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Last weekend I was lucky enough to be asked by Shanky and her mom to go to a concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  We saw Dave Alvin, who I wasn’t that familiar with (more on his awesomeness in a future post…)

The show was at their North Lincoln location, and as I stood outside waiting for Shanky, people were streaming in as if Mick Jagger were headlining.  Granted, said people made me feel super young, but once inside it was a fairly good age-mix of people.

The theater itself is quite larger than I expected– there is a main floor and a balcony.  In the back of the main floor are these little club type tables and chairs which is where we sat.  That was one of my favorite parts and when I go again I will try to get those seats.  There are some tables and chairs in the front right next to the stage (which had ample room for Dave and all his “Guilty Women”), but that’s a little too high profile for me. old-town

Beer, wine, and other refreshments are available throughout the show for 4 or 5 bucks.  It was a great way to spend an evening — see a show at Old Town and have dinner before or after at any of my favorite restaurants on Lincoln (Bistro Campagne, http://www.bistrocampagne.com/, which I am no longer protesting, or Bocca Della Verita, http://laboccachicago.com/default.aspx).

Before the show, a guy from Old Town came out and gave a little speech thanking the audience for their continued support, etc.  Despite tough economic times, he said there were about 7,000 students enrolled.  If a class isn’t your thing, catching a show there is a fun way to support a great place!  Here is the upcoming schedule for April: http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2009/4/

On a related note, each summer Old Town puts on the Folk & Roots Festival in Welles Park.  I have been several times and it is always a groovy way to catch a band you wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to.  Also, my favorite incense guy has a booth there and I just have not been able to find the same quality incense elsewhere in the city.  So, go for the music, the incense, or both!  http://www.chicagofolkandroots.org/

Pet Peeve of the Day: When it’s freezing cold and people are like: “what global warming?!”

Quote of the Day: “Without a thought of the consequence, I gave into my decadence” –Pink Floyd

Bonus Quote: “Their personalities will CLASH like a cheap blooie and a concert ticket!” –Shanky

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