FRIDAYS at the Bank: Maggie Brown

Photo by Nancy Wong
Photo by Nancy Wong

Friday happy hours at the Arts Bank are now a thing. Beginning in June, each Friday afternoon features programming and special beverages for you to enjoy inside the Johnson Lounge. The third Friday of each month this summer, Maggie Brown will entertain us with her special blend of storytelling, music, and song.

About Maggie: Singer, songwriter, actress, producer, and director Maggie Brown is said to be “one of the most fiercely committed artists in Chicago” by Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich. Maggie grew up tuning into her father’s methods on stage, at the typewriter and in the director’s chair. One of seven children of singer, songwriter, and playwright Oscar Brown, Jr., Maggie started acting professionally at age 15, spending her formative years in theater before shifting to vocalist, band leader, recording artist, and songwriter. In 1995 Maggie launched her independent label MagPie Records and released her first solo project FROM MY WINDOW. Before her father’s passing, Maggie produced a live concert recording with her father called WE’RE LIVE. Maggie has recorded with Abbey Lincoln, Jonathan Butler, Ramsey Lewis, Stevie Wonder, and her father. In her hometown of Chicago, Maggie is called on to bring authenticity and integrity to whatever the job calls for and has worked with a diverse list of band leaders including: Tom Washington (South Side Big Band), Joan Collaso (11 Jazzy Divas), Douglas Ewart (AACM Inventions Ensemble), and Orbert Davis (Chicago Jazz Philharmonic). With an upbringing rooted in jazz, she is comfortable singing blues, gospel, pop, and even rapping—with impressive conviction and flow.