Maypole Folk Fest: Black Bear Combo / Golden Horse Ranch Band / Moon Bros & more

Sat Apr 29 2017

2:00 PM

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1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Ages 21+

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Maypole Folk Festival is a celebration of the best of Chicago’s folk music scene. It’s a call to commemorate the coming of the summer, and for all the city’s folks to come together — old-time with bluegrass, Mexican folk with country blues, and the young DIY community with the city’s veteran players. It’s a chance to listen and dance to some of Chicago’s best traditional music in one of the city’s favorite alternative venues.

Headlining the fest this year is BLACK BEAR COMBO, channeling traditional music from eastern Europe + the Balkans, punk rock, as well as free jazz, and experimental folk project MOON BROS. Also joining this year's fest are ragtime/hot jazz/hillbilly band DEVIL IN A WOODPILE; old time barn dance enthusiasts the GOLDEN HORSE RANCH BAND; Chicago folk music staples GLASS MOUNTAIN; GOLOSA RUSSIAN CHOIR & more. 

For more information, see www.maypolefolkfest.com.

Thank you to our sponsors

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  • Black Bear Combo

    Black Bear Combo

    Other Family

    Black Bear Combo is a raucous mutt channeling the common energy between traditional music from eastern Europe and the Balkans, punk rock, and free jazz. Since 2002 we've brought our sound to clubs, basements, festivals, weddings, funerals, parties and streetcorners across the country.

  • Moon Bros

    Moon Bros

    Alternative Folk

    I’s difficult to follow the fragmented life and musicianship of Matt Schneider. His twofold path has always embraced both an abiding love for Chet Atkins and Nashville session virtuosity, and a begrudging though fruitful flirtation with Chicago’s post-rock underground and middleground. In his native McHenry County as a young teenager, he was a guitar phenom, an engine of local pride who played old-timey anthems and oldies for an audience of delighted townies in a button-up shirt and short dweeby haircut. His clipping book is filled with front page praise lavished on his performances at Dobbyn’s House along the Fox River. That he made it through high school is due in part to the fact that he provided the soundtrack for many of his teacher’s drunken evenings and they let him slide through like a star athlete. In a simultaneous, parallel universe he was roped into playing with bands like Adhesive and Filament (two different bands who shared members and lovers) who had more in common with Seam and Tortoise than Chester or Les. The summer of 1998, immediately after graduating high school, Schneider went on a several week trip to Nashville, where he found more of a ghost town than a warm welcome for a burgeoning session player; Chicago’s fecund melting pot of jazz and rock was far more inviting. He moved to Wicker Park with his Adhesive band mates and participation in a succession of acts followed: The Exciting Trio, then Toe (where he and Griffin Rodriguez replaced, respectively, Jeff Parker and Doug McCombs of Tortoise), and then ex-Codeine Doug Scharin’s large fusion ensemble HiM. After touring Europe with HiM, Schneider retreated to his mother’s empty house in Marengo, Illinois and woodshedded for six months, grinding out fundamentals. He recalls “I wanted to learn the instrument.”

    Maintaining his idiosyncratic trajectory as a musician, Schneider never quite returns to the road. Rather he burrows in Chicago, creating ever more complicated methods and tunings for his acoustic guitar while otherwise focusing on his children and his carpentry. He becomes, in a classic sense, the hidden secret of Chicago musicianship. Encountering his playing, stalwart performers are consistently stunned. Without ensconcing his work in dubious spirituality he channels something somehow simultaneously poetic and mathematical, like Kepler’s “music” of the spheres. Each composition is instantaneous, improvised and launched as if fully formed, making sense only in relation to its own spontaneously formed rules of interaction… Songs aren’t so much finite concepts but endless ragas that he taps in and out of; consequently these pieces can’t be entered mid-stream. Instead the listener must participate in the universe as its created in order to live in it. His reputation is such that top collaborators need not be sought, but are intrinsically curious to participate. On these recordings, he is joined by Dan Bitney (of Tortoise), Matt Lux (Iron & Wine), and Sam Wagster (Cairo Gang). Producer and engineer Brian Sulpizio (Health & Beauty) records and mixes. It is the sixth recording by the ever-shifting entity called Moon Bros (named for turn of the century Moon Bros. Carriage Company) but the first three have all been lost, likely forever, possibly irretrievable from a broken CD-R in the bottom of a box of tools and flotsam hardware. Dancehall Sound and Frijolillo at least made the jump to internet download-ability; only These Stars has ever seen wide, intentional release. Will you hear more about Matt Schneider? Yes, but whether in the context of the great and unknown, or the at-last recognized, remains to be seen.

  • Devil In A Woodpile

    Devil In A Woodpile

    Music

    Devil in a Woodpile, they play blues. They also play country. Ragtime. Hot Jazz. Hillbilly. It's all the same to them. It's all taken from the same deep, muddy well called American Music that existed long before wise guy marketing goons and interweb algorithms decided to categorize and sub-categorize the whole mess.

  • Golden Horse Ranch Band

    Golden Horse Ranch Band

    Honky Tonk

    The Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band was formed in 2002. The band plays a raucous set of square dances, polkas, waltzes, contra, and swing dances in the tradition of old time barn dances. 3rd generation caller Annie Coleman will teach you in no time how to swing like thunder and dip the oyster. Everyone has a real good time when they spend some time with The Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band. So y’all come to see us when you can!

  • Glass Mountain

    Glass Mountain

    Classic Country

    Glass Mountain is Heather Malyuk, Sara Leginsky and Ari Bolles. Inspired by a love of old-time and early country, the women of Glass Mountain make music that captures the grit and beauty of the American folk tradition. Their shows have the raw, spontaneous energy of a jam and the soulful intent of a gospel hymn.

    The trio of singers and multi-instrumentalists first met through their involvement in Chicago’s folk music scene, and quickly found a kinship playing heartsick love songs, dark mountain ballads, and blazing fiddle tunes. They each bring a different musical vision and experience - with backgrounds in classical performance, old-time jams, and the singer-songwriter circuit - to create a sound that both celebrates and moves beyond the traditional.  

    "The group highlights the haunting underbelly of the sounds of traditional Americana and early country music... Glass Mountain's music stuns in its ability to capture the past with elegance and triumph." - Chicago Tribune

  • Golosa Russian Choir

    Golosa Russian Choir

    Folk

    Golosá strives to preserve the music and culture of the Siberian Old Believers and of Russian folksinging in general. We dedicate ourselves passionately to singing this music for audiences in the Chicago area and beyond. Since its founding, over 100 members have passed through Golosá’s ranks, and together we have created something which is at once traditional and uniquely our own. We hope that you will have a chance to hear us sing and that you too will become enamored of this music as we have!

  • Bones Jugs

    Bones Jugs

    World

    From the depths of Urbana, IL Bones Jugs has emerged as the premier xylophone driven roots Americana act in the country. With bones, jug, xylophone, kazoos, resonator guitar, 6-string banjo, upright bass, trap kit, horns, washboard and a medley of knick-knacks and noise makers Bones Jugs conjures up their eclectic acoustic sound. It’s a 21st century spin on early American music, that includes, but is not limited to, ragtime, dixieland, jugband, bluegrass, blues, string band, skiffle, spasm, swing and more. Whether it be with original songs, with hidden gems of the written or recorded archives, or with their own take on modern music, Bones Jugs places their unique stamp on everything they play. If you’re looking for a sound that you’ve heard around town, Bones Jugs may let you down, if you expect the unexpected you’ll get just what you expected!

  • Cielito Lindo

    Cielito Lindo

    Folk

    ‚ÄčThe 5 musicians of Cielito Lindo range in age from 10 to 39 and are all member of the 9 person Lucero family (2 parents & 7 children).  The Lucero family moved to Chicago from New Mexico in 2015 for all of the opportunities that a larger city can provide.  Their musical story starts with the eldest sons who began performing with their father in public at 3 and 4 years old.  In the last two years, Cielito Lindo has been invited to perform at the National Museum of Mexican Art, WGN morning news, WGN Radio, Old Town School of Folk Music, Navy Pier and Allstate Arena. The group focuses mainly on “mariachi” and the traditional music of Mexico but perform the occasional a cappella & English pop song. These musicians use their powerful voices in combination with the guitar, vihuela, guitarron, & trumpet to make beautiful acoustic music. Their repertoire includes bolero, ranchera, cumbia, huagpango & son. Established in 2013, Cielito Lindo has performed for over 100 events both in and around Illinois.

  • T-Claw Calling

    T-Claw Calling

    Bluegrass

    T-Claw grew up in Nashville, Tennessee playing punk and jazz. Spurred by his hometown fiddlin' friends, he moved to the Northwest and fell into a vibrant old time music community. First he picked up banjo, then fiddle, then everything else. Calling came intuitively after years of playing and organizing. He can be seen getting strangers to have a grand ol' time in unusual surroundings. Over the last couple years, T has been steadfastly touring the Southeast and Midwest to play and call dances, stimulating interest in towns that no longer have old school square dancing. Aside from calling at most of the country’s currently active dances, he’s called at festivals including Dare to Be Square, Morehead, Clifftop, Augusta Dance Week, Seattle Folklife, Portland Gathering and The Black Fly Ball. He can call for beginners as well as seasoned dancers, keeping moves suitable for the crowd. T-Claw focuses on accessible yet fun traditional style Southern figures. Hold fast and never let go!

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Maypole Folk Fest: Black Bear Combo / Golden Horse Ranch Band / Moon Bros & more

Sat Apr 29 2017 2:00 PM

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Maypole Folk Fest: Black Bear Combo / Golden Horse Ranch Band / Moon Bros & more
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Ages 21+

Maypole Folk Festival is a celebration of the best of Chicago’s folk music scene. It’s a call to commemorate the coming of the summer, and for all the city’s folks to come together — old-time with bluegrass, Mexican folk with country blues, and the young DIY community with the city’s veteran players. It’s a chance to listen and dance to some of Chicago’s best traditional music in one of the city’s favorite alternative venues.

Headlining the fest this year is BLACK BEAR COMBO, channeling traditional music from eastern Europe + the Balkans, punk rock, as well as free jazz, and experimental folk project MOON BROS. Also joining this year's fest are ragtime/hot jazz/hillbilly band DEVIL IN A WOODPILE; old time barn dance enthusiasts the GOLDEN HORSE RANCH BAND; Chicago folk music staples GLASS MOUNTAIN; GOLOSA RUSSIAN CHOIR & more. 

For more information, see www.maypolefolkfest.com.

Thank you to our sponsors