Friday  August 22 (8:15pm, $7) — CHRIS FARRELL Renowned singer-songwriter performed with Steve Goodman and John Prine 35 years ago, and he’s even more relevant today! Touching ballads, comic songs, social satire. Teaches guitar at Old Town School!
Will be featured Tuesday August 19 on WDCB 90.9fm Folk Festival with Lilli Kuzma

Friday August 29 (8:15pm, $7) – JACK WILLIAMS From South Carolina, this outstanding and joyously reckless guitarist and singer-songwriter masterfully blends the contemporary with the traditional. "Best guitar player I ever heard!" (Peter Yarrow)
Will be featured the next night on WFMT 98.7fm Folkstage with Rich Warren.

Sunday & Monday, Aug 31 & Sep 1 (Labor Day Weekend) — Fox Valley Folk Festival (see Scheduled Events)

Friday September 5 (8:00pm, $7) — OPEN MIKE — All welcome! Great variety of acoustic artists! So popular we must limit number of acts. 1–2 songs, 10 minutes max. Open 7:30 for signups – first come, first served. Show starts 8:00. Info: 630-968-5526.

Friday September 12 (8:15pm, $7) — TRACY GRAMMER One of folk music's most beloved artists, she keeps the music of her late musical partner Dave Carter alive, while proving herself a fine performer on her own. Violin, guitar, mandolin, great vocals, riotous humor!

Friday September 19 (8:15pm, $7) — HEATHER STYKA CD Release! — Chicago-bred, Maine-based songwriter, her tunes have a vintage familiarity, with lyrics as smart as they are hummable. Numerous songwriting awards; her last album hit #3 on National Folk-DJ Chart! CD Release for brand album: While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet.

September 26 (8:15pm, $7) — DAVID HAWKINS — CD Release, with Clark Sommers — A singer-songwriter who found Chicago by way of Tulsa, Detroit & New Orleans, and picked up flavors wherever he lived. Songs tough and gentle, where flesh and spirit meet, and where one's soul is on the line.

Friday October 3 (8:15pm, $7) — FEBRUARY SKY — CD Release, with Joe Wadz & Elaine Wagner — Traditional singer & expert Celtic guitarist Phil Cooper joins singer-songwriter Susan Urban in old & new songs with intricate instrumentals. Guitar, cittern, banjo, dulcimer.

Friday October 10 (8:15pm, $7) — CAMPEAU & CRAIG — Jim & Vivian Craig and Mitch Thomas & Fred Campeau in an ukeclectic show that brings a smile, and maybe a tear or two. Old, new and blue songs with tight vocal blends, plus ukuleles, guitars, banjo, and concertina.

Saturday October 11 (8:00pm, $5) — Old Time Barn Dance Party! — (See Scheduled Events).

Friday October 17 (8:15pm, $7) — THE CAROLINES (Andrea Bustin and Amy Plante) — Sisters weave new melodies and lyrics into old time banjo music. Classical training, effortless performance with intricate harmonies and expert claw hammer banjo technique.

Friday October 24 (8:15pm, $7) — DEAN MILANO TRIO Original folk, pop, bluegrass and more by a veteran of rock, blues, folk and jazz bands. Joined by guitarist Jay Whitehouse and fiddler Jordi Kleiner, his story songs relate true experiences. 3 excellent CDs!

Friday October 31 (8:15pm, $7) — ZACHARY SCOT JOHNSON Young Wisconsin songwriter/actor with "...the smooth guitar lines of James Taylor, the spunk of Joni Mitchell, the vocals of Elvis Costello, and the songwriting ability of all three. (The Lawrentian)

Here is a printable PDF version of the Entertainment Schedule.

Here is a preliminary list of upcoming shows. More info to come!


Fall 2014


Nov    7  Greg Klyma

Nov  14  Cathy Robel & Stephen Davis

Nov  21  Open Mike
Nov  28  Greg Trafidlo with Dean Milano


Dec    5   A Winter's Tale (Jon Vezner, Sally Barris & Don Henry)
Dec  12   Bittersweet Christmas Band
Dec  19   Christmas Show with McIntosh & McGovern
Dec  26   Pete Norman's Post Christmas Blues Fest

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