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Daily Schedule

Updated August 25, 2022
Schedule subject to change.

Campus Addresses & Locations:

Old Town School of Folk Music - West, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
(Maurer Hall, Mabie Gallery, Workshop Rooms, Art Gallery, Music Store, Cafe & Bar)

Old Town School of Folk Music - East, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
(Szold Hall, Luthier Showcase Exhibit Halls, East Lobby, Workshop Rooms, Cafe & Bar)

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Exclusive For 3-Day All-Access Passes Only

Check-in & Swag Bag Pickup

2:00 - 6:00pm - Old Town School Lobby - West

Luthier Showcase

East, 3rd Floor

3:00pm - 5:00pm Preview Showcase Exhibit Halls Open

Workshops, Lectures, Oral Histories & More

Szold Hall - East

4:00pm - 5:30PM It Happened Here: Gems from Chicago’s Early Guitarmaking with Mark Demaray

Mabie Gallery - West

5:00pm - 6:00pm Keynote & Welcome Reception with Jason Verlinde
Featuring Complimentary Craft Beer from Dovetail Brewery, Wine, & Small Bites

Concert Performances

Maurer Hall - West

8:00PM Julian Lage Sponsored by Collings Guitars
Jordan Tice Sponsored by Yamaha Guitars
Seating is General Admission. VIP priority seating begins at 7:15, all other guests 7:30.

Cafe & Bars open 11:00am - 5:00pm & during concerts featuring Chicago’s finest craft beers, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, and light snacks.
Old Town School Music Store open 11:00am - 5:00pm
Art Exhibitions: Jon Langford and Lauren Deutsch - all day, West Building Mabie Gallery & Second Floor
Complimentary coffee available daily throughout campus, provided by Acoustic Coffee
Gear Check - West Building, Room 101 - available daily until the conclusion of the day’s concerts.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Check-in

begins at 10:00am - Old Town School Lobby - West

Luthier Showcase

East, 3rd Floor

10:00am - 12:30pm Luthier Showcase Exhibit Halls Open

1:30pm - 5:00pm Luthier Showcase Exhibit Halls Open

Workshops, Lectures, Oral Histories & More

10:00 AM

Maurer Hall - West

Santa Cruz Guitar Co. Founder Richard Hoover

Szold Hall - East

Workshop: Sierra Hull – “Right Hand Technique & Tone”

11:00 AM

Szold Hall - East

Hands-On: Innovative archtop guitars from lutherie legend Woody Phifer

Mabie Gallery - West

Workshop: James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
James and Nathan will discuss their experience as composers and arrangers of new and used material in guitar-duo formation, unpacking their divergent approaches and influences, and demonstrating some of their work.

1:00 PM

Maurer Hall - West

“Who the Fuck Says” with archtop guitar and bass builder Maegen Wells

Szold Hall - East

Fretology: The Guitar Innovation Lab with John Thomas, a discussion of how technology is helping us understand the magic in vintage acoustic guitars.

2:00 PM

Maurer Hall - West

“How Chicago Changed Electric Guitar Forever” with Josh Scott (JHS Pedals): A peek at the early fuzzes that sprang from the Windy City.

Szold Hall - East

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Vintage Gibson (flattops) But Were Scared to Ask with Mark Stutman (Folkway Music). Ever wondered about those old L-00s or J-45s? Ask one of the world’s foremost Gibson experts your questions about their builds, collectibility and pitfalls.

Room 102 - West

Mandolin Workshop with Colby Maddox: Explore how mandolin playing expands the vocabulary of phrasing and rhythm ideas for all arch-top curious flatpickers

3:00 PM

Maurer Hall - West

Hidden gems: Reverb experts share their secrets to help you get the best deal on the guitar that's right for you with Reverb’s guitar expert Jim Tuerk and Director of Analytics, Cyrill Nigg.

Szold Hall - East

Luthier on Luthier live podcast taping featuring Michael Gurian. Gurian was the founder of Gurian Guitars in the ‘60s, one of the world’s first boutique guitar brands, before becoming a major supplier of parts and binding materials for brands like Taylor, Gibson, and Martin.

Room 102 - West

Workshop: Join Old Town School instructor, Chris Walz, for an in depth look at the guitar style of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy. As an extra special treat, Chris will be playing Big Bill’s 1946 Martin guitar.

4:00 PM

Maurer Hall - West

Workshop: Harmonize with the Milk Carton Kids. Sit in and let the acclaimed duo of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan (the Milk Carton Kids) teach you how to harmonize like a MCK in under an hour.

Szold Hall - East

Paths to the Future: Reimagining the Electric Guitar Signal Chain with Bob Palmieri (Duneland Labs). Learn about the future of pickups and amplification with Bob Palmieri, one of the guitar world’s true mavericks. Bill Frisell, Ken Parker and others swear by his pickup designs… find out why.

Room 102 - West

Workshop: Join banjo player Max Allard for a look at his individual take on composing for banjo in and out of the bluegrass paradigm.

5:00 PM

Mabie Gallery - West

Electric Guitar Happy Hour with builders Creston Lea, Duncan Price, JHS, Chris Young (Union) and others. Have a cold beverage and plug-in with some truly brilliant minds in the world of electric guitars. We’ll have the amps warmed up and ready to go.

Concert Performances

Maurer Hall - West

8:00pm Milk Carton Kids

Szold Hall - East

8:00pm Joe Filisko & Eric Noden • Joel Paterson

Cafe & Bars open 11:00am - 5:00pm & during concerts featuring Chicago’s finest craft beers, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, and light snacks.
Old Town School Music Store open 11:00am - 5:00pm
Art Exhibitions: Jon Langford and Lauren Deutsch - all day, West Building Mabie Gallery & Second Floor
Complimentary coffee available daily throughout campus, provided by Acoustic Coffee
Gear Check - West Building, Room 101 - available daily until the conclusion of the day’s concerts.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Check-in

begins at 10:00am - Old Town School Lobby - West

Luthier Showcase

East, 3rd Floor

10:00am - 12:30pm Luthier Showcase Exhibit Halls Open

1:30pm - 5:00pm Luthier Showcase Exhibit Halls Open

Workshops, Lectures, Oral Histories & More

10:00 AM

Maurer Hall - West

Game Show: The Nickel Wound Chef: Watch two expert builders (Creston Lea and upstart Duncan Price) “bake” a partscaster in an hour, Iron Chef-style. An all-star panel of judges will deem one the Nickel Wound Chef.

Szold Hall - East

Workshop: Old Town School instructor, Patrik Ahlberg, will break down his unique approach to arranging and flatpicking Swedish fiddle music on the guitar.

1:00 PM

Maurer Hall - West

Secrets Your Luthier Wants You to Know with TJ Thompson & friends.
TJ Thompson is one of the world’s great Martin guitar restoration experts who also happens to be one of the most memorable Fretboard Journal magazine subjects to date. Join him and some of his friends for a memorable and unfiltered reflection on what it means to be a luthier.

Szold Hall - East

The Truth About Recording & Mixing live podcast taping with Joel Paterson. Chicago’s own Joel Paterson joins TARAM host Johnny Sangster for a talk about vintage recording gear, techniques and more.

Mabie Gallery - West

Workshop: Courtney Hartman
Want to improve your playing or songwriting? Acclaimed acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter Courtney Hartman is here to help.

2:00 PM

Maurer Hall - West

Workshop: Content Creation and Your Music with RØDE Microphones.
Røde’s team of experts will help you refine your home recording setup.

Mabie Gallery - West

Workshop: IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year nominee, Jake Eddy, on flatpicking.

3:00 PM

Maurer Hall - West

Live Fretboard Journal Podcast Taping: Molly Tuttle
Molly Tuttle is one of the biggest stars in acoustic music right now. She also boasts some of the most unique guitar technique. Fretboard Journal publisher Jason Verlinde sits down with her to ask her about her background and inspiration.

Szold Hall - East

Lecture: What’s an Archtop with Ken Parker and special guests. You may remember Ken Parker from the Parker Fly, but he’s devoted most of his life to one thing… archtop guitars. During this lively talk, Parker shows off his latest, forward-thinking creations.

4:00 PM

Mabie Gallery - West

Acoustic Guitar Happy Hour: Pick the brains of TJ Thompson, Richard Hoover, Michael Gurian and others.
Pick the brains of some of the acoustic guitar world’s true luminaries, including TJ Thompson, Michael Gurian, Richard Hoover of Santa Cruz Guitar Co. and others. Feel free to bring an acoustic to show and tell, too.

Concert Performances

Maurer Hall - West

8:00pm Molly Tuttle • Courney Hartman

Szold Hall - East

8:00pm Bobby Broom’s Keyed Up Quartet • Organ Trio Madness with Fareed Haque & Tony Monaco

Cafe & Bars open 11:00am - 5:00pm & during concerts featuring Chicago’s finest craft beers, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, and light snacks.
Old Town School Music Store open 11:00am - 5:00pm
Art Exhibitions: Jon Langford and Lauren Deutsch - all day, West Building Mabie Gallery & Second Floor
Complimentary coffee available daily throughout campus, provided by Acoustic Coffee
Gear Check - West Building, Room 101 - available daily until the conclusion of the day’s concerts.