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Chicago celebrates two musical legends

watson scruggs

CHICAGO IL - Join faculty, staff, and friends of the Old Town School as we pay tribute to two American roots music heroes - Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs.

The evening's tribute will be split right down the middle with the first set focusing on Doc Watson and featuring Rita Ruby and Sweeter Gift, Eric Lugosch, Mark Dvorak, Sleepy Lou (Jonas Friddle & Maria McCullough), Chris Walz, Sunnyside Up, and Dvorak, Shepard & Walz.

WFMT Folkstage


The 36th Fox Valley Folk Festival kicked off on Saturday, September 1 with a live broadcast of WFMT's "Folkstage," from the Unitarian Universalist Church in Geneva IL. The concert featured preview sets from eight different acts scheduled to appear on the festival main stage over Labor Day weekend.

We get letters...


Annemarie from Woodstock IL writes:

"I'm wanting to learn 'We Become.' Are you willing to share the chords? I've watched the YouTube, but there are a few chords that I can't really identify by sight, and I want to be sure I learn it right..."

Thank you Annemare! …

Peggy Lipschutz: True, Beautiful & Strong


On August 23, MD sat down for a visit with Chicago's artistic treasure, Peggy Lipschutz. In 1970, the Old Town School of Folk Music moved from its original location at 333 W. North Avenue, to the Aldine Building at 909 W. Armitage in Lincoln Park.

Lipschutz created three portraits for new site of the Old Town School where the images of folk icons 

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