Wayne Issleb as President Ulysses S. Grant

October 29, 2021

Wayne Issleb portraying Grant, takes you on a journey from his young years to the very end, back to the cottage where he had just days to live. Grant narrates his most important moments in life, which eventually brought him to the presidency.

Dressed in a blue frock coat and epaulets with three stars on the shoulders, a black slouch hat and carrying a cigar, Issleb looks like the general who led Union troops to victory and became America’s 18th president.

Wayne will be featured in an independent film released this fall, “Letters Home.”

Shout Section Big Band

November 13, 2021

Shout Section Big Band is Chicagoland’s own professional jazz big band and has become one of the Midwest’s best big bands. Comprised of some of the most exciting veteran and up-and-coming musicians, the band is popular with jazz fans and swing dancers and performs classic big band jazz from the 1930’s and 40’s, but also adapts modern hits to the big band style. Just when you think you know where the band is going, they’ll throw you a very entertaining curveball. Come join us for a swingin’ night of jazz!

Barron Ryan: Pianist

February 5, 2022

Barron Ryan’s love for music has always been divided. The son of two musicians, he grew up
in a house filled with sounds ranging from Mozart to Michael Jackson. So when it comes to his
own music, he’s not content to draw on just one influence. He combines them all into a
musical adventure that’s vintage yet fresh, historical yet hip, classic yet cool.

Barron Ryan is releasing the funkiest, ‘countriest’, most calypso-y classical music you’ve ever heard on his third solo
album, First of Its Kind. The pianist that Smithsonian Magazine recently named One of Ten Innovators to Watch in 2021 is set to debut his first full-length album of original compositions on March 23.

Bobby Horton: Songs and Stories of the Civil War

March 4, 2022

Dressed as a 19th century performer, using musical instruments of the period, Bobby explores the stories of both the North and sought through the music they loved. Songs portray the struggles, hopes, and fears during this long and bloody conflict.

Bobby has also produced and performed music scores for sixteen PBS films by Ken Burns – including “The Civil War”, and “Baseball,” two films for The A&E network, and twenty-one films for The National Park Service. His series of recordings of authentic period music has been acclaimed by historical organization and publications through America and Europe. He also plays a Model 24-Martin guitar built around 1857.

Apollo Chorus of Chicago

April 2, 2022

The Apollo Chorus, an auditioned, volunteer choir was founded in 1872 and is one of the oldest choral societies in the nation and the oldest musical organization in Chicago. They have performed Handel’s “Messiah” every December since 1879.

The Chorus was founded in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire, in an effort to restore civic pride and boost the morale of Chicagoans following incredible devastation. Since 1872 the Chorus has continued to be a welcoming community of singers who are drawn together by their mutual love of music and their dedication to the cultural life of Chicago.

This coming year, the Apollo Chorus, under the direction of Stephen Alltop, will celebrate its 150th anniversary. The Big Foot Community Fine Arts Foundation is pleased to present members of the Apollo Chorus as they take us on an exciting trip to Broadway!