funky treasure

Chicago is home to many cultural treasures, large and small. From towering architectural masterpieces to neighborhood blues bars.

Chief among them in my mind is the Old Town School of Folk Music. Now, over 50 years old, it offers classes in everything from guitar, banjo, cello, oud, to songwriting and dance. Instructing close to 6,000 students a week … 2,700 of them children!

Having grown up on folk music and being lucky enough to have taken banjo lessons, many moons ago in New York at the Noah Wolfe School of Music …from the exceptional Happy Traum … I’m thrilled to see people of all ages making their way to Old Town .. filling Lincoln Avenue with the sight of guitar and banjo cases, drums, feet .. all on the move.

The school also boasts one of the most intimate music venues in the City, the Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall.  Seating about 400, with great sight lines and acoustics, its concerts are rooted in the diverse and authentic cultural traditions, new and old, of America and around the world.  The upcoming January through June schedule includes performances by artists as wide-ranging as Warren Hayes, Joshua Redman, Ceu, the subdudes, Alejandro Escovedo and many more.

The perfect tonic for the doldrums of long cold winters, if you’re in or around Chicago, check out our funky, lively treasure, the Old Town …and turn up the volume on yourself. 


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