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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 55 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, Freddi Greenberg & Dan Pinkert, an Anonymous Family Foundation and the members of the WFMT Fine Arts Circle.


  Saturday, April 20
Kathy Kallick Band

Kathy Kallick Band Kathy Kallick continues to evolve as one of the music's extraordinary vocalists, bandleaders, and composers. In 2015, she released her 20th album, recordings which include nearly 150 of her original songs, and has been among the elite of contemporary songwriters and singers since co-founding the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol’ Persons. Along the way, she has won a Grammy and two IBMA Awards; had five title tracks and albums; performed and recorded with the Frank Wakefield Band; written and recorded award-winning music for children and families; toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan; received a Lifetime Membership award from the California Bluegrass Association and; collaborated with the country's top acoustic musicians - including her fabulous current band: Annie Staninec, Cary Black, Greg Booth, Tom Bekeny, and Annie Stanine. The Kathy Kallick Band is based along the west coast, but their powerful mixture of original and classic material, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, has great appeal everywhere. The band has nearly as much fun as the audience when performing. The material is compelling, the tone ranges from humorous to bittersweet to soulful, the instrumental playing is dazzling, the vocals luminous, the presentation inclusive. It’s HOT BLUEGRASS & COOL ORIGINALS!

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Thanks to those of you who pledged on April 6 we raised over $43,000, exceeding our goal for the evening. I deeply appreciate your continuing support.

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

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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