Blue Jean Gala

Blue Jean Gala 2018

The Best Party Of The Year Featuring Special Guest Ry Cooder.

Saturday, June 23, 2018  ♦  5:30 PM

4544 N. Lincoln Ave. · Gary & Laura Maurer Hall

It’s a party and benefit like no other: Old Town School of Folk Music’s 2018 Blue Jean Gala!

Indulge in the pre-concert Roaming Feast at outstanding Lincoln Square neighborhood restaurants, including Due Lire, Fork, Miku, and The Warbler. Settle in for an extraordinary concert with multiple-Grammy-Award winner Ry Cooder and his band in our intimate Maurer Hall. Top it all with the Gala After Party featuring dessert, delicious late night bites and the joyous musical energy of Flaco Jiménez with Los Texmaniacs.

Proceeds from the Blue Jean Gala help ensure the continuation and growth of the Old Town School’s community outreach, financial aid, and education programs.

Dress is denim-chic for a lively yet relaxed evening. Don’t miss Chicago’s best party of the year with amazing food, music, and surprises!


Levels of Support

$25,000 Sponsor

  • 16 Gala tickets with premier concert seating and access to pre- and post-concert party
  • Sponsors are provided first access to seating with opportunity to purchase additional VIP gala tickets
  • Post-concert reception with artist meet-and-greet (pending artist approval)
  • 5 reserved parking spaces
  • Sponsor recognition and much more!

$15,000 Benefactor

  • 12 Gala tickets with preferred concert seating and access to pre- and post-concert party
  • Opportunity to purchase additional VIP gala tickets
  • Benefactor recognition in print materials
  • Annual donor recognition on oldtownschool.org, donor plaque, and Annual Report

$10,000 Patron

  • 8 Gala tickets with preferred concert seating and access to pre- and post-concert party
  • Opportunity to purchase additional VIP gala tickets
  • Patron recognition in print materials
  • And more!

$5,000 Friend

  • 4 Gala tickets with preferred concert seating and access to pre- and post-concert party
  • Opportunity to purchase additional VIP gala tickets
  • Friend recognition in print materials

$500 Individual Tickets

Admission to pre- and post-concert party and a spectacular performance.

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Blue Jean Gala 2018 Sponsors

Susan & Bob Arthur

Barbara & Kenneth Kaufman

Anita Chandwaney-Khemani & Kish Khemani

Gary & Laura Maurer

Don McLellan & Martina Keller

Rob & Karen Ospalik

John Shea


Each $500 ticket includes:

5:30-7:30pm Roaming Feast In Lincoln Square on Lincoln Ave.
Roam through Chicago’s finest restaurants with unique food & drinks. Participants this year include Due Lire, Fork, Miku, and The Warbler.

8:00pm Performance Maurer Hall, 4544 N Lincoln Ave.
A rousing performance by multiple Grammy-Award winner Ry Cooder

9:30pm After Party Szold Hall, 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dessert and late night bites along with live music by Flaco Jiménez with Los Texmaniacs. Piggy Palooza returns by popular demand, purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to smash a piggy bank and win a prize!

Piggy Palooza!

Join Old Town School for the second annual Piggy Palooza taking place at the After Party directly following an electrifying performance by Ry Cooder. Purchase $25 raffle tickets for a chance to smash an Old Town School piggy and win a prize! Better yet, select Buy it Now for $250 to guarantee your pig!

Piggy Palooza tickets can be purchased online below as well as night of throughout the event. You must have a Blue Jean Gala ticket to qualify and be present to smash.

Seats will be assigned based on level of support, date of purchase, and size of group.

Purchase tickets below; or contact Gary Snyderman regarding tickets or sponsorship at 773.751.3343 or gsnyderman@oldtownschool.org.

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$500 Individual Ticket Pre-sale

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Piggy Palooza Raffle Tickets

$25 per ticket or $250 Buy It Now! guarantee.

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