Chicago Folk & Roots Festival

When: July 11-12, 12 p.m. 2009

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the 12th annual Chicago Folk & Roots Festival in Welles Park (Lincoln between Montrose and Sunnyside) this Saturday and Sunday from noon till 10 PM. The festival features music and dance on six stages, and main-stage music begins each day at 12:55 PM. Saturday’s headliners are Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears, and the day’s other bookings include the Midwest Invitational Fiddle Championship, Lamajamal, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, and Caleb Klauder; Sunday’s lineup, headliner first, is Karsh Kale, DJ Warp, the Watcha Clan, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Mbolo Moy Dolle, Maestros del Joropo Oriental, the Woodstock All-Stars, and the Young Stracke All-Stars. The festival’s other stages are the Dance Tent, which provides lessons and workshops accompanied by live music; the Old Town School Staff Stage; the Welles Park Gazebo, which hosts African drum circles, sing-along soul classics, and more; the Kids Tent; and the Nuestra Musica Tent, which presents live performances, demonstrations, arts and crafts, and dance workshops. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $8 suggested donation ($4 for seniors and children)

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