Old Town Turns 50 | 12.01.07 | Chicago

The Old Town School of Folk Music 50 Years in Chicago Benefit
12.01.07 :: Auditorium Theatre :: Chicago, IL

The Old Town School of Folk Music recently reunited an all-star roster of former students, teachers and friends from its illustrious five-decade history to perform a "50 Years in Chicago Benefit Concert" at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. An enthusiastic sold-out crowd of more than 3800 guests helped raise nearly $1 million for the non-profit music, dance and art center.

The concert lineup included Grammy Award-winner and Wilco front man, Jeff Tweedy; one of the world's premier banjo players, Bela Fleck and Evanston native and Uncle Earl band member Abigail Washburn; the genre-busting guitarist David Bromberg; founding member of the legendary group the Byrds, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and former Old Town School student, Roger McGuinn; blues guitarist Lonnie Brooks joined by his son, Wayne Baker Brooks, and Nicholas Tremulis; special guest artist Frank Hamilton, the only living founder of the Old Town School; The Bloodshot Family Band featuring The Robbie Fulks Band with Jon Langford, Kelly Hogan, Sally Timms, and Nora O'Connor; folk maven Bonnie Koloc; the Mexican folk group, Sones de Mexico Ensemble; blues harmonica master Corky Siegel; a new work from Luna Negra Dance Theater; and a set by The Old Town School Players, an ensemble of alumni and faculty. Between music acts were "bursts" of dance acts on stage representing the variety of arts instruction offered at Old Town School, from tap to Irish step to street dance. Proceeds from the concert will support scholarships for students who could not otherwise afford lessons and youth outreach initiatives that reach thousands of children, not to mention continuing a 50-year tradition of presenting classes with a faculty of renowned teachers and performances by local and touring artists representing cultural traditions from around the world.

Images by: Adam George

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Tweedy and Tom Ryan
Jeff Tweedy and "Wilco Teacher Band"
Sones de México Ensemble
Lonnie Brooks with Wayne Baker Brooks, Nicholas Tremulis
Lonnie Brooks
Jon Langford and Sally Timms
Kelly Hogan and Robbie Fulks
Frank Hamilton and Roger McGuinn
Frank Hamilton
David Bromberg, Bonnie Koloc, Corky Siegel
David Bromberg
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willydog Mon 12/10/2007 04:58PM
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pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/10/2007 05:05PM
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bela will forever have my heart

G$Love Mon 12/10/2007 05:24PM
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It's too bad every city can't have their own Old Town School of Folk Music, kudos to everyone that works at OTSFM for all your hard work and dedication in keeping traditional American music alive. Looks like an awesome show.

snappy starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/10/2007 06:40PM
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What a freakin' lineup! Some lovely pics here. Nice work, Mr. George. Every show I've seen at the Old School has been tremendous. Some buildings/theatres really bring out the best in performers.

aquariumdrunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/11/2007 07:52AM
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Thanks for the great pictures!

Really is one hell of a lineup there...

gamecat starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/11/2007 08:25AM
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The Old Town School is the best.

Your right G$Love, every city needs a school like this.

But I'm happy it's here in Chicago. :)

Who else can get Jeff Tweedy to come in and actually teach you how to play Wilco songs?

What a great concert and it all benefits kids who want to learn to play music.

Thanks for covering this Jambase!