For all ages 2014

For All Ages

  • Bones, Jugs ‘n Harmony Family Show - Bones Jugs ‘N Harmony can only be described as a cascading menagerie of novelty knick-knacks and catchy hooks, floating over rock solid rhythms and tempered with silly feel-good lyrics. Yes, they make music with bones and with jugs! But don’t … Continue reading
  • Campfire Open Sea Chantey Sing with Chris Maden - Join chanteyman Chris Maden and some of the regulars from the Chambana Chantey Sing for an open song session. We’ll sing chanteys (sailors’ work songs) and forebitters (recreational songs), songs of the oceans and inland waterways, songs of fishing, of … Continue reading
  • Campfire Open Sing with Hilary Valentine, Rebecca Grosser, and Chris Maden - Hilary Kaye, Rebecca Grosser, and Chris Maden present a special edition of the Second Monday Open Trad Sing around the Iron Post campfire. Instruments and voices welcome as we sing traditional songs from around the world – and newer songs … Continue reading
  • Cowboy Songs Playalong and Singalong with the Prairie Dogs - The Prairie Dogs have been a fixture of the Champaign-Urbana music scene for 15+ years. They know a thousand songs and a hundred jokes. Guaranteed to make you laugh or cry! Join them for a good old-fashioned singalong!    
  • Dan Keding and Mama Edie Armstrong, Featured Storyteller Performances - Dan Keding grew up with his Croatian grandmother filling him with the stories of the old country. He has pursued this passion for over forty years, telling at some of the most prestigious venues in storytelling. He has won numerous … Continue reading
  • Dance Try-Its - Yes, you CAN have it all! Spend a delightful hour-and-a-half learning three different dance traditions. 2:30pm-3:15pm: Simple English and Scandinavian dances with Jon and Sue Hanson Jon and Sue Hanson have been involved in traditional dance since their college days. … Continue reading
  • Family Dance with the Volo Bogtrotters - Bring the kids and the kids-at-heart to this dance for folks of all ages! The Volo Bogtrotters are have been a Midwestern favorite since their first gig at the actual Volo Bog in Lake County, Illinois in 1985. Their music … Continue reading
  • Harmonica Workshop (beginning), with Dave Witzany - It’s easy to begin to learn to play harmonica!  Dave will lead the group using key of C diatonic 10 hole harmonicas to help you learn about the instrument and to begin playing melodies and blues.  Come at 10:30 and learn the … Continue reading
  • Harmonica Workshop (intermediate), with Dave Witzany - For this intermediate workshop, Dave will teach some simple effects and give an introduction to the blues. If you attended the beginning workshop, you are welcome to stay for this session too. Dave will also have a petting zoo of his own harmonicas … Continue reading
  • Kids Songwriting Workshop with Dana Sipos - Join us for an inspired song+writing workshop! First we will explore methods and techniques on how to exercise our songwriting muscles. Putting pen and hearts to paper, we will then compose a song together to be brought to life at a festival … Continue reading
  • Local Storyteller Showcase - The Local Teller Showcase features some of Champaign-Urbana’s favorite tellers: Kim Sheahan, Linda Dust, Elaine Bearden, and Sue Searing. All are members of the C-U Storytelling Guild and enjoy telling to audiences of all ages. Come join the fun! Kim … Continue reading
  • Mama Edie Armstrong - Mama Edie Armstrong is a bilingual storyteller (Spanish/English), published writer, percussionist, speech/language pathologist, and voice-over artist who has provided international storytelling performances and workshops to parents, teachers, children, social workers, steel workers, attorneys,and various other professionals since 1989.  Her stories … Continue reading
  • Mo’ Betta Jazz Band - The Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy consists of the BBL Fine Arts Academy and the Mo’ Betta Music performance bands. Well known around town, the premier ensemble plays for numerous civic functions and activities, and features instrumental and vocal … Continue reading
  • Mr. Stephens Family Show - Mr. Stephens is still playing goofy songs for kids even after some of them have grown up. He saw one of them driving away from Urbana High School the other day. Lucky there are still kids in the Kindergarten classrooms. … Continue reading
  • Musical Mayhem Parade - Join us for our annual musical mayhem parade, this year led by the incomparably wacky members of Bones, Jugs ‘N Harmony! Bring your instruments, costumes, and free spirits and celebrate on the streets of downtown Urbana. Bones, Jugs ‘N Harmony’s … Continue reading
  • Penny Whistle Workshop (beginning), with Dean Karres - Come for a low stress introduction to the tin whistle (penny whistle). This workshop is for the complete novice.  You will be shown correct hand and finger position; a simple scale; and, we will work through one or more very simple melodies. A … Continue reading
  • Pop Wagner Family Show - Special family show with Pop Wagner! Pop Wagner has quite the reputation as a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet and downright funny guy.  He appeared quite frequently on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion during the show’s formative years and … Continue reading