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Address: 4544 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Phone Number: 773-728-6000
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An Eclectic Music Venue: Great Artists at Great Prices

You never know who will be at the Old Town School's main auditorium. One week, it's slack key guitar artists from Hawaii, and the next, it's a great Bluegrass group from North... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Chicago
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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

You never know who will be at the Old Town School's main auditorium. One week, it's slack key guitar artists from Hawaii, and the next, it's a great Bluegrass group from North Carolina. Excellent acoustics and sight lines at this venue. (I have not visited the newer hall for the school across the street, which apparently plays lesser known artists.)... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The school of folk music offers regular concerts. Some are worthwhile, and some have very good performers. John McCutcheon, Tom Paxton, and other greats from the folk era of the 60s and 70s still perform. What's more, they can still song! Last Saturday's performance with Anais Mitchell was a joke. Not only does she sing like Tinkerbelll as she tries... More 

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Great acts, acoustics, history! They have all sorts of jams and classes available, in addition to wonderful shows!

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chicago
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14 reviews 14 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Old Town School of Folk Music has contributed volumes to the American and World Folk music scene in Chicago and beyond. The support and appreciation that it provides not only for seasoned performers but for up and coming performers and students is beyond measure. Go to a performance, take a class, support this wonderful venue and school!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A wonderful little venue with great acoustics. We saw Hugh Masekela who had everyone on their feet and dancing at the end of the show.

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Chicago, Illinois
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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The Old Town School hosts several concerts every week and the acts are very diverse. Recently we saw The Maxwell Street Klemzer Band, Sweet Honey and the Rock, and a concert of Hawaiian Slide Guitar music. Each concert was a great pleasure for us and the rest of the audience. The auditorium is not large, and there are no bad... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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240 reviews 240 reviews
84 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of hearing the folk trio Red Molly at this terrific place. The theatre is intimate and comfortable, and the acoustics are great. The audience really loved the music, and the musicians felt it and expressed their gratitude. I was visiting Chicago only for a few days, but if I lived there, I would be at... More 

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DFW
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153 reviews 153 reviews
24 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

When I was in Chicago with a group someone made arrangements for the group to see a concert at this venue. Honestly, I was not excited and thought about begging off. I am so glad I didn't. We were treated to a concert by Juancho Herrera, a Colombian and Venezuelan guitarist/vocalist. This was entirely outside of my musical experience, and... More 

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Chicago IL
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231 reviews 231 reviews
55 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn of The Chicago Tribune have been leading Christmas Carols for fifteen years and this is the first year we bought tickets early enough to this sell out event. What fun! With members of the staff of the School on stage and the crowd festively dressed, we rejoiced and sung together with gusto. A great program... More 

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Northglenn, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Lucky us to be in town when the Old Town School of Folk Music has invited Johnny Sansone to play with several local Blues Harmonica players. The locals were great and Johnny was super. The School is a vibrant community of music-loving people and the shows they sponsor all sound engaging.

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