Silver Beam Music

February 2017

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4
SAT

Barb Silverman

Washboard Workshop
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL

3:00 pm

773 728-6000

Become a percussionist ala washboard -- and improve your guitar strumming skills. Bring your own washboard and thimbles (fingerpicks or bottle openers, something metal) to this hands-on breakdown of simple rhythms common to old-time, swing and cajun music.
www.oldtownschool.org

11
SAT

Barb Silverman

University of Chicago Folk Festival
U. of Chicago Ida Noyes Hall
59th Street
Chicago, IL

2:30 pm

773-485-3363

Barb' popular Harmony Singing Workshop for all levels. We'll launch into singing simple two-part country harmonies, swing, early rock hits, and some challenging 3-part counterpoint. Fun and fulfilling.
www.uofcfolk.org

26
SUN

The Teflons & Sunnyside Up

10th Annual After-Brunch Bash
Fitzgerald's
6150 W. Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, IL

1:00 pm to
4:00 pm

708 788-2118

Bring your dear ones and your dancing shoes to our 10th ANNUAL AFTER BRUNCH BASH at rustic, beloved Fitzgerald's. Hot licks Sunnyside Up bluegrass quartet, harmonic and lush country swing from The Teflons, and dancing throughout. Table service from Capri. Doors open 12:30. Get there early. Tickets: http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/…/After-Brunch-Bash-wit…
www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com

March 2017

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18
SAT

Barb Silverman

Harmony Singing Workshop
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL

3:00 pm to
4:30 pm

773 728-6000

Barb warms up your voices, teaches some simple intervals, then soars you into easy two-part harmony favorites, followed by stirring and haunting three-part harmony gems.
www.oldtownschool.org
bjsilverbeam@msn.com

April 2017

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8
SAT

Barb Silverman & Steve Rosen

House Concert
Gordon House
6104 N. Maplewood
Chicago, IL 60659

8:00 pm

773 262-9647

The inimitable Steve and Barbie Show comes back to the north side at Shelley's delightfully decorated homey bungalow. Rare old time harmonies, rich mando solos, banjo and bones, washboard virtuosity, happy swing tunes and humor abound. $15. REFRESHMENTS. Reservations shellouise42@me.com
shellouise42@me.com

29
SAT

Barb Silverman

Washboard Workshop
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL

3:00 pm to
4:30 pm

773 728-6000

Here's the requested follow-up to the February session, open to brand new arrivals as well as previous. Bring a board and two thimbles or bottle openers. You will review the basic rhythm patterns and embellishments that make you a percussionist extraordinaire. (Barb will have 2 extra boards so check with the desk if you want to be one of those two.)
www.oldtownschool.org

May 2017

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7
SUN

Barb Silverman & Steve Rosen "Silver Rose"

Concert
Wishbone North
3300 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL

7:00 pm

773 549-2663

Barb appears in her swingy, bluesy, original and vintage regalia with one of her favorite Americana partners. Come early and order dinner at the delicious Wishbone, and feast your ears as well.

13
SAT

Barb Silverman

Harmony Singing Workshop
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL

3:00 pm to
4:30 pm

773 728-6000

Come join the group that sang 2 and 3 part country and folk and early rock harmonies. This is a follow-up to the March workshop also open to newcomers. Lift your voice in song with like-minded eager singers and blend into one gorgeous sound.
www.oldtownschool.org
bjsilverbeam@msn.com

28
SUN

Barb Silverman & Steve Rosen

Miller Beach Farmer's Market
Miller Beach Farmer's Market
667 S Lake St
Gary, Indiana 46403

12:00 noon to
3:00

219 902-9642

Steve and Barb bring their spontaneous folk-country-swing to the sands of Indiana for a Farmer's Market sponsored by the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District. Three delightful hours soaked in banjo, washboard, guitar, harmonies, fresh produce and the warm sands of the south shore.

June 2017

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4
SUN

Barb Silverman

Route One House Concerts
RSVP for address
Flossmoor, Illinois

4:00 pm to
6:00

(773)485-3363

Escape to the pastoral south suburbs to a lovely Flossmoor home for one in a series of intimate house concerts. A relaxed late afternoon gathering to hear some originals, some swing, some novelty songs. RSVP valeriebirk@gmail.com
valeriebirk@gmail.com

17
SAT

Silverman Trio: Silverman, Maddox, Straeffer

Lake Effekt
Lake Effekt Arts Festival
400 to 600 blocks of South Lake Street
Miller, Indiana

4:00 pm to
6:00

219 902-9642

Several blocks of Lake Street in the historic village of Miller are closed down annually for this celebratory event with food, music, art and vendors. The trio bridges the vast country and swing arcs of American music.

23
FRI

Barb Silverman

Blue Jean Gala
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

6:00 pm to
7:30 pm

773 728-6000

The annual fundraiser "Blue Jean Gala" kicks off with 4 of the faculty's spunkiest stretched at different spots along Lincoln Avenue. Barb will appear by Bistro Campagne/Due Lire, Bill Brickey at Miku, Chris Walz at OTS, and Anna & Evan Jacobson at Fork. Free and easy.
www.oldtownschool.org

July 2017

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7
FRI

Barb Silverman & Colby Maddox

Square Roots Fest Spontaneous Square Dance
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL

5:00 pm to
6:00 pm

774 728-6000

A joyous kick-off to Square Roots as Colby Maddox leads a troupe of fiddlers and Barb calls some simple barn dances right there on there street. No muss no fuss. Just fun.
www.oldtownschool.org

8
SAT

Friends of Ella Jenkins

Camp Songs CD Release Honoring Ella Jenkins at Square Roots
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

3:00 pm to
4:00

773 728-6000

A skilled cast of musicians back up 60 years of living legend Ella Jenkins for a Camp Songs recording that will be performed at Square Roots in Ella's honor. Look for Bucky Hawker, Lanialoha Lee, Chris Walz, Erin Flynn, Lenny Marsh, Barb Silverman and more.
www.oldtownschool.org

26
WED

Rick Veras & Barb Silverman

Locally Sourced at the Patio
Lincoln Park Zoo Cafe Brauer
2021 N Stockton Dr
Chicago, IL 60614

5:30 pm to
7:30 pm

312 742-2000 extension 3

The Lincoln Park Zoo's lovely garden- boardwalk-view Cafe Brauer (delicious food) sponsors Chicago talent in a weekly series. Rick and Barb are among a dozen Old Town School scoops of American and World music.

29
SAT

Silverman Trio: Silverman, Maddox, Smith

Miller Beach Annual Sand Castle Competition
Beach at the end of Lake Street
Miller, Indiana

4:00 pm to
6:00

219 902-9642

A delightful annual event on the historic South Shore Beach where Lake Street meets Lake Michigan. A sand castle competition with music. Can you dig it?

October 2017

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1
SUN

Barb Silverman & Colby Maddox

Grove Fest
The Grove
1421 Milwaukee Ave.
Glenview, IL

1:45 pm to
2:45 pm

847 299-6096

Join Colby and Barb's vintage old time duet and the Americana that graces two stages all day long, the rustic wooded setting, the hayrides, the pulled pork, the rhubarb pie a la mode.
www.thegroveglenview.org

- - Last Year's Calendar - -

January 2016

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Barb Silverman & Colby Maddox

Concert
Wishbone North
3300 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL

Relaxed intimate concert setting at the delicious Wishbone North Restaurant in a lovely little annex room. Barb and Colby perform their CU Folk and Roots show on fiddle and mando, guitar and percussion, and two voices a-plenty.

Barb Silverman

Fundraiser for Carambola
Let Them Eat Chocolate
5306 N Damen
Chicago, IL

A string of local folk luminaries each play a short set to raise money for Maria and Yahvi's new music school in New Mexico. Great chocolate delicacies and heartfelt music. Barb goes on at 1:30 pm.

February 2016

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Teflons & Sunnyside Up

9th Annual
After-Brunch Bash

Fitzgerald's
6150 W. Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, IL

Intricate bluegrass virtuosity starts the show. Next, rich swing harmonies from the Teflon gals toting uke, guitars and percussion lifted high by lush dobro, fiddle and bass from the guys. And then everybody plays for some fun loose dancing. Kids welcome. Advance tickets here: http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/VenueListings.action?venueId=32814&pl=
www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com

March 2016

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Schticklers Trio

Old Town School of Folk Music
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL

The Award-Winning Bone-Tickling Schticklers rear their heads again for a giant Purim Party in the illustrious Maurer Hall. Purim gems, yiddish chestnuts and high energy will pour forth from Barb, Stu and Joel, promoted widely by the JUF.
www.oldtownschool.org/classes/openhouse

Silverman Trio

Taste of Maple Syrup Fest
Forest Preserves of Cook County
536 N Harlem
Chicago, IL

Hear the delightful trio composed of Colby Maddox on mando and fiddle, Steve Rosen on banjo and Barb Silverman on guitar and percussion, presenting bluegrass and Irish for St. Patty's Day.

May 2016

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Barb Silverman

One of a Kind Show
Merchandise Mart
Illinois Street and the Chicago River
Chicago, IL

Annual arts and textile show at the magnificent Merchandise Mart on the river, with select Old Town School artists providing the musical backdrop. Barb covers the closing slot with her "folk-festival-in-a-box" repertoire.
www.oneofakindshowchicago.com

Barb Silverman

Washboard Workshop
Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL

"Grab a Board and Rub" returns once again by demand, with Barb demonstrating duple, triple, syncopated rhythms from easy to challenging -- old-time, jug band, and big band styles.
www.oldtownschool.org

June 2016

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Silverman & Maddox

Concert
Wishbone North
3300 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL

Back again by demand, Barb and Colby create an intimate breadth of Americana from Gershwin to Carter Family to choice originals on fiddle and mando, guitar and washboard, and tight knit vocal harmony.

Silverman & Maddox

Rotary Grove Fest (aka Heritage Fest)
Rotary Grove Fest - Two Way Street Stage
Downtown Downer's Grove
Downer's Grove, IL

At this great long-standing fest, B and C cut a swath of Americana: early country and bluegrass and swing on Colby's award winning mando and fiddle, Barb's folk-festival-in-a-box guitar and percussion rhythms, and sweet sweet harmony.

July 2016

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Barb Silverman & Rick Veras

Locally Sourced at the Patio
Cafe Brauer
2021 N Stockton Dr
Chicago, IL 60614

The enchanted Lincoln Park Zoo hosts Old Town School performers as part of the "Locally Sourced" options in our city. Barb and Rick play old-time, standards and Tin Pan Alley hits on guitar, fiddle and washboard. Come see the monkeys and join the fun.

August 2016

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Laketown Buskers

Laketown Buskers in Concert
Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

The legendary Laketown Buskers return to Chicago after last year's wall-busting reunion concert in Evanston. Clever and stunning arrangements on Colin McCoy's champion fiddle and wowing guitar, Bob Stelnicki's masterful washtub, Stu Rosenberg's celebrated mandolin and Barb Silverman's rhythmic washboard and guitar. "The best jug band still playing." Chicago Tribune
www.oldtownschool.org

September 2016

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Silver Stars

Hot Summer Nights Series
Chicago Botanic Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL

Back by demand for the 3rd year, the energized and utterly danceable Silver Stars cut a wide swath of Americana guaranteed to please, with Steve Rosen's countrified voice and mando, Rick Veras' fluid fiddle, Barb Silverman's vocal and guitar prowess, and Mitch Straeffer's guiding bass. They packed the place last year.
www.chicagobotanic.org

Blackest Crow and Barb Silverman

Block party (private)
Lakewood Street
Chicago, IL

Blackest Crow render their lively and haunting tunes with Barb calling some dances for a portion of the evening.

Barb Silverman

Presbyterian Homes (private)
3200 Grant Street
Evanston, IL

Barb calls an afternoon barn dance at the Westminster facility of Presbyterian Homes.

October 2016

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Barb Silverman & Colby Maddox

Grove Fest
The Grove
1421 Milwaukee Ave.
Glenview, IL

Join Colby and Barb's vintage old time duet, and the other Americana stage acts and the rustic wooded setting and the costumed dancers and the hayrides and the pulled pork and the rhubarb pie and the bees.
kathyjotownson@glenviewparkdist.org

Barb Silverman

Barb Silverman in Concert
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Old Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Bask in Barb's effervescent slate of Americana from traditional folk favorites to Tin Pan Alley to swing standards and a few show tunes thrown in. This is the kick-off event for three follow-up Life Story Theatre workshops to also be held at the Vernon Library.
www.vapld.info

Barb Silverman

Bulb Fest
Chicago Botanic Gardens
1000 W Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL

Back by demand and love of bulbs, Barb once again floats about the Esplanade minstreling and entertaining with guitar, washboard, bones and voice. Every style of American music emerges.
www.chicagobotanicgarden.org

Barb Silverman

Private wedding
Oak Brook
Oak Brook, IL

Private event

Barb Silverman

Life Story Theatre Workshop
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Old Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

These empowering sessions mine the memories, thoughts and endearing quirks of participants in both quick response and longer monologue, and deftly shape the material into engaging vignettes threaded with vintage songs.
www.vapld.info

Barb Silverman

Life Story Theatre Workshop
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Old Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Second in the series of Life Story Theatre workshops that taps the memoires, wisdom and whimsy of participants. Fitting bits of vintage song stitch the scenes together. www.vapld.info
www.vapld.info

November 2016

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Barb Silverman

Life Story Theatre Workshop
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Old Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

The third in the series of Life Story Theatre workshops culminates in a performance of the wisdom, wit and whimsy of the players, highlighted by stirring threads of vintage songs. www.vapld.info
www.vapld.info

Silver Stars: Rosen, Veras, Silverman, Straeffer

Concert
Wishbone North
3300 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL

The zesty sounds of the Silver Stars come to Chicago's tasty Wishbone North restaurant with broad ranging Americana: hundred year old fiddle tunes; Gershwin, Porter and Arlen; George Jones gems; Bob Willls; and originals. The cozy stage at Wishbone will swell in all directions. Reserve your seats!

December 2016

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Eric Zorn, Mary Schmich, Barb Silverman, Chris Walz, Bill Brickey, Anna Jacobson, Steve Rosen, Lani Lee, Roy McGrath, Zacbe Pichardo, John Abbey, The Tylers, and more

Songs of Good Cheer
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL

Six-show sell-out annual holiday show in its18th year with 13 musicians, horns and harp and banjos, 4-part harmony and world-wide styles of music, all laced with humor and heart.
www.oldtownschool.org

2017 Silverbeam Music
www.silverbeammusic.com