Roots Salon ~ Schedule

New Space
Sunday, Feb 7, 5 pm- 9 pm

Roots Salon Presents
Spaghetti Folk: Peace and Pasta
An evening of ideas, food and music
Chicago, Il (5 min from LSD)
PH: 773.203.7661
Email: (private event, email for an invitation)

Roots Salon, parlor

Roots Salon, parlor


Roots Salon is An Arts Incubator, a traveling project AND Artist Gathering Space, honoring a century-old family legacy presenting Art, Music, Readings, Conversation, Listening, Lessons, Community. More here.



Roots Salon “Summer-fare”, June 20 at 7 PM
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Coming for May Day May 3 at Prop Thr “Mother, May I”


Rekindling the Salon
Lakeside, MI retreat and Soiree Aug 5, 6, 7 More







Jamie. Meg and Nia hosted RootsFest 5: Come & Get Your Love

RootsFest_2014_(light)Annual Backyard Music Party
Sat Aug 16, 5:30-9:30 PM
Roots Salon in Lincoln Square
(private address go here)
$12 Adv, $15 at gate donation (annual fundraiser)
Sat Aug 16 7 PM  Artist talk
Featured visual artist Loretta Line
(inside gallery)
Scheduled musical actsMidnight Moxie, Jamie O’Reilly & Daughters, Michael Smith and Kristin Lems), The Push Push, Crooked Mouth Band, Paul Amandes Band, and introducing Lost and Foundry. Hosted by Jamie O’Reilly





FALL 2014


End of Life/Afterlife Series
Fri Oct 24 from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Sat Oct 25 from 10 AM – Noon
Sun Oct 26 church services
Mon Oct 27 at 7 PM
Admission prices will $15 for a single program
$25 for the 2 theatrical programs of the Series

At: St. Johns Episcopal Church Hall, Sanctuary and Garden
3857 N Kostner, in Old Irving Park Chicago
PH 773.725.9026;
More on the blog  here.

Cultural arts producer Jamie O’Reilly continues a year-long collaboration with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Old Irving Park with End of Life/Afterlife, a 4 day arts festival, Friday October 24 – Monday 27. Exploring themes of life and death. the festivals of Samhain (All Soul’s Day) and Day of the Dead, in original art, poetry, music, theater and classic literature, the events are open to the public.


Read Salon updates on blog

Recent events:
Roots Performance Series presents Judith Harding & Beau O’Reilly

Beau and JudithTheater, Music and Beau’s Birthday Soiree…
Fri/Sat, May 16/17 @ 8pm
Roots Salon in Lincoln Square (call for address)
Reserve a spot PH 773.203.7661; E: roots @jamieoreilly
Special guest Friday: writer Jim Joyce
Music Saturday with The Crooked Mouth
Read more here. 


Zoe flyerWriting workshop 4-6 PM
Salon reading 7:30 PM
At Roots

More on the Blog



A Garland for Mayday 1895MAY DAY Salon at St. John’s
Sat May 3 at 7 PM
More on the Blog







Stuart Rosenberg, Roots Speaker. Jamie O’Reilly’s Roots Salon Master Speaker Series opens 2014 with the celebrated musical master talking about his musical adventures, and the joy of playing Jewish music (Klezmer, Yiddish, Sephartic), and other musical gems from his phenom kit-bag. Limited seating. Reserve a seat online. We serve dessert. You BYOB. Street parking.

More about Roots Salon online at; PH 773-203-7661
Featured winter line-up included Monica Rogers 11/23, Rick Kogan 12/7, Anne Hills 12/14, and Stuart Rosenberg 1/18/14





Email: – for  a seat
Pay ahead via Paypal: A concert is $22, a Speaker is $27

Seat + $2 (handling)


Read about the 2014 artists at the Salon

  • January 18: Stuart Rosenberg on Yiddish and Klezmer Music
  • February 22: STORIES  Catherine Gallogly and Kathy O’Neill
  • March: Cecilie O’Reilly on The Voice postpones
  • April: Zoe Keithley on Writing
  • May: Bill Flynn on Inspiration
  • June: Collaboration with Roots Artists
  • August: Roots Artist Retreat in Lakeside MI
  • August: RootsFest – annual backyard concert and fundraiser
  • September: Amy Meadows on Designing Displays in Chicago’s Landmark Buildings
  • October: Ancestors, a 2 weekend series

News! Segments of Roots Salon programs will now be videotaped for our exciting new RootsTube, a custom youtube channel.  We will produce an annual Roots CD/DVD with the best of the best of our shows.  Stay tuned for more info!



Be a part of Roots Thrive membership program

Read more here.



Great Success.  Thanks to all our musical acts.

RootsFest IV: Untoward Sward
Annual Backyard Music Party
Sat Aug 17, 6-9:30 PM
Midnight Moxie, Crooked Mouth Band, Paul & Mike Amandes,
Hosted by Jamie with Michael Smith on guitar
Visual artist Nick Mozak “neeko boxes”
Poster by Alex Riepl

E: PH 773-203-766




Michael Smith, Songwriter & Nick Mozak, Visual Artist

Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 PM

Nick Mozak’s neeko boxes
on exhibit

See the Roots Blog:







And the Poet Sang: Songs of Spring
April 27 at 8 PM
featuring Michael Smith, Peter Swenson & Jamie
with special guests from the Community Of Voices
Willa Moore, Maureen Connolly,  Anne Schultz
And Cecilie O’Reilly











The Roots Women’s Salon Community of Voices “What Will The Neighbors Say”, with visual artist Loretta Line,
An Art installation for Chicago Artist Month Oct 20, 2012 Noon to Dusk Was a GREAT success.
Over 120 stories were contributed for the Storyline.

What Will the Neighbors Say?  The writing project continues with more story gathering and writing by Salon members: Maureen Connolly, Maureen Flannery, Catherine Gallogly, Kristin Lems, Loretta Line, Anne Schultz, Lois Hobart, Mary Watson  and Jamie O’Reilly, Salonneire

Read more on the BLOG:
And here at the Chicago Artist Month site Winnemac Park, Lincoln Square Chicago

Winnemac Park photo Mallory Gillikin


Community Voices is a group of Chicago area women artists and activists – who meet at the Roots Salon and includes Maureen Connolly, Maureen Flannery, Lois Hobart, Kristin Lems, Loretta Line, Anne Schultz,  Willa Moore, Mary Watson and Jamie O’Reilly.