Chicago Voices View

Koko Taylor on 7/29/87 in Chicago, Il. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve)

Chicago Voices VIEW

A noteworthy photographic exhibition celebrates multi-genre Chicago vocalists, both historic and contemporary.

The photo exhibit pays homage to some of the most creative and powerful vocalists in America over the past 100 years, all of whom have ties to Chicago. Some of
the high-powered talents featured include blues legends 
Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf; the “Queen of Gospel” Mahalia Jackson; “King of Soul” Sam Cooke; Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder; Wilco singer/ songwriter Jeff Tweedy; and beloved folksinger and songwriter Steve Goodman. All artists featured are vocalists who grew up, lived in, or have ties to the Chicago area.

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Old Town School of Folk Music

4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

The Old Town School of Folk Music opened in December of 1957 with its first home at 333 North Avenue. The first five years of the School’s history mirrored the boom in folk music at that time. Enrollment grew and programs expanded. Over 150 students attended guitar and banjo classes on a weekly basis. Folk dancing, and family sing-alongs rounded out the programming. The School also offered concerts by nationally renowned artists. Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Jimmy Driftwood, Big Bill Broonzy, and Josh White were just some of the many folk music artists who performed at the Old Town School in its early years.

Open M-Thu 9AM - 10PM, Fri-Su 9AM - 5PM
(Holiday Hours: 9AM - 5PM from Dec. 19 - Jan. 8)

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,500 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields.

SAIC's Master in Arts (MA) in Administration and Policy is a two-year, 48-credit program that focuses on the critical explorations and skills relevant to contemporary cultural leadership and management. The program prepares students to actively and creatively respond to the highly complex environments that impact the production, reception, and circulation of the arts.

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