucy Jane and Lee Stanley. In 1946 along with his older brother Carter Stanley they formed the legendary Stanley Brothers duo. The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys became one of the most popular brother acts in Country Music history. The Clinch Mountain Boys currently live in scattered communities in the mountains of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.  They meet up in Coeburn, where their tour bus is parked and head out on the road.  Their typical work week starts on Wednesday or Thursday and wraps up on Sunday, when they normally head in home for a couple days of well-deserved rest before starting out all over again. ++ Dr. Ralph Stanley will NOT be retiring this year. Even though this was the original plan, Dr. Stanley still is feeling great and going strong. "God has had his hand on my career for the past 68 years. It's up to him when I will quit. I have no plans of slowing down. I love my fans, and I love performing." --Dr. Ralph Stanley -- http://drralphstanley.com/  
future gigs:

• Saturday, August 23, 2014, Dr. Ralph Stanley with Ralph Stanley II, Bluegrass Under The Roan- Lavonia Crest @ Bluegrass Under The Roan - Lavonia Crest, 100 Snow Drift Lane, Bakersville, NC 28705 () - Map. Set: 8pm, All Ages
•  Thursday, August 28, 2014, Set: 8pm, Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys @ City Winery NYC, 155 Varick St, New York, NY 10013 - Map. 212-608-0555. All Ages
•   Friday, August 29, 2014, Set: 8pm, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival @ Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, 725 Rt. 40, Pilsgrove Twp, NJ 09098 - Map. All Ages
•  Sunday, August 31, 2014, Set: 12pm, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival @ Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Special, 29 Meadow Road, Brunswick, ME 04011 - Map. (207) 725 6009. All Ages
• Saturday, September 6, 2014, The Mountain Arts Center @ Mountain Arts Center, 50 Hal Rogers Drive, Prestonsburg, KY - Map. 606-886-2623. Set: 7pm, All Ages.: Tickets are $21 in advance and $31 at the door.
•  Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Set: 12pm, Brunswick Community College, Bolivia, NC 28422 - Map. All Ages
• Friday, September 19, 2014, Set: 6pm The Lake Cumberland Performing Arts Center @ Rural Center For Development, 2292 South Highway 27, Somerset, KY 42501 - Map. 606-677-6000. All Ages 
• Saturday, September 20, 2014, Set: 8pm Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, 1913 Hickory Blvd SE, Lenoir, NC 28645 - Map. (828) 726-2407. All Ages
•   Sunday, September 28, 2014, Set: 7:30pm, Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305 - Map. All Ages. Tickets: $35 per ticket
• Sunday, October 12, 2014, Set: 3:30pm, Bob Evans Farm Festival @ Bob Evans Farm Festival, 791 Farmview Road, Bidwell, OH 45614 - Map. All Ages
•   Sunday, October 19, 2014, Set: 8pm, Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ Eddie’s Attic, 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030 - Map. 404-377-4976. All Ages
• Thursday, October 23, 2014, Set: 8pm Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ The Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841 - Map. (207) 594-0070. All Ages. Tickets: $37.50 advance $42.50 day of show.
• Friday, October 24, 2014, Set: 8pm, Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ The Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield, ME 04010 - Map. 866-227-6523. All Ages. Tickets: $55.
*  Thursday, October 30, 2014, Set: 8pm, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ Shipshewana Blue Gate Theatre, 105 Middlebury St., Shipshewana, IN 46565 - Map. 206-768-4725. All Ages.
• Friday, October 31, 2014, Set: 8pm, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ Shipshewana Blue Gate Theatre, 105 Middlebury St., Shipshewana, IN 46565. - Map. 206-768-4725. All Ages.
• Saturday, November 1, 2014, Set: 8pm, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ Shipshewana Blue Gate Theatre, 105 Middlebury St., Shipshewana, IN 46565 - Map. 206-768-4725. All Ages.  
• Saturday, November 8, 2014, Set: 8pm, Appomattox Bluegrass Series, @ Appomattox County High School, 198 Evergreen Ave., Appomattox, VA 24522 - Map. All Ages  
•   Saturday, November 22, 2014, Set: 8pm, Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys @ Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138 - Map. (901)751-7500 Box Office All Ages  
•  Thursday, November 27, 2014, Set: 6pm, South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival , South Carolina State Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, SC - Map. All Ages   
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Mark Dvorak

When: Saturday August 2, 8pm
Where: Cafe Carpe • 18 S. Water Street, Ft. Atkinson WI 
Price: Reserve a seat, 920 563 9391
Contact: www.cafecarpe.com. Mark Dvorak • info@markdvorak.com • PO Box 181 • Brookfield IL 60513; • 312 315 4273
markdvorak.com

Music Style: Folk. Pete Seeger & the Power of Song, • a FREE concert sponsored by the Grayslake Area Public Library
future gigs:
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• Saturday August 9 • 3pm • Great Lakes Folk Festival East Lansing MI  • www.greatlakesfolkfest.net
• Friday August 15, • 7:30pm • Chocolate Cafe • 117 S. Main Street Mishawaka IN  • $10 suggested • 574 807 2579 • Like the Chocolate Cafe on Facebook • 
• Saturday August 16, • 7:30pm, • Box Factory for the Arts, • 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph MI  • $10/8 seniors & students • 269 983 3688 • www.boxfactoryforthearts.org •  • MD is available for a concert or program while in the area • learn more here
• Sunday August 17, • 12noon- 2pm, • Schuba’s Acoustic Brunch • 3159 N. Southport, Chicago IL  • Reserve a table 773 525 2508 • www.schubas.com • 
• Wednesday August 20, 10:30am, • Pete Seeger & the Power of Song, • a special free one hour concert and singalong celebrating the life and music of America's folk master. • Highland Park Library, • 494 Laurel Avenue, • Highland Park IL •847 432 4110; www.hplibrary.org
• Friday August 22, • 7:30pm, • MD & Chris Walz in a special house concert to benefit Feline Friends Chicago. • $20 suggested • Public invited to attend • Irving & Lincoln area Chicago IL (north) • Reserve a seat 773 275 0590 • rmajeske@aol.com • Learn more at www.felinefriendschicago.org
• Saturday August 23, • 7:pm- 9:00pm • Community Ice Cream Social • Batesville Memorial Library • 131 North Walnut Street Batesville IN  • 812 212 0569 • www.ebatesville.com


Mustard's Retreat

When: Aug 2, 2014, 8pm
Where: THE ARK, 316 South Main, Ann Arbor,  MI 48104. 
Price: ??
Contact: 734-761-1800
http://www.mustardsretreat.com/

 Mustard's Retreat in Concert 
From Mustard's Retreat's start at an open mike at the Ark in the summer of 1974, this award-winning duo consisting of David Tamulevich and Michael Hough has gone on to become a perennial favorite, not only here in southeastern Michigan but all over the folk singer-songwriter circuit. Their songwriting and recordings have received consistently high praise, and their live performances even more so. Their songs are touching, humorous, insightful, and intelligent, and their music is always revealing something new-- lately they've become a key presence in the growing local songwriting collective, the Yellow Room Gang. Come by and pick up Mustard's Retreat's enthusiastically reviewed new CD, "With Relish"! Future nearby Mustard's Retreat gigs:
•  Aug 3, 2014, 4pm, Grand Rapids Historical Society, 22735 Long Judson Road, Grand Rapids,  MI.  419-832-5664
• Aug 23, 2014, time: TBA, Harsen's Island Bluegrass Festival, Harsen's Island,  MI 
•   Aug 30, 2014, time: TBA, THUMBFEST, Downtown Lexington, Lexington, MI.  810-359-2916
•  Dec 2, 2014, 7:pm, ANN ARBOR DISTRICT LIBRARY, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Ann Arbor,  MI.  734-327-4265. .. a return performance of the Yellow Room Gang!
•  Jan 3, 2015, 8pm, THE ARK, 316 South Main, Ann Arbor,  MI 48104. 734-761-1800. Calling all family and friends to join us for the Annual Yellow Room Gang event at our wonderful home town venue.  Expect the unexpected at this fun and festive event!!
•  Feb 7, 2015, 8pm, Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids,  MI 49506. 616-246-6468 
•    Apr 18, 2015, 8pm, Trinity House, 38840 West Six Mile, Livonia, MI.  734-464-6302
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Shaker Village Craft Fair

When: August 2 & 3, 2014, Fair Hours: Saturday 9:30am–5:pm., Sunday 10:00 am–4:30 pm (Village Hours: 10am-5pm)
Where: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Price: REDUCED admission - $10 ages 13 & above / $5 ages 6-12 / free 5 and under.  Includes entrance into the craft fair and tours.    
Contact: Call 859.734.1545 / 800.734.5611 x1545 or email info@shakervillageky.org for more information.
http://www.shakervillageky.org/

The Shaker Village Craft Fair is one of the state’s premier craft events. The fair attracts the elite among regional artisans as well as up-and-coming new artists, and boasts an assortment of crafts including exceptional pottery, jewelry, glass ware, woven rugs, needle craft, basketry, leather goods, floral design and Shaker reproductions.  If you would like to become a vendor for the 2014 Shaker Village Craft Fair, please download this application and submit to Shaker Village by April 30, 2014.


Adult Book Club: Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson

When: Sat. August 2, 2014, 2:pm - 3:00pm
Where: Bezazian Library, 1226 W. Ainslie Street, Chicago, IL 60640
Price: ??
Contact: Library, (312) 744-0019
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/bezazian/

About this event: Join us for a discussion of Junkyard Dogs: A Walt Longmire mystery by Craig Johnson. Contact: Laura, Phone: 312-744-0019; Email: ladler@chipublib.org


TV show: The Amish Shunned: American Experience

When: Saturday, August 2 9:00pm on WTTW Prime; repeats Sunday, August 3, 2:am on WTTW Prime
Where: , ch.11.2
Price: free on broadcast TV
Contact: CONTACT
http://schedule.wttw.com/

Filmed over the course of 12 months, this film follows seven former members of the Amish community as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly-knit communities in the United States. Estranged from family, the ex-Amish find themselves struggling to understand and make their way in modern America. Interwoven through the stories are the voices of Amish men and women who remain staunchly loyal to their traditions and faith. They explain the importance of obedience, the strong ties that bind their communities together and the pain they endure when a loved one falls away. TVPG DVI


Antique Tool Show & Sale

When: Aug 3, 2014, 9am-1pm
Where: Garfield Farm Museum, 5 miles west of Geneva, IL, off IL Rt. 38 on Garfield Road in Campton Hills, IL.
Price: $6 / $2
Contact: For information call 630 584-8485 or e-mail info@garfieldfarm.org.
http://www.garfieldfarm.org/index.html

Members of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association and the Early American Industries Association display, trade and sell antique and collectable tools.  


The Teflons

When: Sun, August 3, 2014; 11:am -1pm
Where: Tefs and Kishke, Kaufman's Deli, 4905 W. Dempster, Skokie, IL 60077
Price: PRICE
Contact: 773 485-3363
http://www.silverbeammusic.com/Calendar.asp

Hear the Tefs up close and in front of the kishke case at Kaufman's Deli, the one-year running home of bluegrass and assorted other styles. Order your brunch at the counter and indulge your ears.


Red Star Express

When: Sunday, August 3, 1pm-5 pm,
Where: Pickin' and Grinnin' at Dairyland Days: Dairyland Park, Cleveland, WI.
Price: ??
Contact: Contact
http://redstarexpress.com/

RSE brings the best of bluegrass to Cleveland's own Dairyland Days festival - it's as close to a home show as the band gets!
Great bluegrass harmonies and tight instrumentals are the trademark of Red Star Express, a bluegrass, Gospel and Americana band hailing from Newton, WI. A few years back, we coined the phrase "Newtongrass" to explain our brand of bluegrass to our listening audiences. We honor the roots of American bluegrass music, learned from the likes of Bill Monroe, the Dillards, the Stanley Brothers and others like them. Being comprised of mostly Wisconsin natives, we realize that it's pretty hard for us to copy exactly this style of music that is so entrenched in the culture of the southern US. So, our bluegrass might sound a little different than the standards. That's why we like to say its bluegrass you might expect, but it's NewtonGrass you're gonna get! BAND MEMBERS: Gerry Jost, mandolin, harmonica, vocals; Mike Mathes, guitar, vocals; Sue Woodward, fiddle, vocals; Steve Nothem, bass, dobro, banjo humor; Galen "Tex" Hunt, banjo, dojo, vocals; Marilyn Stenske, vocals.
Future Red Star Express gigs:
•  Saturday, Sep. 6, 12pm, Crafty Apple Festival, Chestnut St., Chilton, WI. RSE returns to the Crafty Applefest. Ring the banjar and enjoy some pumpkin beer from Rowlands. As we say, "Rowlands will do you no harm....."
• Sunday, Sep. 7, 12noon to 5pm, Benefit for Stacy Jost, outdoors adjacent to Rupp's on Washington, Cleveland, WI. More details to come.
• Sunday, Sep. 14, 12pm, Opening day with the Brat Bus, Where: South end - Lambeau Field. Red Star Express helps warm up the pre-game crowd at the Packers home opener. Come on out for fun at the Brat Bus!
• Saturday, Sep. 20, 3pm, Wines and Vines: Cold Country Wines and Vines, Kewaunee, WI. RSE plays for a grape festival at Cold Country Wines and Vines, Kewaunee, WI. Come out for a stomping good time.
• Saturday, Oct. 18, 7pm, A Night at the Opry: Engler Center for the Performing Arts, Chilton, WI. Red Star Express is joined by the Burie family for a night of bluegrass music you won't want to miss. Tickets will be available at englercenter.com.
• Saturday, Nov. 8, 7pm, Gospel bluegrass show: Salem UCC, Plymouth, WI. Join us for an evening of inspirational bluegrass Gospel music. Great harmonies on old hymns and new originals - done in the Netwongrass tradition. Tickets $10 in advance. $12 at the door.
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The George Franklin Memorial 2014 Summer Sunday Concert Series

When: Sunday Aug. 3 (Sundays from July 13 to Sept. 14, 2014); from 4pm -6pm
Where: at the Nichols Park North Fountain Patio at 1355 E. 53rd St. in Hyde Park, C
Price: free
Contact: CONTACT

George Franklin Memorial Concert Series at Nichols Park. ++ The Nichols Park Advisory Council and 4th on 53rd Parade Committee are hosting free concerts at Nichols Park. The series kicks off on July 13 with Bernard Crump and continues every Sunday with R&B, soul, indie rock, blues, reggae, Latin, funk, Texas rock, a jug band, and finishing Sept. 14 with Billie Branch blues. The lineup includes:   Aug. 3 Billy Flynn (blues); Aug. 10 Akasha (reggae); Aug. 17 Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquestra (Latin/cumbia); Aug. 24 The Heard (funk); Aug. 31 Dave Herrero (Texas rock); Sept. 7 Strictly Jug Nuts (jug band); Sept. 14 Billy Branch (blues).


Irish Session

When: Sundays, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31, September 7, September 14, September 21, September 28, October 5, October 12, October 19, October 26, 2014, 5pm-8pm
Where: The Grafton Irish Pub, 4530 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL; located next door to Old Town School of Folk Music.
Price: ??
Contact: The Grafton, 773-271-9000
http://www.thegrafton.com/

Traditional Irish folk music led by Pat Finnegan every Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Family friendly & open for anyone to join so bring your instruments. Seats & tables fill up fast so get here early! The Grafton is a cozy, comfortable pub that succeeds in providing exceptional Irish comfort food and pub-grub. Our burgers are hand-pattied & seasoned Angus USDA certified Choice beef. Our friendly staff is happy to walk you through our great list of American Craft and International beers, a list that changes frequently so be sure to stop by our site often to check in on our newest features and limited releases. When you’re feeling like a whiskey stop on by, we have over 90 varieties from around the globe. Check out our calendar of events for our music line-up. From Irish folk to American folk, most Sundays-Wednesdays have something that you’ll love to listen to.


Dom Flemons

When: Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6pm Doors / 8pm start
Where: City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607. We are excited that a new CTA 'L' train stop is now open very close to us at Morgan and Lake! Map.
Price: Tickets: VIP $18; Premier $15; Reserved $12. Box Office Hours: Monday - Friday 11am-6pm.
Contact: City Winery, 312-733-WINE; (312) 733-9463; chicago@citywinery.com
http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/

Dom Flemons is the "American Songster," pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry. Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Dom’s involvement with music began by playing percussion in his high school band. After picking up the guitar and harmonica as a teenager, he began to play in local coffee houses and became a regular performer on the Arizona folk music scene. Dom wrote his own songs and produced 25 albums of singer-songwriters and slam poets in the Phoenix area, including six albums of his own, during this time. He took a brief break from playing music in order to pursue slam poetry (he majored in English at Northern Arizona University) and performed in two national poetry slams in 2002 and 2003. Aside from exploring slam poetry, he spent his early adulthood listening to records and discovering a love of folk music, blues, jazz, jug band music, country music and ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll. Dom became interested in folk musicians such as Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk and Mike Seeger, as well as musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt, Howlin’ Wolf, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins. After stepping away from the slam poetry scene, he rekindled his interest in music, this time focusing on the old-time blues music of the pre-WWII era. A multi-instrumentalist, Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. He says that he incorporates his background in percussion to his banjo playing. Dom’s banjo repertoire includes not only clawhammer but also tenor and three-finger styles of playing. He first picked up the instrument when he borrowed a five-string banjo from a friend who had removed the instrument’s fifth string. As a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band, Dom was able to explore his interest in bringing traditional music to new audiences. The band won a GRAMMY for its 2011 album Genuine Negro Jig and was nominated for its most recent album, Leaving Eden, in 2012. After recording two solo records with Music Maker Relief Foundation, Dom is set to work on his third solo effort, "Prospect Hill." The album, released with Music Maker Relief Foundation, is a meeting of a lot of ideas he's had in his mind for a few years. I've put down about 10 years' worth of songs on this album, and I think you'll enjoy the mix of styles I cover—from ragtime to Piedmont blues to southern folk music to ballads and more.


Storytelling in the Snug with Jim Winship

When: Sunday August 3, 2014, 8pm-9:30pm
Where: The Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201; between Orrington and Chicago Avenues, within a short walk of downtown Evanston and Northwestern University.
Price: No Cover!  We will pass the hat for the teller at the end of the night
Contact: 847-864-1679;   celticknotpub@sbcglobal.net ; http://www.storytelling.org/events.php?
www.celticknotpub.com

“Things are not what they seem” in Jim Winship’s stories. Bilingual (Spanish-English) stories, tales of wizardry, retellings of traditional stories, and magical realism tales – where reality takes a right turn. For adult groups – storytelling presentations that bring to audiences the reality of being hopeless or poor. No Cover!  We will pass the hat for Jim at the end of the night.
**PLEASE NOTE** Seating in the Snug is very limited. Come early to reserve your seats, have a meal in our dining room, and then retire with your drinks to the coziness of the Snug for storytelling!! Reservations for dinner and storytelling or for storytelling alone are strongly recommended.  Future storytellers:


Radio show: Souled and New

When: Sunday nights from 9pm-10pm (but schedule may change around holidays and between academic quarters)
Where: WHPK, 88.5 FM radio, University of Chicago. Also streamed; see website
Price: free on broadcast radio
Contact: office: 773-702-8289. Air studio: 773-702-8424 (they can’t answer while they are talking on the microphone, so call while there’s music playing)
http://www.whpk.org/

Do you need more soul in your life? Here, we believe the answer is always yes, bringing you a balanced diet of soul, Stax, Motown, girl group, Wall of Sound, and everyfunk in between (Egyptian Shumba included). We'll also trace the genres to today's music, linking the old with the new, the classics with the rediscovered gems. So, tune in, find out that new dance craze, and get down. Hosted by Julia.


Children's Farm Chores

When: Mondays & Thursdays, August 4, August 7, 2014, 1:30pm- 4:30 pm. The farmstead and visitor center are open Thursday - Monday from 9am-5pm. The center is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and select holidays.
Where: Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago, IL 60185 
Price: Admission is always free.
Contact: Call Kline Creek Farm at (630) 876-5900, or e-mail kcf@dupageforest.com.
http://www.dupageforest.com/page.aspx?id=228

Kids, learn firsthand how 1890s children helped around the house and farm. On Mondays, help with mom's chores; on Thursdays, dad's. Step back in time and experience what life was like on a DuPage County Farm in the 1890s. Stroll through restored farmstead structures and meet the historically-costumed interpreters operating this living-history farm using the tools and techniques of the past. Activities and events at the farm re-create the seasonal rhythms that have governed farm life for centuries. There is always something to see, do and learn at Kline Creek Farm.


Radio show: A Feast of Irish Folk

When: Mondays, 5pm-6:30pm (but schedule may change around holidays and between academic quarters)
Where: WHPK, 88.5 FM radio, University of Chicago. Also streamed; see website
Price: free on broadcast radio
Contact: office: 773-702-8289. Air studio: 773-702-8424
http://www.whpk.org/

Irish music, from the latest releases to traditional masters. DJs: Mary & Erik.


Family Matters Short Film Series: Best of Black Harvest Film Festival

When: Mon. August 4, 2014, 5:30pm
Where: North Austin Branch Library, 5724 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL  60639
Price: This program is free and open to the public.
Contact: Library, (312) 746-4233
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/north-austin/

About this event: Chicago Public Library partners with the Gene Siskel Film Center and Chicago Tribune Foundation to present selections from the Best of the Black Harvest Film Festival. For the past 19 years, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented the Black Harvest Film Festival. It is the Midwest's largest and longest-running festival dedicated to telling stories of the black experience. This program highlights Siskel Film Center's Family Matters with a series of short films, including:
A Different Tree: A family tree school assignment prompts an eight-year-old girl’s journey to build a relationship with her absentee father. (2013, Steven Caple Jr., DVD projection, 15 min.)
Barbasol: A stressed dad relearns a lesson in love from his little boy. (2012, Ralph K. Scott, DVD projection, 22 min.)
Text Tone: After dodging his girlfriend to avoid meeting her father on their 6-month anniversary, two young lovers get lost in communication through text messages. (2013, Sandrel “Sanicole” Young, DVD projection, 13 min.).


The Chicago Barn Dance Company Monday night dance

When: Monday, August 4, 2014, Beginners Workshop at 6:45pm. Dance 7pm-9:45pm.
Where: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox Avenue, Chicago, just off the Edens Expressway (I-94) at Wilson. Parking: Use the parking lot on the north side of the building. Please do not park on the street— the Center wants us to use the parking lot in order to help them maintain good relations with the neighborhood.
Price: $7 adults, $5 seniors and students.
Contact: Call (224) 534-9173
http://www.chicagobarndance.com/events.html

Contra & Square Dance. Band: Tyler Too. Caller: Debra Hyland.  


Tribes Alehouse Monday Bluegrass Jam

When: Mondays, 2014; 7pm-10pm
Where: The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W 171st, in Tinley Park, IL, just off Lagrange Rd. (Rt. 45) Next to CVS.
Price: ??
Contact: Steve Haberichter. Web site: http://www.downhomeguitars.com; Email: steve@downhomeguitars.com; Phone: (815) 469-6321 or Tribes Alehouse at (708) 966-2051 or at www.tribesalehouse.com
http://www.banjohangout.org/

Join Steve Haberichter from Down Home Guitars every Monday for an all acoustic bluegrass jam. Bring your acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, Dobro, fiddle etc. Engelhardt upright bass is provided. Come to play or just to listen. All are welcome. Tribes Alehouse has the best beer selection in the south suburbs and a great pub menu. Hope to see ya there!


Irish Music Session

When: Mondays, 8/4/14, 8/11/14, 8/18/14, 8/25/14, 9/8/14; 8pm-11pm
Where: Fiddlers Hearth, 127 N. Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601
Price: $?
Contact: 574-232-2853, info@fiddlershearth.com
http://www.fiddlershearth.com/events.html

Led by Kim Hoffman, Host of WSND’s the Celtic Hour


The Mudflapps

When: Mondays, Aug 4, Aug 11, Aug 18, Aug 25, Sep 1, Sep 8, Sep 15, Sep 22, Sep 29, 8pm-12mid
Where: The Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201
Price: No Cover
Contact: Celtic Knot phone: 847-864-1679; celticknotpub@sbcglobal.net.
http://www.celticknotpub.com

The Mudflapps play every Monday in the Pub from 8 until late. $3 craft beer specials. Hot drinks. Cool people. Menu served late. Never a cover.  The Mudflapps are a Chicago-based band that plays original acoustic music. Whether plugged-in on the big stage, or truly unplugged and unamplified, they give audiences a dose of country storytelling at its finest. The songs weave tales of woe, whiskey, and wild living into a mix of styles with nearly universal appeal. Sometimes it sounds like honky-tonk, sometimes more like bluegrass, sometimes more like jug band blues. It often sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Upright bass, guitars, dobro, and mandolin combine with strong songwriting and tight vocal harmony to create a show fit for stages of any size.


Radio show: The Evil Show (Blues)

When: Mondays, 9pm-12mid
Where: WHPK, 88.5 FM radio, University of Chicago. Also streamed; see website
Price: free on broadcast radio
Contact: office: 773-702-8289. Air studio: 773-702-8424 (they can’t answer while they are talking on the microphone, so call while there’s music playing)
http://www.whpk.org/

The purest blues sounds of the century from the early days of recording to today. DJ: Dave Waldman.


Phil Passen on hammered dulcimer

When: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 10am-1pm
Where: Fox Tales Storytelling Festival, Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL
Price: ??
Contact: Phil Passen, phil@philpassen.com
http://www.philpassen.com/

Phil Passen on hammered dulcimer and vocals. Old Time American Music.
Future Phil Passen gigs:
• Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm, Princeton Public Library, 698 East Peru Street, Princeton, IL. Music of the Civil War on Hammered Dulcimer
• Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Kenosha Public Library, Northside Branch, 1500 27th Ave., Kenosha, WI. Songs from Carl Sandburg's "American Songbag"
• Saturday, November 8, 2014, 1:15pm-2:30pm, Geneva Public Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL. Music of the Civil War on Hammered Dulcimer
• Saturday, November 8, 2014, 6pm-7:30pm, Elgin Historical Society, Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL. Background Civil War music for the Elgin Historical Society's Annual Benefit and Silent Auction
• Friday, November 21, 2014, 7pm-8pm, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave, Orland Park, IL. Old-Time American Music on Hammered Dulcimer
• Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:30pm-4pm, Messenger Public Library of North Aurora, 113 Oak Street, North Aurora, IL. Winter Holiday Music on Hammered Dulcimer
• Saturday, December 13, 2014 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Avenue, Flossmoor, IL. Winter Holiday Music on Hammered Dulcimer
• Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:pm – 8:30pm, Fremont Public Library, 1170 North Midlothian Road, Mundelein, IL. St. Patrick's Day Music on Hammered Dulcimer


Beginner Calligraphy Workshop

When: Tue. August 5, 2014, 1pm - 3pm. Please be on time.  No participants will be admitted later than 5 minutes after class has started.
Where: Innovation Lab, 3rd Floor, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Chicago 60605
Price: Required: must be age 14 or older. Registration is strongly recommended for this free event.  Please go to  http://cplinnovationlab.eventbrite.com/ or call 312-747-4400 to register.  
Contact: Library, (312) 747-4300
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/

About this event: Join calligrapher Ginn Barber for this hands-on calligraphy workshop for beginners!  Participants will learn the tools and techniques of calligraphy, and will create their own uniquely designed object to take home.   Please note that this program does not involve use of the machines in the Maker Lab.   Registered guests will be guaranteed a seat.  When space is available, walk-in participants will be accepted.   If you register and then find you will be unable to attend the class, please cancel your registration on Eventbrite to allow another person the chance to register.  You can cancel by selecting “log in” on your ticket confirmation email, selecting “current orders” and then “cancel this order”.  Class size limits and more information about the Maker Lab can be found here: http://www.chipublib.org/maker-lab/


The Lakeside Quilting Guild

When: Tuesdays, 2014, 7pm-8pm
Where: lower level community room, Treasure Island supermarket, 55th st. & Lake Park Ave., Chicago, IL
Price: ??
Contact: For information please contact: lakeside_quilters@yahoo.com
http://lakesidequiltingguild.weebly.com/

The Lakeside Quilting Guild meets together to share ideas and knowledge of quilting and creates quilts that are donated to area hospitals and organizations serving those in need.  The Guild meets weekly at 6:30pm-9pm on Tuesdays in the lower level of the Treasure Island Store at 55th and Lake Park Ave.  General meetings are the second Tuesday of each month, with informal weekly meetings for members to gather together and work on hand sewing or other creative projects.  New visitors of all skill levels are welcome to attend.


Eclectic Celtic Music Session, with Gus Friedlander and friends

When: alternate Tuesdays, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sep 2, Sep 16, Sep 30, Oct 14, & Oct 28, 2014; 7pm-10pm
Where: The Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201
Price: No Cover
Contact: Celtic Knot phone: 847-864-1679; celticknotpub@sbcglobal.net
http://celticknotpub.com/

Annie Andrews and friends play traditional Irish music the other Tuesday.


Old-Timey Music Session

When: Tue, 8/5/14, 8/12/14, 8/19/14, 8/26/14, 9/2/14, 9/9/14, 9/16/14, 9/23/14, 9/30/14, 10/7/14, 10/14/14, 10/21/14, 10/28/14, 11/4/14, 11/11/14, 11/18/14, 11/25/14, 12/2/14, 12/9/14, 12/16/14, 12/23/14, 12/30/14, from 7pm-10pm.
Where: Fiddler's Hearth, 127 North Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601; 574-232-2853.
Contact: http://www.fiddlershearth.com/events.html

Old-time Appalachian acoustic music led by Liz Dube.


Open Mic in the SideBar

When: Tue, Aug 5, 2014, 8pm (7:30pm on 2nd Tue)
Where: in the side bar except 2nd Tue when it’s in main club at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, IL 60402-1010.
Price: Free
Contact: FitzGerald's, 708-788-2118
http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/

Currently hosted by Mark Bishop, our long-running open mic is usually held in our SideBar, on the other side of the beer garden from the main club. On the second Tuesday of each month (June 10), it’s held in the main club and at a half hour earlier starting time. Acts mostly are within the acoustic singer/songwriter genres, with the sign-up sheet filling fast. Sign-up begins at 8pm. Check it out!


Radio show: The Folk Show

When: Tuesdays, 9pm-10pm (but schedule may change around holidays and between academic quarters)
Where: WHPK, 88.5 FM radio, University of Chicago. Also streamed; see website
Price: free on broadcast radio
Contact: office: 773-702-8289. Air studio: 773-702-8424 (they can’t answer while they are talking on the microphone, so call while there’s music playing)
http://www.whpk.org/

"The Folk Show" is some kinda weirdo paradise. I'm hearing backwoods banjos, glowing and snapping tablas, dented Mangum brass, Jamalian keyboard work, and well-strummed ukuleles. Plus, every other week or so, there's a themed show. Past themes have included the history of the steel guitar, the end of the world, and Smithsonian Folkways records. Hosted by DJ Ango.


Folk Ensemble: Mark Dvorak and Friends

When: Tuesday, aug. 5, aug 19, & sep 2, 2014, 9pm-11pm  
Where: The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago,
Price: ??
Contact: The Grafton, Phone: 773-271-9000

TV show: Music Voyager: Delhi

When: Wednesday, August 6, 8:30am on WTTW Create/World; repeats Wednesday, August 6 2:30pm on WTTW Create/World
Where: on WTTW Create/World, channel 11.3
Price: free on broadcast TV
Contact: CONTACT
http://schedule.wttw.com

Edgar's Indian journey concludes in India's capital city of Delhi, where he explores the vibrant underground music scene. He connects with Rabbi Shergill, the Sikh music star who blends the revolutionary spirit of John Lennon with Indian pop. Edgar visits the rehearsal space of Indian Ocean, India's counterpart to the Grateful Dead, who have performed their compelling fusion of ancient Indian roots music with modern grooves for nearly 20 years. Edgar also meets up with the East India Company, an up-and-coming collective that modernizes folk music with electronics and funky beats. The Delhi music tour ends up with a DJ set featuring Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale in one of India's hippest nightclubs. TVPG CC


Goin' Down to Cairo: Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln

When: 8/6/2014, 12:45pm
Where: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 404 N Green St., McHenry, IL 60050-5645
Price: This event is Free and Open to the public
Contact: For more information, please contact Bruce Harmel, 815.759.9644.
http://www.prairie.org/

A Road Scholar Program by Bucky Halker. Few people in Illinois know the story of the state's rich and diverse folk music traditions. From the beginning of the nineteenth century through the folk revival of the 1950s, Illinoisans have produced an impressive body of folk music from historical ballads, to labor anthems, to early country songs, to dance tunes (not to mention an equally large body of music from ethnic communities in the state). As a long-time collector of folk music and the producer-scholar for the CD documentary series "Folksongs of Illinois, Volumes 1-5," Bucky Halker has gained a deep appreciation for the folk music of Illinois. He has also written the only guide to archival holdings related to Illinois folk music. Join Bucky for a lecture-concert in which he shares his knowledge of the Prairie State's folk music with particular attention to historical ballads. : .


Radio show: Audio Almanac

When: Wednesday, 4pm-5pm (but schedule may change around holidays and between academic quarters)
Where: WHPK, 88.5 FM radio, University of Chicago. Also streamed; see website
Price: free on broadcast radio
Contact: office: 773-702-8289. Air studio: 773-702-8424 (they can’t answer while they are talking on the microphone, so call while there’s music playing)
http://www.whpk.org/

Folk music, culture, agriculture. Light on the agriculture. Hosted by Noah & Taro


Radio show: Lo-Fo

When: Wednesday, 5pm-6pm (but schedule may change around holidays and between academic quarters)
Where: WHPK, 88.5 FM radio, University of Chicago. Also streamed; see website
Price: free on broadcast radio
Contact: office: 773-702-8289. Air studio: 773-702-8424 (they can’t answer while they are talking on the microphone, so call while there’s music playing)
http://www.whpk.org/

Tune into Lo-Fo, with Zoe, the show where lo-fi garage and folk music come together sweet as garage-y apple pie. From Mountain Modal to Mount Eerie-- this hour is filled with old americana, newgrass, and cassette releases for you to get your Pavement and picking fix at the same time. Tune in! Hosted by Zoe.


Radio show: rainbow quest

When: Wednesday, 6pm-7pm (but schedule may change around holidays and between academic quarters)
Where: WHPK, 88.5 FM radio, University of Chicago. Also streamed; see website
Price: free on broadcast radio
Contact: office: 773-702-8289. Air studio: 773-702-8424 (they can’t answer while they are talking on the microphone, so call while there’s music playing)
http://www.whpk.org/

ordinary folk for ordinary folk. Hosted by Sabine


Fox Valley Folklore Society Singarounds

When: Weekly on Wednesdays, website says the next dates are: Wednesday, August 6, 2014; Wednesday, August 13, 2014; 7:30pm
Where: Mike’s Place (aka "Elmer's North"), 165 S. River Road (Rt. 25), North Aurora, IL
Price: $$?
Contact: Juel, 630-897-3655
http://www.folkjam.org/recurring-jam/us/illinois/north-aurora/fox-valley-folklore-society-sing-around

A weekly acoustic jam that has run every Wednesday night in the "Fox Valley" (in West suburban Chicago) since January of 1975. Not an "Open Mike" but an informal "Sing," we welcome acoustic musicians playing & sharing the music they love (all levels invited). We encourage traditional Folk / Blues / ethnic music, but welcome all, especially Roots related contemporary songwriters & instrumentalists. Listeners are also welcome. http://www.fvfs.org


Native American Flute Group

When: alternating Thursdays, 2014, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Not sure if it’s this Thursday, so call the museum for meeting dates and locations.
Where: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201
Price: Museum admission suggested donation: children, students,  teachers, and senior citizens $3; adults $5; $10 suggested maximum donation per family. Free to members of Mitchell Museum, & Tribal Members.
Contact: Museum Phone: 847-475-1030; visitorservices@mitchellmuseum.org
http://www.mitchellmuseum.org/

Join our volunteer-led Native American flute circle for an evening of music and conversation.  The flute group is meeting at the museum on alternating Thursdays. New players are always welcome to join! We offer free parking behind the museum for our visitors. The museum is wheelchair accessible.


TV show: Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions

When: see below
Where: WTTW Prime, TV channel 11.2
Price: free on broadcast TV
Contact: http://schedule.wttw.com/series/8201/Burt-Wolf-Travels-and-Traditions/

Burt Wolf, an internationally syndicated television journalist and prolific public television host, provides an overview of the area and its history, then introduces the people, architecture, art, culture, food and tourist attractions of some of the world's most interesting locations. His relaxed, personable and irreverent style makes the episodes both informative and entertaining. Upcoming episodes:
8/7/2014 at 6pm on WTTW Prime: Venice, Italy; Burt takes a water taxi through the canals and visits the Basilica of San Marco and the Bell Tower.
8/14/2014 at 6pm on WTTW Prime: Florence, Italy; Burt visits the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and tours the great tourist attractions of the city.
8/21/2014 at 6pm on WTTW Prime: What's Cooking In Rome?; Burt visits the Coliseum and takes a private tour of the Vatican, St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel.
8/28/2014 at 6pm on WTTW Prime: Siena and Assisi, Italy; Burt visits the Basilica of St. Francis and tours of one of Italy's most important wineries.


FermiLab International Folk Dancing

When: Thursdays, 2014; from October, 2013 on, and back to the usual 7:30pm-10pm time!
Where: International folk dancing moved to Ramsey Auditorium in Wilson Hall for the summer beginning Thursday, June 19. Dancing is held at Kuhn Village Barn from September through May, and in Ramsey Auditorium in the Wilson Hall high-rise in summers, and if the Barn is not available. (Enter west or east gate, have ID ready. If the guard asks what you are attending, tell him/her that you are going to folkdancing. All will be well. If you need further directions, the guard will be happy to help.)
Parking: During the winter, the parking lot nearest the barn may be closed. There are parking areas marked by green cones. These areas will not be plowed and should not be used during times of snow. Please park in the large lot across the street to the north in that case.
Price: $$?
Contact: Mady Newfield at home (630) 584-0825 or Cell (630) 251-0811; or Doug Jensen at ext. (630) 840-8194 (work), (630) 232-9089 (home); email: folkdance@fnal.gov
http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/folkdance/

Beginners as well as experienced dancers are always welcome. In a typical evening, we enjoy the company of dancers of many levels and ages (from ~7 to 70+ ) There is teaching and easier dancing early in the evening, more advanced and request dancing later in the evening. Dances from around the world are done - line dances, circle dances, couple dances, individual dances. You don't need to come with a partner.


Radio show: Music from the South Side of the World

When: Fridays, 10am-11:30am (but schedule may change around holidays and between academic quarters)
Where: WHPK, 88.5 FM radio, University of Chicago. Also streamed; see website
Price: free on broadcast radio
Contact: office: 773-702-8289. Air studio: 773-702-8424 (They can’t answer while they are talking on the microphone, so call while there’s music playing.) http://www.whpk.org/

From the Golden Gate to the Golden Horn, reggae to ragas, voodoo drums to Vee-Jay records, Javanese Gamelan to Garifuna grooves to Gnawa drones, from the Southside of Chicago to the Southside of the World, bringing you the best 78s, field recordings, 45s and contemporary cassettes from oppressed peoples East, West, and above all South. The Pride of the Southside tours the world’s underground underdogs on “Music from the Southside of the World”, every Friday morning from 10am to 11:30am. Hosted by Ryan Jackson.


Radio show: The Shape I'm In

When: Fridays, 11:30am-1pm (but schedule may change around holidays and between academic quarters)
Where: WHPK, 88.5 FM radio, University of Chicago. Also streamed; see website
Price: free on broadcast radio
Contact: office: 773-702-8289. Air studio: 773-702-8424 (They can’t answer while they are talking on the microphone, so call while there’s music playing.) http://www.whpk.org/

From Leeds to Los Angeles, The Shape I'm In brings you classic country, country and western, and contemporary twang with a message and an upraised fist. Squirrel Dundee plays host every Friday from 11:30am-1pm on WHPK, the pride of the South Side, where two guns beats four aces. Hosted by Squirrel Dundee.


The Special Consensus

When: August 8, 2014, 12pm-1:30pm,
Where: Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606. 
Price: FREE 
Contact:   website
http://www.specialc.com/

We’re planning on a beautiful sunny day for this free outdoor concert on the plaza outside Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). Bring the whole family!
"The Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in the classic vein. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass. Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step in boots and bare feet." --Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange. THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS is a four person acoustic bluegrass band that began performing in the Midwest in the spring of 1975. The first band album was released in 1979 when the band began touring on a national basis. In 1984, The Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program in schools across the country and began appearing on cable television and National Public Radio shows. The band has since appeared on The Nashville Network “Fire On The Mountain” show, toured for three seasons as 4/5 of the cast in the musical Cotton Patch Gospel (music and lyrics by Harry Chapin), and released fifteen additional recordings. Entering their 35th year, The Special Consensus continues its quest to turn listeners into true bluegrass lovers. This great band has been the breeding ground for some of the best young stars in bluegrass today and has always been able to reach an eclectic group of people by extensive touring, teaching bluegrass in the schools, appearing on television and radio programs, and playing with symphony orchestras. Bandleader, Greg Cahill is one of the busiest men in music today. Besides heading up a band that tours more than most, he is the President and Chairman of the Board of the International Bluegrass Music Association. Future nearby Special Consensus gigs:
•   Aug 8, 6:00pm- 9:pm, Monticello, IL @ Allerton Park and Retreat Center, Gate House Lawn, 515 Old Timber Road Monticello, IL 61856. Donation suggested. This event is part of the University of Illinois at Allerton summer programming and we are especially pleased to be sharing the bill for this concert with our good buds the Henhouse Prowlers. This will definitely be an enjoyable evening for all and the concert happens rain or shine. 
•   August 9, 2014, @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Cortesi Park South Myrtle Avenue & East Kenilworth Avenue, Villa Park,IL 60181. Village of Villa Park630-715-7330. An afternoon outdoor concert – we’ve ordered beautiful weather. 
•  August 9, 2014, 7pm-9pm, Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202. Evanston SPACE 847-492-8860. Located near the corner of Dempster and Chicago in Evanston, SPACE is a first-class venue and we are really looking forward to this concert. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Greg, who lived in Evanston for 18 years (on Monroe Street, of course).
• August 10, 2014, 5pm-6:30pm, Kracklauer Park - gazebo South Seymour Avenue & East Courtland Street, Mundelein, IL 60060
• August 30, 2014, 1:30pm, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, 452 East Christmas Boulevard, Santa Claus, IN 47579. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 812-937-4401. We look forward to being part of the Red, White & Bluegrass festival at this fun venue. Bring the whole family – and neighbors, too!
September 6, 2014, all-day, Auburn Hills Bluegrass Festival, Civic Center Park, 1827 North Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. Our annual appearance as host band at this fun, family-friendly festival.  
• October 29, 2014, 7pm, Rockford University, Clark Arts Building, Maddox Theater, 5050 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108. Free concert. 815-226-4000; http://hcap.artstor.org/cgi-bin/library?a=d&d=p1414.2 . We are looking forward to performing in such a wonderful venue – the Maddox Theater in the Clark Arts Building is ideal for a bluegrass concert.
• November 22, 2014, 7:30pm, Down Home Guitars, 11 South White Street, Frankfort, IL 60423. Down Home Guitars 815/469-6321; http://www.downhomeguitars.com/ Our good friends Steve and Tom continue the tradition of hosting our annual “Saturday before Thanksgiving” concert at the store – one of our very favorite venues in the whole world!  Come early to check out the great inventory of guitars, banjos, mandolins, etc.
January 3, 2015, 8pm, Front Porch Music, 505 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383. Front Porch Music 219/464-4700. Our annual concert at this intimate venue; we’ll do our “no snow” dance well in advance! Only one night this year. www.frontporchmusic.com 
• January 4, 2015, @ 3:00pm, Maple Street Chapel, 220 South Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148. Our first IL concert of the year – every year – in this beautiful historical venue. We so appreciate being included in the Maple Street Chapel Concert Series.             www.folk.maplestreetchapel.org           www.maplestreetchapel.org  
*   February 20, 2015, 10pm, Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel, 100 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Contact: Great Lakes Acoustic Music Assoc. – GLAMA, 269-345-9211; festival@greatlakesacoustic.org; http://www.greatlakesacoustic.org/ . We always enjoy events sponsored by the Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association (GLAMA) and this Cooper’s Glen Festival is the crown jewel of the events. We are happy to be back at this festival!  
*  May 29, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Heritage Hall, 13489 County Road 16, Middlebury, IN 46540. Essenhaus Heritage Hall, 800-455-9471; http://www.essenhaus.com/ . We have been trying to find a date that would work between our schedule and the Essenhaus schedule for about two years – so glad we finally confirmed this date – it is a wonderful concert (and dinner) venue!
• June 17, 2015 – June 18, 2015, all-day, Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park & Campground, 5163 Indiana 135, Morgantown, IN 46160. Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, 800-414-4677. Our annual Wednesday-Thursday appearances at this superb festival. This is the place to see and hear virtually every major touring bluegrass band and to attend some of the best festival workshops.
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Freshwater

When: August 8, 2014, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Music on the Monument Monument Square Racine, WI
Price: ??
Contact: web
http://badgerlandbluegrass.org/bluegrass-calendar/


Claudius Edwards Jazz Concert

When: Fri. August 8, 2014, 12:15pm
Where: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL, 60605
Price: ??
Contact:  Library Center, (312) 747-4300
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/

Jazz pianist and composer Claudius Edwards plays a program of his own works.  He is entirely self-taight; he has never had any formal piano instruction. Contact: Christopher Popa, Phone: 312-747-4850; Email: cpopa@chipublib.org


Argentine Tango Cuarteto Tanguero Concert

When: Fri, Aug 8, 5pm
Where: Performance Penthouse / Logan Center for the Arts|, 915 E. 60th St. and Drexel Avenue, Chicago, I
Price: $5 students, $10 non-students
Contact: CONTACT
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18th annual Chicago SummerDance Festival

When: selected dates, Friday, June 27 - September 14, 2014, weather-permitting. Fridays & Saturdays Dance Lessons: 6pm-7pm; Live Music & Dancing: 7:30pm-9:30pm. Sundays Dance Lessons: 4pm-5pm; Live Music & Dancing: 5pm-7pm
Where: outdoors in Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Price: Free Admission, and open to the public!
Contact: Phone: SummerDance Hotline: 312-742-4007.
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance.html

Neighborhood: South Loop. The 11-week festival includes one-hour dance lessons followed by live music and dancing. Thursdays feature world music; Fridays & Saturdays feature jazz, Latin, country or funk; and Sundays feature ballroom & big band tunes. Check other SummerDance locations: Athletic Field Park, Humboldt Park Boathouse, Jackson Park and Navy Pier. Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE! 
Scheduled:
Friday, August 8, 2014: Mambo Express (Latin Big Band Mambo); Mixed Motion Art (Mambo, Cha-Cha)
Sunday, August 10, 2014: Petra van Nuis Quintet (‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s Classic Swing); Kasper Dance Studio (Fox-Trot)
 Friday, August 15, 2014: The Fat Babies (‘20s & ‘30s Jazz and Swing); Big City Swing (Jitterbug)
 Saturday, August 16, 2014: Swing Nouveau (High-energy ‘30s ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘90s Jump Swing); Tommye Giacchino (East Coast Swing)
 Sunday, August 17, 2014: Willy Torres (Salsa Dura); Latin Street Dance Academy (Salsa, Mambo and Cha-Cha)
Saturday, August 23, 2014: Carpacho y Su Super Combo (Salsa); May I Have This Dance (Salsa)
 Sunday, August 24, 2014: Tangata Ensemble & The Kaia String Quartet (Tango and Milonga); American Tango Institute (Argentine Tango)
 Friday, August 29, 2014: Funkadesi (Bollywood, Bhangra, Reggae and Funk); Bollywood Groove (Bollywood, Bhangra)
 Saturday, August 30, 2014: The Hoyle Brothers (Honky-Tonk Country); May I Have This Dance (Country Two-Step)
 Friday, September 5, 2014: Joel Paterson & The Modern Sounds ('30s & '40s Swing); Margot Toppen and Riley Wimes, Jr. (Jitterbug)
 Saturday, September 6, 2014: La Dynastia featuring Freddy Kenton (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton and Latin R&B); Dance Academy of Salsa (Bachata)
Friday, September 12, 2014: Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta (Pan-Latin American Cumbia); Latin Rhythms - Academy of Dance and Performance (Cumbia)
 Saturday, September 13, 2014: Las BomPleneras (Puerto Rican Bombazo); Ivelisse Diaz - Bombera de Corazon (Bomba and Plena)
Sunday, September 14, 2014: El Payo y La Tiranta (Rumba, Nuevo Flamenco); Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater (Flamenco Rumba).


Old Time Music and Crafts Festival

When: 8/8-10/14
Where: Mielke Theater, Shawano, WI
Price: PRICE
Contact: PO Box 213, Shawano, WI 54166; (715) 850-1244
http://www.shawanofestival.com/

The Shawano Folk Music Festival is a family weekend with an eclectic mix of music, dance and activities. Fine artists and crafters line the park paths, and there is a full program for children. Friday and Saturday evening concerts are held inside air-conditioned Mielke Arts Center, with 4 performers each night. Saturday and Sunday daytime programs include music, dance, children’s programs, craft demos, sing-alongs, and instruction on 4 outdoor stages in Shawano’s Mielke Park. Local vendors offer an array of good food, and the Open Stage invites budding musicians a chance to perform for an appreciative audience. It’s a family weekend, and it goes on rain or shine.  Join us for an evening, a day, or the entire weekend.  The festival is sponsored by the Shawano County Arts Council, and is produced entirely by volunteers.
2014 Lineup:
Joe Crookston: From Ithaca, NY Joe weaves words and music into magical songs. Matt Watroba’s “Director’s Choice.” www.joecrookston.com
Brother Sun, Boston, New York, & Chicago. Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks, and Greg Greenway "Folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, and acappella singing". Joe Crookston's "Director's Choice". www.brothersunmusic.com
Larry Penn, Milwaukee, WI, A festival favorite. Larry Penn
Chris Aaron and Jim Schwall with Hank Guaglianone, Steve Smith, and Lisa Bethke, Madison, WI. Jam to music filled with soul and feeling and longing. chrisaaron.com
Tracy Grammer, Doylestown, PA, Folk singer, violin & guitar player, and storyteller. tracygrammer.com
Macyn Taylor, Waterford, WI. Fingerstyle Guitar Player. macyntaylor.com
The Goodtime Specials, Appleton, WI, Bluegrass, Goodtime Specials
And more.


Horses and Native America Indian Summer Fest Painted Pony Show, Featuring Medallion the Stallion!

When: Saturday, Aug. 9, 10:30am-4pm (Museum hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 10am-5pm. Thurs. 10am-8pm. Sun. 12noon-4pm.)
Where: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201
Price: Lecture Fee: $10 /members & $12 / non-members. (Museum admission is Adults $5. Children, students, teachers, seniors $3.  Mitchell Members: FREE. Tribal Members: FREE)
Contact: Museum phone: 847-475-1030
http://www.mitchellmuseum.org/

Join us on August 9 to enjoy a full day of horse programs. Hear the story of the Indigenous peoples relationship with the horse, from today to years ago, with the ancestral Pliohippus and the re-introduction of the horse, Equus Cabllas, during the Spanish arrival to the Americas. Native peoples have traditionally regarded the animals in our lives as fellow creatures with which a common destiny is shared. Siobhan Marks (Ojibwe) and Mark Denning (Oneida) with special guest “Medallion the Stallion,” ambassador of 2014 Indian Summer Festival will guide family activities, followed by an in-depth presentation on the horse’s impact on Great Lakes tribes by Mark Denning. Family activities are free with regular museum admission; afternoon lecture is an additional charge. 10:30am - 12:pm Family introduction to Horses and Native America with Children’s Coloring Activities, Free with regular admission. Kids can also watch and even participate in the Ojibwe Horse Dance,” says Siobhan Marks. 1:pm -2:pm Medallion the Stallion: Horse Painting. Learn the symbolism of the painted horse. Try your hand at painting a life-size horse. Free with regular admission. 2:30pm - 4:00pm Lecture: Horses and Great Lakes Tribes Mark Denning, Oneida. Explore the role of horses in Great Lakes Tribal cultures. Lecture Fee: $10 /members & $12 / non-members.  


Adult Book Discussion

When: Sat. August 9, 2014, 2pm
Where: Northtown Library, 6435 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60645
Price: ??
Contact: For more information call the Library at (312) 744-2292.
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/northtown/

About this event: Come join us as we discuss The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani. Inspired by the lives of her own grandparents, who came to America from northern Italy in the early 20th century, Adriana Trigiani’s “The Shoemaker’s Wife” might be considered the ur-story behind her string of heartwarming family sagas. Free from the high-fashion brand names that infested the past couple of novels, this one is an old-fashioned, romantic tale of two star-tangled lovers, Enza Ravanelli and Ciro Lazzari. Beginning in the Italian Alps, the story travels by various routes to New York’s Little Italy, a Hoboken factory, backstage at the Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota’s Iron Range and the trenches of France. A love story, yes, but also a paean to artisanal work, food, friendship and family.


The Special Consensus

When: Saturday, August 9, 2014; 7pm -
Where: S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60202, IL, just south of Dempster. One block east of the CTA Purple Line station at Dempster. Street parking.
Price: $15. - $25
Contact: S.P.A.C.E., 847.492.8860
http://www.evanstonspace.com/

THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS is a four person acoustic bluegrass band that began performing in the Midwest in the spring of 1975. The first band album was released in 1979 when the band began touring on a national basis. In 1984, The Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program in schools across the country and began appearing on cable television and National Public Radio shows. The band has since appeared on The Nashville Network “Fire On The Mountain” show and released fifteen additional recordings. The Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association sponsored a video production of the TAM Program and copies were sent to schools around the world by the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). In 2000, Pinecastle Records released the first band performance video, filmed for Iowa Public Television’s “Old Time Country Music” show, and The Special Consensus 25th Anniversary recording to mark this milestone year for the band. The band has been featured in cover stories of the renowned bluegrass publication Bluegrass Unlimited in 1998, 2005 and 2010 and several of the band recordings have received Highlight Reviews and appeared on the National Bluegrass Survey chart in that publication. In November 2003, The Special Consensus received a standing ovation after the first band performance on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. International tours have brought The Special Consensus to the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Ireland and South America. In 1993, the band performed the first of many concerts with a symphony orchestra, complete with orchestral arrangements of songs from the band repertoire. The band’s fifteenth recording “35? was released in 2010 by Compass Records in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the formation of the band. Band leader/banjo player Greg Cahill is the former President/Board Chair of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music. He was awarded the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011. Other band members include mandolin player Rick Faris of Topeka, KS, guitarist Dustin Benson and bass player Dan Eubanks, both of whom reside in Nashville.


Second Saturday Coffee House

When: Saturday, August 9, 2014; doors open 7:30pm, show 8pm.
Where: 7574 North Lincoln Ave., Skokie IL 60077-3335 (Howard St. and Skokie Blvd./Cicero Ave.)
Price: An $8 minimum donation at the door includes refreshments. 
Contact: call 847-677-3334
http://www.ethicalhuman.org

Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago presents a Second Saturday Coffeehouse. Our Second Saturday Coffeehouse, hosted by Vicki Elberfeld, is skipping July. But on August 9, at 8pm., we’ll enjoy a stirring performance by folksinger/songwriter Andrew Calhoun. He will be joined by his daughter and singer/dancer Casey Calhoun. There will be no open mike. The $8 donation at the door includes refreshments.


Willow Folk Festival

When: 8/9-10/2014; Sat.11am-10pm; Sun.12noon-5pm (worship 10:15am)
Where: Willow United Methodist Church, 6522 S. Willow Rd., Stockton, IL
Price: Please pay $20. per person admission for the weekend of camping, at the time of registration. Please make checks payable to “Willow Folk Festival”. If waiting to pay until arrival, the cost will be $25. per person and you will not be in the camping book for preferred camp sites. Children under the age of 8 will be admitted free. This will also allow you admission to the church grounds for both days.
Contact: If you have any questions Pauline can answer them! Feel free to give her a call at 815-244-3590. Check willow’s website for many more details:
www.willowfolkfestival.com

Continuous limited open stage. Lots of great jamming. Willow is a thing onto itself. Yes, you’re camping in the middle of a cow pasture, in one of the hottest months of the summer, in a valley. You might get sunburned. You might get rained on. Most likely? You’ll get both. Why, then, do we continue to come back? Because we love it, for reasons indescribable, and we always will. There’s new stuff all the time. Check back for updates, and new information.


Scandinavian Jam

When: August 10, 2014; 1pm-3:30pm
Where: Swedish American Museum Center, 5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
Price: $??
Contact:  Contact Scandi.Fiddler@yahoo.com  or PTyler@ameritech.net for questions. For more information, call Museum at (773) 728-8111; or go to http://www.samac.org/

Musicians and instructors Mary Allsopp and Paul Tyler will co-host a Scandinavian Jam at the Swedish American Museum the second Sunday of every month from 1pm-3:30pm.  Join us for an afternoon of traditional roots music–Scandinavian style–starting with instruction, followed by fika (snack in Swedish) and plenty of time to play old favorites and discover new ones as we jam together. The afternoon begins with new tune instruction, taught in the call and response “aural” tradition.  Build a repertoire with the unique tones and unusual rhythms of Scandinavia. Recording devices are encouraged. Bring your instruments, request your favorites, share a tune, play along on what you can, sit back and listen when you want a break. We are a group of musicians who enjoy spending time together, and would enjoy having you sit in with us!
Schedule: 1pm-1:45pm Teaching/slow review. 1:45pm-2pm Fika (snack). 2pm-3:30pm Jam.  


Burie Family

When: Sunday, August 10,
Where: Lake Parl Alliance Church
Price: ??
Contact: Website has links & maps for each gig:
http://www.theburiefamily.com/


Ranging in age from 15 to 21, The Burie Family is quickly making a name for itself in southeastern Wisconsin, garnering a 2011 WAMI Bluegrass Band of the Year nomination and winning the Christian/Gospel Artist of the Year award in 2012! A crowd favorite at the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass competition for the past three years at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO and taking home 4th place in 2013, this young band plays well beyond its years. Singing together from the time they could talk, the siblings have the close harmonies often associated with family groups. The Burie Family, a family ministry that encompasses gospel bluegrass and classical music.  Who we are: Bethany Burie (age 21) on guitar and vocals; Rebekah Burie (age 19) on fiddle and vocals; Joe Burie (age 17) on bass and vocals; Nathaniel Burie (age 15) on mandolin, guitar and vocals. Future Burie Family Gigs:
* Saturday, August 16 - Sunday, August 17, 2014, 7pm, 20th Annual Bluegrass in the Gardens, Rockome Gardens, Arcola IL. Additional festival information available at http://www.bluegrassmidwest.com/details.php?id=36. All ages
* Saturday Aug 23, 10am-9pm, Augusta Family Bluegrass All Gospel Music Festival, Augusta Assembly of God Church, 1225 W Lincoln Street, Augusta, WI. This one day festival kicks off at 10am and continues until 9pm. Free admission; donations accepted
* Sunday Aug 24, 2014, St Augustine Anniversary Celebration, Wausaukee, WI. All ages. Additional details available soon.
* Friday, August 29, 6:30pm-9pm, Friday Night Live! The Steaming Cup, 340 W Main Street, Waukesha
* Friday, September 5, 7:30pm PM Cup O Joy Green Bay
*  Sunday, September 7, 3pm-5pm, 3rd Annual Bluegrass in the Bandshell Marina Bandshell, Menominee MI. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join us for an afternoon of bluegrass and gospel bluegrass music.
* Saturday, September 13, Nate appearing with Bluegrass Express, at East Troy Bluegrass Festival, East Troy, WI  
* Sunday September 14, 3pm, Gospel Service, East Troy Bluegrass Festival, East Troy, WI
* Friday, September 26, 7pm, The Steaming Cup, 340 W Main Street, Waukesha, WI
* Friday, October 17, 7pm, The Steaming Cup, 340 W Main Street, Waukesha WI
* Saturday, October 18, Engler Performing Arts Center, 530 West Main Street, Chilton WI 53014.  Come on out to Chilton for an evening show in the beautiful Engler Performing Arts Center, alongside bluegrass band Red Star Express; concert sponsored by the Kiel Kiwanis Club.
* Thursday, October 30, Nate appearing with Bluegrass Express, Honey Creek Resort Bluegrass Festival, Moravia, IA.  See the Bluegrass Express website for additional details: http://www.bluegrassexpressband.com/schedule.html
* Saturday, November 22, 7pm, The Steaming Cup, 340 W Main Street, Waukesha WI
* Friday, December 19, @ 7:00 PM The Steaming Cup 340 W Main Street, Waukesha
* Thursday, March 5, 2015 — Sunday, March 8, 2015, Shorty's Strickly Bluegrass Festival, Peoria IL
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Fermilab English Country Dancing

When: August 10, 2014, 1pm-2pm Advanced sessions for more experienced dancers; regular Dance 2pm-5pm-ish
Where: Kuhn Village Barn, near the east entrance to Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois (check their website to make sure dance hasn’t moved.)
Price: ??
Contact: e-mail folkdance@fnal.gov or Please feel free to call to verify meeting time and date: Mady Newfield 630-584-0825
http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/folkdance/english/

Come try out English Country Dancing at Fermilab. We meet in the Fermilab Barn Sunday afternoons once per month. This is an accessible sort of set dancing done to beautiful music - something for all ages and energy levels. All the dances are taught and walked through. All are welcome. No previous experience or partners are needed. (Children must be able to follow instructions and dance independently of their parents or siblings.) Dance to recorded Music or the fine playing of Old Fezziwig’s Band, once a month year-round. If there is interest (determined in advance) we sometimes hold a potluck supper following the dancing. From the east: Turn west on Batavia Rd. from Rt. 59 in Warrenville. Go past the guardhouse (stop for a pass if necessary) and turn right at the first stop sign. The barn is the second building on the right. From the west, use the Pine St. entrance from Kirk Rd. Proceed across the lab and turn left at the 5th stop sign (Sauk Dr.). If needed, stop at the guardhouse for a pass. Parking is available just north of the barn, or across the street. Future dances: September 7, Save the weekend September 12 and/or 13, 2014 for more Cross Step Waltz with dance historian Susan de Guardiola as well as Oak Park’s Harvest Moon Ball September 14, with guest musician Martha Edwards from St. Louis and the Cosmic Otters! October 5, October 26, November 9, December 7, And Save the Date January, 17-18, 2015, for our New Year’s Ball Weekend 2015, with Earl Gaddis and Karen Axelrod, in St. Charles, IL.


Lake County Folk Club Open Stage

When: 2nd Sundays, August 10, 2014; 7pm (signup begins at 5:45pm)
Where: In-Laws Restaurant, 720 Milwaukee Ave, Gurnee. If you have never been to In-Laws, this will be a nice introduction. It is located just south of Grand Avenue (Hwy 132) in Gurnee and about 5 miles north of the old-Aleks’ location.
Price: no admission charge
Contact: thelakecountyfolkclub@yahoo.com; Phone: 847-356-0623. Venue Web Site:
http://www.thelakecountyfolkclub.org

Hosted by Scott Engstrom, banjo and guitarist, singer, songwriter and music teacher (Great Lake Music). Anyone who would like to perform is encouraged to do so. Some of the acts are experienced veterans who tour the Midwest. Others are new to performing. Regardless of who's on stage, you'll never find a more supportive audience. Signup starts as early as 5:45pm. Each performer is typically allowed up to 3 songs or 15 minutes, whichever comes first. If enough people sign up, we begin early.


The Howlin' Brothers & The Brothers Comatose

When: Wed Sep 10, 2014, 7:30pm
Where: S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 60202, behind Union Pizzeria, just south of Dempster. One block east of the CTA Purple Line station at Dempster. Street parking
Price: $12. - $20
Contact: S.P.A.C.E. phone: 847-492-8860
http://www.evanstonspace.com/

 Meet The Howlin’ Brothers, a Nashville-based band that likes to keep one foot in tradition — and use the other to kick it right out the door. On Howl, their first album for Brendan Benson’s Readymade Records label (through Thirty Tigers) set for March 5, 2013 release, they effortlessly dispel all kinds of preconceived notions — starting with the myth that Nashville means just country. We can also forget the words rock and pop, regardless of what their association with Raconteur Benson, who produced, might imply. (Although, we must note, they do rock — just not according to, um, tradition). Though they certainly incorporate bluegrass rhythms, these Ithaca College graduates say they’re better described as Americana, where multiple hyphens are the norm and boundaries are not. Perhaps because they veer frequently into old-time, country-blues and even Dixieland jazz territory, vocalist/upright bassist/banjo player Ben Plasse notes, “I think we’re more willing to take risks with arrangements and style. We’re not afraid to do anything we can pull off that that we think is groovy.” Despite their name, the band is anything but Comatose. “It's just one, big, extended Morrison music party,” they say.  Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo, and lead vocalists, front this rocking string band that has become a West coast headliner and national touring act in a mere four years.  With stellar accompanists Phil Brezina on fiddle and Ryan Avellone on mandolin, and bassist Ryan Lukas on high harmonies, their high energy, audience engaging shows have caught fire with fans from San Diego to Seattle to Salt Lake to Silk Hope, NC and beyond.  In home turf Northern California they sell out shows in San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Petaluma and are booked at the enormous Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco this August.  


'In Our Heads About Our Hair' Film Screening: Best of the Black Harvest Film Festival

When: Mon. August 11, 2014, 6pm
Where: Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park, Chicago, IL
Price: ??
Contact: Library, 312-747-0511
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/blackstone/

About this event: Chicago Public Library partners with the Gene Siskel Film Center and Chicago Tribune Foundation to present selections from the Best of the Black Harvest Film Festival. In Our Heads About Our Hair: Black hair is a subject that comes with its own history, politics, practical issues, and loads of emotional baggage in director Angaza’s illuminating documentary, as testified to by the scores of women who model every conceivable coiffure as they offer insight into their complex relationship with their crowning glory. Going natural vs. conforming to mainstream standards of beauty and “good” hair vs. “bad” hair are only two of the questions debated by interviewees including historian Majora Carter, author Asha Bandele, and Farah Jasmine Griffin, the first black network TV news anchor. (2012, Hemamset Angaza, DVD projection, 79 min.) For the past 19 years, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented the Black Harvest Film Festival. It is the Midwest's largest and longest-running festival dedicated to telling stories of the black experience. This program is free and open to the public. 


The Chicago Barn Dance Company Monday night dance

When: Mon. August 11, 2014, Lesson: 6:45pm, contra dance is 7pm-9:45pm
Where: S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, behind Union Pizzeria, just south of Dempster. One block east of the CTA Purple Line station at Dempster. Street parking.
Price: $7 adults, $5 seniors and students
Contact: Call (847) 329-9173.
http://www.chicagobarndance.com/events.html

Band:: Joe, Sam & Jerry. Caller: Bill Sudkamp.


The Warring 20s: Bloody Williamson

When: 8/11/2014, 7pm
Where: Centralia Area Historical Society & Museum, 240 S Locust St., Centralia, IL 62801-3509
Price: Free, open to the public.
Contact: For more information, please contact Becky Ault, 618.292.4793. 
http://www.prairie.org/

A Road Scholar Program by Jon Musgrave. If it takes conflict to create good drama, the 1920's in Southern Illinois' Williamson County--more infamously known as "Bloody Williamson County"--should win an award. A wave of violence rippled through the region in the decade or so before national Prohibition, flooding wholesome towns with vigilante justice, riots in the streets, striking miners, anti-Italian mobs, gruesome murders, well-publicized trials, a hanging in Marion's Paradise Alley and, of course, organized crime. In the end, more than 70 men, women and children had lost their lives and mayors, policemen, and many more sentenced to Leavenworth for their crimes. In the aftermath, one gang, the bootlegging Shelton Brothers, would remain, controlling gambling and vice virtually everywhere throughout the state. Learn more about the decade's infamous history and its impact on the state.


Traditional Irish Music Session

When: Aug 12, Aug 26, Sep 9, Sep 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, & Every 14 days, forever, at 7pm–10pm
Where: The Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201
Price: No Cover
Contact: Celtic Knot phone: 847-864-1679; celticknotpub@sbcglobal.net
http://celticknotpub.com/

Acclaimed traditional Irish musicians John Williams, Annie Andrews and Don Terao play beautifully together. Jigs, reels and a whole lot more while you eat, drink and enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the pub.


Family Matters Short Film Series: Best of Black Harvest Film Festival

When: Wed. August 13, 2014, 6pm
Where: Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Price: This program is free and open to the public.
Contact: Library, 312-747-0511
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/blackstone/

About this event: Chicago Public Library partners with the Gene Siskel Film Center and Chicago Tribune Foundation to present selections from the Best of the Black Harvest Film Festival. For the past 19 years, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented the Black Harvest Film Festival. It is the Midwest's largest and longest-running festival dedicated to telling stories of the black experience. This program highlights Siskel Film Center's Family Matters with a series of short films, including:
A Different Tree: A family tree school assignment prompts an eight-year-old girl’s journey to build a relationship with her absentee father. (2013, Steven Caple Jr., DVD projection, 15 min.)
Barbasol: A stressed dad relearns a lesson in love from his little boy. (2012, Ralph K. Scott, DVD projection, 22 min.)
Text Tone After dodging his girlfriend to avoid meeting her father on their 6-month anniversary, two young lovers get lost in communication through text messages. (2013, Sandrel “Sanicole” Young, DVD projection, 13 min.)


Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture:

When: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 7pm-8:30pm
Where: ISM Research & Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street (enter the building from 10 ½ Street between Ash & Laurel Streets)
Price: Free Admission 
Contact: For more information on upcoming topics and speakers, contact Nina Walthall at (217) 782-0061 or 217-785-0037.
http://www.museum.state.il.us/events/index.html

Dr. Elizabeth M. Scott, Associate Professor Emerita, Illinois State University, will present "Secondary Colonization and the Persistence of Cultural Traditions: A Look at Ceramic Wares and Food Consumption in Post-Conquest Quebec." In settings of secondary colonization, where one European colony is colonized by another European nation, the material culture available to all residents is controlled by the conquering nation. Perhaps one of the clearest cases of this was post-Conquest New France, where, after the French and Indian War, the conquering British put in place an embargo on all goods from France. Thus, the large numbers of French residents who continued to live in Canada had access only to goods from Britain or materials conveyed through British merchants. Given this situation, are there any differences in the ceramic choices made by contemporaneous British and French residents in and around Quebec City? Can these differences be attributed to different cultural traditions? In this presentation, the British Anderson household (1780-1820) will be compared to the French New Farm site (1780-1850) in terms of their respective ceramic assemblages and zooarchaeological collections. Several intriguing differences between the two households will be discussed.  
One of our Paul Mickey Science Series. Discover Illinois' rich prehistoric and historic past by attending an ISM Paul Mickey Science Series Program. A different speaker and topic are featured each month; future programs: TBA


Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny in Concert 

When: Thursday, August 14, 2014; 8pm
Where: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, Chicago, IL
Price: Tickets are $12 for children under 18, $18 for IAHC members and $20 for general admission and can be purchased by calling 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or at the door.
Contact: Phone: (773) 282-7035
http://irish-american.org/

The Academy of Irish Music open the show.  Two giants of the Irish trad scene, Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny are uniting for a concert of great music with a mixture of tunes and songs; traditional and original.  Irvine and and Lunny have been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band and Mozaik. Their unique style of accompaniment is an ongoing influence in the wider world of Irish music. This is a unique opportunity to see two of the legends on stage together. The duo, in their separate ways, have contributed to a renaissance in Irish traditional music. Lunny has produced albums for Elvis Costello, Paul Brady, Clannad, and the Indigo Girls. As a musician, Lunny has performed on more than a dozen Christy Moore albums, and was an integral part of such notable ensembles as Planxty, the Bothy Band, Mozaik and Moving Hearts.  Irvine, one of the great Irish singers, is hailed as "a tradition in himself". Musician, singer, songwriter, He has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his 45 year career. He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with several solo albums to his credit. Formerly of Planxty and Sweeney's Men. He is a member of Mozaik and LAPD. He has played and recorded with Christy Moore, Bill Whelan and Davy Spillane, and recently shared the bill in Dublin with Billy Bragg, celebrating the Woody Guthrie Centenary.


8/14/14 Tony Holt; Rockome Gardens, 125N CR 425E, Arcola, IL 61910 217-268-4106

Art Sprees: Fine Craft Art Spree

When: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Friday, August 15, 2014, 10am-3:30pm,
Where: Thompson Center Atrium, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago (Clark/Lake stop on the El)
Price: free admission; prices of items vary
Contact: Kerry Schneider, Assistant Director, T. 312-814-1794; E. kschneider@museum.state.il.us
http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/chicago/events.html

Browse one-of-a-kind artwork by 15 Juried Illinois Artisans and find that special gift. Presented by the Illinois Artisans Program, the Art Sprees are a monthly chance to shop local and meet the artisans. During the two or three day event, the artisans will be demonstrating their craft and happy to answer questions.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Friday, September 19, 2014, 10am-3:30pm, Fashion & Fibers Art Spree
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Friday, October 17, 2014, 10am-3:30pm, Craft Art Spree
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Friday, November 21, 2014, 10am-3:30pm, Home Decorating Art Spree
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014, 10am-3:30pm, Holiday Art Spree


Milwaukee Irish Fest

When: 8/14-17/2014
Where: Henry W. Maier Lakefront Festival Grounds, 200 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
Price: General Admission - $17. Senior (60 and Older) $12. Thursday (Over 12) $5. Children (12 and Under) Free Saturday & Sunday 2 Day Pass - $25 (Available For Order Online Only). Friday 4:00 to 5:30p Special - $5. ($5 Buck Friday)
Contact: Milwaukee Irish Fest, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213-2623; (414) 476-3378
www.irishfest.com
http://irishfest.com/Irishfest.htm

Bands: 3 Pints Gone, Chicago's Academy of Irish Music, Alasdair Fraser along with Tony McManus, Andreas Transo, Atlantic Wave, Barry Dodd, Black 47, Blackthorn Folly, Blarney, Maurice Lennon, Carlos Nunez, Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance, more.


Greensburg Power of the Past

When: August 14, 15, 16, & 17, 2014, 8am-8pm
Where: Decatur County Fair Grounds,addr, Greensburg, Indiana
Price: $3. Age 12 & under FREE
Contact: Tom Cherry, President 812-593-8977 ; Fair Grounds 812-663-3864
www.greensburgpowerofthepast.org

The 25th Annual Machinery Show. Plenty of great food available There are tractor games throughout the weekend, bingo, an old fashion fiddle contest (1pm Sat.), horse, pony and tractor pulls and even kids games on Saturday night. Toy show on Saturday and Sunday. Our annual consignment auction is on Sunday morning. Bluegrass, Old Country, Gospel Music (Fasten Your Seatbelt.... There's No Speed Limit!!): [2014 schedule is: Thursday: 6:30pm Open Acoustic Jam.
Friday: 6pm Pete and Jesse; James White and Deer Creek; Friends of Bluegrass.
Saturday: 1pm Fiddle Contest ($250 first prize); 5pm-9pm Amos Collins & the Bluegrass Briarhoppers; Ronnie Deaton & Common Ground; Common Ground Traditional Acoustic Band; New Balance.
Sunday: 8:30am Vesper Service with Barnstormin’ Bluegrass Band.]


Art Stevenson & High Water

When: Aug. 15-16 2014,  
Where: Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association’s SEMBA Bluegrass Festival, Address for the Campground is 18696 State Hwy 16, Houston, MN.
Price: All Four Days $32; Friday ~ Sunday $29.
Contact: For more info contact artstevenson@hotmail.com, or 715-884-6996.
http://www.highwatermusic.com
http://www.high-noon.com
http://www.semba.tv/events/festivals/
fest dates August 14, 15, 16, 17, 2014. 2014 performers: Art Stevenson & High Water – WI, Fri., & Sat. Hey Lonesome – MN, Sat. & Sun. McPunk Brothers – IA, Thur. & Fri. Seeger Boys – WI, Fri. & Sat. Castle Ridge – IA, Thurs. & Fri. Timbre Junction – MN, Sat. & Sun. Cedar Valley - MN, IA & WI, Thurs.. & Sun. Cabin Fever – MN, Sat. & Sun. Barton’s Hollow – MN, Thurs & Fri.. Long Time Gone – MN, Sun. Misty Mountain Boys – MN, Thurs.

Art Stevenson & High Water are Wisconsin's best-known bluegrass show, and have been in demand throughout the Midwest festival circuit since 1993. The band's bluegrass sound comes from the close duet singing of husband and wife team Art and Stephanie Stevenson, along with the spirited banjo and Dobro playing of Dale Reichert, and the hard-driving mandolin picking of Bruce King. This 4 piece bluegrass band from the heart of Wisconsin has become a local favorite. You’ll hear bluegrass, classics, early country and mountain songs, as well as gospel vocal trios and quartets, warm with friendly humor. Future Art Stevenson & High Water gigs:
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•  Aug. 22-23, 2014,  5th Annual Bluegrass In The Pines, Rosholt Fair Park, North Main Street, Rosholt, WI 54467. Admission: Thursday $10,  Friday $15, Saturday $15; Kids under 12 free! No Advance Ticket Sales. Camping Available at the Rosholt Fair Park – acres of space! Call Chris Martin at 715-572-4758 to reserve elecric campsites. Primitive Campsites $5 per night per person. Electric Sites $20 per night. Food and Drink Available at Show. Breakfast Served in the 4H Building. The Pioneer Museum will be open! 715-884-6996 for more information. http://www.highwatermusic.com/BluegrassInThePines.html  
• Dec. 4, 2014,  McMillan Library Concert Series, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
• Jan 24 2015, Central Waters Brewing, Amherst, WI. 17th Birthday Party
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Greater House of Prayer Combined Choirs CD Release and Reception

When: Fri, Aug 15, 7 pm
Where: Performance Hall / Logan Center for the Arts|, 915 E. 60th St. and Drexel Avenue, Chicago, I
Price: For ticket information, call 773.771.3586
Contact: CONTACT
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Osceola BlueGrass Fest

When: August 15-17, 2014; 6pm Fri, 11am Sat., 10:30am Sun.
Where: Fern Hunsberger Park,addr, Osceola, IN 46561, Osceola is located on the east end of St Joseph County
Price: $$?
Contact: person, 574-674-9426 ? [Lor had this number in 2008], .

Bands: New County Grass, Cornfields and Crossroads, New Outlook, Eagle Creek; Lonesome Meadow, Hickory Holler, Echo Valley, Up Hill Climb, Deadwood.


Docent-Led Exhibit Tour

When: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, 3pm-4pm
Where: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201
Price: Free with regular admission.. (Adults $5; Children, students, teachers, seniors $3; Mitchell Members FREE, Tribal Members FREE.)
Contact: Museum Phone: 847-475-1030; visitorservices@mitchellmuseum.org
http://www.mitchellmuseum.org/

Enjoy Mitchell Museum's many exhibits. 


Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

When: 8/16/14,
Where: Milan Bluegrass Festival, KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Road, Milan, MI
Price: Advance Adult**: $75 - 3 days;      At the Gate Adult: $85 - 3 days; Children 12 & Under free with parent.   
Contact: Phone: (734) 439-1076; | Fax: (734) 439-2032; http://www.kccampgroundmilan.com/milan-bluegrass-festival/
http://www.rhondavincent.com/

August 14–16, 2014 - This is an outdoor festival.
Future gigs in Midwest:
9/4/14, Blue Gate Theater, Shipshewana, IN
11/8/14, Greater Downstate Bluegrass Festival, Springfield, IL .


Annie & Rod Capps.

When: Saturday, August 16, 2014. REMINDER: Usually The in-studio Folkstage concerts begin at 7pm CT. The on-air portion of the evening begins at 8pm CT.
Where: Members Only Concert, WFMT/Folkstage.
Price: To attend WFMT's live broadcast Folkstage concerts in our studio, you must join the WFMT Fine Arts Circle for one year. The first year requires an initiation fee of $200 plus $225 per person as the yearly membership and request Folkstage as your thank-you gift.
Contact: 773-279-2000 or music@midnightspecial.org
http://www.midnightspecial.org/
Songs about broken things and poignant little ponderings are delivered with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang and a soulful groove. Annie and Rod are on a musical journey that began in 1982, culminating into a symbiotic sound that reflects their deep and intuitive understanding of each other. Annie's disarming, earthy voice and solid command of her guitar are punctuated by Rod's effortless, accompaniment and beautiful solo work. Together they weave unforgettable melodies that are at once intricate and sparse - musically completing each others' sentences. Over the years, Annie and Rod have done it all; from rock to musical theater and while they continue to draw from a wide range of genres and influences, what comes out is a hybrid sound all their own. Genuine and playful; effortless and endearing; this duo has been enchanting audiences in quality music venues, house concerts, coffeehouses and festivals throughout their home state of Michigan and beyond.
Folkstage is an uninterrupted, one-hour concert featuring some of the best traditional and singer-songwriter talent in folk music. The live concerts can be heard Saturdays at 8pm on Chicago radio station WFMT 98.7FM, immediately preceding The Midnight Special. www.midnightspecial.org/ LIVE FOLKSTAGE BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
August 23, 2014 Ellis. August 30 at 7pm: The annual live Fox Valley Folk Festival preview featuring Joel Mabus Anne Hills & Cindy Mangsen as a duo, and several other artists. The Fox Valley Folk Festival takes place on Island Park in Geneva August 31 & September 1. September 6, 2014 Gina Forsyth. September 13, 2014 Brian Kalinec. September 20, 2014 Burning Bridget Cleary. October 4, 2014 Old Man Luedecke. October 18, 2014 Libby Koch. October 25, 2014 Tom Chapin. November 22, 2014 Michael Johnson. December 6, 2014, Jennifer Cutting and the Ocean Orchestra (The concert will be broadcast live at 6pm from the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Hinsdale, 11 W. Maple, Hinsdale and is open to the public. This is a Folkstage series concert and members will be admitted free. For the public, tickets can be ordered from: www.acousticren.com). December 13, 2014 Tim & Jan Grimm, Krista Detor & Dave Weber, and Joe Crookston with a special holiday program. February 7, 2015 Villa Palagonia (Allison Scola & Joe Ravo). (Allison is one of the "Chicks with Dip."). February 28, 2015 John Roberts & Debra Cowan. March 7, 2015 Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkin. March 14, 2015 Red Moon Road (tentative). March 21, 2015 Jeni & Billy. April 18, 2015 Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin. April 25, 2015 Zoe Mulford. May 2, 2015 Sparky & Rhonda Rucker. May 9, 2015 Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers. May 16, 2015 Rebecca Folsom. June 13, 2015 Ernest Troost. July 11, 2015 Louise Mosrie. September 12, 2015 Sarah McQuaid. October 24, 2015 Pete Morton. November 21, 2015 Harpeth Rising.


Cancelled due to sched.conflict: James Blood Ulmer

When: Sat Aug 16, 2014, 8pm
Where: S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 60202, behind Union Pizzeria, just south of Dempster. One block east of the CTA Purple Line station at Dempster. Street parking
Price: $18.00 - $38
Contact: S.P.A.C.E. phone: 847-492-8860.
http://www.evanstonspace.com

  James Blood Ulmer was once described by the omnipotent Village Voice music critic and co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition, Greg Tate, as: “...the missing link between Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery on one hand, between P-Funk and Mississippi Fred McDowell on the other.” Indeed, the 70-year old guitarist, vocalist and composer hovers atop the pantheon of American music mavericks. Forging an unyielding synthesis of musical styles, vision and virtuosity, Ulmer has left an indelible mark on those keen ears who’ve dared to follow him to that intangible place where the fiercest, most holy music occurs. Now fully in the midst of career revival, James Blood Ulmer is released his latest effort, Bad Blood In The City: The Piety Street Sessions, in May 2007. Joined by The Memphis Blood Blues Band (featuring Vernon Reid), Ulmer went to New Orleans to record the album. Based on a cycle of songs that deal with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, it’s sure to be viewed as Ulmer’s most politically and socially charged recording of his career. Whether it’s art imitating life or life imitating art, the trials of James Blood Ulmer’s career have only made his art that much more potent. It appears he’s capable of channeling life’s experiences through his soul in order to lay it bare in the music. If he were never to record again, his reputation as an American music pioneer is already cemented in stone. One would think, however, that there’s a great deal more to come, because Blood lives the music, is the music and he’ll grow old bringing the music. And as always, that devout audience with big ears and keen instincts will be taking it all in. And perhaps a new generation will show-up, glad to be in America, digging James Blood Ulmer.


20th Annual Bluegrass in the Gardens-Rockome Gardens

When: Aug 16-17, 2014
Where: Rockome Gardens, 125N CR 425E, Arcola, IL 61910. Directions: 5 miles west of Arcola, IL; Interstate 57, exit 203.
Price: 2 Day Pass All shows both days $25. Daily Pass All shows 12noon-6pm $15. Children 7-18 years $8. Children 6 years and under free w/adult.
Contact: Rockome Gardens, 217-268-4106.
http://www.bluegrassmidwest.com/details.php?id=9
http://www.rockome.com

Come to Illinois Amish country and experience a beautiful theme park with a touch of the simple life from the past and relax in the present with authentic Bluegrass Music from area and regional bands. The 20 acre park has beautiful flower gardens, rock formations, saw mill, a lake for fishing, restaurant, rides and fresh baked goods and candy for an enjoyable weekend. Rough camping available. Lodging at Best Western motel in Arcola; ask for 'Bluegrass Festival' rate. 217/268-5000. Visit on-line at www.rockome.com. Click view/print flyer 'button' to view ticket prices and time scheduled. Bands: The Bankesters; Tommy Brown & County Line Grass; Trinity River; Potters Wheel; Chris Talley Trio; Cornfields & Crossroads; Burie Family; and Dog 1.


Living History Open Houses

When: Sunday, August 17. Drop in 12noon- 4pm.
Where: Powers-Walker House, Glacial Park
Price: No registration required. Drop in any time during the open hours.
Contact: CONTACT
http://www.mccdistrict.org/web/special-events.htm

Come visit this Greek Revival 1854 restored house and learn more about the resident families that called this area home. July’s open house will feature the Miller family who inhabited the area during the World War I era, while August’s open house will feature the Schaeffer and Steinmetz families, who lived in the area during the World War II era. Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer your questions. Interested in taking a tour of the Powers-Walker House? The Powers-Walker house will be open a variety of weekend afternoons. Look for the “open” sign and feel free to stop by for a free tour. You will learn about the architecture and furnishings of this restored Greek Revival home, as well as about the volunteer efforts to restore it to its original condition. Experience the “feel” of an 1850’s early settlement house and enjoy some peaceful time looking out over the restored marsh and wetlands.


Hyde Park Historical Society invites all to attend Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories: An Oral History Program Sunday, August 17, 2014;  2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637 Do you remember how the parks of Hyde Park and Kenwood have changed over the past 50-60 years?  Do you recall some of the good times that you or your group had when you visited Wooded Isle in Jackson Park or swam at the Point? Did you or your children play in your local park? How did Friends of the Park and the advisory committees for each park develop? What was the role of the Chicago Park District in changing Washington Park and the Chicago beach front?  Revisit the past by telling your stories about your experiences in our parks during great times of change. Bring photos and artifacts to share with everyone. Reception Following the Program Space is limited. R.S.V.P. by: Friday, August 15, 2014 Call: Lala Rodgers at 773-401-0474; Email: hporalhistory@gmail.com

Shari Kane & Dave Steele; Opening Performer: Cath Kasmer

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014, 7pm (Concert seating will commence at 5:30pm on the evening of a concert. Reserved seats which have not been claimed by 6:45pm will be released for general seating. )
Where: Lake County Folk Club; In-Laws Restaurant, 720 Milwaukee Avenue, Gurnee, Illinois.
Price: Ticket prices for concert nights $12 general public, $10 members, seniors and students; $5 teenagers.
Contact: thelakecountyfolkclub@yahoo.com; phone: 847-356-0623. Please call 847-271-1584 or email tbradfish@comcast.net to request a reservation. Specific seating locations can not be guaranteed.
http://www.thelakecountyfolkclub.org
Shari Kane & Dave Steele throw a four handed guitar party of original and time-honored blues, gospel, swing and ragtime, steeped in Dave’s smoky vocals, percussive rhythm and innovative lead lines,and Shari’s crisp picking style, rootsy leads, and stinging slidework. (www.sharianddaveblues.com)

Future musicians at Lake County Folk Club:
September 7 … Kat Eggleston (www.kateggleston.com) Opening: Chuck VanderVennet
October 19 Dan Zahn & Kate Moretti (www.danandkatemusic.com) Opening: Jim Gary November 16 Harpeth Rising (www.harpethrising.com) Opener: Scott Engstrom November 30 Small Potatoes (www.smallpotatoesmusic.com) Opener: Merv Collins
December 21 Bittersweet Christmas Band


The Holmes Brothers

When: Sun Aug 17, 2014, 7:30pm
Where: S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 60202, behind Union Pizzeria, just south of Dempster. One block east of the CTA Purple Line station at Dempster. Street parking
Price: $17.00 - $30.
Contact: S.P.A.C.E phone: 847-492-8860.
http://www.evanstonspace.com/

“Great songs, whether we write them or not, bring great things,” says guitarist/pianist/vocalist/songwriter Wendell Holmes. “And we are all about striving to write, find and perform great songs.” The Holmes Brothers—Wendell, bassist/songwriter/vocalist Sherman Holmes and drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon—are true treasures of American roots music. For 35 years, The Holmes Brothers’ joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country has been captivating audiences around the world. Their spine-tingling three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell’s gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy’s soaring falsetto and Sherman’s rich baritone, brings the spirit of gospel-inflected deep soul music into every song they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman’s bass playing and Popsy’s drumming, perfectly complementing Wendell’s blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. The band expertly blends Saturday night’s roadhouse rock and blues with the gospel passion of Sunday morning’s church service. Rolling Stone says The Holmes Brothers play “impressive, fervent country soul.” Entertainment Weekly goes further, declaring “The Holmes Brothers are juke joint vets with a brazenly borderless view of American music...timeless and rapturous.” The band’s new Alligator Records album, Brotherhood, was produced by Glenn Patscha (Ollabelle, Marc Cohn), Chris Bruce (Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Seal) and Hector Castillo (Brazilian Girls, David Bowie). It is another stellar chapter in The Holmes Brothers’ storied and still-evolving history. It’s also their most bluesy album to date, filled with roadhouse wisdom, late-night doo wop, proto rock ‘n’ roll punch, soulful R&B and closing with an amazing dose of Sunday morning spirit. Featuring fourteen songs—including eight new Holmes Brothers originals and six carefully-chosen covers—Brotherhood finds The Holmes Brothers at the absolute top of their game, creating timeless roots music. From the rocking Wendell original Stayed At The Party, to the sweet harmonies of Ted Hawkins' I Gave Up All I Had, to Sherman's soulful composition Passing Through, to the doo wop splendor of Popsy's vocals on the Stax classic My Kind Of Girl, to Wendell's gorgeous duet with his daughter Felicia on Loving You From Afar, to the final note of the band's most requested song—and a highlight of each and every live performance—the soul-stirring Amazing Grace, Brotherhood is a testament to the uplifting musical power that comes from the close-knit, fraternally telepathic relationship of The Holmes Brothers. “As much as I love all of our albums, this is among my favorites,” says Wendell. “We worked hard. We tried for a live, loose feel and we got it. Glenn, Chris and Hector captured The Holmes Brothers sound most distinctly.”  


The Chicago Barn Dance Company Monday night dance

When: Monday, August 18, 2014, Beginners Workshop at 6:45pm, Dance from 7pm-9:45pm
Where: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox Avenue, Chicago, just off the Edens Expressway (I-94) at Wilson. Parking: Use the parking lot on the north side of the building. Please do not park on the street—the Center wants us to use the parking lot in order to help them maintain good relations with the neighborhood.
Price: $7 adults, $5 seniors and students.
Contact: Call (847) 329-9173
http://www.chicagobarndance.com/events.html

Contra & Square Dance. Band: Bakers Dozen. Caller: Chris Schilling.


Jug Band Jam

When: 3rd Mondays, August 18 & September 15 & October 20, 2014, 9pm-11pm  
Where: The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave., Phone: 773-271-9000
Price: ??
Contact: person

Buddy Guy with Special guest: Mavis Staples

When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 4:pm Gates Open; 7pm Concert Start
Where: Pavilion, Ravinia Music Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL 60035; (847) 266 5100.
Contact: Information available at www.ravinia.org or (847) 266 5100.
http://www.ravinia.org
Price: Tickets: $90/70; Lawn: $33****Lawn ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the show. Tickets on sale online at www.ravinia.org


Book Discussion

When: Wed. August 20, 2014, 6:30 pm
Where: Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634
Price: This program is free and no registration is required.
Contact: Library, Phone: 312-744-6222
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/austin-irving/

About this event: Please join  us for our monthly book discussion.  August's title is Rin Tin Tin:  The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean.  This book traces Rin Tin Tin's journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon.  Please inquire about copies by calling the branch at 312-744-6222 


We Bought A Zoo

When: Wed. August 20, 2014, 6:30pm -7:30pm
Where: North Austin Branch Library, 5724 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL  60639
Price: ??
Contact: Library, (312) 746-4233
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/north-austin/

About this event: Join us for our monthly adult book club discussion. For August we are discussing We Bought A Zoo by Benjamin Mee.  'The amazing true story of a young family, a broken down zoo, and the 200 wild animals that changed their lives forever.' Copies of this book are available at the adult reference desk. Phone: 312-746-4233


The Clay Hess Band

When: 8/22/14
Where: at Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival, Kokomo, IN
Price: ??
Contact: CONTACT
http://clayhess.com/

Clay Hess is a Grammy award winner who first burst upon the national Bluegrass music scene as the red-hot flat-picking guitarist with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, with whom he toured for three years. With his amazing speed and tasty sense of syncopation, Hess has established himself as one of the top flat-pickers in the business. Clay began playing guitar at age nine after hearing Tony Rice’s landmark recording, ”Manzanita.” From there, Clay’s life was changed because all he did was play his old cheap guitar. Before too long, Clay got his first “real” guitar when his dad bought him a new Martin D18 for his birthday. Clay continued to hone his skills and develop his own style, winning guitar contests along the way, including the Ohio State Guitar Championship in 1995. When he was 19, Clay landed a gig at Dollywood playing guitar with the band True Blue. Fellow musicians began noticing Clay’s talents as a country and bluegrass guitarist, one of them was multi-Grammy Award winning country bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs. Future nearby gigs:
* 8/23/14 The Clay Hess Band in Georgetown, OH at Brown County Bluegrass Festival.
* The Clay Hess Band


Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival

When: August 22, 23 & 24, 2014
Where: 100 South 9980 West, Russiaville, Indiana  (10 miles west of Kokomo)
Price: General Gate Admission: (No checks or credit card accepted at gate): Friday                     $15. Saturday                $25. Sunday                   $10.00 Children 10 and under are free. Students 11 thru 20 (16 yr and older must show school ID):    Fri.                        $10.  Sat.                       $20. Sun.                 $ 5.
Contact: Winding Creek Festivals LLC, Attn: Duane Davis, 2556 S. 350 W., Kokomo, IN 46902
http://www.windingcreekbluegrass.com/

Vendor Booths: Performers; Instruments; Food/Drinks; Antique Tractor Show; Home made ice cream by Carrol County Antique Tractor & Machinery Club; Artist Crafts. Workshops: (Saturday only): *  Fiddle * Mandolin; * Guitar; Banjo. Things to Remember: Free Dry/Primative Camping; Your Instruments for Pickin & Jammin; Lawn Chairs; * Cover will be in place if rain is threatening; * Invite Friends; Main festival grounds is shady. Winding Creek Main Stage Line Up for 2014 !: Marty Raybon – Saturday; Grass Cats – Saturday; Clay Hess Band – Friday; Flatt Lonesome - Fri & Sat; Branded Bluegrass - Fri & Sat Blue Mafia - Fri & Sat; Bahler-Graber Band - Sat & Sun; Alec Hurtubise - Fri & Sat Cowboy Church Band – Sun; Cumberland Gap – Sun; Showcase Band Contest Winner - Sun


Farmer's Market

When: Saturday, Aug 23, 2014, 9am-12pm
Where: Program location: Downers Grove Main Street Train Station
Price: Free admission.
Contact: Contact Email: mdoornbos@dglibrary.org
downersgrovelibrary.org

Come by and see us [library] at the Farmer's Market! Giveaways, reading recommendations, games, Summer Reading Club signup, and more! Mini storytimes are scheduled for 10:am and 11:00am.


Modular Origami Workshop

When: Sat. August 23, 2014, Time: 2pm-4pm. Please be on time.  No participants will be admitted later than 5 minutes after class has started.
Where: Chicago Public Library/Harold Washington Library, Innovation Lab, 3rd Floor, 400 S State St., Chicago 60605
Price: Required: must be age 14 or older. Registration is required for this free event.  Please go to  http://cplinnovationlab.eventbrite.com/ or call 312-747-4400 to register.   If you register and then find you will be unable to attend the class, please cancel your registration on Eventbrite to allow another person the chance to attend.  You can cancel by selecting “log in” on your ticket confirmation email, selecting “current orders” and then “cancel this order”.  
Contact: CONTACT
http://old.chipublib.org/events/details/id/129104/

Join artist Patrick McCarthy for a hands-on exploration of modular origami—pieces of paper that can are folded into ‘units’ that can be assembled into almost any shape imaginable.   Please note that this program does not involve use of the machines in the Maker Lab.    


5th Annual Bluegrass Shack Hee Haw Show

When: Aug 23, 2014, 3pm-10:30pm
Where: The Bull Pen Large Hall, 201 Kaskaskia St., New Athens, IL.
Price: General Admission-$15; 13-17 years - $10. Seniors $10. 12 & under FREE
Contact: For updated information, visit our website at www.thebluegrassshack.com or www.facebook.com/bgsheehaw. Other contact options: 618/475-3678 or bluegrassshack@aol.com
http://www.bluegrassmidwest.com/details.php?id=37

Join us for this family-friendly entertainment, sure to be enjoyable for all ages. 3:00pm to 5pm Hee Haw Show. 6:30pm - 10:30pm Bands in concert. One price for each show- $10 or $15 for general admission to both. Featuring: The Farm Hands Quartet; The Harmans; The Worthing10s; Dual Generation and The Chris Talley Trio, host band.


Darrell Scott

When: Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8pm
Where: Old Town School of Folk Music, The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, 4545 N Lincoln Ave , Chicago, IL 60625 (Neighborhood: Lincoln Square).
Price: $30 General Public / $28 Old Town School Members.
Contact: Old Town School Phone: 773-728-6000. Box office: 773-728-6000.
http://www.oldtownschool.org/

Darrell Scott is a Grammy-nominated artist, a highly demanded multi-instrumentalist, and one of the finest all-around roots music masters performing today. “His songs are every bit as good as those of Steve Earle, John Prine or writing partner/sometimes band mate Guy Clark; and when he lays into a Les Paul or a vintage Martin, sparks fly…one of the baddest cats in Nashville. Or anywhere.” - The Houston Press http://www.darrellscott.com/


Anish

When: 8/23/14; 9pm-12mid
Where: Fiddler's Hearth, 127 N Main St, South Bend, IN 46601
Price: $$?
Contact: person,
http://www.fiddlershearth.com/events.html

trad Irish


Bluegrass Advocates

When: Aug 23, 9:30pm – Aug 24 @ 12:30 am; and Sep 27 @ 9:30 pm – Sep 28 @ 12:30 am
Where: The Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201
Price: No Cover
Contact: Celtic Knot phone: 847-864-1679; celticknotpub@sbcglobal.net
http://www.celticknotpub.com/

"...the Bluegrass Advocates percolate with ebullience and true bluegrass affliction. Nothing will cure the twitch and drive of Advocate energy... Purely a bluegrass rumble!" ~http://www.chicagobluegrass.com/


Heirloom Garden Show

When: Aug 24, 2014, 11am-4pm.
Where: Garfield Farm Museum, 5 miles west of Geneva, IL, off IL Rt. 38 on Garfield Road in Campton Hills, IL.
Price: $6 / $3
Contact: For information call 630 584-8485 or e-mail info@garfieldfarm.org.
http://www.garfieldfarm.org/index.html

Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. Member participation by Seed Savers Exchange.   


Road Tripping: 100 Years of Named Highways and Good Roads

When: 8/24/2014, 3pm
Where: Des Plaines History Center, 781 Pearson St., Des Plaines, IL 60016-4506
Price: Free. Open to the public.
Contact: For more information, please contact Philip Mohr, pmohr@desplaineshistory.org.
http://www.prairie.org/

A Road Scholar Program by Larry McClellan. Before interstates and federal highways were distinguished by numbers-I57 or I55, for instance-these roads were christened with colorful names that reflected the personality of the land surrounding it. Major roads like the Lincoln, Dixie, and Mississippi Valley Highways, or the Alton Way, Swastika Trail, and Corn Belt Route were all memorable roads that carried people across the state. From 1913 on, these were among the 51 named highways developed in Illinois. At the end of 1926, they were all supplanted by a system of federal numbering for highways, expanded upon by a system of state road numbers. How this all happened is a fascinating combination of stories about road-building, community public relations, and changing ideas about travel in America. Learn about the development of early roads and highways, the "Good Roads" movement, and the interests that led to the creation of the named highways and eventually to the numbering systems. Celebrate the Illinois highway system's 100th anniversary by reflecting on how changes in American culture and society have impacted transportation in Illinois, and consequently, millions of Americans today.


DakhaBrakha

When: August 24, 2014, Show Starts 6pm (5:00pm DOORS); another show 8pm
Where: Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626.
Price: $25 in advance | $30 day of | $40 reserved | 18+
Contact: 773.381.4554; info@maynestage.com
http://www.maynestage.com/

WBEZ's Radio M and Sound Culture welcomes DakhaBrakha.  The theatrical cult phenomenon DakhaBrakha, a quartet of multi-instrumentalists from Kiev, draws on Ukrainian folk melodies and rhythms. DakhaBrakha’s music is cutting-edge yet deeply imbued with tradition. Three young women, clad in wedding dresses and tall Cossack-style hats, sing in soaring, vibrato-less voices while accompanied by accordion, drums, and cello, as well as by the sole male instrumentalist, who also contributes a high vocal lead. Visually striking and sonically mesmerizing. “…so mesmerising that you cease worrying about meaning and just go with the flow…” The Guardian (UK) Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha, create a world of unexpected new music. The name DakhaBrakha is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time. It means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.


Song Circle

When: August 24, 2014, and other 4th Sundays, 7pm
Where: Lake County Folk Club; In-Laws Restaurant, 720 Milwaukee Avenue, Gurnee, Illinois.
Price: No admission charge.
Contact: thelakecountyfolkclub@yahoo.com; phone: 847-356-0623.
http://www.thelakecountyfolkclub.org

On the fourth Sunday of each month Folk Club Members host our song circle. The participants form a circle. Each one in turn can choose to play a song, ask another participant for a song, or pass. As Marcia puts it, "The song circle is a casual opportunity to kick back, play some music and make some friends. Everybody gets a chance to play or sing something of their choosing. You also have the chance to play and sing along with others. The circle keeps going 'round to everybody until it's time to call it a night. Make music, make friends."


Bob Stroger and Kenny Beedy Eyes Smith CD Release Party!

When: Sun Aug 24, 2014, Concert 7:30pm
Where: S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60602, behind Union Pizzeria, just south of Dempster. One block east of the CTA Purple Line station at Dempster. Street parking.
Price: $12.00 - $22
Contact: Information: 847-492-8860
http://www.evanstonspace.com/

The Legendary Bob Stroger and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith have been connected for decades- both on a personal and musical level.  Their newly released album, Keepin’ It Together, is truly a family affair. Their special bond, sprung from their relationships with the beloved and late Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who was Kenny’s father and the drummer for Muddy Waters for over 20 years. Willie and Bob spent endless hours together, on and off stage.  For Kenny and Bob, completing Keepin’ It Together allowed them to do what they do best- pay tribute to their style of blues and honor the great musicians that came before them.  The spirit of those late greats comes through loud and clear. Bob and Kenny have been recognized by many as being at the top of their musical game and their lists of individual and joint accomplishments are impressive. Both Kenny and Bob contributed to Joined At The Hip, a collaboration between Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Pinetop Perkins, which won a Grammy in 2011. For Kenny and Bob, this would have marked the last time they joined forces with Willie and Pinetop for a project of its kind.  Bob and Kenny were driven to create Keepin’ It Together as a way to carry on their blues traditions. Bob and Kenny were thrilled with the idea of creating an album so that they could share their unique gift with the world and produce a project that would forever be a part of blues history. Keepin’ It Together is a family recording.  It flows from the life line of their musical heritage.  It is their oral tradition that can be passed down from generation to generation.


Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues with special collaborations by Sons of the Never Wrong

When: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 6:pm doors / 8:00pm Start
Where: City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL. We are excited that a new CTA 'L' train stop is now open very close to us at Morgan and Lake! ?
Price: VIP$45.00 Premier$40.00 Reserved$35. Box Office Hours: Monday - Friday 11am-6pm. 312-733-WINE.
Contact: * (312) 733-9463; chicago@citywinery.com. * http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/corky-siegel-chamber-blues-with-sons-of-the-never-wrong.html *
http://www.chamberblues.com/

Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world's great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer / songwriter, and recent winner of the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest/Meet the Composer's national award for chamber music composition and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition. Corky Siegel's career began when he formed the legendary Siegel-Schwall Band that toured the major rock palaces and clubs in the ’60s and ’70s, performing with blues masters such as Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf.  Since then, Siegel has written and performed works for Arthur Fiedler and the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with many orchestras around the world. His latest symphonic work, Blues for a Green Planet - Opus 10, was commissioned and performed with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, his second commission from that orchestra. Siegel's newest project Chamber Blues, with the West End String Quartet and Frank Donaldson on world percussion, blends classical and blues styles in a chamber music setting. Sons of the Never Wrong is a turbo-charged Altfolk trio from Chicago that delivers witty, whimsical songs with their signature soaring vocal harmonies and gorgeous arrangements. In case you're wondering, they're 2 gals and a fella: Bruce Roper, Sue Demel and Deborah Lader. Their odd ball humor and spontaneous stories ignite their live shows and have earned them a cult-like international following for over 20 years. Combining influences of folk, jazz, pop and rock, their sound is wildly original, their energy is contagious and their banter is hilarious.


The Chicago Barn Dance Company Monday night dance

When: Aug 25, 2014, Lesson: 6:45pm, Dance from 7pm–9:45pm
Where: S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL just south of Dempster. One block east of the CTA Purple Line station at Dempster. Street parking.
Price: $7 adults, $5 seniors and students
Contact: Call (847) 329-9173
http://www.chicagobarndance.com/events.html

Contra Dance. Band: Cosmic Otters. Caller: Dave Eisenstadter.


8/25/14 Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers; Rockome Gardens, 125N CR 425E, Arcola, IL 61910 217-268-4106

The Beach Boys & The Temptations

When: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4pm Gates Open; 7pm Concert Start
Where: Pavilion, Ravinia Music Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL 60035; (847) 266 5100.
Contact: Information available at www.ravinia.org or (847) 266 5100.
http://www.ravinia.org
Price: Pavilion Tickets: $80/60. Lawn: $33** **Lawn ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the show. Tickets on sale online at www.ravinia.org

Surf and Soul .


Fox Valley Storytelling Guild

When: 4th Tuesdays, 7:30pm
Where: Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 South Lincoln St., Batavia, IL (In downtown Batavia, 1 blk. west of Rt. 31 on Wilson St, and ½ blk. South)
Price: $?
Contact: 815-727-2529; nicknameproductions@earthlink.net or Donna Dettman, 630-879-6891, or ddettman57@gmail.com; Juel, 630-897-3655
http://www.storytelling.org/events.php?
storytellinglive.com/

You may listen or perform, but most of all, you’ll enjoy yourself! Enjoy this age-old art in a supportive setting that has nurtured the area’s finest tellers. Monthly meetings of story enthusiasts -- tellers of all skill levels and listeners too. Come once; come often. Tell; listen. No dues for joining us but the experience is priceless.


The Pickin’ Bubs

When: Tuesday, August 26, September 23, October 28, November 25, & December 23, 2014, 9pm-11pm
Where: The Grafton Irish Pub, 4530 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL
Price: ??
Contact: The Grafton, 773-271-9000
thegrafton.com

Peggy, Maura and Mark bring you a night of Folk Music, traditional and originals. Always the 4th Tuesday of every month.


Country Night in Berwyn with Marques Morel and The Haggard Strangers

When: Thursday, Aug 28, 2014, 8pm
Where: at Fitzgeralds, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, IL; 708-788-2118.
Price: $5
Contact: http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/

MARQUES MOREL (8 pm): Marques Morel has been called "Woody Guthrie for the 21st Century." His album "Live And Raw In Rockford" captures Marques in concert, flanked by some of the Midwest's finest musicians. THE HAGGARD STRANGERS (9 pm) TBA (10 pm)


Tri-State Bluegrass Festival

When: Labor Day Weekend August 28-31, 2014
Where: Noble County 4H Fairgrounds, 580 North Fair Street (US 6), Kendallville, IN 46755
Price: Early camping before Friday $10/day. Weekend tickets each: $30 , NIBGA member $25, includes Fri/Sa/Su camping. Children 15 and under free when accompanied by parent. Thurs. Free drive-in community night, 4H dinner $ donation 4:30pm-7:30pm; show 6:30pm- 9:50pm. Fri. $10 6:15pm- 10:25 pm. Sat. $20 11:10am-10:30pm. Sun. $15, 12noon-10:30pm.
Contact: NIBGA, 260-918-4790. Websites below have all the details, rules, etc.
http://www.bluegrassusa.net/nibgas.htm
http://www.bluegrassusa.net/Newsletters/F13%20Flyer%20color.pdf

Notice: Indiana DNR forbids imported firewood because of the Ash Borer beetle. Bands: Missy Werner, Bull Harman, Cumberland Gap Connection, Kentucky Blue, Stockdale Family, Kim Robins, Atkinson Family, Out of the Blue, New Mountain Heritage,  Diamond Hill Station, Trinity River, Band Scramble $250 to winning group.


A Soundtrack for Wartime: Songs of the Civil War

When: 8/29/2014, 5pm
Where: Community Park, 155 W Morton Ave., Jacksonville, IL 62650-2880.
Price: Free. Open to the public.
Contact: For more information, please contact Dr. Wolf D. Fuhrig, 217-243-2423.
http://www.prairie.org/

A Road Scholar Program by Nancy Caldwell. The Civil War took a terrible toll on Americans in the mid-nineteenth century. Generals; soldiers in the field; their spouses and children left behind to wonder whether they would ever see their loved one again: everyone was affected by the war, and the scars it left behind were deep. Music was an important emotional outlet during the war. Songs rallied the troops; passed the time for encamped soldiers; captured the drama of military campaigns; and most of all, created a feeling of inclusion. In 1905, a music publisher decided to create an anthology containing "Americans' favorite songs." To increase the chances that the songbook would be well-received, he sought input regarding the music that should be included. Even in that year, a full forty years after the end of the conflict, 25% of the songs listed by respondents as their "favorites" were songs related to the Civil War. Hear examples of these Civil War songs and explore their specific appeal to Americans during the War and beyond. :,.


Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers

When: Fri Aug 29, 2014, 8pm
Where: S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 60202, behind Union Pizzeria, just south of Dempster. One block east of the CTA Purple Line station at Dempster. Street parking.
Price: $28.00 - $48
Contact: S.P.A.C.E. phone: 847-492-8860
http://evanstonspace.com/
Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins. Passion. The 44-year-old New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft  the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. "You definitely pick that up from me. Thats definitely the way I live, man," he said. "From the time I wake up in the morning, Im itching for my next show to happen. It cant get here fast enough for me. I think thats the basic ingredient of New Orleans music. Our traditional music. Its really just happy music. A lot of other jazz players are very technical and concentrating on studying hard. "We study hard, too, but what we most want to do is just get up there and experiment with the tunes that weve been playing for years and years." At this point in his career, in fact, having fun at work is a prerequisite. The mandate for fun in performing traces back to a musical role model  Louis Armstrong. Though he grew up in a decade when Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna were at the top of late-teen playlists, Ruffins still vividly and emotionally recalled the moment when Armstrong, a New Orleans icon, became the be-all and end-all of his musical universe. "When I started out playing, it was down on the streets in the French Quarter for tips, and wed sit and watch all the guys in suits going inside to play in the clubs," he said. "I was watching one day when, all of a sudden, I heard one trumpet on the juke box. I was 19 or 20 years old, and it was Louis doing a solo on When Youre Smiling. "I was so overwhelmed that I went that day and bought all the CDs of his that I could find. I started to watch videos all the time, and from then on, whenever my friends got together to play, we’d be drinking, eating barbecue and watching Louis Armstrong."

Town & Country Time! featuring Anna Fermin & Trigger Gospel and Cannonball with special guest Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks

When: Fri, Aug 29, 2014, 9pm
Where: FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL 60402-1010
Price: $15
Contact: 708-788-2118; http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/

Town & Country Time is a new concept along the lines of the country variety shows that were featured on TV in the 1950’s & '60s. It will feature a house band (Trigger Gospel) and Anna Fermin and Terry White as the hosts. Their bands (TG & Cannonball) will share 45-60 minutes of music in the first half and 45-60 in the second half of the night, with the special guest performing a 45 min set in-between. The evening will be dotted with banter and humor from the hosts as well as popular “town & country” (rock & old time country) covers.   ANNA FERMIN & TRIGGER GOSPEL: Formed in 1997, Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel has garnered the attention and respect of critics and music fans alike, hooking audiences with their memorable songs and rousing live shows. In the years this Chicago-based band has been together, they’ve shared the stage with an impressive roster of musicians including Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Robbie Fulks, David Crosby, Delbert McClinton, Neko Case and many more. http://www.annaferminmusic.com The eclectic influences of her bandmates, who include Paul Bivans on drums & percussion, Michael Krayniak on bass, Andon Davis on guitars and Alton Smith on keyboard, have become the perfect compliment to Fermin’s stunning originals, "that smartly place her voice where it belongs - front and center.” (Monica Eng/Chicago Tribune)   CANNONBALL: Cannonball is a group of musicians based in Chicago who connect with the same rock sensibilities and merriment to create an explosive sound rooted in the American folk tradition of blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll and all their offspring — hillbilly, rock-a-billy, folk rock, psychedelic, punk. They play a mixture of original songs and interpretations of personal favorites that veer from swinging rock ‘n’ roll to swaying country blues with detours down musical guitar exchanges between the dual lead guitarists that ride on a freight train rhythm bed. The lineup: Paul Bivans: drums, vocals; Andon Davis: guitar, vocals; Tom Kneesel: pedal steel, guitar, vocals; Mike Krayniak: bass, vocals; and Terry White: guitar, harmonica, vocals.   JEFF GERMAN & THE BLANKETY BLANKS: In Jeff German's own words: "The Blankety Blanks came about because I never knew who would be backing me on any given night.  One stalwart companion, Graig Barnett (The Curdogs), has been there through every version as my guitar playing cohort.  Bradley Williams (Oolong Gurus, Faces for Radio) came to me as an answer to a prayer.  Brad is a front-man by nature, but asked to play bass in the Blankety Blanks.  He and I have only been teamed up for a few months but it seems as if we have known each other for years.  Mike Nelson and Brian Mincks tag team the drumming jobs.  Brian is a 19 year old heavy-hitter and Mike is a seasoned session pro. Both are top-grade."  http://www.jgblanketyblanks.com/home 


Reba McEntire

When: Aug 31, 2014, 8pm
Where: Canfield Fair, at Canfield Fairgrounds, Canfield, OH. Canfield is located in northeastern Ohio in Mahoning County, an area reachable via Routes 46, 11, and 224.
Price: Fairground admission Saturday, Sunday, Monday - Children (6 and under) Free. Youth (7-12) $2.00: Adults (13 & over) $7.. Grandstand event tix go on sale 6/9/14.
Contact: Fairgrounds Office: 330-533-4107; CFRooster@aol.com ; http://www.canfieldfair.com
http://www.reba.com/

The largest county fair in the state of Ohio features a variety of foods, rides, vendors and grandstand attractions. Time: Gates open at 8am


Adlai!

When: 8/31/2014, - 8:15pm
Where: Community Park, 155 W Morton Ave., Jacksonville, IL 62650-2880
Price: Free. Open to the public.
Contact: For more information, please contact Dr. Wolf D. Fuhrig, 217-243-2423.
http://www.prairie.org

A Road Scholar Program by Joe Bean. He held only one elective office in his career (Governor of Illinois, 1948-1952), but Adlai Stevenson set an undeniable standard for political speechmaking in his two unsuccessful Presidential campaigns. He was adored by his followers for his wit and eloquence and disparaged by his opponents for his wisecracks and erudition. The label "egghead" stuck with him throughout both campaigns. He refused to repeat speeches on the campaign trail, much to the distress of his speechwriters and the press. The result: a literary storehouse of one-liners ("A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House...) and profound statements on democracy (...more important than winning the election is governing the nation"). Drawing from speeches, period photographs and other materials, this non-partisan multi-media presentation will showcase Stevenson's humor, his dedication to world peace and his concern for education, patriotism and participatory democracy. Also: 10/20/2013, 10:15am, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Decatur, 3773 N MacArthur Rd., Decatur, IL 62526-1456. Mark Sorensen, 217-620-6851.


38th Annual Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival

When: Sunday-Monday, August 31 & September 1, 2014, 11am-6pm both days. Plus on Sat, August 30 we have: Special events in Downtown Geneva and A Live Concert on WFMT-FM
Where: Island Park, in the Fox River, Geneva, IL, directions: 40 mi. West of The Chicago Loop. For drivers, that’s Rt. 38 and the Fox River. But Metra works fine: the festival is at most a 15 minute walk from the Geneva Metra station (take Union Pacific / West Line (UP-W) from Ogilvie Transportation Center). http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home.html
Price: Suggested contribution per day: $20 adults; $15 teens & elders; 12 and under is Free! ($5 Discount For Both Days -- Family Rate of $45 Per Day For Mom, Dad & Their Children).
Contact: For info: Juel Ulven, (630) 897-3655, or lots more details at
http://www.foxvalleyfolk.com
Printable poster at: http://foxvalleyfolk.com/poster_2010.pdf

This annual event is one of the Chicago area’s best festivals, held every year over the Labor Day weekend: concerts, workshops, storytelling, dance, plenty of jamming. Island Park is in the middle of the Fox River and provides ample space for jamming as well as listening to the music. Eight Stages. There is a teaching stage with participatory workshops. with more TBA. You'll also find a barn dance from 6pm-7:30pm, followed From 7:30p to 10pm by ghost stories on Sunday night in the Main Music Stage Tent. (Free Parking at Kane Co. Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave, Geneva, IL (IL Rt. 31).
OUR 2014 LINEUP WILL FEATURE OVER 30 OF THE FINEST FOLK MUSIC & STORYTELLING ACTS! Lou & Peter Berryman --------- Bryan Bowers --------- Jon Brooks Clarke Buehling & Bill Morris ; Joe Filisko & Eric Noden; Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen ; Anne Hills ----- Tom Kastle Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen --- Lee Murdock Trio --- Joel Mabus Ken Perlman ; Red Tail Ring ; Bill Robinson & Friends Don Stiernberg Trio ; Danny Santos ; Matt Watroba; Jack Williams ; And Four More Acts To Be Announced! Subject To Change --- (t)= tentative. PLUS STORIES BY Gwen Hilary & Enoch Williamson ; Paddy Lynn Michael D. McCarty ---------------------- Andy Talley; And More! Plus The Fox Valley Storytelling Guild; A Special Guest Storytelling Guild & More TBA . And Special Workshops & Showcases With: CHICAGO SACRED HARP SINGERS, TWO WAY STREET FAVORITES; Plus Area Organization Showcases Usually Including: Chicago Sacred Harp Singers; Chicago Songwriters Collective; Academy Of Irish Music; Fermilab International Folk Dancers; The Lake County Folk Club; Murphy Roche Irish Music Club; Plank Road Folk Music Soc.; Northern IL. Bluegrass Assn.; Dulcimer Society of No. Illinois (DSNI); & Much, Much More!


~ September 2014 ~


Sherlock Holmes Discussion

When: Wed. September 03, 2014, 6pm
Where: Edgebrook Library, 5331 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL. 60646
Price: ?? 
Contact: Library (312) 744-8313
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/edgebrook/

About this event: The Sherlock Holmes discussion group, known as the Devon Avenue Beggars, will discuss The Stock-broker's Clerk by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Discussion questions are available at the reference desk. 


9/04 Rhonda Vincent; Bluegate Theatre, 175 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565; 888-447-4725 $44 w dinner $59

The SteelDrivers

When: Friday, September 5, 2014, 8pm
Where: Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 
Price: $25 General Public; $23 Members
Contact: 773.728.6000
http://www.oldtownschool.org/

With one foot in the field and the other in the factory, The SteelDrivers are a beacon beaming their own version of rhythm'n'bluegrass far across the musical landscape. Highly regarded behind the scenes as songsmiths and session men – with innumerable hits, cuts, and licks to their credit – The SteelDrivers are stepping out at long last. In their ten capable hands, back-country high-lonesome collides with Delta soul, resulting in the freshest sound to emerge from Music City in recent memory. Their music offers revealing new takes on classic themes of redemption and loss, hope and home delivered with urgency and heart. The SteelDrivers are Richard Bailey, Mike Fleming, Gary Nichols, Tammy Rogers, and Brent Truitt. “Really soulful bluegrass, with great songs. An incredible combination.” - Vince Gill http://thesteeldrivers.com/


Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

When: September 5, 2014
Where: , Red Sky Stage, Petoskey, MI.
Price: ??
Contact: www.redskystage.com/ (231)487-0000.
http://www.sparkyandrhonda.com/

  JAMES "SPARKY" RUCKER has been singing songs and telling stories from the American tradition for over fifty years. Sparky performs with his wife, Rhonda Rucker, adding vocals, guitar, banjo, and spoons to their music. They appeared on the Grammy-nominated CD, Singing Through the Hard Times, in 2009. Sparky has released fifteen albums, and their 1991 release, Treasures and Tears, was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Recording. Future nearby gigs:
• September 6, 2014 White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw, MI. http://whitecrowconservatory.blogspot.com/ (989) 790-2118
• May 1, 2015 Charlotte's Web, Rockford, IL (815) 964-2238
• May 2, 2015 Folkstage, WFMT, Chicago, IL. http://www.midnightspecial.org/folkstage.htm (773) 583-5000
• May 3, 2015 Salt of the Earth, Fennville, MI. http://www.saltoftheearthfennville.com/ (269) 561-7258


Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues and also Bonnie Koloc

When: Saturday, September 6, 2014,
Where: The Next Picture Show 113 W. First Street, Dixon, IL 61021
Price: ??
Contact: Info: 815-285-4924 ; www.thenextpictureshow.com
http://www.chamberblues.com/

Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He’s played with blues masters such as Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. His newest project, Chamber Blue’s, blends classical and blues styles in a chamber music setting.


Meals on Wheels: Great Migration Recipes Ride the Rails North

When: 9/8/2014 - 1:30pm
Where: McHenry Senior Citizens Club, 3703 N Richmond Rd (Township Hall) Johnsburg, IL 60051-5451
Price: Free. Open to the public.
Contact: For more information, please contact: Berniece T. Tobiaski, 815.344.4385.
http://www.prairie.org/

A Road Scholar Program by Donna Pierce. Several Illinois cities have come to be known as destinations of the Great Migration including Alton, Peoria, and Chicago, where Pierce currently serves as the Assistant Food Editor and Test Kitchen Director at the Chicago Tribune. Using cookbooks and oral history, explore migrated recipes such as smothered chicken, chitterlings, black-eyed peas, barbecue, biscuits, grits, greens, banana pudding, caramel cake, and peach cobbler. For many Illinois children and grandchildren of uprooted families, these recipes transplant them back to a South (with ties to Africa) many of them have never known, except through stories and photographs. Also.


The Chicago Barn Dance Company Monday night dance

When: Monday, September 8, 2014, Beginners Workshop at 6:45pm. Dance 7pm-9:45pm.
Where: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox Avenue, Chicago, just off the Edens Expressway (I-94) at Wilson. Parking: Use the parking lot on the north side of the building. Please do not park on the street— the Center wants us to use the parking lot in order to help them maintain good relations with the neighborhood.
Price: $7 adults, $5 seniors and students.
Contact: Call (224) 534-9173
http://www.chicagobarndance.com/events.html

Contra & Square Dance. Band: Chirps and Friends. Caller: Dot Kent.  


Parallel Paths: Sandburg and his Legacy

When: 9/13/2014 - 2pm
Where: Harrisburg Public District Library, 2 W Walnut St Harrisburg, IL 62946-1261
Price: Free. Open to the public.
Contact: For more information, please contact Krystal Gulley, kgulley@harrisburglibrary.org
http://www.prairie.org/

A Road Scholar Program by Chris Vallillo. In a program created for the 2012 Carl Sandburg Days Festival, award winning folksinger and songwriter Chris Vallillo presents a combination of Sandburg's poetry paired with his original songs and instrumentals, as well as several of the songs Sandburg himself collected as a folklorist. Vallillo has been described as "Illinois' pre-eminent prairie-poet singer-songwriter." Incorporating original and traditional material to make the people and places of "un-metropolitan" America come to life, Vallillo, much like Sandburg, spent several years collecting and documenting the music of rural Illinois. Come experience a musical portrait of the Midwestern way of life and see how one artist influences another, creating an Illinois folk music legacy that will endure for years to come.


The American Indian Center’s 61st Annual Powwow

When: September 13-14, 2014, Fri education day & special event. Saturday 11am-9pm. Sunday 10am-6pm.]
Where: Busse Woods: Forest Preserve, Grove 23, Elk Grove Village, IL. Rt. 72 near Rt. 53.
Price: 2013 prices were: Admission $10 adults, $5 Children (4-12) and Seniors 55+ and Military w/ID. Kids 3 & younger free. Students/Groups receive a $2 discount. Dancer/singer registration $10.
Contact: American Indian Center of Chicago, 773.275.5871, aic50@aic-chicago.org.
http://www.aic-chicago.org/

The Midwest’s largest and most colorful gathering of Native American culture. Singers and dancers from all across the nation. Authentic arts and crafts vendors. The American Indian Center is seeking to maintain our organization and the important services we offer year round to support our families as our priority. No drugs, no alcohol.


East Troy Bluegrass Festival

When: Sep 13, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014, 10am-6:30pm.
Where: On the Square, Main & Division, East Troy, WI 53120. The rain location in 2013 was East Troy Middle School, 3143 Graydon Ave.
Price: Weekend wristbands will be sold for $5 per person to help defray the festival costs. Children 15 and younger will be admitted free.
ALL INFO BELOW IS FROM 2013 EVENT, UNTIL I GET A CHANCE TO UPDATE IT. Contact: For more information or to request a festival program flier, contact the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce at (262) 642-3770 or visit www.easttroywi.org. or www.easttroybluegrass.com.

A full line-up of bluegrass bands and contests, plus lots of great food and East Troy Marketplace vendors, will take place from 10 am to 6:30 pm. each day. The event opens on Saturday with an open stage at 10am, followed by a fiddle contest at 11:30am. The bands start in the afternoon. The music resumes on Sunday with a gospel service at 10am followed by banjo, mandolin and guitar contests at 11:30am. The bands return in the afternoon. National headliners begin at 5pm each day. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs. No alcohol is allowed at this family event.


The Chicago Barn Dance Company Monday night dance

When: Monday, September 15, 2014, Beginners Workshop at 6:45pm. Dance 7pm-9:45pm.
Where: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630, just off the Edens Expressway (I-94) at Wilson. Parking: Use the parking lot on the north side of the building. Please do not park on the street— the Center wants us to use the parking lot in order to help them maintain good relations with the neighborhood.
Price: $7 adults, $5 seniors and students.
Contact: Call (224) 534-9173
http://www.chicagobarndance.com/events.html

Contra & Square Dance. Band: Heather Malyuk. Caller: Lisa Ornstein.  


The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance

When: 9/15/2014, 7pm
Where: Cook Memorial Public Library 413 N Milwaukee Ave Libertyville, IL, 60048-2247
Price: Free. Open to the public.
Contact: For more information, please contact Jenny Barry or Valentina Cotini, 847.362.2330.
http://www.prairie.org/

A Road Scholar Program by Stephen Parry. Discover the story of a changing America, told through the lens of one of early radio's most popular and influential programs. From the Great Depression through the hardships of World War II, The National Barn Dance celebrated the folk traditions that were fading in an increasingly urbanized America, and helped define an identity for a struggling generation. For rural listeners unsure of the future, or homesick transplants confronting the city, The National Barn Dance served as a touchstone, from its first broadcast in 1924 to its last in 1960. Preceding the success of the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, by nearly two decades, it made Chicago the capital of country music prior to World War II. A marketing pioneer, the program also made millions for network sponsors like Alka Seltzer. Moreover, it launched the careers of matinee idols, national radio queens and cowboy's sweethearts. Discover even more history behind this cultural phenomenon while you reminisce about the golden days of radio. For more information visit http://www.hayloftgang.com/


Cocktails and Conversation at Weegee's Lounge

When: Tue. September 16, 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: not Logan Square Library, 3030 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago 60647 (see below)
Price: ??
Contact: Library, (312) 744-5295
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/logan-square/

About this event: Note Location: Discussion will be held at WeeGee's Lounge, 3659 West Armitage Avenue (at the corner of Armitage and Lawndale) Chicago, Illinois 60647. Join us as we read and discuss Louise Erdrich's The Master Butchers Singing Club.  Books are being held at the Circulation Desk of the Logan Square Branch. Phone: (312) 744-5295


Preservation Snapshots Lecture: Sullivan in the Loop.

When: Thursday, September 18, 12:15pm to 1pm.
Where: The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago, IL
Price: Free
Contact: Department of Cultural Affairs: 312-744-6630.
http://www.landmarks.org/snapshots.htm

Speaker: Douglas Gilbert, architect. Architect Douglas Gilbert will discuss Louis Sullivan and the Auditorium Building in relation to Sullivan's other work in Chicago's Loop--both surviving and lost. Prior to starting his own firm in 2010, Douglas Gilbert, AIA worked at Harboe Architects for three years and for Gunny Harboe at McClier for nine years. During that time, he was project architect on award winning projects such as Sullivan Center, Crown Hall at IIT, Reliance Building, Chicago Board of Trade and Annie May Swift Hall at Northwestern University. He is also an architectural historian with extensive experience researching and writing on historic architecture.
Preservation Snapshots is a series of discussions on preservation issues presented by Landmarks Illinois. Experts in preservation - but also skilled in wit, humor and easy understanding - will present talks on a specific subject each month. Before each lecture there will be a Preservation Update, with announcements about upcoming meetings, other lectures and upcoming events related to preservation.  Landmarks Illinois will partner with the Auditorium Theater in 2014 to honor the theatre’s 125th anniversary. The occasion will be marked by a year-long series of lectures celebrating the Auditorium Building. Beginning in January 2014 the Preservation Snapshots lecture will move to Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library, formerly the dining room of the Auditorium Hotel. Join us for this exciting series in its new landmark home. Review the individual lecture descriptions for current location information.
Next month:   Preservation Snapshots will be on hiatus for July and August. Lecture Preview:  The Auditorium in Context: Chicago in the late 1880s. Date: Thursday, October 16, Time: 12:15 pm. to 1pm. Admission: Free. Place: The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago, IL. Speaker: William Tyre, executive director and curator of Glessner House Museum. The time frame in which the Auditorium was planned and built was a period of dynamic and explosive growth in the city of Chicago. In this lecture, William Tyre will look at other buildings being constructed in and around downtown, the growth of cultural and philanthropic organizations, the business leaders who were shaping the destiny of the city, and the political and social issues that defined the era. This examination will set the stage for the ambitious Auditorium project, both as a reaction to its time and as a model for the future.


The Revelers

When: Thursday, September 18, 2014; 8pm
Where: Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, Old Town School of, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 (Neighborhood: Lincoln Square.)
Price: $20 General Public; $18 Members
Contact: Old Town School phone: 773-728-6000. Box office: 773-728-6000.
http://www.oldtownschool.org/

The Revelers, founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance, have joined together to form a Louisiana Supergroup which combines Swamp-Pop, Cajun, Country, Blues and Zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music that could only come from Southwest Louisiana. As individuals, they are each in high demand having performed and recorded with T-Bone Burnett, Natalie Merchant, Linda Ronstadt, Preston Frank, Walter Mouton, Mamadou Diabate, the Duhks, Cedric Watson, and Tim O'Brien to name a few. As a group they play with a sense of empathy and depth that can only be fostered after years of making music together. They have all appeared on the 2011 season finale of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, and they also were handpicked by David Simon (producer/creator of The Wire) to be featured musicians for the third and fourth seasons of HBO's Treme. Equally at home on a festival main stage, a late night dance party, or a performing arts hall, the Revelers have taken their mission coast to coast in the US and around the word from Ireland to Denmark, to their own Black Pot Festival in Lafayette (now in it's 9th year) The sheer power and raucousness of the band's sound is tempered only by their unbelievable tightness as a group. http://revelersband.com/


The Carolina Chocolate Drops

When: 19 Sep 2014, 7pm
Where: FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival, North Adams, MA
Price: ??
Contact: Website:
http://carolinachocolatedrops.com

The Carolina Chocolate Drops are a group of young African-American stringband musicians that have come to together to play the rich tradition of fiddle and banjo music in Carolina's Piedmont. Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson both hail from the green hills of the North Carolina Piedmont, while Dom Flemons is native to sunny Arizona. Although they have diverse musical backgrounds, the band draws its musical heritage from the foothills of the North and South Carolina. Under the tutelage of Joe Thompson, said to be the last black traditional string band player, of Mebane, NC, they strive to carry on the long standing traditional music of the black and white communities. Joe's musical heritage runs as deeply and fluidly as the many rivers and streams that traverse the North Carolina landscape. The Chocolate Drops are proud to carry on the tradition of black musicians like Odell and Nate Thompson, Dink Roberts, John Snipes, Libba Cotten, Emp White, and countless others who have passed beyond memory and recognition. Some future Carolina Chocolate Drops gigs:
• 18 Oct 2014 (8:30pm) The Blue Note Columbia MO
• 19 Oct 2014 (7:00pm) Off Broadway, St Louis MO
• 21 Oct 2014, 7pm, The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN


Fall Bulb & Mum Sale

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014; 9am-4pm
Where: Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th Street and South Lake Park, Chicago, IL 60615
Price: free admission, plants & bulbs various prices
Contact: CONTACT
http://www.hydeparkgardenfair.org/fall/fallfair.html

The annual fall fair, usually held in mid-September, provides a huge array of hand-chosen chrysanthemums, in all sizes and colors. There are imported Dutch bulbs, asters, bearded iris, and flowering kale are for sale. There are more than 40 kinds of tulips, 41 kinds of narcissus, 10 kinds of crocus, plus a large assortment of hyacinths, alliums, fritillaria, scilla, Dutch iris, dwarf iris, specialty bulbs, and bulb fertilizer. There are bulb forcing demonstrations and informational handouts, and as always, the Garden Fair members will be happy to answer your questions.


9/20 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Bluegate Theatre, 175 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565 888-447-4725

Soltre 

When: Sat. 9/20/2014 & Fri. 10/17/14 & Fri.12/12/14, at 9pm-12mid
Where: Fiddler's Hearth, 127 North Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601, 574-232-2853
Contact:
http://www.fiddlershearth.com/

(Traditional Irish)


Selections from Edgar Lee Master's 'Spoon River' Anthology

When: 9/22/2014 - 6:30pm
Where: Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N Bradley Ave Chillicothe, IL, 61523-1920
Price: Free. Open to the public.
Contact: For more information, please contact Catherine Barnett, 309.274.2719.
http://www.prairie.org/

A Road Scholar Program by Paddy & Jon Lynn No other literary work from Illinois has ever had the radical impact of Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology, published in 1915. In Master's 243 thinly veiled epitaph-poems, people from all walks of life come forward from their graves and share compelling stories of their hopes, dreams, tragedies, and joys, not to mention their advice and warnings to those still living. The uproar that this book created because of its unique free verse style and its portrayal of characters with blunt, brutal honesty caused a scandal upon its debut. As a result, it was banned from the Spoon River area schools and libraries until 1974. The stories capture all aspects of life- irony, comedy, failure, success. These dramatized monologues portrayed by one actor and actress, will not only reflect on the life and times of those living in 1915, but also offer universal lessons to Illinoisans living today.


When Women Played Baseball

When: 9/22/2014, - 6:30pm
Where: Rock Island Public Library 401 19th St Rock Island, IL 61201-8124
Price: Free. Open to the public.
Contact: For more information, please contact Natalie Struecker, 309-732-7330.
http://www.prairie.org/

A Road Scholar Program by Barbara Gregorich. Before the debut of the All-American Girls Professional League during World War II, women had already been playing baseball for over 60 years prior, with many barnstorming 'bloomer girl' teams touring across the country and, in some cases, internationally. In 1934, three teenage girls, one of them from West Union, Illinois, played hardball on the last traveling bloomer girl baseball team. Margaret, Nellie, and Rose came from different backgrounds and had different reasons for playing baseball. When the season was over they followed different paths - but playing baseball profoundly affected their lives and even helped determine their careers. This human-interest story touches on the Great Depression, barnstorming baseball teams, and the heroic women who wanted to play hardball.


The Chicago Barn Dance Company Monday night dance

When: Mon. September 22, 2014, Lesson: 6:45pm beginners workshop, 7pm- 9:45pm contra dance
Where: S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, behind Union Pizzeria, just south of Dempster. One block east of the CTA Purple Line station at Dempster. Street parking.
Price: $7 adults, $5 seniors and students
Contact: Call (847) 329-9173.
http://www.chicagobarndance.org/calendar/

Contra Dance. Band: TBA.  Caller: TBA.


Nancy Horan

When: Tue. September 23, 2014, 6pm
Where: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium and lower level spaces, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL
Price: free
Contact: Library phone (312) 747-4300
http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/

About this event: Nancy Horan joins us to discuss her new book titled Under the Wide and Starry Sky. From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank, comes the eagerly anticipated Under the Wide and Starry Sky which tells the passionate love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his intrepid American wife, Fanny. At the age of thirty-five, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium—with her three children and nanny in tow—to study art. It’s a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires.  Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes; and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists’ colony in France where they can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, Fanny meets a lively Scot?Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior?who falls instantly in love with the earthy, independent, and opinionated “belle Americaine.” Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is available first come, first served, 385 max. and if capacity is reached, guests will be seated in an overflow space and view the event by live simulcast. Books may be purchased and the author will sign books at the program's conclusion.


Avalon Odeum

When: Wed. September 24, 2014, 6:30 pm -7:30pm
Where: Avalon Library, 8148 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617
Price: This program is free and no registration is required.
Contact: Library, Phone: 312-747-5234
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/avalon/

Program: Hispanic Heritage Month. About this event: Film screening of Biblioburro: The Donkey Library by Carlos R. Zipagauta. Learn about a Columbian grade-school teacher who braves armed bands, drug traffickers, snakes and heat to bring his library-on-hooves to the children of Magdalena Province's poor and violence-ridden interior.  This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov). Contact: Joanne Brady, Phone: 312-747-5234 


40th annual Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall Of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival

When: Wednesday-Saturday, September 24-27, 2014
Where: 5163 State.Rd 135N, Bean Blossom, IN 46160 (south of Indianapolis)
2014 Price: http://www.beanblossomtickets.shoppingcartsplus.com/page/page/1665710.htm. PLEASE NOTE: You will NOT be mailed physical tickets when you purchase tickets online. You will need to keep your e-mail confirmation and bring your confirmation with you to ‘will-call’ and present a valid ID. We will exchange your confirmation for wristbands on arrival.
Uncle Pen Days 4 Day Combo Ticket, Price: $90.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014: $20. Bands: Larry Stephenson Band, The Boxcars, Spinney Brothers, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Feller & Hill & Bluegrass Buckaroos, Lonesome River Band, Chris Jones & Night Driver, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.
Thursday, September 25, 2014: Price: $25. Bands: Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome,  Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Grasstowne,  Randy Waller & Country Gentlemen, Kenny & Amanda Smith,  Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Dale Ann Bradley,  Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers.
Friday, September 26, 2014: Price: $30. Bands: Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Flatt Lonesome, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Farm Hands, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, The Grascals, Paul Williams, Ralph Stanley II, James King Band.
Saturday, September 27, 2014: Price: $30. Bands: Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, American Drive,  Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time,   Tommy Brown & County Line Grass,  Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys,  Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver,    Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show,  Tommy Sells & Big Country Bluegrass.
Contact: Please call the office if you have questions about tickets or to reserve camping. 812-988-6422;    800-414-4677.
http://www.beanblossom.us/
The only official Bean Blossom websites are: billmonroemusicpark.com; gobeanblossom.com; beanblossom.us. The old .com site is no way affiliated with the Bill Monroe Music Park nor the official Bean Blossom. Please note emails have changed to ___@billmonroemusicpark.com . Please be careful when sharing your information on any unofficial websites that gather personal information for profit.

All acts and times subject to change. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs.  All shows rain or shine. No refunds or rainchecks. No ATV's or off road vehicles are allowed. NO OUTSIDE FIREWOOD ALLOWED! No glass bottles, alcohol or pets are allowed in the concert area. Thank you. Festival offers food, vendors, flea market and camping on site.


Head for the Hills

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014; 8pm
Where: The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, Old Town School of folk Music, 4545 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (Neighborhood: Lincoln Square.)
Price: $20 General Public / $18 Old Town School Members
Contact: Old Town School phone: 773-728-6000. Box office: 773-728-6000
http://www.oldtownschool.org/

Head for the Hills has a simple but continuing dilemma they can't seem to resolve. Specialists have been hired to no avail and the predicament persists: how does one describe the multifarious music of Head for the Hills? Among the top contenders are catchy turns of phrase like post-bluegrass, progressive string music, modern acoustic noir, and bluegrass bricolage. “On top of modern string music,” (Bluegrass Today), “Cutting edge,” (Drew Emmitt) or “Best in Colorado Bluegrass” (Westword Showcase Readers Poll)—those are up there too. Strip away the artful descriptors and you have a forward thinking group of {mostly} acoustic musicians drawing on eclectic influences, tastes and styles. They didn't grow up immersed in bluegrass music but came to it later in life, with each other. The result is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. Head for the Hills—Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Mike Chappell on acoustic and electric mandolins—has been bringing their music, whatever you'd like to call it, to audiences from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between since 2004. The band has independently issued two studio records and one live, been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released a beer with Odell Brewing Company in May 2013 and charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Blue Ruin, 2013 and Head for the Hills, 2010). Blue Ruin, an all-new album of original material is available now. Meta-fictional sea shanties. Pop-infused newgrass murder ballads and urbane lyricism. Twang and punch. Head for the Hills' fourth record, Blue Ruin, fuses bluegrass, jazz, hip-hop and indie rock into songs inspired by love and misery and comic books. Featuring twelve new original songs marked by moving narratives and stellar musicianship, Blue Ruin showcases the quartet's contemporary take on acoustic music; embracing the bluegrass pedigree while looking forward. Recorded and mixed in Fort Collins, Colorado at Swingfingers Studios with ace engineer and banjoist Aaron Youngberg (Martha Scanlan, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West), Blue Ruin features contributions from Andy Hall (The Infamous Stringdusters), James Thomas, Gabe Mervine (The Motet), and more. Renowned screen print artist Timothy Doyle (Muse, The Black Keys, Lucas Films, NASA) created the stunning cover art and Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer David Glasser rounds out the production team. This is Head for the Hills at their most artistically fulfilled: self-produced and in top form. Blue Ruin is more than just a “bluegrass” record—it's a Head for the Hills record.


Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

When: 9/25/14,
Where: Threshermen’s Bluegrass Festival, Route 23 (14975 E. 2200 North Rd.), Pontiac, IL.
Price: $??
Contact: Box office: 815-844-3560. Venue phone: 815-844-3560.

Threshermen’s Bluegrass Festival,

When: Sep 25-27, 2014
Where: Threshermen's Park, 14975 E. 2200 North Rd., ((2 miles noth of intersection of Illinois Route 23 & Interstate I-55 Exit 201)), Pontiac, IL
Price: ??
Contact: Further information: www.threshermenbluegrass.com Or call : 815/844-3560 Doyle or Rose Hurd
http://www.bluegrassmidwest.com/details.php?id=13

Music rain or shine indoors. Bring lawn chairs. Camping available Wednesday thru Saturday- limited electric-first come, first served. Ham & Bean dinner on Wednesday -donations- for campers only. Thursday Evening - $15. Music concerts Friday-Saturday starting at 1pm and 7pm. See flier for details. Open stage on Friday & Saturday morning; registration is required.
Sat Sep 26, 7pm, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 338 South State Street, Chandler, IN 47610, Evening Concert
Featuring: James King, Doyle Lawson, Little Roy & Lizzy, Gentlemen of Bluegrass, Bobby Osborne, Living Water, Mackville, Prairie Grass, Dixie Ryders.


Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press

When: 9/26/14, 7pm,
Where: Uncle Pen Days, Bill Monroe Music Park), 5203 Highway 135, Bean Blossom, IN.
Price: See festival listing
Contact: Venue phone: (812) 988-6422.
http://www.bobbyosborne.com/

Bobby Osborne… the name conjures up memories of that incredible high voice ringing over the hills at a bluegrass festival on a warm summer evening, of the sounds of Rocky Top rolling in on 50,000 watts on The Grand Ole Opry on WSM, 650 on your radio dial, of the sounds of Rubeeeeee!!!, on radio and television stations ever since Bobby Osborne first burst on the scene in 1949. Bobby’s many accomplishments as a professional musician and entertainer would fill an entire book, and they soon will, as his biography is soon to appear in print. See website for complete bio. Future nearby gigs:

• 9/27/14, 2:30pm, Thresherman’s Bluegrass Festival (Thresherman’s Park), 14975 E. 2200 North Road, Pontiac, IL.


9/27 Riders in the Sky; Bluegate Theatre, 175 Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN 46565. 888-447-4725  2 & 8p

Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers

When: 9/27/14
Where: Bill Monroe Hall Of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Bluegrass Festival, Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park & Campground, 5163 State Route 135 North, Bean Blossom, Indiana
Price: $??
Contact: website
http://www.larrysparks.com/

Larry Sparks is among the most widely-known and respected touring musicians in bluegrass and gospel music today. Larry began his career in the mid-1960s as guitarist with the Stanley Brothers and later became lead vocalist for Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys. Larry went on to form the Lonesome Ramblers in 1969. He has recorded and toured with his band for more than four decades, releasing more than 60 albums and delighting countless fans with his soulful vocals and unparalleled musicianship.
future nearby gigs:
TBA


* October 2014 *


Don Williams

When: October 8, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Where: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL
Price: $45 | $65
Contact: Box Office (847) 673-6300
http://www.northshorecenter.org/

There are few American classics these days, but Don Williams is certainly one of them. With a warm hickory baritone that balances strength with a gentle concern, he draws his listener into the intimate world of an old friend, someone who cares deeply about you and the quality of your life … and who will always offer a hand when you need it. Reflections, available from Sugar Hill on March 11, yields Williams at his finest, with his classic, often-copied-but-never-duplicated baritone front and center. It’s this style that has made Don a ballad vocal model for performers ranging from Eric Clapton (with whom he’d traded songs—“Tulsa Time,” “Lay Down Sally”) to Keith Urban (who guested on 2012’s And So It Goes). With a healthy touring schedule and his second album in two years, Williams works hard to maintain that voice beloved by so many. “I don’t think there’s anything we have to do daily in our walk that’s more important than how we deal with each other,” Williams confesses. “To me, it’s everything. So when you’re looking for songs, if they can express that, then you’ve found something special.” Without a doubt Williams, whose hits with the likes of “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “I Believe In You,” “Love Is On A Roll,” “Amanda” and “Tulsa Time,” have always had a knack for finding songs that speak directly to people’s hearts. On February 23, 2010, the Country Music Association announced that Don Williams was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Don Williams has called this “the biggest honor of my life.”


Big Cedar Bluegrass Band

When: Oct 10, 2014.; 7:30pm-10pm (doors open 6:30pm)
Where: Stillwaters Church, 3617 Scenic Rd. in Jackson, WI (actual address is for Slinger).
Directions: Hwy 45 to Hwy 60 - Take hwy 60 west to Scenic Rd (watch for John Deere Dealership on South Side of Road). Scenic Rd South about ¼ mile (west side of Road)
Price: Admission: $10, or $8 with a can of food for the food pantry.
Contact: 414-352-1160
http://www.marthasbears.com/bigcedarschedule.html

Bluegrass music concerts. Dec 20, 2014.


Mississinewa 1812

When: October 10-12, 2014; hours Fri 9am-4pm, Sat.9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm (future dates October 9-11, 2015)
Where: 6000 N 300 W27, La Fontaine, Indiana 46940, 7 miles north of Marion, Indiana on State Rd. 15
Price: Gate prices: Adults $8, Children 6-12 $5. Advance prices: Adults $6, Children 6-12 $4. Advance tickets sold at Marsh Supermarkets and Grant County Financial Institutions.
Contact: Mississinewa Battlefield Society, 402 South Washington Street, Suite 509, P.O. Box 1812, Marion, Indiana 46953; (765) 662-1809; (800) 822-1812.
http://www.mississinewa1812.com/

t was the morning of December 18, 1812, the morning of the Battle of the Mississinewa.  Above the sound of fighting, smell of gunpowder and feel of death rose one of the most significant chapters in the War of 1812 and dramatic moments in the history of Grant County, Indiana. The largest War of 1812 Living History event in the US. The event features American and British camps, Indian Village and Rivertown where over 140 sutlers, artisans, food purveyors and folk musicians offer their wares, food and songs. Battle re-enactments are held daily.  Over 30,000 annual visitors. Handicap accessible. No pets allowed; assist animals only. Free Shuttle Bus (Sat. & Sun. only) from Justice Middle School, 720 N. Miller Ave., Marion, Indiana.


The Siegel-Schwall Band

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00 PM
Where: Knox College Fine Arts Center, Galesburg, IL
Price: Ticket Price and Information to come
Contact: Info
http://www.chamberblues.com/
Concert -.

Along with the first-wave British Invasion bands like The Rolling Stones, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and stateside groups like The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Siegel-Schwall Band were instrumental in The Great Blues Revival of the 1960's. Corky Siegel – harmonica & piano; Jim Schwall – guitar; Sam Lay – drum; Rollo Radford – bass.


HPKCC Hyde Park Used Book Sale

When: Oct. 11, 9am-6pm; Oct. 12, 9am-6pm; & Oct. 13, 9am-2pm
Where: Hyde Park Shopping Center Courtyard, 55th St. & Lake Park, Chicago, IL
Price: admission is free; in 2010 most books were priced 25 cents to $2. Cheaper on Sunday. Monday is bag/box day.
Contact: If you'd like to be part of it as a volunteer, please email hpkcc@aol.com or call the Conference office at 773-288-8343 or call Jane Ciacci at 773-419-1384 or Jane Comiskey at 773 324-0750. Please call or email the Conference if you need book pickup. Also, if you do not find the sorting room open but have questions or need a receipt for tax purposes call one of the numbers.
http://www.hydepark.org/hpkcc/Bookfair/BookFair.htm

The annual Hyde Used Book Sale is held on Columbus Day weekend at the 55th and Lake Park Shopping Center. The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference assumed responsibility for the sale in 2007 in order to maintain this Hyde Park tradition (it was previously run for about 50 years by the Hyde Park Co-op staff and volunteers). HPKCC is fortunate to enjoy the sponsorship and support of Treasure Island Foods, which provides a room for sorting and a central collection point for books. To Donate, drop off books at Treasure Island lower level big cardboard water mellon box. Collection of books on the lower level at Treasure Island will begin on Monday, August 18, and continue until probably Saturday, October 1. For those who can't bring their books to the store, pickup service will be available. If large collections need to be picked up (boxed or bagged), call our office, 773 288-8343. Watch for our posters and ads during the sorting period. Over 30,000 books. Sponsored by Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference and Treasure Island. We ask, urgently but respectfully, that donations be in readable condition. Please discard books that are already so damaged, or so moldy, that you don't want to touch them, because we won't want to either! If your organization could use free books at the end of the sale, call to arrange pickup at 4pm Monday. ++ I would like to confirm that the HP Used Book Sale does take audio (and video) tapes and the many other physical formats for music even vinyl et al. (Sorry, we can't help you get rid of downloads). We take good care of them (and hope donors have), but it would help to provide some sized box or packing so they don't slide around and get damaged or separated. We sell them in one section of the sale, so you will have to browse-- cheap. Note that after the sale all remains go to nonprofits or entities that distribute what's left to libraries, schools, senior centers, jails etc. Information : hpkcc@aol.com. Including for those who absolutely need to get rid of books before collection starts 3rd Monday in August and are able to bring them to the basement of Treasure Island-- PLEASE TALK WITH US FIRST. Collection will start in mid August (watch for notice in Good Neighbors and the Village) in the lower level of Treasure Island. Or contact us at hpkcc@aol.com. The sale is managed by and benefits programs of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. We can use lots of volunteers for sorting, other tasks, and at the sale. Call Jane Comiskey at 773 324-0750. Gary Ossewaarde, HPKCC board member


Jennifer Holland: 'Unlikely Heroes'

When: Tue. October 14, 2014, Time: 6pm.
Where: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, lower level, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Price: Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is available first come, first served, 385 max. and if capacity is reached, guests will be seated in an overflow space and view the event by live simulcast. Books may be purchased and the author will sign books at the program's conclusion.
Contact: Harold Washington Library Center, (312) 747-4300
http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/

About this event : Jennifer Holland joins us to discuss her new book titled Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom. Jennifer Holland is the New York Times bestselling author of Unlikely Friendships, along with Unlikely Loves and the Unlikely Friendships for Children series, all celebrating wonders of the animal kingdom. In Unlikely Heroes, Ms. Holland uncovers and celebrates yet another side of animals that we often think belongs primarily to people—heroism, that indefinable quality of going above and beyond, often for altruistic reasons, often at great personal risk. These 37 inspiring true tales show animals whose quick acts have saved lives, like the pod of dolphins who protected swimmers in New Zealand from a great white shark by forming a screen around them. There are stories of animals who simply and unselfishly give, like Rojo the llama, who shines his very special light of lovingkindness on the elderly patients in an Oregon rehab center. And there are compelling stories of heroic resilience: like Naki’o, the abandoned puppy who lost all four paws to frostbite but found the grit not only to overcome that terrible hardship but to reclaim the joy of life.


10/16 Doyle Lawson; Bluegate Theatre, 175 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565 888-447-4725

30th ANNIVERSARY 10-ACT CONCERT

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014, 4pm
Where: Maple Street Chapel , 220 S. Main St., Lombard, IL
Price: $30 advance/ $35 door general seating. $50 advance/ $55 door front row
Contact: 630.627.0171
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ENT Lineup Includes: Harpeth Rising; Mark Dvorak Trio Kate MacLeod & Andrew Calhoun Eric Lambert & Friends; Lee Murdock Dan Zahn  & Kate Moretti Bill & Kate Isles; Andina & Rich Tangleweed In Tents
Upcoming Season 2014-2015 Schedule at a glance: SAT | NOV. 29, 2014, 7:30pm | $20 Lee Murdock’s Christmas Ship Concert. SAT, | DEC. 6, 2014, 7:30pm | free Yule Sing-along Holiday Sing-along SUN | JAN. 4, 2015, 3:00pm | $20 Special Consensus. SAT | FEB. 14, 2015, 7:30pm | $15 Red Tail Ring. SAT | MAR. 7, 2015, 7:30pm | $15 Hounds of Finn. SAT | APR. 18, 2015, 7:30pm, | $15 Double Bill! Jonathan Byrd and Sally Barris SAT | MAY 2, 2015, 7:30pm | $15 Dave Rudolf & Friends


The Del McCoury Band

When: 10/24/14, Time: 7:00pm.
Where: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL.
Price: $39 | $52 | $62
Contact:
http://www.delmccouryband.com/
All Ages. Del and Woody: The Del McCoury Band Sings previously unreleased songs of Woody Guthrie. Woody Guthrie’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, hand-selected thirty songs from over 3,000 in the Woody Guthrie archives to present to McCoury with the task of setting them to music. “I was able to give Del ten lyrics off the top and he could write music to them in three days…He would just go into the studio and just play it,” explains Nora Guthrie. “That’s why I wanted to do Del because he is kind of the last stake in the ground to really say this is our music…He has it in his rhythm and it’s in everything he does…” These skillfully arranged new Guthrie lyrics are supported and given context by the presentation of historical audio and video footage throughout the concert. “My father’s earliest musical influences were the string band of North Texas in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s…If he were making music today, it would sound like the Del McCoury Band.”

For 50 years, Del McCoury's music has defined authenticity for hardcore bluegrass fans. A living link to when bluegrass was made in hillbilly honky tonks, schoolhouse shows and at the Grand Ole Opry, Del remains a vital presence today performing at alternative music festivals and experimenting with the form while retaining it's classic nature. 2011 marks Del McCoury’s 52nd year of performing. At the age of 67, McCoury is at the height of his game, and has become a major force in bringing bluegrass to a wider audience. McCoury -- along with his band -- has won more International Bluegrass Music Association awards than any other artist in the genre’s history with a total of nearly 40 individual and group citations from the IBMA--including a whopping nine “Entertainer Of The Year” honors, and has been nominated for six Grammys. His love for life and this music is contagious. Regularly drawing SRO crowds which run the gamut from tie-dyed’n’ patchouli neo-hippie jammers to button-down Yuppies to suspendered good ol’ boys, The Del McCoury Band may well boast the broadest, most inclusive fan base this side of the Grateful Dead. They are undeniably one of the most talented, revered and vital groups in bluegrass history (and one of the most potent bands in any field today). There’s no doubt that celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury is just that -- a delightful retrospective -- but it’s no swan song. Del’s already said it himself, and said it best in one of his own songs, co-written with country hit writer (and second generation bluegrass musician) Harley Allen, “Don’t ever let it be said darling, that what I do don’t bring me joy.” www.delmccouryband.com . Future nearby Del McCoury Band gigs:
10/31/14, Time: 7:00pm. Lisner Auditorium, Address: The George Washington University 21st & H St. NW., Washington, DC Age restrictions: All Ages. Del and Dawg: Del McCoury and David Grisman and Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn


10/24 Dailey and Vincent; Bluegate Theatre, 175 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565 888-447-4725

Avalon Odeum

When: Wed. October 29, 2014, 6:30pm -7:30pm
Where: Avalon Library, 8148 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617
Price: This program is free and no registration is required.
Contact: Library, Phone: 312-747-5234
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/avalon/

About this event: Film screening of Bronx Princess by Yoni Brooks and Musa Syeed. Rocky Otoo is a Bronx-bred teenager. When Rocky rebels against her mother's rules, their relationship reaches a breaking point and Rocky flees to her father, a chief in Ghana. There she finds that her ideas of a successful, independent life conflict with her father's traditional African values.  This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov). Contact: Joanne Brady Phone: 312-747-5234 


10/30-11/14 Dr. Ralph Stanley; Bluegate Theatre, 175 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565 888-447-4725

* November 2014 *


African Guitar Summit

When: November 15, 2014 , 8pm
Where: Ramsey Auditorium, Wilson Hall, Fermilab, Pine Street and Kirk Road, Batavia, IL 60510
Price: Tickets - $28; $14 for ages 18 and under.
Contact: On-line ticketing now available! Go to http://www.centerstageticketing.com/sites/fermilab/events.php to purchase tickets or call our box office at 630/840.ARTS (2787). On-line ticketing for this event is available until noon on Friday, December 13.
http://www.fnal.gov/culture/NewArts/index.shtml

African Guitar Summit features the finest native-born African musicians currently living in Canada. Their show includes both solo songs and group collaborations. Masters from Guinea, Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda/Burundi and Madagascar. African Guitar Summit features: From Guinea, the smooth fire of Juno Award winner Alpha YaYa Diallo; and the heartbeat of drummer Kofi Ackah; from Kenya, the Fiesta guitar of Professor Adam Solomon; from Burundi/Rwanda, the bluesy Mighty Popo; and from Madagascar the quicksilver guitars and harmonies of Donne Roberts and multiple Juno Award winner Madagascar Slim. See detailed bio of each man at: http://herschelfreemanagency.com/african_guitar_summit/african_guitar_summit.html
Future shows at Fermilab:
February 28, 2015 Caladh Nua $28, $14 for ages 18 and under
April 11, 2015 The Official Blues Brothers Revue $30 $15 for ages 18 and under
May 2, 2015, Hot Club of Cowtown, $25, $13 for ages 18 and under


Christmas on The Fox Art & Craft Show

When: 11/22/2014 - 11/23/2014, hours are 10am - 4 pm. both days.
Where: East And West Wing, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL
Price: $2 admission
Contact: Robin Reed, 815-772-3279, rareed57@yahoo.com.

Art of the Heartland presents its CHRISTMAS ON THE FOX ART AND CRAFT SHOW. Juried show with over 70 artist & craftspeople participating. Lunch is available.


Avalon Odeum

When: Mon. November 24, 2014, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Avalon Library, 8148 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617
Price: This program is free and no registration is required.
Contact: Library, Phone: 312-747-5234
http://old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/avalon/

About this event: Film screening of In the Light of Reverence by Christopher McLeod. Devil's Tower. The Four Corners. Mount Shasta. All places of extraordinary beauty -- and impassioned controversy -- over very different ideas about how the land should be used. Native-Americans see sites akin to the great cathedrals of the world. Others see opportunity for industry and recreation. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov). Contact: Joanne Brady Phone: 312-747-5234 


* December 2014 *


TV show: Garden Smart

When: Monday, Dec. 2, 2014, at 11am-11:30am
Where: WYCC, TV channel 20.1
Price: free on broadcast TV
Contact: http://www.wycc.org


12/31 Dailey and Vincent, Aaron Wilburn, & the Browns; Bluegate Theatre, 175 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565 888-447-4725

= January 2015 =


= February 2015 =


Model "A" Restorers Auto Swap Meet

When: SUNDAY 2/1/2015, hours: 7:30am-2:30pm
Where: Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL
Price: $$?
Contact: Mike Sargis, 630-340-4608

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AMERICANA FOLK ART SHOW

When: 3/20/2015 - 3/22/2015, Hours Friday 6pm-10pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm
Where: ROBINSON Hall, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL
Price: ??
Contact: ROBIN REED, RAREED57@YAHOO.COM
http://www.kanecountyfair.com/calendar.cfm


+ April 2015 +


== May 2015 ==


== June 2015 ==