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Chicago celebrates two musical legends

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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.

The second set will be a special tribute to Earl Scruggs led by Special Consensus mastermind Greg Cahill and aided and abetted by Chris Walz, Colby Maddox, Keith Baumann, and John Abbey.

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.

MD performed three songs, "Ruben You Can Play Your Banjo," "I Hate to See the Summer Go" and "It'll Be Better, When It's Better."

Click here or on the image to listen and download for free!

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! Of course I would be happy to share the chords with you. I play it out of G position, capoed up to the fifth fret.

Click here or on the image for a tablature of the opening instrumental that should give you an idea on the fingerings.

Click here if you'd like to see the YouTube video of Chris, Ellen and I rehearsing it.

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 Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, along with blues legend Big Bill Broonzy have hung since 1970.

In a new 24 minute film, produced for WLUW 88.7 fm, Lipschutz talks about the famous  paintings, her life in art, and her new show opening on September 7, 2012.

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