Monthly Archives: March 2017

This Land Is Your Land comes to Schubas April 23

CHICAGO IL – Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport welcomes Old Town School of Folk Music artists Campeau and Craig, the Pickin’ Bubs and singer songwriter Mark Dvorak for a benefit performance on Sunday, April 23. The all-ages show begins at 7:00 pm. Each of the artists performs regularly at Schubas’ popular Acoustic Brunch, and the event will support the Old Town School, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary year.

“There is a wave of anxiety throughout our community,” said Peggy Browning, who writes songs and sings with the Pickin’ Bubs. “We wanted to create an event that would bring people together during these uncertain political times, and support the inclusive mission of the Old Town School.” Browning also curates the acts at Schubas Acoustic Brunch, and is on faculty at the school.

“The Old Town School unequivocally welcomes the participation of everyone,” said Bau Graves, executive director of the school. “Regardless of religion, country of origin, gender orientation or political persuasion, we don’t care where you came from or how you got here. We do care that every individual feels safe within our facilities and in every interaction with our school community.”

The concert is titled, “This Land Is Your Land,” and will feature Chicago folk veterans Fred Campeau and Mitch Thomas with Jim and Vivian Craig, who perform together as Campeau and Craig. Also on the bill are the Pickin’ Bubs, an acoustic trio whose sound is rooted in traditional music. Bau Graves will make a special guest appearance and Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak will open the show. The entire cast will close the evening together with a selection of folk sing alongs including Woody Guthrie classic “This Land Is Your Land.”

“The Old Town School of Folk Music is Chicago’s sanctuary for community, culture and arts education,” said Dvorak. “It’s the place we go to learn how to sing and play together. It’s the place we go to learn how to take care of each other. Pete Seeger once said, ‘Never underestimate the power of bringing harmony into the world.’”

General admission is $12 advance, $15 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased at  www.lh-st.com   Donations to the Old Town School of Folk Music can be made at the event or by visiting www.oldtownschool.org. For more information phone Schubas 773 525 2508.

Sing Along Concert in Forest Park to benefit Community Foundation, Food Pantry and Housing Forward

The first annual Oak Park River Forest Community Sing Along is set to take place on Sunday, April 30 at Doc Ryan’s, 7432 W. Madison, Forest Park. Music begins at 6:00 pm.

The event is called “Songs for Peace and Justice” and is sponsored by the Songs for Peace and Justice Fund held at the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation. Besides the Fund at the Community Foundation, the event will benefit two local community service agencies, the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry and Housing Forward.

“We feel there is hole to fill, and a real need to help nourish our community.” said Stephanie Schrodt of River Forest, who is co-chairing the event along with Betsy Backes and Liz Ziehl.

“Across the nation there is a lot of fear and concern for friends, loved ones, strangers, immigrants and for ourselves,” she said. “It is beautiful to witness the way music can transform the atmosphere.”

The concert will feature folk musicians Mark Dvorak and Jason McInnes, both from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Dvorak, who was named Chicago’s “official troubadour” by WFMT 98.7 FM, will be accompanied by the Power of Song Singers, a ten-member chorus which began at the Old Town School after the passing of Pete Seeger in 2014. McInnes is the director of the Young Stracke All-Stars, an ensemble of youth musicians aged 8 to 14. The group is named for Old Town School founder Win Stracke, who was a singer, early television star and music education pioneer.

“We wanted to create this opportunity for neighbors to connect and to give music and singing together the chance to work its magic,” said Schrodt. “We want to support our local agencies who continue to help our neighbors navigate through challenging times.”

All ages are welcome to attend. General admission to the event is a sliding suggested donation of $10 – $20. $25 suggested for families. The sponsors regret that the event is not wheelchair accessible. Doors open at 5:00 pm. For information and for sponsorship opportunities phone 312451-5101 or email musicandpotlucks@gmail.com. Visit the website at www.oprfcf.org.

Springing Ahead

Well it is quite busy here for Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts and for me personally…

WoodSongs/Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts was at Folk Alliance International Kansas City, MO
February 15-18th. Thanks to all who stopped by the trade show booth… artists, presenters, DJs. Great meeting you all!

Loretta at FAI 2017

Loretta at FAI 2017

Friday Feb 24th, Brian Ashley Jones was at Uncommon Ground/Devon-Chicago, Saturday Feb 25th brought the music of Tony Bennett at the Mercury Theater. I completed proofreading the new WoodSongs III book for Michael Johnathon, and it had me laughing and crying!

Thursday March 2nd  was my graduation class performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music… yes, I have been taking guitar lessons, now that I have the new Martin guitar I wanted to try it out. So I started again with Guitar 1 at OTS, it was a small class and we all had it going on, of course my instructor (Mark Dvorak) always has it going on. The class gave me structure and incentive and I am looking forward to the next session. I am sorry that there is not a picture or video of the event. They even had lights and microphones! I now have a deeper respect for those of you who make your life/living on the stage!

March 4th was the Annual Paul Seiwert Foundation Benefit for Children with Cancer. David Noll was at Two Way Street Coffee House in Downers Grove, Friday March 10th. Met David at the Folk Alliance Conference Region Midwest where he introduced his new CD Serenade to a Life.

Mark Dvorak filled the Acorn Coffeehouse at the Burning Bush Art Gallery in Wheaton, IL this past Saturday.  A very nice place for art and music.

Michael Johnathon returns to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series in Lewistown, IL this Saturday March 18.

Mark Dvorak will be a showcase artist at the Illinois Library Association Reaching Forward Conference in Rosemont, IL May 5th.  LSAA is doing a special promotion of this
to Illinois libraries.  You can find more information about this and Mark’s complete schedule at www.markdvorak.com

There are a couple of wonderful community music events being planned as fund-raisers for non-profit organizations.  Stayed tuned for more information!

Looking forward to Spring!
Lo