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2019 Schedule is LIVE

The schedule is LIVE, folks! Click here for a more detailed view (and text) of the schedule, and click here for more information on each of the artists.


JULY 21st: Bubbles Brown + Square Dance at Beat Kitchen

SUNDAY 7/21 | BEAT KITCHEN | 2100 W Belmont | $10 | 21+ | Doors at 2PM



by Barlow with calling by Chris Kimmons
+ a raffle to raise funds for Midwest Sing & Stomp 2019 Festival at Beat Kitchen!

Gritty Chicago blues duo Bubbles Brown joins forced with leaders of the city’s young old-time community, for an afternoon of roots blues and square dancing! No prior dance experience necessary. All dances will be taught–inclusion is the goal.

Bubbles Brown is a two-piece early blues outfit from Chicago. Bubbles (guitar, vocals) and washboard Ben (percussion, vocals) cut their teeth on the blues deep in the subways of Chicago, busking for change and the occasional dollar. With only a guitar, washboard, sock cymbal, assorted percussion and a suitcase bass drum, the duo evokes the home-spun, kitchen-sink aesthetic of rural, pre-war blues and country–combined with aggressive, modern electricity to create a sound that’s at once nostalgic and distinctly progressive. The Bubbles Brown sound defies expectations, and their rich and reverent brand of the blues, country and jazz of the 20s and 30s greatly exceeds the sum of its parts, transforming stages of any size into roadside juke joints and skeptics into believers.

Barlow is a Chicago-based old-time string band playing hoedowns, ballads and rags from Illinois and Appalachia. Mareva Lindo (fiddle/vocals/guitar) and Jay Desrosiers (mandolin/vocals/guitar)–joined for this dance by Jordan Wankoff on guitar–have put on dances and shows for years, as organizers with the Midwest Sing & Stomp and Old Lazarus’ Harp folk collective. They can be found playing halls, bars and back yards all around town, including the Queer Contra and Chicago Barn Dance. Jay is a classically trained composer with a deep knowledge of all things mandolin. Mareva is currently apprenticing with Genevieve Koester, learning traditional fiddle tunes of Illinois and original tunes by Genevieve’s dad, Garry Harrison.

Chris Kimmons is a West Virginia-born square dance caller who moved to Chicago years ago to pursue a career in music. Having studied music composition at Columbia College Chicago when he first arrived, he’s learned from many of the city’s finest musicians. In that time he’s also been a stalwart of Old Lazarus’ Harp folk collective, and longtime member of old-time string band Can I Get An Amen. Chris calls dances for beginners as well as seasoned dancers, from the Fermilab Barn Dance to Rogers Park alleys.

Proceeds from this event will go towards the upcoming festival on Sept 14th! Funds raised will help us tell our story by documenting the artists we feature with professional audio, photos and video; make it possible for us to sponsor more events throughout the year; and help keep our ticket prices accessible. At the end of the night we’ll raffle off prizes from local bands and businesses, as well as a pair of tickets to this year’s fest!

Midwest Sing & Stomp presents: Square Dance & Cajun Fais do-do 3/24/19

We’ve thought for a while now that doing just one big event a year isn’t enough. We want to have opportunities to dance, hear great bands that may not have been featured at the festival, put on events in collaboration with other communities–and generally to put on great shows we dream up that sound fun to us and our friends. So, to start…

ANNOUNCING: Square Dance & Cajun Fais do-do
MARCH 24TH | 2PM | BEAT KITCHEN | $10 | 21+

A Sunday afternoon of squares, two-steps and waltzes, with some of the best cajun and old-time music in town. Beginners welcome–instruction will be provided! Tickets on sale now at the Beat Kitchen.

feat. Sean Colledge & friends
by Can I Get an Amen with calling by Maggie Jo Saylor

Chicago’s rowdiest underground old-time band.

Maggie Jo has been calling contra dances since she was fifteen, and contra dancing since she can remember. Incorporating her theatre and improv training into her calling, she brings a unique, youthful energy and enthusiasm to any dance. She’s an in-demand caller at local dances and dance weekends all over the country, including Queer Contra Chicago, LEAF, and Vermont’s Youth Dance Weekend.

Sean Colledge and friends put on the hottest cajun dance party in Chicago, featuring traditional cajun songs, two-steps and waltzes.

Announcing the 4th annual Midwest Sing & Stomp: 9/14/19 at the Beat Kitchen

Save the date: SEPT 14, 2019 | BEAT KITCHEN | 21+
TICKETS: $15 in advance | $20 at the door | on sale now!

Save the date for the 4th annual Midwest Sing & Stomp: SEPT 14, 2019

We’re excited to announce the 2019 festival, now on a new weekend, and back at our perennial home: the Beat Kitchen. Tickets are on sale now–make sure to get ’em ahead of time to save $5! Lineup and schedule TBA. Like the Midwest Sing & Stomp Facebook page for the latest programming announcements!

Interested in volunteering? Shoot us an email to sign up for a four-hour shift, and get free admission to the whole day.