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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.
Best for ages: 4-12 years
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.
Best for ages: 3 - 12 years
*Supply costs vary but are usually about $5 per child depending on the project. This option can be amended for larger groups, but we would likely add a second leader at additional cost.
** 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.
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 it is possible with more as per the pricing below.
Best for ages: 4 - 100 years
Jameson and Plucky bring a hilarious and interactive portable 30 minute puppet and human variety show, combining interactive music, sketches, and improv. Jameson is a furry orange monster who, along with a few of his puppet friends, loves to sing and tell jokes and maybe even squeeze in some secret teaching here and there. Plucky is a human who plays the ukulele, sings, tells jokes, stories and riddles, and helps to serve as a bridge between the audience and the puppets. Noah and Alisa have been performing together since 2013 and have a full repertoire of songs, stories, and characters between them. Bios/video available on request.
Best for ages: 6 months - 7 years
** Special requirements for this party: a minimum of 6 square feet for the puppet theater.
One of our talented and creative teaching artists will lead a yoga, creative movement, or dance "workshop/class.” These options work best with under 12- 15 kids. Creative movement options can be themed as well, to include music from specific artists or movies, etc. Other specific forms of dance are also available for those age 6 and up (hip-hop, ballet, jazz, modern).
Yoga or a specific dance form are best for ages: 6 years and up
Creative Movement is best for ages: 3-6 years
One of our fun and energetic theater instructors would lead the kids in some engaging theater games, which not only build confidence but also encourage teamwork and listening skills. This option works best with 4-12 kids.
Best for ages: 4 years and up
Let one of our talented storytelling artists lead your group in storytelling activities that will leave the kids feeling engaged and invested in the experience. We offer options that include the leader doing most of the storytelling (and possibly focusing on a specific theme and/or incorporating music) but also activities that engage the children in telling a story themselves or that encourage them to act much of it out, or to even explore various movement concepts within it (as mentioned under the creative movement listing). This option works best 5-12 kids.
Best for ages: 4 years and up
The birthday party version of this exciting show fits into a living room; the birthday child is featured in the show and magically wins several magic souvenirs. The show is very visual with lots of audience participation and includes puppets who do magic too! Blending humor, whimsy and impressive illusions, the show will appeal to not only the kids but adults as well. Options below are for ages 4 and up...our magician says, “Magic doesn't really work for ages 3 and below – because everything is already magical for them.”
Best for ages: 4 years and up
We also have a number of our kids' music performers who play in larger configurations and so, if you were looking for a bigger sound or something more like a "concert," you could book a duo, trio or even larger group to put on a show. This sort of thing tends to be better for bigger parties but something like a duo could also perform to a smaller group without being too overwhelming:) We have bands that perform in configurations as large as 8 pieces, where creative movement and visual elements are involved. Obviously, the larger groups work best for events with larger budgets/crowds and we often arrange for groups to perform at benefits, school functions, etc.
Best for ages: All
Bring the band to your party and let the kids be the stars! You can book the full band as a 4 piece (drums, bass, guitar, keys, backing vocals), a trio (drums, bass guitar OR keys, backing vocals) or even a solo player on guitar. Lyrics can be provided but tends to work best when kids know the words already and simply sing it out! Songlist available upon request.
Best for ages: 4 or 5 and up
All rates include provision of PA and mic for the kid singers.