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Old Town School of Folk Music Folk & Roots MAIN STAGE Artists Announced


The 13th ANNUAL

Noon to 10:00pm in WELLES PARK - 4400 North Lincoln Avenue
between Montrose and Sunnyside in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood

Admission: $10 suggested donation for adults / $5 suggested donation for seniors and children

Chicago Folk & Roots Festival is sponsored by WXRT.

For more information, contact the Old Town School of Folk Music:

Line-up subject to change - Rain or Shine - All Ages Welcome

MAIN STAGE ARTISTS (for full artist descriptions please see below)

8th Annual Midwest Invitational Fiddle Contest - 12:55pm
Hoyle Brothers - 2:00pm
James King Band - 2:55pm
Red Stick Ramblers - 4:05pm
Gingarte Capoeira Chicago - 5:05pm
Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l featuring Samba Mapangala - 5:30pm
Shemekia Copeland - 7:00pm
The Budos Band - 8:30pm

Wiggleworms 25th Birthday Party - 12:00pm
Wazo County Warblers & The Fly Boys - 1:00pm
The Boils - 1:45pm
Sanctified Grumblers - 2:30pm
Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo - 3:15pm
Leonard Jacome - 4:05pm
Red Baraat - 5:30pm
Les Saltimbanks -7:00pm
Etran Finatawa - 8:30pm


8th Annual Midwest Invitational Fiddle Contest - 12:55pm
The contest, presented by the Fiddle Club of the World (Chicago
Chapter), is an invitational contest for five or six bands. Each band
will be led by one or more fiddlers. Each band must also bring along
one or two dancers. The bands will compete for $1,200 in prize money.
This year marks the return of the Thursday Night fiddle contest in
Lincoln Square's Giddings Plaza on Thursday, July 8th from 7pm to
9:30pm. There will be an Open Division and a Youth Division and
Thursday's contest winners will perform at the Finals on the Folk &
Roots Main Stage on Saturday.

Hoyle Brothers - 2:00pm
The Hoyle Brothers brand of genuine country music draws from the
genre's deepest traditions-lyrics that speak universal truths, melody
lines that melt your heart and two-step rhythms that make your boots

James King Band - 2:55pm
From the moment you first hear James King's voice, you know you are
hearing bluegrass the way it was meant to be sung. King sings
bluegrass as only a handful of others before him - namely the greats
like Carter Stanley, Red Allen, and Del McCoury - ever have. Bluegrass
Unlimited has called him "the most impressive lead vocalist to emerge
in traditional bluegrass this decade".

Red Stick Ramblers - 4:05pm
Red Stick Ramblers from Baton Rouge, Louisiana are at the very
forefront of a new generation of Louisiana roots musicians who are
reinventing their tradition while remaining deeply aware of their
heritage. While they are dedicated to their regional French Cajun
roots, the band is not afraid to take the occasional detour into a
dusty honky-tonk, an all night dance party, or a laid back camp fire

Gingarte Capoeira Chicago - 5:05pm
Founded in 1991, Gingarte Capoeira Chicago has grown into a thriving
community of over 100 students and performers, many of whom have been
with the school for over a decade. The history of capoeira is rooted in
the rich African traditions brought to Brazil by enslaved Africans,
dating back nearly 500 years. The art form arose from the pressures of
colonialism and oppression, as slaves disguised a form of self-defense
in the charade of a dance. Capoeira combines elements of fighting with
dancing, singing, and musical instruments, and is expressed in the
roda, the circle where training manifests into games between two
capoeiristas. The game of capoeira is a fluid series of agile,
acrobatic, and martial movements linked together to form a unique
conversation, while an orchestra of berimbaus, atabaques, pandeiros,
and voices provide energy.

Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l featuring Samba Mapangala - 5:30pm
Voted Best World Music Group in Chicago by the Reader in 2008, the
Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l is lead by Old Town School guitar
teacher Nathaniel Braddock and features Congolese music legend Samba
Mapangala. The O'Bros perform classic Central and West African dance
music specializing in soukous, Highlife, Dry Guitar, and Rumba while
Mapangala led his Orchestra Virunga for 20 years to the top of the East
African music scene with their countless hit records.

Shemekia Copeland - 7:00pm
Born in Harlem, the daughter of Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde
Copeland, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned within
the modern blues scene. Copeland's passion for singing, matched with
her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a
heart-pounding urgency that is sure to get the Folk & Roots crowd
fired up for a hot, July summer night.

The Budos Band - 8:30pm
The Budos Band is the quintessence of Staten Island Soul. Their
exciting new afro-influenced take on instrumental music has been
captivating listeners from turntables as well as bandstands across the
nation. Eleven pieces in all, their group consists of drums, bass,
guitar, electric organ, two trumpets, baritone saxophone, and a
percussion section employing bongos, congas, tambourine, guiro, clave,
shekere and cowbell. Their music has been described as "compelling",
"unbridled", "psychedelic", "innovative", and above all "soulful."


Wiggleworms 25th Birthday Party - 12:00pm
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WIGGLEWORMS! Get ready to dance and sing your sillies
out at the best birthday party of the year! It's been 25 years of
Wiggleworms, and it's time to celebrate in the sun with a family
concert hosted by Old Town School's very own Wiggleworms teachers!

Wazo County Warblers & The Fly Boys - 1:00pm
The WAZO County Warblers are three songbirds who sing, play and swing
yesteryear's top heart songs, tender cowboy ballads, and early swing
numbers. Joining them are the Fly Boys, four guys whose fingers fly
along the strings of fiddles, ukes, mandolins, and guitars, dobros,
bass and any other nearby instrument that can't defend itself. If you
liked the Girls of the Golden West, Gene Autry and Patsy Montana,
you'll want to listen to the sounds of WAZO County.

The Boils - 1:45pm
Three of Chicago's most seasoned Irish traditional musicians came
together five years ago to form The Boils, a high-energy trio
delivering a potent blend of jigs and reels, as well as songs.
Featuring Jim Conway on harmonica and tin whistle, Jack Callahan on
guitar and vocals, and Mike Austin on bodhran and percussion, The Boils
maintain a deep respect for traditional style but also infuse that
tradition with their own interpretation of the music, reflecting their
Irish-American heritage.

Sanctified Grumblers - 2:30pm
From the ashes of the Devil in a Woodpile rises The Sanctified
Grumblers spreading raggin', old time jug music to the good people
featuring Rick "Cookin'" Sherry and Eric "Leadfoot" Noden.

Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo - 3:15pm
Steel string ten finger tapping guitar prodigy Andreas Kapsalis, and
nylon string classical guitarist Goran Ivanovic have fused their
musical roots with modern, classical, world, jazz and beyond in this
experimental duo. The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo
not only celebrate the tradition of guitar performance, but they are
also a part of a movement who's aim is to build the new repertoire for
the next generation of guitar players.

Leonard Jacome - 4:05pm
Leonard Jacome, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer and producer,
is one of the Venezuela's most prolific and accomplished harpists. He
has numerous awards representing Venezuela abroad and has toured and
performed throughout Latin America, Europe and Japan. He will be
performing Joropo and other traditional Venezuelan styles with his
quartet accompanied by dancers.

Red Baraat - 5:30pm
Red Baraat is the first and only dhol 'n' brass band of its kind in the
States, melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass
funk and expressing the human spirit through improvisation and a
powerful live sound. Comprised of dhol (double-sided, barrel-shaped
North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), percussion and horns, this
NYC-based group plays fresh originals, as well as traditional Punjabi
songs and Bollywood numbers with an explosive stage performance and

Les Saltimbanks - 7:00pm
Les Saltimbanks was formed by Kaddour Hadadi, the son of Algerian
migrants settled in a working-class suburb in the North of France. HK,
as he is known, is a street entertainer with no boundaries who is
accompanied on stage by his band of crack musicians - 'Les Saltibanks.'
The music is a creative and inspired rejection of borders between
different genres of music. It is a unique fusion of reggae, blues,
hip-hop, chaâbi (algerian folk music), rock and gypsy.

Etran Finatawa - 8:30pm
Among the grasslands of the Sahel and the shifting dunes of the Sahara
desert, two legendary nomadic peoples, the Wodaabe and Tuareg, are
joined together in the raunchy guitars and haunting voices of Etran
Finatawa. The interchange of modern and traditional songs, handclapping
and rich percussion often lead the songs and are an invitation to dance
while the solo guitar of Alhousseini Anivolla gives a special Blues
groove to their music. Their melodies, rhythms and vocals create a
sound picture of the grasslands of the Sahel and arid desert. The rich
and heady blend of the particular vocal sound of the Wodaabe singers,
Bammo Agonla and Bagui Bouga, the strong singing voice of the Touareg
Alhousseini Anivolla and the polyphonic chorus of the whole band is the
highly innovative, unique and rich sound and performance of Etran

For any PRESS & MEDIA inquiries (HI-RES photos, interview requests, music samples) please contact (but DO NOT publish):

Nick Macri
Concerts and Events Marketing Manager
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
ph(773) 751-3352

2010 Chicago Folk & Roots Sponsors include:
Chicago Parent
TimeOut Chicago
AV Club Chicago
Northern Trust Company
Motorola Foundation
Aon Foundation
Bryan Cave LLP
Katten & Temple, LLP (through a gift from John & Judy George)
Chicago Park District and Welles Park
Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce
DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center Chicago - North Shore
42N Latitude, Kitchen & Cocktails
Jorge Ordoñez Selections
Café Selmarie
Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.
Fiddle Club of the World, the Chicago Chapter
Piece Pizzeria
Old Town School Music Store
Old Town School Volunteers
Old Town School Members
American Airlines
Advocate Medical Group

Special Thanks to:
Alderman Gene Schulter and the 47th Ward Office
Paul Wargaski Violins
Shirts Our Business
Jon Langford

Nuestra Música stage sponsor:
Arte y Vida

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