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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 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 Nancy Clark, Andy & Becky Anderson, an Anonymous Family Foundation and the members of the WFMT Fine Arts Circle.


NEXT LIVE FOLKSTAGE:
  Saturday, April 15

Joel Mabus

Joel Mabus Joel Mabus was born and raised in a working-class family in a modest Southern Illinois town, about 105 miles southeast of Mark Twain, 190 miles northwest of Bill Monroe, 110 miles southwest of Burl Ives and just over the river and up the hill from Scott Joplin. When Joel's parents came of age in the 1930's, they took their old-time farm-grown music on the road with other family members as "hillbilly" entertainers, barnstorming the Midwest in medicine shows, small-town radio programs as well as their long-standing job performing road shows for the WLS Barn Dance. This pedigree was not lost on Joel as a child in the 1960's. The family mandolin was his first calling, quickly adding banjo, guitar and fiddle. In the midst of Beatle-mania, Joel was drawn to the tunes of Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs. Joel made his first record for a small Michigan label in 1977 with mandolin legend Frank Wakefield guesting. Three years later he signed with Flying Fish Records for a two-record deal. In 1986 he was one of the first indie folksingers to start his own label (Fossil Records), even before the advent of the home studio and compact disc, which makes the practice so common today. Mabus has toured widely and makes his living at music, though he is flying under the radar of American pop culture. Whether you label him folk, Americana , or a singer-songwriter, Mabus remains a one-off, walking that lonesome valley, making and marking his way as a working artist outside the confines of the usual music business.

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Fresh roasted coffee for Folkstage members provided by Alchemy Coffee, 416 Linden Ave., Wilmette (one-block west of CTA Purple Line terminus). (847) 251-4334


HOW TO GET TICKETS TO LIVE FOLKSTAGE CONCERTS
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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