07/08-10 | Square Roots Festival

Multiple music stages, both inside the Old Town School and outside on Lincoln Avenue, programmed with a vibrant mix of performers from local indie rockers to world music stars to Old Town School teaching artists and students, paired with the best local and regional craft breweries offering a wide variety of beers. Explore all the Old Town School of Folk Music has to offer: concerts, classes, jams, and more! Dine on amazing food from choice restaurants in Lincoln Square. Join in the fun with nightly dance parties, open jams, and plenty of family activities. Bring your whole family for a great weekend!

Friday 07/08 |
Los Hacheros 7:30 – 8:30
Brooklyn’s Los Hacheros, modern-day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music, recorded their sophomore album Bambulaye live to vintage analog tape, giving the music a raw, but warm and open sound similar to the Latin legends that have inspired them.
Los Hacheros revives folkloric styles like son montuno, guaracha and salsa, and often combine them with Bomba, a fiery rhythm from the mountains of Puerto Rico. Wax Poetics states, “The groove to this music is deep,” while The City Paper boasts, “…its solid arrangements and lively original songs have impressed old-school salseros and young music fans alike.”
Learn some sizzling Latin dance steps with the great Saladeen Alamin then put your new moves to work to the Latin grooves of Los Hacheros! 7pm

Saturday 07/09 |
The Makusham, Innu Style – Indigenous Dance with Shauit 4pm
Shauit will give a brief presentation of the various tribes, their environment, and what distinguishes them from one another. He will demonstrate how to dance the Makusham and play traditional songs. Audience dance participation encouraged!

Faris 5.30pm-6.30pm
FARIS is a talented multiracial guitarist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Italy, Algeria and Mali.
He has a unique history and style as well as a remarkable repertoire. He is showing us how Tuareg music is evolving, making connections both ancient and new.
‘Mississippi to Sahara’ from Faris was born as the initiative of the French label Reaktion whose idea was to interpret the term “Desert Blues“ literally by asking a Tamasheq musician to replay and adapt the old rural blues of the Mississippi in a Tuareg style.
Faris was the natural choice of artist for such a project. In fact, his mixed race status (Italian father and Algerian Tuareg mother) and his dual culture, Western and Saharan, makes him unique on the Tuareg scene. It was the discovery of Jimi Hendrix in his adolescence that brought him to the guitar, before he rediscovered his maternal culture via the world success of Tinariwen. A moment in his life that he describes as a ‘revelation’: “When I played Jimi Hendrix, or the blues, it always seemed like I was imitating something. But when I began to play this music, asssouf music, it was something that came very easy.“ http://www.farisamine.com/

Shauit (dancehall reggae) (Quebec) 6pm
Originally from the native community of Maliotenam in Northern Quebec, Shauit is a singer-songwriter and composer who sings in French, English and his native Innu language. Shauit delivers a mature, honest and committed form of dancehall reggae with songs that speak of love, hope, respect, peace and the environment. Shauit is an original talent who credits his thirst for discovery for powering his musical journey.

Debo Band 9pm-10pm
Debo Band raises the roof on the Ethiopian musical past, picking up where political upheaval of the 1970s and 1980s quenched the energy of one of East Africa’s most prolific, vibrant scenes. They imagine what Duke Ellington, while on his famed African tour, might have played with the Addis Ababa Police Orchestra. They invent the jams of the Ethiopians who served in the Korean War and brought back influences from East Asia. The large ensemble is known for its fun, danceable dives into Ethiopia’s rich musical worlds–from Orthodox Christian liturgy to hot-and-sweaty club sounds.

Sunday 07/10
Villalobos Brothers 5:30 – 6:30
Through multi-disciplinary acts that often include masks, poems, and theatrical sketches interwoven with powerful lyrics and high-energy compositions, Villalobos Brothers use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. With their original compositions, they masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood, and social justice.
“…young brothers who grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, and now live in New York…a crazy ball of sound: Mexican coastal traditions meet Sam Cooke in the Bronx!” – Dan Zanes, Grammy Award Winner, USA TODAY

Friday, July 8th, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 9th, 12:00 – 11:00 PM
Sunday, July 10th, 12:00 – 10:30 PM


The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and Old Town School of Folk Music present the 5th Annual Square Roots craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s Lincoln Square. More than 30,000 fans attend Square Roots each year to enjoy more than 40 local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), great food and the diverse genres of entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can provide.

Square Roots isn’t your typical food and music festival; we tap into all that Lincoln Square has to offer to provide a multidimensional event that appeals to music, food and craft beer enthusiasts.

Suggested donation $10 for Adults, $5 Seniors/kids, $20 for Families.
Your donation is very important to our community programs. Donations at the gate help fund Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship programs and Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce farmers markets and concerts. Thank you for your support!


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