LilFest is a presenter of deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and
power in many different genre's at many different venues in three states: Illinois, Iowa and New
York -- from private parties to SPACE and the Orrington Hotel in Evanston to
Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, KVCC in Keene Valley, the Meadowbrook Gazebo in Mt. Vernon, International
and Regional Folk Alliance Conferences in Memphis, Nashville, Toronto, Montreal, Austin, and many
A veteran of 10 years of house concerts, 5 years of LilFest Festival and a
long-running weekly series at Bill's Blues in Evanston, LilFest matches performers with individual
parties and celebration events, and is also available to consult on music needs for film, radio and
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Jim Post- News & Artist
James Lee Stanley at 6:30 PM
JIm Post with Randy Sabien at 6:00
1245 CHICAGO AVENUE
EVANSTON, IL 60202
To buy tickets:
To check out SPACE:
Two great opportunities to highlight at SPACE this month:
JIM POST's Birthday Concert:
JIm Post commands main hall at SPACE with the brilliance of an
old fashioned tent preacher -- but watch out: the humor will be irreverent and
full of commentary, with many unexpected turns. If you've never seen Jim, get
out and go for heaven's sake. His hit, "Reach Out in the Darkness," brought
him one-hit-wonder status at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - and indeed
Target made it popular again with today's audience this year with a very
effective use of the song in an eponymous TV ad! If you know Jim's work, don't
miss the chance to hear his latest adventures in music and fun. That splendid
tenor voice is unmatched. Randy Sabien's intelligent musicianship supports
JIm's folk repertoire with the intuition built by decades of touring
experience together. Randy's a foil for Jim's humor and a talented musical
star in his own right.
JAMES LEE STANLEY in The Studios at SPACE:
James Lee Stanley has a unique command of all things musical.
Start with charm on-stage, honesty in musical intent, finesse of an
extraordinary sort in voice, writing, musicality, lyrics, vocabulary,
performance, creativity, musical ideas. And then there's his humor. I may have
heard James more frequently than any other single solo artist -- and whether
the joke or banter is new or old, repeated or augmented, I laugh. I laugh
again. I can't help myself. It may be a pointed political judgment or a human
foible; it will hit home. Did I say he's a singular recording engineer? And he
pulls hard for the folk/singer songwriter/Americana/folk rock industry with
his whole heart - mentoring, working on boards, blogging good ideas for other
troubadours, encouraging new house concerts and presenters. GO!
Warm fall wishes to all,
Nancy Emrich Freeman
PS The house with the fab acoustics and LilFest history is for sale
- with an Open House Sunday, Oct. 12, 1-3. You are welcome to visit 711 Lake
Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois - or click that address for an internet tour.
PPS True confessions - in October, I also love Corky Siegel on Oct.
26; Michael Fracasso and Ralston Bowles on October 21. And while we're at it check
the SPACE website for Natalia Zukerman, Garnet Rogers, Dave Specter, Greg Brown and
Eddy Clearwater's 80th Birthday party. Breathtaking fun ahead.
Jim Post as
A folk singer/songwriter invokes the humanity of Mark Twain through song
"The show is worth it for the music
alone!" Roy Leonard NBC "Post focuses on Twain's younger days and he
can cut-up like the kid he ardently invokes in this perfect
"His songs and monologues, whether serious
or witty, fell as natural o the ears as everyday conversation. Rousing...and
ideal family show." Chicago
Contact Nancy Emrich of LilFest to present Jim Post as Mark Twain or Jim Post’s
Folk Show, including songs from his folk-rock career spanning 60 years!
The music from Mark Twain and the Laughing
River won the American Library Award for 1997. Jim's music has been
described as the music Stephen Foster might have written had he been a playwright.
Jim's clear, soaring tenor voice is captivating, from opening song, "Might Big
River," which is nothing less than an American anthem, through the lovely images of
"Hannibal," to the precocious narrative of, "Naked Little Boy."
Telephone: 847-256-0000 or 847-251-1100
fun with ChickenFat Klezmer Orchestra!
This Chicago band plays
a broad Klezmer spectrum: Yiddish, Roma, Ladino, Romanian, Turkish, Yemeni, and
Bulgarian music --
Pan-Adriatic and Pan-Mediterranean in style.
“The music was fantastic, the volume and instrumentation just right for the
space and the crowd…You set the perfect tone!”
Telephone: 847-256-0000 or 847-251-1100
Birthday Tribute From Chad and Jeremy
Green Invitations and Letters
Are you considering sending green invitations and letters?
I suggest Paperless Post. Use my link, please if you do!
"All because of you mentioning them as
one of your house concerts a couple of times, I'm taking my son who is in
school at Tufts to see Antje Duvekot and Richard Shindell tonight in
Somerille, Massachusetts!! We were walking along the street and I saw
Antje's name on the Marquee of the local Somerville Theater. So it drew
me to the ticket window like a magnet, the way your house concerts drew me
before I unceremoniously moved to San
Without you, we would not be going! So
Thank you. Even though I now live in San Francisco, fond memories of enjoying
great music at your house concerts live on in my
"I think what you are doing for music
is absolutely wonderful. You probably don't hear this enough, but it's people
like you who keep the music alive, and help make it accessible to all the
listeners. I saw that cool t-shirt with all the names of the people who've
performed at LilFest over the years... how totally cool!" -Sue
"Nancy, you're a true
impresario. You're very effective at teaching others to love what you
love." Stuart Rosenberg
(and for all the people who read this,
what I’ve done isn’t really all that hard. I’m happy to consult with others
to facilitate live music in your own community! -Nancy)
Deeply rooted songs and stories of passion
and power for our modern lives.
Quotes about LilFest
"I feel like Franz Schubert or something! This room is great." Pete
"I love playing this room. I play differently because you can hear every
nuance!" Lloyd Maines
"You know all the best people, Nancy." Andy White