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The Old Town School of Folk Music offers a wide array of entertainment for any occasion by talented, professional artists. We offer soloists through 11-piece bands, dance instructors and callers, workshop leaders and more for virtually any occasion including weddings, picnics, festivals, corporate events, holiday parties and children's parties.
Please note that when you book entertainment through the Old Town School of Folk Music you are guaranteed professional service and musicianship. But most importantly, you are helping to fund the Old Town School in its continuing mission to teach and celebrate music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities.
Generally, bookings require a minimum of 2-3 weeks lead time prior to the date of event.
Please contact Manager of Artist Engagement Jenna Murfin via email or at 773.751.3326.
See our folks play LIVE around town. Check out our Community Events page for show listings.
Our Referral Service draws on the diverse talents of the Old Town School teaching staff. We have artists in a variety of disciplines including dance, theater, magic, music (of course) and more! From pure performance to something more educational in nature, our artists have experience in many settings. Here are a few of the many musical styles available:
We offer a variety of Children's Performers as well. Consider one of the following for your next gathering of children:
Beyond what you might expect, we also book artists to lead music and/or theater-based team-building, professional development and training workshops. We also offer Dance Workshops/Instruction in such genres as Latin, Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Hawaiian Hula and West African.
So, you're hosting a bunch of kids and need something fun to engage, entice and otherwise dissuade them from climbing the walls? Let us help!
We have a wide array of talented pros on our roster who can lead your group in any of the following offerings.
This option is led by one of our solo Wiggleworms performers. They play guitar, sing and lead the kids in singing along, using shakers, etc. This event is intended to engage both parents and children in moving and singing together as led by the teacher performer. The focus is on traditional children?s tunes but some artists also have some great originals that may be weaved into a set.
Best for ages: 0-3 (and often even up to 5 or 6)
Call to discuss arrangements and pricing for groups larger than 30.
One of our kids' music performers will lead the crew in singing songs that are not the standard "Wiggleworms" fare. Some originals may be part of the mix and/or tunes could be chosen based on a theme such as "campfire" songs, "western-themed" tunes, or "pop and rock" numbers, etc.
This option is a party version of our Meet the Instruments class. It is for kids who are ready to follow the ritual and routine of the group, led by the teacher performer. The party will still include singing and dancing but does include more of an expectation of everyone to sit in a circle and to participate in the experience together than sometimes is the case in something like Wiggleworms. The standard for this party is that the leader brings guitar as well as a mix of at least 4 additional instruments that will span different musical families. It is great if parents want to participate in this with their children but assuming the kids meet the criteria above, can also be facilitated at parties where kids are dropped off by their parents as long as the host and enough adults are present to insure the leader is able to focus on the activities and not corralling or disciplining the kids.
Best for ages: 3-6 years
*If desired, an instrument-making option can be added to this for an additional cost (for example, a tube kazoo) - this would generally add about 20-30 minutes total time and between $75-150 in cost depending on project and supplies.
One of our talented art program instructors will lead your group in an art project. You may develop the art project theme and concept, or you can work with the teacher to develop the project together! We love adapting art concepts to a certain party theme, and we'll typically introduce the project with your choice of story, poem, or visuals. Art parties are best for crowds of 12 kids or fewer, and we find that the experience works best for children who are at least 3 years old. We occasionally make exceptions to these policies, depending on any particular needs that you may have. See below for prices and capacities.
** Please note that artists generally arrive at least 30 minutes early for an art party and will be there to clean up for around 30-60 min following project end time.
Supply costs vary but usually fall in the $4-5 per child range depending on the project. This option can be amended for larger groups, but we would likely add a second leader at additional cost.
One of our wonderful percussion instructors will bring shakers, drums, etc to facilitate a drum party, of sorts. They will lead the kids in learning and putting together rhythms and beats, all while having a great time. This works best for under 15 kids although, again, it is possible with more as per the pricing below.