2024 - 2025 Season (Tickets available 8/1/2024)

Season 2024 - 2025 Shows (Tickets available 8/1/2024)

Sage Christie | Heather Styka Co-bill

(CDT, UTC-05) (CDT, UTC-05)

Maple Street Chapel, 200 S Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148

Sunday, September 15, 2024 • 3PM • $20 — SAGE CHRISTIE (formerly Siena Christie) | HEATHER STYKA Co-bill (Showtime is 3:00PM. Doors open at 2:30PM.) Online ticket purchases include a $1.25 processing fee ($21.25). Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash or check only, pending availability. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.

Since 2021, Sage Christie (they/them; formerly Siena) has enchanted audiences nationwide with their stunningly clear voice and image-rich narrative songwriting. They were twice named a Kerrville New Folk Finalist (’22 & ’23). Often compared to Alison Krauss, Janis Ian, and Joni Mitchell, Sage is currently working with Grammy-winning producer David Seitz on an album of their most compellingly candid songs yet, due out in September titled “Little Deaths.” From Portland, OR, Sage currently resides in Asheville, NC.

Chicago gem Heather Styka (she/her) debuted at Maple Street in 2013 (co-bill with Mark Dvorak). Heather sings intelligent, disarming songs with soothing, vintage vocals, folk intimacy, pop melodies, and classic Country's grit. Live, Styka comes off as something like Leonard Cohen crossed with Patsy Cline. Armed with an unpretentious, unvarnished delivery, she's equal parts wordsmith and entertainer. Heather’s energetic shows feel as intimate and candid as late-night conversation, peppered with a quirky sense of humor and confessional storytelling. Like Sage, Styka is a two-time New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival (’15 & ’17) and continues to earn accolades.

Online ticket purchases include a $1.25 processing fee ($21.25). Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash or check only, pending availability. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. Please refer to our "ABOUT/FAQS" for more information. Use our "CONTACT US" form if you need further assistance. We are ADA-compatible but have limited seating—please let us know to expect you.

RUNA

(CDT, UTC-05) (CDT, UTC-05)

Maple Street Chapel, 200 S Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148

Saturday, October 05, 2024 • 7PM • $25 — RUNA (Showtime is 7:00PM. Doors open at 6:30PM.) Online ticket purchases include a $1.50 processing fee ($26.50). Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash or check only, pending availability. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.

Innovative and Award-winning, 5-piece Celtic Roots Music "supergroup" who last performed at MSC on 2/25/2017 (and sold out that show).

Celebrating 15 years together as a band, RUNA continues to push the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

Their signature sound is sourced from the musical and geographical diversity of its band members: Philadelphia’s Shannon Lambert-Ryan (vocals/step-dancer); Dublin-born guitarist Fionán de Barra; Canadian percussionist Cheryl Prashker; New York’s fiddler Jake James; Canadian Tom Fitzgerald (mandolin/vocals). Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.

Online ticket purchases include a $1.50 processing fee ($26.50). Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash or check only, pending availability. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. Please refer to our "ABOUT/FAQS" for more information. Use our "CONTACT US" form if you need further assistance. We are ADA-compatible but have limited seating—please let us know to expect you.

Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt | Wild Ponies Co-bill

(CST, UTC-06) (CST, UTC-06)

Maple Street Chapel, 200 S Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148

Saturday, November 16, 2024 • 7PM • $20 — CARRIE ELKIN & DANNY SCHMIDT | WILD PONIES Co-bill Nashville-based musical duos, Folk/Singer-songwriters & Americana/Country-Roots (Showtime is 7:00PM. Doors open at 6:30PM.)

Online ticket purchases include a $1.25 processing fee ($21.25). Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash or check only, pending availability. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.

CARRIE ELKIN & DANNY SCHMIDT—Nashville-based (formerly from Austin, TX), these two outstanding songwriters are a rare breed with a real-life romantic and artistic-musical partnership. Gypsy spirit Elkin is best known for her incredibly soulful and dynamic vocals, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Patty Griffin at her most powerful, and Nanci Griffith at her most intimate. And Schmidt is best known for his riveting poetic lyrics, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt for their depth and complexity.

Together, their respective strengths merge into a much greater whole, a performance of great energy and spirit, and one that audiences seem to be able to connect with on a multitude of levels at once: emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. (Danny last played solo at Maple Street on 10/28/2017. Carrie & Danny played together on 5/4/2013.)

WILD PONIES—Nashville-based, Americana & Country-roots musical duo comprised of Doug & Telisha Williams have a mystical connection. Partners in every way, they have spent the last decade building more than just their careers as musicians—they've built a life. One they're wildly proud of and ready to share with the world. Their upcoming album, “Dreamers,” centers on exploration beyond the traditional nuclear family and into the community, joys, and heartbreaks they’ve experienced as part of a queer, polyamorous family undergoing fertility treatments and becoming foster parents in the state of Tennessee.

Their live shows are notoriously personal. No one is merely a spectator at a Wild Ponies show; there are only enthusiastic participants on a collective musical journey; everyone is welcomed into the magic.

What makes Wild Ponies so special is how their community responds, perpetuating such a mystical connection in generous and unexpected ways. For Wild Ponies, that feedback loop is the circle that remains unbroken. It just keeps getting larger to welcome everybody who wants to join. (Wild Ponies (as Doug & Telisha Williams) played Maple Street in May 2012.)

Online ticket purchases include a $1.25 processing fee ($21.25). Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash or check only, pending availability. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.

Please refer to our "ABOUT/FAQS" for more information. Use our "CONTACT US" form if you need further assistance. We are ADA-compatible but have limited seating—please let us know to expect you.

Holiday Sing-along led by Kilty Pleasure

 — (CST, UTC-06) — (CST, UTC-06)

Maple Street Chapel, 200 S Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148

Drop in, family event. Part of the Village of Lombard's JingleBell Jubilee. We invite all to enjoy our annual sing-along. We supply the lyric books and song leaders; you supply your voices. Duo KILTY PLEASURE will be leading the songs. Donations are appreciated to support the upkeep of the historic Maple Street Chapel.

Special Consensus

(CST, UTC-06) (CST, UTC-06)

Maple Street Chapel, 200 S Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148

Sunday, January 5, 2025 • 3PM • $25 — Special Consensus 50th band Anniversary year & 19th year at Maple Street!

2012 AND 2018 GRAMMY NOMINEE The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their five decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. The band is led by Greg Cahill on banjo, recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America Hall of Greats. Special C is rounded out with Dan Eubanks (bass), Greg Blake (guitar), and Michael Prewitt (mandolin). Special Consensus has received seven awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations (Scratch Gravel Road in 2012 and Rivers and Roads in 2018).

They are four talented vocalists and instrumentalists who follow their creative desires without straying too far from their bluegrass roots. The 19th band recording, Rivers and Roads (Compass Records, 2018), was nominated for the 2018 Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY award and received 2018 IBMA awards for Album of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (for the tune “Squirrel Hunters”).

Chicago Barn Dance (Compass Records, 2020) is the 20th Special C recording that celebrates both the 45th band anniversary and the long-standing connection of country and bluegrass music with Chicago from the time of the WLS “National Barn Dance” that was a precursor to the Grand Ole Opry. The title song “Chicago Barn Dance” received the 2020 IBMA Song of the Year award.

Great Blue North (Compass Records, 2023), the 21st Special C recording, is a tip of the hat to our Canadian friends and fans made throughout nearly four decades of touring throughout the country. All songs included on the recording were written by Canadian writers and numerous Canadian musician friends of the band made guest appearances. The Gordon Lightfoot song “Alberta Bound” received the 2023 IBMA Collaborative Recording of the Year award.

We are so very proud of our guitar player Greg Blake, who received the 2023 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year award! https://www.specialc.com/

Hounds of Finn

(CST, UTC-06) (CST, UTC-06)

Maple Street Chapel, 200 S Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148

Tickets will be available on August 1, 2024. Played MSC on MSC: 3/24/2018; 3/7/2015. The Hounds of Finn create spirited and invigorating Celtic-infused, Americana-inspired, Folk Rock delivered with unbridled passion, infectious enthusiasm, electrifying energy, and technical finesse. “The Hounds” engage and entertain with rousing, crowd-pleasing performances that leave their audiences tapping their toes, clapping their hands, stomping their feet, and wanting more. Pete McCauley, Leslie Rich, Michelle MacGregor, and Lojo Russo create and perform a repertoire of original songs, traditional tunes, and fresh arrangements of popular standards. With a stage full of more instruments than there are members, this St Paul, MN, based band is dedicated to exploring and bridging the gap between the old and the new. Steeped in the rich, lilting, and sometimes haunting heritage of Celtic tunes and songs, and the authentic, poignant, and often compelling legacy of Americana, Bluegrass, and Folk music, the Hounds of Finn blend these musical and cultural traditions into a distinctive sound and exciting experience. https://www.facebook.com/houndsoffinn

Twangtown Paramours with special guest Naomi Ashley

(CDT, UTC-05) (CDT, UTC-05)

Maple Street Chapel, 200 S Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148

Tickets will be available on August 1, 2024. Nashville, TN The Twangtown Paramours are an award-winning husband and wife Americana duo from Nashville. They are three-time Kerrville finalists and winners of Texas’s Wildflower Contest. Their latest album is a full band retro Blues and Americana project called Double Down on a Bad Thing. The record was #18 on the RMR Blues charts in the U.S. and was #11 on the U.K. Blues charts, and it’s gotten great reviews. Rock Doctor Magazine said this about the album: "While those first two acoustic records made it to #11 and #2 on the folk charts and received good reviews, my gut says THIS is the album that can get The Twangtown Paramours noticed by the world at large. The songs are thoughtful, well written and the production is faultless." Lead singer, MaryBeth Zamer was a fixture in the Washington, D.C. club circuit for many years. She performed with the band Ignition and sang background vocals for Eva Cassidy. Mike Lewis is a session musician, producer, and songwriter. He is the author of a #1 platinum pop tune in Korea, which is ranked as the second biggest selling female ballad of all time in that country. He also sometimes plays upright bass for Jimmie Dale Gilmore and does a little TV acting. He has appeared on the Investigative Discovery Channel and as a background actor on CMT’s “Nashville”.

https://www.thetwangtownparamours.com/

Naomi Ashley https://www.naomiashley.com/singer-songwriter, musician With her cream and Kahlua voice, Chicago singer-songwriter Naomi Ashley captivates audiences, breathing vibrant life into her diverse range of songs. Navigating seamlessly through Americana, classic country, folk, blues, and rock, Ashley's lyrically layered compositions charm with humor and a poignant understanding of the human experience. Ashley’s newest album “Love Bug” was released in February of 2024.

The High 48s

(CDT, UTC-05) (CDT, UTC-05)

Maple Street Chapel, 200 S Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148

Tickets will be available on August 1, 2024. The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude. Since forming in northeast Minneapolis in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude. They’re a band with one foot in tradition and the other in the world of music today, and one of the very few who can find an overlooked bluegrass classic in a song by M. Ward or the Clash then throw down hard on a standard by Bill Monroe. The High 48s are also a band of songwriters. Here, too, they take a modern approach, heeding the well-worn advice to writers: write what you know. Their songs ring true to their lives as northern city-folk rather than an imagined “sweet, sunny south” of coal mines and dark hollers. The band takes its name from railroad slang for the boxcars originally used to transport troops on the front lines in WWI that could carry 40 soldiers or 8 horses, and were later used in the US on fast-moving “hot shot” freight trains by train-hoppers looking for work during the Great Depression. “Y'all have truly made an imprint in the world of bluegrass music so please keep on keepin' on.” - Greg Cahill, bandleader, Grammy-nominated Special Consensus https://thehigh48s.com/


2024 - 2025   Schedule at a glance

09/15/2024 Sage Christie (formerly Siena)  |  Heather Styka Co-bill  | 3:00 PM (Sunday!) |  $20 

10/05/2024RUNA | 7:00 PM  |  $25 

11/16/2024Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt | Wild Ponies Co-bill  | 7:00 PM  |  $20 

12/07/2024Holiday Sing-along led by Kilty Pleasure | 5:30 to 7:00 PM  |  Donations appreciated 

01/05/2025Special Consensus | 3:00 PM (Sunday!)  |  $25 

02/22/2025Hounds of Finn  | 7:00 PM  |  $20 

03/22/2025Twangtown Paramours with special guest Naomi Ashley | 7:00 PM  |  $20 

04/26/2025The High 48s | 7:00 PM  |  $20
 


 

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