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Folkstage is an uninterrupted, one-hour concert featuring some of the best traditional and singer-songwriter talent in folk music. The live concerts can be are heard Saturday's at 8 PM on WFMT, immediately preceding The Midnight Special.

About 26 concerts per year are broadcast live from our studio in front of an audience. The remainder of the concerts are from our archives that stretch back 45 years, recent recordings made in the Chicago area, live broadcasts from the Old Town School of Folk Music, or recorded portions of our live studio concerts that were not previously broadcast.

The series is totally listener funded, and made possible in part by Peter & Nancy Clark, Andy & Becky Anderson, an Anonymous Family Foundation and the members of the WFMT Fine Arts Circle.

  Saturday, August 15

Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally
w/ Special Guest Ramblin Jack Elliott

Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Singing since she was a young child in Alabama, whether in the church choir or the colorful backyard musicals she orchestrated with her friends, Nell Perkins paid homage to her Southern roots by taking the name of her grandmother, Nell Robinson, when she moved on to professional stages and studios. Whether playing with musical partner Jim Nunally or backed by her All-Star band of John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Nell Perkins is equally at home. Her side-projects, from the poignancy of Soldier Stories to the whimsy of The Henriettas, further attest to the breadth and ambition of the youthful musical passions she let flower. In performance, she's interested in bridging worlds and breaking down the barriers between performers and audience. She invites fans and ghosts alike to be part of the show. Everyone is welcome.

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Lagunitas Brewing Saturday, September 5 from 7-9 PM, The annual live Fox Valley Folk Festival preview incorporating the Sweet Folk Chicago calendar and sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company. Scott Ainslie, Joe Crookston, Bill & Kate Isles, Claudia Schmidt, Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Spirit, and one more artist to be announced.

To attend WFMT's live broadcast Folkstage concerts in our studio, you must join the WFMT Fine Arts Circle for one year. The first year requires an initiation fee of $25 plus $250 per person as the yearly membership and request Folkstage as your thank-you gift. After the first year, Folkstage membership costs $250 per person per year. Memberships are non-transferrable. We ask that you join during one of our fundraising Fine Arts Circle fundraisers in April or November, during the time Folkstage or The Midnight Special is being broadcast. (We will accept memberships at other times during the fundraiser by prior arrangement.) We present approximately 26 live studio concerts per year, although we make no guarantee of the total number. Under no circumstances do we sell admissions to individual concerts. You must subscribe for the year to attend. Donations to the WFMT Fine Arts Circle are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. All Folkstage memberships come with free parking for the concerts within yards of the door. If you have questions, please use our contact form.

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