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Chicago Folk & Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music throws its annual blowout, with performances by the Budos Band, Etran Finatawa, Red Baraat, Shemekia Copeland, and others.


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Presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music, the 13th annual Chicago Folk & Roots Festival features several stages of folk, blues, soul, bluegrass, Cajun, funk, and world music in Welles Park (4400 N. Lincoln) from noon till 10 PM on Sat 7/10 and Sun 7/11. The eclectic main-stage bookings include the Budos Band, Shemekia Copeland, and the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International featuring Samba Mapangala on Saturday and Etran Finatawa, HK & Les Saltimbanks, and Red Baraat on Sunday. The festival also features a dance tent with lessons, performances, and workshops and a kids' tent offering family-friendly entertainment like rockabilly with the Bops and a rhythm circle. The Nuestra Musica Tent, Welles Park Gazebo, and Staff Stage present a variety of live music, dance performances, open jams, sing-alongs, and workshops throughout the weekend. Admisson is a $10 suggested donation ($5 for seniors and children). For more info, call 773-728-6000 or visit

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