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Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago

Old Town School Of Folk Music

4544 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Tel: (773) 728-6000

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Live Music Schedule:

Wednesdays:  World Music 8:30pm
1/21 H’Sao
1/24 Bill Frisell: Guitar In The Space Age! w/ Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wollesen
1/28 Josefina Rozenwasser & Matías Albamonte Dúo
2/4 Chinchano
2/6 Sons of the Never Wrong, Bettman & Halpin
2/8 Dr. Ralph Stanley, Family & Friends
2/11 Aallotar
2/14 Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2/18 Luciano Antonio (CD Rel)
2/25 Gypsy Influence (Chicago Flamenco Festival)
2/28 Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
3/4 Choro de Lá pra Cá
3/8 Dervish
3/11 Heartbeat
3/13 Altan
3/14 Jerry Douglas Presents: The Earls of Leicester w/ Chatham County Line
3/15 Justin Robertsand the Not Ready for Naptime Players (11am & 3pm)
3/18 The Itals
3/21 Tom Paxton, Janis Ian
3/25 Juanito Pascual
4/18 13th Annual Chicago Maritime Festival (10am)

Fridays: Global Dance Party 8:30pm
1/18 April Verch
1/23 Pine Leaf Boys
1/25 Celebrating The Birthday of Antonio Carlos Jobim w/ Paulinho Garcia & Friends
1/30 Orkestar Balkanski Ritmi & Ethnic Dance Chicago
1/31 Anais Mitchell
2/6 Chicago International Salsa Congress
2/13 Modou Sarr
2/19 Greil Marcus w/ Jon Langford & Sally Timms: The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 10 Songs
2/20 Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society
2/21 Sones de Mexico Ensemble and Billy Branch: Son Jarocho Meets the Chicago Blues
2/22 Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus
2/27 Heather Malyuk & Dan MacDonald, Big Shoulders Square Dance with calling by Paul Tyler
3/7 Midge Ure (of Ultravox) - solo acoustic show
3/13 AfriCaribe
3/14 Alash
3/15 Joe Filisko and Eric Noden
3/20 Carpacho y su Combo
3/27 Kreyól Roots

Updated: 12/14/14 10:25pm


The Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities.

As we begin our 50th year in 2007, enrollment in Old Town School tuition programs averages close to 6,000 students per week, 2,700 of them children. The Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park facilities hold hundreds of classes and workshops in music, dance and art for adults, children and teens seven days per week, 48 weeks per year. Early childhood and middle school music programs thrive in three suburban branches as well as in several community outreach programs throughout the city. The School presents performances by internationally known touring artists, the best of Chicago’s local artists and its staff and students virtually every weekend. Most Wednesday nights feature free concerts through AfroFolk Live and La Peña, popular and long established Community Programs. Some 85,000 come to these concerts and attend the Chicago Folk & Roots festival in nearby Welles Park annually.

Throughout our 50 year history, what has set the Old Town School of Folk Music apart from other music teaching programs has been the philosophy that music is for everyone. The founders wanted the School to be a place where, as founder Frank Hamilton said, “teacher and student would be partners in learning.” This philosophy is still in place and the Old Town School continues to be a place that gives people the tools to make their own music. Young and old, beginners and advanced players, people from various cultures and traditions come together to create music and learn from each other.

Performances marked @ MAURER will be held at:
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
The Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Performances marked @ SZOLD will be held at:
Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
The Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625



CTA By Train:
Take the Brown Line to the Western Station. Walk east to Lincoln Ave. then South on Lincoln to the 4544 N. Lincoln.

CTA By Bus:
Take the Lincoln (#11) or Western (#49) Bus Lines to their Wilson Ave. stops. 4544 N. Lincoln is a quick walk south on Lincoln Ave.

Driving westbound (from downtown) on I-90/94 (by the way, not 1(one)-90):
Exit at Western Ave. Follow signs (straight at first stoplight) to Western Ave, then turn right on to Western Ave (at second stoplight). Turn right on Montrose Ave. Turn left onto Lincoln, where the school will be on the left.

Driving eastbound (from north/nothwest suburbs) on 1-90/94:
Exit at Irving Park and head east (left). Tu

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