Matt Brown

Musician, Teacher & Producer

Jul
5
Jul 8

15th Annual Midwest Fiddle & Banjo Championship

  • Old Town School of Folk Music

The purpose of this contest is to promote the many sounds of fiddle and banjo in the Midwest. It is being organized in the spirit of fun and musical conviviality that accompanied two huge fiddle contests held in Chicago nearly 80 years ago. Players from all traditions are welcome: old-time, bluegrass, Norwegian, Scottish, Irish, Cajun, Mexican, Polish, Swedish, etc. Judging will be done on the basis of musicality. Schedule and registration can be found here. All three days of the contest are free and open to the public. #mfbchamp

Aug
7
Aug 11

Fiddle Camp

  • Old Town School of Folk Music

Fiddle Camp is a wonderful week-long musical immersion at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The camp is open to kids ages 7-14 who have completed Suzuki Book 1, Old Town School's Advanced Fiddle class, or have received a teacher recommendation. It features old-time and New Mexican fiddling and a Kodály singing class. Details and registration can be found here.

Sep
1
Sep 4

American Roots Music Program

  • Rocky Ridge Music Center

I'm excited to be returning to Stephen Wade's American Roots Music Program for the second year in a row. Now in its third year, this weekend workshop welcomes singers, banjo pickers, fiddlers, guitarists, and mandolinists—players interested in many facets of roots music. Along with private and group instruction, students learn to craft vocal and instrumental music arrangements of their own. The program probes blues, bluegrass, Cajun and Creole, old-time mountain ballad and song styles, honky-tonk fiddling, and works by newer singer-songwriters and instrumentalists who draw their inspiration from traditional music. Events include a live dance with caller, a banjo seminar, a student and faculty sing-around, and a workshop on Rio Grande fiddle tunes from Native American and Spanish colonial traditions. Details, faculty, and registration can be found here.


Apr
14
5:30 pm17:30

American Roots Music with Stephen Wade

  • Old Town School of Folk Music

Members of the American Roots Music faculty host a free workshop at the Old Town School of Folk Music introducing this year's American Roots Music Program that will occur on Labor Day in the Colorado Rockies. The OTSFM's very own Stephen Wade will head up the workshop with the help of teaching artists Matt Brown, Peggy Browning, Maria McCullough and Aaron Smith. We'll learn a little about songs and people that came to life in Stephen's book "The Beautiful Music All Around Us." We'll work on some tunes to get us playing together, and finish with a short presentation highlighting both offerings and activities at the renowned Rocky Ridge Music Center. The workshop will be followed by an old-time jam session.

Apr
9
4:00 pm16:00

A John Hartford Tribute

  • American Legion Post 42

Big Sadie shares the bill with Colin O'Brien & Curtis Burch for a tribute to the one and only John Hartford. Show up at 1.30pm for a Hartford style dance workshop! $10 donation for the workshop, concert tickets are $20 for the general public or $15 for seniors & kids. Doors open at 3pm. Click here for info and reservations.

Mar
19
6:00 pm18:00

Folk Fights Back Chicago: For Immigrants And Refugees

  • American Legion Post 42

Folk Fights Back is a global musician-led organization that seeks to raise money and awareness for critical issues during the Trump presidency. Our second event, Folk Fights Back for Immigrants and Refugees, will raise money for local organizations that are doing litigation or other support work for refugees and immigrants. These concerts also seek to raise awareness about these critical issues, and will feature representation and information from the non-profits being supported. All proceeds of this Folk Fights Back Chicago show will go to RefugeeOne (refugeeone.org).

RefugeeOne is the largest refugee resettlement agency in Illinois. 
The agency resettles hundreds of refugees from around the world who are fleeing war, persecution, violence, or genocide. Resettlement is often difficult and stressful. To assist, RefugeeOne provides a comprehensive and multi-faceted range of programs that empower newly-arrived refugees with the support and the skills necessary for successfully rebuilding their new lives.

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LINE-UP

Vidar Skrede - Nordic Folk Musician
Tim O'Sullivan
Campeau & Craig
Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band
George Jackson & Patrik Ahlberg
Spitzer & Mareva
Chris Kimmons
Big Sadie

$20 suggested donation at the door (cash only)

Jan
26
9:00 pm21:00

Big Sadie opens for Luke Winslow King

  • The Hideout

Luke Winslow-King is a New Orleans-based guitarist, singer, composer, producer, and songwriter. His work is an eclectic mix that combines Mississippi delta blues, folk music, traditional jazz, and roots rock & roll. His alchemical songs blend contemporary ideas with styles from bygone eras producing a sound that is rustic and urbane, elegant and entirely his own. It is a sound that looks to the past to move to the future. This along with his burgundy voice, dapper attire and versatile guitar playing have earned him a reputation as a musician who delivers soulfully energetic and dynamic performances. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Oct
14
Oct 15

Hoedown on the Harpeth

  • Hayshed Farms

Matt Brown & Greg Reish join a festival lineup headlined by David Grier, Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters, Brad Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys, The Danberrys, and Leroy Troy. 2-Day Festival passes are $30, single day passes are $20, kids 12 & under are FREE with a paid adult admission. For details and tickets, click here.

Sep
2
Sep 6

American Roots Music Program

  • Rocky Ridge Music Center

Now in its second year, the American Roots Music Program welcomes singers, banjo pickers, fiddlers, guitarists, and mandolinists. Along with private and group instruction, students learn to craft vocal and instrumental music arrangements of their own. The program probes blues, bluegrass, Cajun and Creole, old-time mountain ballad and song styles, honky-tonk fiddling, and works by newer singer-songwriters and instrumentalists who draw their inspiration from traditional music. Events include a live dance with caller, a banjo seminar, a student and faculty sing-around, and a workshop on Rio Grande fiddle tunes from Native American and Spanish colonial traditions.

Staff:

Stephen Wade, banjo, guitar -- American Roots Music Program Director
Sharon Arms, Cajun & Creole expert
Matt Brown, fiddler, guitar, banjo
Peggy Browning, banjo, guitar, voice
Larry Edelman, dance calling and fiddle
Charlie Provenza, mandolin, flat-picked guitar
Jayme Stone, banjo
Paul Trunko, blues guitar
Harry Tuft, guitar, singing, accompaniment styles
Dick Weissman, banjo, guitar, songwriting, composing
Max Wolpert, fiddle