Concerts & Events

Sunday, November 19, 2017  ♦  7:00 PM

The Slide Guitar Masters of Old Town School

featuring Donna Herula, Jon Spiegel, Chris Walz

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

  • Three distinct musicians from the Old Town School guitar faculty unite to present an evening of the multi-faceted sounds and techniques of slide guitar.

    Donna Herula

    Donna Herula is a blues slide guitar player and singer that was born and raised in Chicago. She has a passion for playing traditional Delta and country blues as well as early Chicago blues. In the May 2016 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Donna was named one of the “top 10 up and coming resonator guitar players.” In October 2016, she was inducted into Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.

    Jon Spiegel

    Jon is a 20-year veteran of the Chicago music scene, and has recorded and played with Dr. John, Freakwater, Urge Overkill, The Otters, The Lyric Opera, Robbie Fulks, The Court Theater, the Goodman Theater, Blue Man Group, among many others.

    Chris Walz

    Nationally acclaimed bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Chris Walz combines a joy of performing with a reverence for America's musical story. Chris perfected his Scruggs-style banjo playing and guitar flatpicking at a young age as he diligently studied all his musical heroes from Pete Seeger to Mississippi John Hurt to Woody Guthrie to Dave Van Ronk. Whether it is his lightning speed on the banjo's fretboard, his hard hitting grooves on the guitar or his tender melodic touch on the mandolin, Chris delivers a fulfilling performance. To top it off, Chris is an extraordinary singer, using his rich voice to buoy up a traditional ballad, a unique original composition, or a rousing ‘tear down the house' bluegrass medley. His many years touring with bluegrass, Grammy nominated Special Consensus, honed his group and solo prowess. A natural born storyteller, Chris has a masterful presence as he weaves his songs and remembrances, one to the next, into a night of music that is not easily forgotten. Chris is a gifted and much sought after teacher at the historic Old Town School of Folk Music and spreads his knowledge and love of music in each community he plays in with well-polished workshops. A rare combination of past and present, Chris is playing music for the future.

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000