Chicago Folk & Roots Festival 

The Old Town School of Folk Music throws its annual blowout, with performances by the Budos Band, Etran Finatawa, Red Baraat, Shemekia Copeland, and others.

Red Baraat

Red Baraat

Presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music, the 13th annual Chicago Folk & Roots Festival features several stages of folk, blues, soul, bluegrass, Cajun, funk, and world music in Welles Park (4400 N. Lincoln) from noon till 10 PM on Sat 7/10 and Sun 7/11. The eclectic main-stage bookings include the Budos Band, Shemekia Copeland, and the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International featuring Samba Mapangala on Saturday and Etran Finatawa, HK & Les Saltimbanks, and Red Baraat on Sunday. The festival also features a dance tent with lessons, performances, and workshops and a kids' tent offering family-friendly entertainment like rockabilly with the Bops and a rhythm circle. The Nuestra Musica Tent, Welles Park Gazebo, and Staff Stage present a variety of live music, dance performances, open jams, sing-alongs, and workshops throughout the weekend. Admisson is a $10 suggested donation ($5 for seniors and children). For more info, call 773-728-6000 or visit chicagofolkandroots.org.

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