Bands on Broadway and Beyond
Maggie and Africa Brown have been collaborating for years, but officially named their duet activities 2Brown Sisters in 2015. They are committed to getting more Brownhouse material out into the world by conducting workshops and residencies which inspire responsible entertainment choices, etiquette, anti-violence, anti-teen pregnancy, inter-generational communication, and music and spoken word creation. The sisters record their own original material and songs of their father’s, Oscar Brown III.
Saturday, July 24 – Children’s Show by Fifth House Ensemble
Location: Guidepost Montessori, 6001 N Clark
Pre-show by Low Ceiling Circus: 12pm
Performance Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Special Guests: School of Rock
This concert explores the ways in which music can tell a story without words, and how composers and authors alike use various musical tools to create characters, setting, and plot. The ensemble pairs chamber music and text, leading students through a series of small and large group activities. The audience participates in a “Choose Your Own Adventure” project at the end of the performance, culminating in a presentation of their original story inspired by music. There will be two presentations of this program at 1pm and 2pm.
Katherine Davis’ passion for singing was influenced at an early age due to her family’s musical background, which included an array of musical genres; typical for what ended-up being settled into Chicago prior to the 50’s. Diversity for culture, music; understanding the depth of history inherent with the blues, depicting freedom from slavery; coupled with the narrative woven deeply within struggling musicians during a tumultuous era; became the threshold of influences for Katherine’s unbridled interest to teach children.
Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames are the current winners of the Chicago Blues Challenge. They were among the top eight finalists in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, out of 200 bands. They are an authentic, real deal blues band, high energy with versatile talent, variety, and a cohesive show that includes original driving house-rockin blues, boogie and Soul. The originals are classic in nature, the standards are revitalized with striking three part vocal harmony with three amazing vocal stylists.
Low Ceiling Circus is devoted to making any space into a circus ring. Created in 2021 after receiving an Individual Artist Program Grant from Chicago DCASE, this group of theatrical performers and innovative musicians is creating unique and compelling circus art. Their debut production, Life of the Party, tours Chicago this summer.
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