| Jul 28, 2013
| 8:01 AM
Memo to: Everyone.
Re: Shutting Up During Concerts.
So, uh, everyone … if you've been wondering lately about what you could do to dramatically improve my enjoyment at concerts this summer (and beyond), well, No. 1: Wow, thanks for the...
| Jul 21, 2013
For years it's been my sense that the Madigan name doesn't send chills down the spines of average Illinois residents.
Despite the yeoman's effort of print and broadcast pundits to portray veteran Democratic state House Speaker Michael Madigan as the...
| May 13, 2011
| 7:29 AM
Hell is getting what you want first thing in the morning, when it's the last thing in the world you need.
Hell is the life led by Doc Ebersole, the man at the mangled heart of Steve Earle's unforgettable new novel about music, life, death, addiction,...
| Jul 7, 2011
| 10:36 PM
Chicago Folk and Roots Festival: The Old Town School of Folk Music’s annual throw-down is a multi-act, family-friendly event that includes as headliners R&B singer Delbert McClinton and rockabilly siren Rosie Flores (Saturday) and Cuban flutist...
| Aug 15, 2011
| 8:05 AM
The Old Town School of Folk Music is producing a theater piece for the first time in its 425-seat venue in Lincoln Square.
"Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville" was commissioned by the school. It's a collaboration between the North...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 10:00 AM
At one point in "Keep a Song in Your Soul," a project billed as the Old Town School of Folk Music's first foray into the world of theater, a narrative description is provided of how the great Bill "Bojangles" Robinson danced through his pain with his...
| Nov 15, 2011
| 5:11 PM
Louie Perez and David Hidalgo have been writing songs together for 40 years, providing the backbone for Los Lobos albums and a couple of Latin Playboy projects. Their tunes have been covered by artists ranging from Robert Plant and Pop Staples to Phish...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 10:18 AM
It all started in a private home in 1957 with a small group of folk guitarists learning the chords to “Sloop John B.” Now 55 years later Frank Hamilton, Win Stracke and the other founders of the Old Town School of Folk Music would hardly...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 10:26 AM
The Old Town School of Folk Music has had a lot of legendary and influential artists pass through its doors during its 55 years, and many of them have been documented on recordings that up until now have been available only to the school’s music...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 8:41 PM
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International: The multi-racial Chicago band specializes in West African highlife music, which should be a perfect way to experience Old Town’s new, dance-oriented performance space in the Myron R. Szold Music and...
| Mar 11, 2012
| 7:31 PM
Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble: The Band’s drummer-vocalist holds regular “Midnight Rambles” at his barn in Woodstock, N.Y., and he'll bring that loose, Southern medicine-show vibe to Old Town and its annual fundraiser with guests...