Grab your folding chairs. The Summer season is upon us.
Monday, June 8.
Folk Festival with Lilli Kuzma bonus hour on www.radiowayne.com. 3 AM and 3 PM.
Tuesday, June 9.
“Surprise Theme” on Folk Festival with Lilli Kuzma. 90.9 FM, or www.wdcb.org. 8 PM.
Wednesday, June 14.
Mark Dvorak presents “Pete Seeger and the Power of Song” at the Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st St, Palos Heights. 7 PM.
Friday, June 12.
Lee Murdock and Blue Horizon at the Waukegan Public Library, 128 County St, Waukegan. This is an outdoor venue. Noon.
Mare Wakefield and Nomad at Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St, Downers Grove. 8:15 PM. $7.
Hungrytown at Wind City House Concerts. $20. 773-334-5776, or email@example.com for details.
Tom Kastle at Molly’s Cafe, in the People’s Church, 941 W. Lawrence Ave, Chicago. 7:30 PM.
Merv Collins at the Woodstock Art Walk, in the Square. 6 PM.
Saturday, June 13.
Dean Milano at the Wheaton Farmers’ Market. 9 AM.
Lee Murdock outdoors at the Peotone American Legon Hall, 109 E. Main St, Peotone. 10:30 AM
Lee Murdock unfurls his sails and, with his Band Blue Horison, heads to “Concerts on the Creek,” 4500 Spring Lake Rd, Rockford. 7 PM. Free will donation (that means you still pay, but it’s your idea.)
Go to Rockford a little early to hear Merv Collins at the Midway Village Museum Gazebo, 6799 Guilford, Rockford. 11 AM.
Sunday, June 14.
Enjoy your flag day with a rousing performance by Merv Collins (remember him?) at the Geneva French Market (sacre bleu!). 9 AM.
Another Folk Festival with Lilli Kuzma bonus hour on www.radiowayne.com. 6 PM.
We have recently lost three giants in the folk music community. Singer/songwriter Jean Ritchie, from Kentucky, whose songs were sung and recorded by so many in the folk/country community, passed away at age 92.
Our Chicago treasure, Art Thieme, was an elder statesman in the community, know for his wit and great photographic chronicle of local happenings for decades. Art passed on May 26 at age 73.
While we had never met Jean or Art, and only saw Art brfiefly, we did know Peter Clark. Peter was a generous patron of the arts, and supporter of WFMT and The Midnight Special. He had been active for years in the Oak Park Food Pantry. Peter was 73. Our condolences to his Wife Nancy and their family.
If you would like to add a comment about Jean Ritchie, Art Thieme, or Peter Clark, please feel free to do so.