OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK

The Old Town School of Folk Music has announced it's Spring Season

The Old Town School of Folk Music is a Chicago institution devoted to music education and presentation since 1957. Nearly every weekend The Old Town School plays host to the best international and local artists in world and roots music, jazz, blues and more. No seat in the School's intimate 425 seat Concert Hall is farther than 45 feet from the stage. The Chicago Tribune noted the hall's "spectacular acoustics and sight lines," while Centerstage Chicago commented about "the relaxed atmosphere of a bar along with great acoustics... The set up is perfect because it does what folk music does -- caters to the people." Comfortable seating, terrific sight lines, an impeccable sound system, and a lobby cafe that serves reasonably priced beer, wine, and food combine to make the Old Town School of Folk Music a unique live music experience.

WHAT: 2005 WINTER/SPRING Concert Season at The Old Town School of Folk Music
WHERE: Old Town School of Folk Music
American Airlines Concert Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
TICKETS: Call 773.728.6000
Tickets can also be purchased through www.ticketweb.com.
To find out more about these concerts and the artists listed below, please visit www.oldtownschool.org

Saturday, March 19 at 7 & 10 p.m.
WDCB Welcomes LARRY SPARKS & THE LONESOME RAMBLERS, KING WILKIE
$22, 20 Old Town School Members, $18 Seniors & Children
Special thanks to Ray and Anita Hartshorne.

Larry Sparks began his career at the top of his profession when he worked with the Stanly Bros. and Ralph Stanley during the late 60's. He formed the Lonesome Ramblers in 1969, and began a recording career that to date has produced many albums and has established him as one of the top names in bluegrass. Known as the most soulful voice in bluegrass, Larry Sparks is the winner of the 2004 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award. Crowned; Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2004 International Bluegrass Music Association, King Wilkie injects bluegrass with their electrifying energy and modern edge. Combining traditional standards with true-to-form originals, these young turks are setting the bluegrass world on fire.

Sunday, March 20 at 4 & 7:30 p.m.
Time Out Chicago Welcomes
ROBBIE FULKS' SECRET COUNTRY
BUDDY MILLER
With Special Guest AL ANDERSON
$22, $20 Old Town School Members, $18 Seniors & Children
Special thanks to Al and Phyllis Thomas.
Robbie's Secret Country is hosted and written by Robbie Fulks, and produced and presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music. Robbie's Secret Country is made possible in part by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust. Buddy Miller effortlessly blends a dozen American styles and idioms; he evokes the mongrel force that breathed life into America's best mid-century pop and folk music. He wasn't the first. He wasn't the last. However, Al Anderson did spend an amazing 22 years there - playing guitar in the college of musical knowledge known as The New Rhythm and Blues Quartet or more simply, NRBQ.

Saturday, April 2 at 7 & 10 p.m.
WLUW Welcomes
JIMMIE DALE GILMORE
With Special Guest CAROLINE HERRING
$20, $18 Old Town School Members, $16 Seniors & Children

"[Jimmie Dale] Gilmore's rich, haunting voice, with its reedy echoes of Willie Nelson, has a timeless, almost disembodied cast that makes it a perfect instrument for addressing questions of eternity without sounding pompous." -- Los Angeles Times. "Caroline Herring sings folk songs with a country edge. Or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, the gifted songwriter knows her way around a tune. Her slightly honeyed twang, lilting and lovely, shapes the Southern slices of life that make up many of her story-songs." -– The Washington Post

Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m.
World Acoustic Series
WNUR Welcomes
RIZWAN- MUAZZAM QAWWALI
$25, $23 Old Town School Members, $21 Seniors & Children
Special thanks to the Kalapriya Foundation Special thanks to the Franklin Philanthropic Foundation
Rizwan and Muazzam, nephews of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan come from a direct family line of Qawwali vocal music that spans over five centuries. Their inventive reinterpretations of spiritual love songs are based upon classical Islamic and Sufi texts.

Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m.
WLUW and Miles Ahead Jazz Radio Welcome 2nd ANNUAL
BASIN STREET RECORDS'
NEW ORLEANS MUSIC FESTIVAL
KERMIT RUFFINS & THE BARBECUE SWINGERS Featuring
DR. MICHAEL WHITE
$22, 20 Old Town School Members, $18 Seniors & Children
Special thanks to Joseph and Angela Holtzman

New Orleans native Kermit Ruffins is perhaps best known as the young trumpeter and vocalist who founded and shaped Rebirth Brass Band. In 1994 he left the Rebirth Brass Band to start his own solo career and to continue experimenting with different types of jazz. His music, like the Crescent City itself, swings hard with a big heart as it remembers tradition and the importance of good-timin' fun.

Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
Time Out Chicago Welcomes
ROBBIE FULKS' SECRET COUNTRY
JOHN COWAN BAND, THE GREENCARDS
$20, $18 Old Town School Members, $16 Seniors & Children

John Cowan electrified millions as the voice and bassist of New Grass Revival, before doing the same with his own band. His blazing, emotive tenor is recognized as one of the treasures of the acoustic music world. In recent years, he has branched out into different genres, and has galvanized the respect of rock, country, blues and soul audiences. Drawn together by a common passion for creating inspired newgrass acoustic music, these three sterling musicians crossed continents to collide deep in the heart of Texas, where--as The Greencards--they've rapidly distinguished themselves amongst a new generation of acoustic musicians.

Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m.
WBEZ Welcomes
BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO
$22, 20 Old Town School Members, $18 Seniors & Children

Brad Mehldau has two sides to his musical personality that form a dichotomy. He is first and foremost an improviser, and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, and it informs everything he plays. In his most inspired playing, the actual structure of his musical thought serves as an expressive device.

Friday, May 20 at 7 & 10 p.m.
WDCB Welcomes
PETER ROWAN & TONY RICE
With Special Guest DARRELL SCOTT
$25, $23 Old Town School Members, $21 Seniors & Children
In the autumn of 2004 Peter Rowan and Tony Rice released You Were There For Me, the first full-fledged recording collaboration between the two of the most influential musicians in American music. "He [Darrell Scott] is one of the great writers of our time. He brings a complete package through perfectly crafted lyrics, groove and melody. When you listen to his songs you can tell he's lived them." ~ The Dixie Chicks.

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