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Wed 8 Jul

Future Hits

Future Hits

Wednesday, July 8
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Matt Baron worked in sales for years, but realized cold calling in business parks wasn't his calling. Therefore, he decided to pursue teaching to share his love of learning with English and Spanish-speaking students. This led to Future Hits, the heartfelt (yet secretly educational) music project for kids, families and teachers. Since 2011, he's been embedding creativity and culture in the classroom through fuzzy, poppy tunes that are fun and engaging while teaching literacy and promoting social/emotional learning outcomes. Teaming up with Emma Hospelhorn (Ensemble Dal Niente), Ben Sutherland (The Machine is Neither), and drums-and-piano virtuoso Nick Kabat, Baron has, in three short years, brought Future Hits to a place where the band has been likened to a fusion of Yo La Tengo, Jonathan Richman, and The Velvet Underground (if they all joined forces to start a band for all-ages). Wrote Jake Austen in Roctober Magazine of Future Hits' 2012 debut album, Songs for Learning, "Every child I play this for is simply entranced, and my inner kid is sold." Future Hits will enhance your children's lives and learning (and perhaps yours, too!).

Wed 15 Jul



Wednesday, July 15
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Born out of the Old Town School of Folk Music, then-fledging musician John Joyce went to take some harmonica classes and ended up taking a bunch of guitar lessons inspired by bandmate and fellow firefighter Pete Cunningham. After mastering three chords, writing some lyrics that amused his daughter, locating a bunch of interested musicians (Pete, Don, Alton, and Joe), a father-son drummer exchange (Frank for Joe), he finally had a band. The Poochamungas went on to record "Mud, Mommies and Mayhem" in 2010, which won a NAPPA Award. The Poochamungas believe that good music should know no age, and they rock out for audiences big and small. Singing, dancing and general silliness is the rule of the day when this band comes to play!


Wed 22 Jul

Wendy & DB and the Band

Wendy & DB and the band

Wednesday, July 22
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The FUN band is a group of musicians that back up Wendy & DB. They include Dean Rolando on piano, Geoffrey Lowe on bass, and Dennis Calito on percussion/drum sounds from around the world! This interactive band is a must-see for all children and parents!

Wed 29 Jul

The Dreamtree Shakers

PHOTO: The Dreamtree Shakers

Wednesday, July 29
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Dreamtree Shakers are a Chicago-based band of musicians and educators making music for kids and families. The live show can feature up to eight people when in full force and includes creative movement and visuals. You can expect joyful harmony and lyrics that don't condescend. Our goal is to make music that parents and kids can enjoy together.

Wed 5 Aug

The Exceptionals *A concert to accommodate children with sensory differences

The Exceptionals

Wednesday, June 17 and August 5
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Old Town School of Folk Music presents “Grow, Worm, Grow! A Sensory Celebration Concert for All!” Experiencing live music lights up the entire brain and opens communication in ways that words alone cannot. In this interactive concert, Old Town School of Folk Music faculty create a multisensory experience carefully designed to calm, delight, and support children with sensitivities and special needs. Centered on the theme of growth and performed by teaching artists experienced and trained in the field of special education, the concert creates a safe, celebratory space for children with diverse abilities and the people who love them. Children are encouraged to engage how they wish, in their own way, when they are ready. Come celebrate your child’s sense of self and growth, and have some musical fun with other children and families!

The Exceptionals invite families to bring along a small blanket for the little ones to wrap up in as we play make-believe with sprouting plants!

Wed 12 Aug

Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats

PHOTO: Laura Doherty

Wednesday, August 12
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Nominated “best Chicago kids act” in Time Out Chicago, Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats bring their live show to the Chicago Botanic Garden, performing favorites from Doherty's three Parents' Choice award-winning CDs, chock full of tunes that acoustically rock your kid's world with a signature breezy folk-pop sound. Of her latest CD “In a Heartbeat,” Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche (guest drummer on the CD) says, “Laura's music is full of beauty and fun for the whole family.” Doherty's classic “Hot Dog” song and “El Train” song are fan-favorite hits delivered Chicago style, with groovy riffs and catchy lyrics.

Wed 19 Aug

Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies

Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies

Wednesday, August 19
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Part of being a kid in Chicago is rocking out with kindie-folk icon Mr. Singer.”- Red Tricycle online city guide.

Mr. Singer’s dynamic shows include everything from a cappella sing-alongs to hopping’ dance parties to full throttle rockers. Voted “One of Chicago’s Most Influential Kids’ Musicians” by Time Out Chicago Kids, called “a hit” by the Chicago Sun-Times, and “way cool,” by the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies bring the whole family together for a memorable musical experience. Imagine: June and Johnny Cash playing the Clash at a carnival.

Wed 26 Aug

Duke Otherwise

PHOTO: Duke Otherwise

Wednesday, August 26
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With his outrageously clever tunes, Duke Otherwise is a children's musician unlike any you've heard before. The Duke won't sing about wheels on a bus unless they're flat, square, or coming off. He will instead sing about love-struck third-graders, a multicultural bowling team, or a forlorn king of the jungle.

Wed 2 Sep

Zak Morgan

PHOTO: Zak Morgan

Wednesday, September 2
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With a background in children’s literature plus a Grammy nomination for his kids’ songs, Zak Morgan brings all of his life experiences and a simple delight in words and music to his live performances. His exuberant celebration of wordplay and humorous storytelling are all typical of Morgan’s songwriting. He aims to inspire his listeners to enjoy learning for its own sake while providing nonstop entertainment via catchy music and lyrics that make all ages hoot with delight.

“He displays a passion for creating music that treats children as intelligent and creative beings capable of relating to, and engaging in, songs that raise the bar in their thinking. His wordplay is wonderful; he approaches each song as a separate musical adventure.”—Chicago Parent

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