2018-2019 Season Schedule
All concerts take place at Maple Street Chapel, located at 200 S. Main St. (S. Main & W. Maple) in Lombard, IL (20 miles west of Chicago).
Maple Street Concerts is a volunteer-run organization, therefore we do not have a ticket box office. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended as sometimes shows sellout—purchase here: TICKETS. You may also purchase tickets 30 minutes prior to show time, cash or check only, as quantity permits. Join our email list or check back here for sellout updates (refresh your browser to stay current when you visit this page).
A Post-season Thursday Night Show
DANNY SCHMIDT and ANDREW CALHOUN
— Song Poets Unplugged —
THURSDAY | May 24, 2018 | 7:30pm
$15-$20 suggested donation
This is a bonus, postseason concert with Austin's Danny Schmidt and Chicago's Andrew Calhoun. Doors open at 7:00pm and the suggested donation is $15-$20 per person at the door (there are no advanced ticket sales for this special Thursday night show and no need to RSVP). Come enjoy an intimate, less formal, unamplified night of live music. For more information, please contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Named to the Chicago Tribune's 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his stunningly poetic, poignant imagery. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt, Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him as: "Perhaps the best new songwriter we've heard in the last 15 years."
Andrew Calhoun's innovative music is rooted in tradition. In over forty years as a performer he has cultivated a prismatic repertoire including original songs, Irish and American folk songs, Anglo-Scottish ballads, folk spirituals, and poems and songs by writers such as Dave Carter, Mary Oliver and Robert Burns. "Calhoun is a master at story songs, finely crafted works that swiftly and economically capture a moment or express an emotion. Like the best novelists, he is able to assume different personas and see the world through other people's eyes." —June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune
HARPETH RISING Sat | May 12, 2018 | 7:30pm | $18
ChamberFolk: The future of original string music. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique. Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello, layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize.
Each musician holds classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music. But their classical background is only one dimension of this trio’s powerful musical voice. Hailing from vastly different parts of North America, each member of Harpeth Rising brings different influences to the core sound. Maria Di Meglio (cello), was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was drawn to the music of her first generation Italian and Balkan roots, and grew up learning Eastern European folk songs alongside classical repertoire. She attended many classical programs throughout NYC, including LaGuardia High School (the “Fame” school), and Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-college Division. Michelle Younger of Charlottesville, VA, comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically; her family has been in the United States for generations, and she is a descendant of Cole Younger, a member of the James-Younger Gang and the namesake of his very own banjo tune. Jordana Greenberg (violin) grew up listening to the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen and Natalie McMaster in her native Canada before moving to Southern Indiana as a child. She studied classical violin by day through the pre-college program at Indiana University, and spent her nights learning the folk tunes and classic rocks songs that her family plays at the annual post-Passover jam session.
Against All Tides, Harpeth Rising’s sophomore album as a trio, is proof that authenticity and complexity can live in harmony.
GINA FORSYTH Sat | Apr 21, 2018 | 7:30pm | $15
Gina Forsyth is a singer/songwriter, violinist, and guitarist from New Orleans. She possesses a soulful alto voice and songs that cut straight to the heart--unpretentious, well-crafted, and profound.
Gina's third solo CD, Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales, on Waterbug Records, features her prodigious fiddle chops.
Gina’s 2012 release on Waterbug, Promised Land, was top ten on the Folk DJ List in 2012; the title cut was the #1 song for January 2012. In 2015, Gina was one of 24 Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, then voted one of three Most Wanted to return to Falcon Ridge in 2016. She is also 1/3 of the Malvinas; their new CD, God Bless the Grass, is set for release this spring on Soona Songs. Links: Website; Facebook
HOUNDS OF FINN Sat | Mar 24, 2018 | 7:30pm | $16
Blend spirited toe-tapping, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, Celtic-infused, Americana-inspired Folk Rock with infectious enthusiasm, electrifying energy, and technical finesse, and the result is the rousing, crowd pleasing entertainment that is the hallmark of every Hounds of Finn show. Joined regularly by special guests, the Hounds of Finn are Pete McCauley (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Michelle MacGregor (fiddle), and Lojo Russo (guitar, mandolin, bass, vocals). And as a special treat, co-founder Leslie Rich will rejoin The Hounds for this show.
ANDREW & CASEY CALHOUN with Amelia Sweet Bluebird opening Sat | Feb 10, 2018 | 7:30pm | $15
and special guest Gia Dagenhart
CD Release Show! Andrew & Casey Calhoun are a father-daughter duo pairing accomplished folksinger Andrew Calhoun, venerated for his adroit songwriting, with Casey Calhoun, his artful and energetic daughter. Their new CD, Skeins, is melodic and reflective, spiced with spirited moments of fire--a sterling collection of 15 songs. The overarching theme is one of moving through transitions with integrity.
Casey’s pure, distinctive voice often takes the lead and adds new dimensions of harmony to Andrew’s “resonant baritone” and “crystalline fingerpicking” (The Oregonian). “Their connected harmonies show the audience how well matched they are as singing partners” (Blair Hull, Stained Glass Coffeehouse).
They perform an eclectic mix of heartful songs in the folk tradition, including Andrew's originals, Scottish ballads and folksongs, rare 19th century African-American spirituals, and contemporary folk songs (Dave Carter, Bob Dylan).
Andrew's career spans 4 decades. He was awarded the 2012 Lantern Bearer Award from “Folk Alliance Region Midwest” and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from “Woodstock Folk Festival." He's also founder and president of Waterbug Records, an artists' cooperative folk label which has grown to 100+ titles, bringing some of the brightest singer-songwriters and folk musicians to an international audience. His own recordings have been released on Hogeye, Flying Fish and Waterbug Records.
Amelia Sweet Bluebird will perform a short opening set. Inspired by nature, stories within songs, and social protest movements, Amelia brings beauty and meaning to her audiences. With guitar in hand, she shares both originals and well-loved favorites in the fluid folk genre. Sweet Bluebird's resonating voice has an expansive range and has often been compared to Joan Baez.
"An outstanding young artist...I was just wowed by her voice, everyone stood there with their jaws dropping listening...what an amazing voice" -Lilli Kuzma of 90.9 WDCB
SPECIAL CONSENSUS Sun | Jan 7, 2018 | 3:00pm | $20
Our New Year Kick Off Concert is with Special Consensus. Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, The Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format.
The band has released 18 recordings and has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows. International tours have brought the band to Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Band leader/banjo player Greg Cahill is the former President/Board Chair of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the former Board Chair of the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music and a recipient of the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award (in 2011). Other band members include guitar player Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks and mandolin player Nick Dumas.
The 2012 band release Scratch Gravel Road (Compass Records) was GRAMMY nominated for Best Bluegrass Album and two songs from the 2014 band release Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver (Compass Records) won IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. The tune “Fireball” (featuring special guests Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown) on the 2016 Compass Records band recording Long I Ride won the 2016 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award.
HOLIDAY SING-ALONG Sat | Dec 2, 2017 | 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Part of Lombard's Jinglebell Jubilee, we provide the songbooks, bring your family and friends to enjoy singing favorite seasonal tunes together. This event is free and open to all ages--donations are appreciate to support the upkeep of the historical Maple Street Chapel. Three talented musicians are generously donating their time and talent to cultivate the merriment; thank you to Jann Mochelle, George Mattson, and Gregg Morton.
LEE MURDOCK'S CHRISTMAS SHIP Concert w/ BLUE HORIZON Sat | Nov 25, 2017 | 7:30pm | $20
Lee Murdock with Blue Horizon return for what's become an annual tradition--The Christmas Ship Concert. Steeped in Great Lakes heritage, the story of the Christmas Tree schooner, the Rouse Simmons, is a holiday remembrance of loss and renewal, love, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the Great Lakes. There is an amazing timelessness in this music. Great Lakes songs are made of hard word, hard living, ships that go down and ships that come in. Noted as a fluent instrumentalist, Murdock's musical influences span fifteen generations, combining ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles with his flair for storytelling in songs. Making folk music for the modern era, Lee Murdock’s work is a documentary and also an anthem to the people who live, work, learn and play along the freshwater highways of North America.
Lee on guitar and vocals will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Joel Simpson, bassist Mike Bradburn, and percussionist Greg Smith, otherwise known as Blue Horizon.
Sat | Oct 28, 2017 | 7:30pm | $15
We are pleased to welcome back Danny Schmidtfor a solo show at Maple St. Named to the Chicago Tribune's 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his stunningly poetic, poignant imagery. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him as: "Perhaps the best new songwriter we've heard in the last 15 years."
Performing solo almost exclusively, armed with just his voice, his acoustic guitar, and his acute commentary, Schmidt's an authentic timeless troubadour, one man sharing his truth in the form of songs, unadorned and intimate. The understated effect can be startlingly powerful. As songwriter Jeffrey Foucault put it: "Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing."
Sun | Oct 8, 2017 | 3:00pm | $18
Spuyten Duyvil (“SPY-ten DYE-vil”) is infused in blues and smoked with folk. Their brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Old Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. This six piece powerhouse brings barn-burning energy to venues throughout the East Coast and Midwest.
“Yonkers, NY based Spuyten Duyvil are the real deal when it comes to roots revivalist Americana music. Historians, outstanding songwriters, accomplished musicians and a musical family atmosphere converge to make some of the most outstanding music around today.” - William Hurley, The Alternate Root TV
In showcasing the music of Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, Woody Guthrie and Big Bill Broonzy here and abroad, their latest album's title, Social Music Hour, has become a guiding philosophy. Reinventing traditional songs, they honor the folk process and transform the audience from listeners to participants and owners.
Members: Beth Jamie Kaufman - Vocals, Jim Meigs - harmonica, Jagoda - Drums, John Neidhart- Bass, Jeremy Aaron - Fiddle and Guitar, Mark Miller - Tenor Guitar - Vocals
THE SWEET POTATOES with Blackest Crow opening
Sat | Sep 9, 2017 | 7:30pm | $15
The Sweet Potatoes dish up their own unique blend of country, folk and homespun Americana. Featuring acoustic guitars, ukulele, accordion and harmonica, this trio will bring a smile to your face with sweet vocal harmonies and finely crafted songwriting. They come out of Southern California, but with roots in the Midwest. Laura Hall grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago before moving to L.A. to play piano on the hit show, "Whose Line is it Anyway". Rick Hall has been seen on countless TV shows, films and commercials and was raised on a farm in central Illinois. Kelly Macleod is from Shreveport, LA, and is an actress as well as singer.
"What separates them on stages big and small is their ability to connect with an audience, and their inherent joy in sharing their songs and stories." - Tim Grimm, host of Americana Music Series, Folksinger, Actor
Chicago-based Blackest Crow will do an opening set to kick off our 2017-2018 Season. Blackest Crow draws its inspiration from a wide range of Americana music, especially Early Country and Old Time. The band offers traditional and fresh approaches to crowd favorites as well as lesser-known musical gems, featuring a rich mixture of tragic love songs, sweet waltzes, and driving fiddle tunes. Blackest Crow is Annalee Koehn (guitar and vocals), Steve Hinds (fiddle and viola), and Marc Edelstein (bass).