Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hello Ella Jenkins-See The First Lady of Children's Folk Music This Sunday at OTSFM

Youth Musicians Open for Veteran Children’s Music Performer

The Young Stracke All-Stars, ages 8-13,  are thrilled to perform on bill with Ella Jenkins whose musical legacy spans 50 years.   ChiIL Mama has known 3 of The Young Stracke All-Stars since their pre-school days--about as long as our own kids have adored Ella Jenkins.   When Sagie was a toddler, she insisted her name was "hello Jenkins" instead of Ella, and was thrilled to hold her hand at Kidzapalooza 2006.   We can't wait to see everyone playing together on Sunday!

Some of the newest musicians on the folk music scene in Chicago will have the opportunity of a lifetime when they open for “The First Lady of Children’s Folk Music,”  Ella Jenkins, on February 6th at 11:00 a.m. at the Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM) 

The Young Stracke All-Stars are a band of young people ages 8-13 who are students at the Old Town School of Folk Music and who have shown a dedication to the ideals of the Old Town School community; they are dedicated, curious, passionate and enthusiastic about community music.  The band is named after OTSFM founder Win Stracke, and though they have played at various festivals and venues around town, this gig is very important to them.  

“I’m very excited that we get to open up for one of my favorite artists,” says band member Zelda Zerkel-Morris, age 8.  Jason McInnes is a teacher at OTSFM and convenes the band.  “This is such a great opportunity for the band to learn from being on the same stage with such an amazing performer who has contributed so much to the history of the music they are playing,” says McInnes.

Ella Jenkins, winner of the 2004 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, has been recording and playing Children’s and Folk music around the world since the 1950’s.  Generations of children in the Chicago area have grown up on the music of Ms. Jenkins, a long-time Chicago resident who performs regularly around the area.

Tickets to the show are available by calling the OTSFM box office at 773.728.6000.  $15 General Public/$13 Old Town School Members/$15 Seniors & Children.

Who:    The Young Stracke All-Stars/ Ella Jenkins
What:    Folk/ Community Music
When:    February 6, 11:00 a.m.
Where:    The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

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