Previous events

Bestman / Good In The Dark / Aer & Wein

Reed's Local, 3017 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL

Chicago tour date for my former bandmate and dear friend Heather's band Good In The Dark! <<

Friday March 8th Reed's Local - 3017 Belmont Ave 8pm, $5 donation

BESTMAN - synth pop/new wave from Chicago

GOOD IN THE DARK - disco/punk (former members of Bring Your Ray Gun and The Ye-Ye's)

AER & WEIN - folk harmonies from Aerin Tedesco and Lindsay Weinberg,

Leah Shoshanah / Lindsay and the Lights Go Out / Liz and the Lovelies

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago, Illinois

Single Release Show: Liz and the Lovelies, Leah Shoshanah, Lindsay and the Lights Go Out Sun 11/18 7PM | 21+ | $10

LIZ AND THE LOVELIES is the band of singer/songwriter Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia. Moving to Chicago in the winter of 2013 by train with 4 bags and 2 guitars, Liz immersed herself into the Chicago music scene, releasing her debut record "People Pumping Pedals" in 2014 under CAU Dog Records. In 2015, she released the EP "Otter Hill", an intimate recording of 5 songs about her family and home life in Virginia. She was awarded as NPR's Newsong Songwriting Competition 2014 Mid-west Finalist, Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist 2015, and a New-Song Songwriter Competition Finalist in 2016.

Her music inspired the talent of close friends and family to create the indie folk rock group LIZ AND THE LOVELIES. The Lovelies include Lewis Rawlinson (vocals, cello), Zach Finch (drums), and Mike Fletcher (bass), with band emeritus members Alex Chidester (vocals, mandolin) and Kevin Schwarzwald (violin).

They released their first EP 'Progress into Simplicity' in 2017. It was nominated for Best Roots EP in the 2018 Independent Music Awards in NYC, and they competed as one of the final four bands in Brooklyn's 9th Annual Silver Sound Showdown in 2018.

Liz lives in Chicago, IL as a teaching artist at Old Town School of Folk Music. She is a critically acclaimed actor and singer.

LEAH SHOSHANAH is a Chicago-based singer, songwriter & guitarist whose soulful, original music deftly navigates the jazz, rock and folk genres. This Fall, Leah embarks on a Brave Woman Tour, a musical exploration of courage through concerts in traditional venues and house concerts from coast to coast. The tour celebrates her upcoming single by the same name and will provide a platform to deepen into a new phase of music-making. Leah is currently stretching her roots in traditional folk music and jazz toward the rock and funk genres, experimenting with electric guitars, alternative tunings, flowing melodic vocal lines and imagistic poetry.  Leah has released two albums, “A Child Like This” (2017), featuring an ensemble of nine musicians and "Stillness", an intimate collection of solo voice-guitar Jazz and Brazilian guitar arrangements. Her music has been featured on WFMT's "The Midnight Special" and on historic Chicago stages, like PianoForte Chicago, The Green Mill and The Old Town School of Folk Music. Leah and her music have toured both coasts and garnered fans with every visit. Leah performs both solo and with her Chicago-based band, an ever-evolving cast of musicians.

For more information, visit You can also follow Leah on Facebook and Instagram: @leahshoshanahmusic.

LINDSAY WEINBERG's soulful voice and colorful lyrics evoke the boisterous energy of Chicago summer, the dim corners of a cabaret, and the bright lights of Broadway. Fueled by joyous melodies, rich horns, and a driving rhythm section, the sound is at once incandescent and insightful. Lindsay tells her honest stories through subtle composition and details that stick, inviting us to join her adventure through the little things in life that make the biggest difference in the size of our hearts.

Minor Moon and friends play Gillian Welch

Hungry Brain

I'll be one of the guests covering Gillian Welch tunes with the band Minor Moon. Should be a fun night of rockin' folksy vibes.

Wiggleworms at Gallagher Way: Alisa Rosenthal & Lindsay Weinberg

Gallagher Way, Clark and Addison, Chicago, IL

Free Wiggleworms concert in the giant new park outside Wrigley Field!

Music, movement and creative imaginings in the mornings! Join us for Old Town School of Folk Music’s acclaimed Wiggleworms® program for a lively interactive arts experience every Tuesday morning at Gallagher Way. Live music, shakers, bubbles, singing, dancing and more await you and your little ones. Plenty of fun for all ages but designed for ages one to six and parents together.

Young Voices at the Young Stracke All Stars 10-year party and record release show

Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Doors at 12:00. The kitchen and bar will be ready to serve lunch! Music at 1:00


  • Headlining Set by Trio Mokili
  • The Young Stracke All-Stars
  • Lindsay Weinberg and Young Voices from the Old Town School of Folk Music
  • Reggio McLaughlin and Tap for Boys from the Old Town School of Folk Music
  • Jarana Ensemble from the Old Town School of Folk Music

10 years of building bridges between youth and master musicians and creating performance and social music opportunities for musicians of all ages!

Wiggleworms at Millennium Park

Millennium Park Family Fun Festival, 201 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL

These shows are always a blast and a great reason to start a summery adventure downtown!

Families are invited to join the fun all summer long with activities, including music and arts and crafts, for kids of all ages, at the Family Fun Festival, June 25-August 10, 10am-2pm.

Presented by the Millennium Park Foundation, with additional support by the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation.

Wiggleworms at Gallagher Way: Nick Davio & Lindsay Weinberg

Gallagher Way, Clark and Addison, Chicago, IL

Free Wiggleworms concert in the giant new park outside Wrigley Field!

Music, movement and creative imaginings in the mornings! Join us for Old Town School of Folk Music’s acclaimed Wiggleworms® program for a lively interactive arts experience every Tuesday morning at Gallagher Way. Live music, shakers, bubbles, singing, dancing and more await you and your little ones. Plenty of fun for all ages but designed for ages one to six and parents together.

John Mead's Conspiracy Theories at Square Roots Festival

Square Roots Festival, Lincoln Ave between Montrose and Wilson, Chicago

Part of the Old Town School of Folk Music's annual street festival. South Stage!

Conspiracy Theories plays a rich, dark mix of funky rock, rock grooves and deep, probing lyrics. The band is the vehicle for original material by singer, guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader John Mead, who has led or played in many bands and organized many, many projects—including the first Old Town School of Folk Music tribute show in 2001. Conspiracy Theories also includes keyboardist/vocalist Lindsay Weinberg, guitarist/vocalist Chris Corsale, bassist Jimmy Tomasello, and drummer Peter Manis.


Congress of Starlings / Something Old Something New vinyl release

Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, Chicago

I'm playing with THREE bands on this night! I'm most excited about the return of my old project It's A Girl, which will reunite for a few beautiful, joyous songs. Miki and Giselle's project is wonderful, and it's going to be a great night.

Someone Old Someone New is a new project that features the songs of father and daughter, Miki Greenberg and Giselle Greenberg.

Miki has been active on Chicago's underground music scene since 1987 starting with all the recorded work of Maestro Subgum and The Whole and extending to the present with numerous recordings and projects that have spanned everything from solo piano to art punk to love songs.

Giselle is a 15-year-old songwriter, singer, dancer, actor, and playwright. She has written and directed two musicals as well as a large group of songs and is one of the founding members of PinkElephant Performing Troupe.

The new record, Last Gasps First Breaths, has one side from each songwriter. Featuring a wonderful band of great Chicago musicians (Bob Garrett, Greg Nergaard, Christopher Elam, Mars Williams, Lily Floeter, and Jason McInnes) and harmonies from longtime collaborator Elizabeth Breen.

The concert will be a one night only live celebration and interpretation of the music on the record, plus extra surprises with collaborators old and new.

Congress of Starlings is a long-time favorite on the Chicago indie music scene. Aerin Tedesco and Andrea Bunch have been called ‘two of the most beautiful noises on the planet.' Whether as an acoustic duo or a full band, Congress of Starlings joyfully delivers a unique, startling blend of unearthly harmonies, rich melodies, and unusual meters. Lyrically, their concerns reach from the depths of the heart, across the damaged American landscape, and through the mists of other worlds. Their voices are unmatched in their ability to move and enrapture audiences. Their songs are raw and powerful.


Earth Day Every Day concert for Chicago Area Peace Action

Reba Place Church, 620 Madison St, Evanston, IL

Earth Day Every Day Concert for Chicago Area Peace Action Chicago Area Peace Action is hosting a benefit concert at Reba Place Church in Evanston April 7th with some amazing local acts from Chicago. All the funds go to help advance CAPA's grassroots organizing and policy efforts to fight nuclear war, the military industrial complex, and climate change.

Doors at 7pm and Show at 8pm. There will be a silent auction during this event as well.

About the musicians:

Come Sunday

Come Sunday is a Chicago-based septet with a brand new twist on America's two original musical genres: jazz and gospel are melded together into one swingin' good time, then delivered by four powerful singers and the deep grooves of a crazy-good rhythm section. Composer/guitarist Mike Allemana brings new arrangements that fuel the musicians and will lift you out of your seat.


Morning is an American indie-folk duo from Chicago, Illinois consisting of Ohio-native Harry Bauer (Vocals, guitar, piano) and Illinois-raised Ashley Kushner (vocals, guitar, ukulele). After meeting at a bar in 2009 through a mutual friend, they endeavor to master sounds often described as placid, arousing, bleak, and, sometimes, hopeful. Frequently described as chicken-wire-fence folk, their on-stage energy evokes feelings of tranquility and affection. The two are currently writing/recording an EP set for release in early 2019.

Hassan El-Tayyab

Hassan El-Tayyab was honored as a finalist in the 2017 Telluride Troubadour Song Competition, for best vocal performance in the 2013 Berkeley Old Time Music Competition, as a finalist in the 2011 International songwriting competition, and was recognized in the 2013 and 2011 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Songwriter Competition. Rooted in Americana and folk/swing traditions, his carefully crafted original music maintains a modern relevance. Smart songwriting, catchy lyrics, tight rhythms, rich harmonies, and strong musicianship have already earned Hassan a reputation as a musician that can intrigue listeners from a wide variety of musical tastes and backgrounds. Keeping in line with the ancient troubadour tradition, his music draws from the spirit of travel and authentic life experience.

About Chicago Area Peace Action:

Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA) provides resources and opportunities for empowerment through active grassroots participation in the growing global movement for economic and environmental justice. The earth and its inhabitants are endangered by the threats of global climate change and nuclear war, either of which could end the world as we know it. We embrace a world free of the growing devastation of global climate change.

We work to reduce and eliminate the danger of nuclear weapons and excessive military spending.

We promote peace and reject warfare as a valid method of resolving conflict.

We confront the core systemic injustices of political and corporate institutions that support ever-increasing financial inequities and block opportunity for all to share in the earths bounty.


Boundary Waters / Congress of Starlings / Lindsay Weinberg

Martyrs, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL

John Mead Presents First Mondays at Martyrs, April 2 This month's show features Aerin Tedesco and Andrea Bunch's electronorockfolk harmony group Congress of Starlings. Songwriter, guitarist, and keys player Lindsay Weinberg will open the show, and Andy Brommel and Boundary Waters will close with their cathartic crunch. 7:30 PM--Lindsay Weinberg 8:30 PM--Congress of Starlings 9:30--Boundary Waters