Amy Lowe

Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller
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 ". . . Not only does Lowe draw on all the right contemporary sounds . . . but she cleverly uses them to illuminate the characters and situations." -Hedy Weiss- Chicago Sun-Times

"Amy Lowe has a wonderful way of telling a story with music that reaches people of all ages. She is a talented musician with a powerful yet sweet voice that can sing a song or tell a story with passion, poignancy, and feeling. She has the unique ability to reach into the soul of her subject and share it with her audience." Marshall Trimble-Arizona State Historian- Award-winning Author and Storyteller

Multi-award winning singer, songwriter- storyteller, Amy Lowe, has captivated audiences from concert halls to schools throughout the world. She is a prolific songwriter with an extensive recording career that spans 20 years. She is the recipient of numerous Parent’s Choice Awards & Association of Educational Press Distinguished Achievement Awards. Her recordings have been recommended by: Booklist, Library & School Library Journal. A sampling of her credits include: CD & CD/Rom releases entitled: Everything You Touch, I Like Gum; Fire in Boomtown; Brighter Than Fireflies; Children In the Spirit; Precious Gifts; Made For Each Other; When I Grow Up; Math Music 1- Sing Lowe Score High; Math Music 2-Understanding Math Through Music; Movin-in Building a Town-The Story of Naperville; Performances include: City Winery, Millennium Park; Second City, Taste of Chicago; Chicago History Museum, Old Town School of Folk Music, Mayne Stage-Chicago, The Winnipeg Folk Festival- Canada; The City of Las Vegas- Music Festivals- Las Vegas-Nevada; Arizona Theater Works- Flagstaff , Maricopa County -College Tour- Arizona ; a Concert Tour of Ecuador; Who’s Next- Paris, France, Nelson Mandela School-Berlin, Germany.

Her songs have been heard on -The American Experience- City of the Century- PBS special, WGN-TV & Radio, WLUP- FM, WXRT-FM- Terri Hemmert Show & WBEZ-FM- Morning Edition. She has appeared on television: NBC-WMAQ-The Morning Show, WTTW- Art Beat and Fox. She received rave reviews for her original show The Journey of Estevanico: Voices of Arizona / A Story Rarely Told- commissioned by, Arizona Theater Works, Flagstaff. These days, Amy performs and tours a variety of original shows throughout the country, including her production of All Aboard, commissioned by the Chicago History Museum. In addition, Amy was hired to research, write and record original songs with narrative for a Museum Audio Tour for Naper Settlement, Naperville Illinois along with a series of live performances and workshops. She also produced a 21 song CD to go along with the audio tour entitled-MOVIN IN BUILDING A TOWN - The Story of Naperville. Her most recent commissions include: a musical dedication for Holocaust Survivor / Skokie Illinois, Holocaust Memorial Museum Founder - Lisa Derman, and a song/sound track written for Tanzania Development Support-NGO. Entitled-“Kidogo-Kidogo -- A Little Bit Goes a Long Way.” As well as, an original production / touring show entitled: Ellis Island: An Immigration Story – (Recording release 2017)

Amy holds a Bachelors of Arts, in Theater/ Music, a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts. She has written critically acclaimed music for the theater; Winner of the Parent’s Choice Gold Award & The Parents Choice Best 25 of 25 Years Award, two time winner of both the Educational Press Distinguished Achievement Award and the Parents Choice Silver Award; She’s created several successful educational & historical touring shows and won the 2014-2015 Creative Dramatic Instructor of the Year - English as a Second Language-from BIR. Her Math Music I project won her another EDPress Distinguished Achievement Award. She’s also composed music for a Christmas album, in a wide range of styles, written, recorded and performed Americana Roots, Adult Contemporary, Folk, Blues and Popular Music. She co- created and performed in one of the longest running Chicago comedy reviews for young audiences, called FUNSTUFF. Nancy Maes of the Chicago Tribune dubbed. “ FUNSTUFF... Saturday Afternoon Live.”

In the field of arts in education Amy’s work is quite extensive. She’s a Teaching Artist for several arts organizations including: Ravinia Festival-Reach-Teach-Play, Urban Gateways, The Illinois Arts Council, Nevada Arts Council; Merit School of Music, Art Institute of Chicago-Multi Arts Camp. She has appeared in over 1000 elementary schools, high schools, community centers and universities throughout the world as a touring performer, workshops facilitator, residency and teaching artist. Over the years she has designed many programs that integrate The Arts into the curriculum.

Lowe continues to pursue new directions and if the past is any indication of the future then it’s bound quite an adventure.


Guitarist Audio Specialist Blues Historian

In the record industry Dave has worked with Delmark Records, Alligator Records, Island Records, Virgin-Pointblank and Warner Brothers. He has also worked on a variety of films including the original Blues Brothers movie. Currently, he’s in studios as a producer, engineer and musician. His production of-Brighter Than Fire FliesAmy Lowe won the Parents Choice Silver Award & Snug In a Rug Stories-Denise Berry Hanna won the honor of The 2001 Parents Choice Silver Award. Also last year Dave produced and mixed a traditional Blues C.D. SNAPSHOTS by Jim Greene. The collaboration was very rewarding because Jim and Dave were able to enlist the help of Chicago Blues royalty , Willie Big Eyes Smith . Bob Stroger , and Willie Kent . These three gentlemen are living legends in the Chicago Blues scene

Dave’s in-depth studies are rich in variety. 

Dave Katzman an accomplished guitar player and blues historian. His love of the Chicago Blues has been his daily bread. He was the Production Manager and Head of Marketing & Promotions at Buddy Guy’s Legends for 21 years. As the President of Straight Arrow Productions, Dave is actively involved in every aspect of Chicago Blues scene. He has worked as Production Manager for BookingEntertainment.Com / Legends of The Blues, Lincoln Center N.Y.C.and as a consultant for the EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT , Seattle, WA. on their Chicago Blues exhibit. Also he has worked several projects for Delmark records , including the remix of Jimmy Burns C.D. “Up from the Delta “ and the mixing of Johnny B. Moore’s C.D. Both have been nominated for the W. C. Handy Award.

These days, he’s teamed up with Amy Lowe to present a variety of workshops and live touring performances.

 In his Blues History workshops, Dave teaches the arduous journey of the Black American from the Ivory Coast of Africa, to the Delta southlands of America, up the Mississippi to the streets of Chicago documented through the music called the Blues. Just as his life long passion for music began on Maxwell Street he hopes to ignite the same feeling in the youth of today.

 MARTY BINDER

It’s been 30 years on the Chicago Blues scene, as well as playing other styles of music. He's proud to have played with Junior Wells, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy and many others. Recorded with Dave Specter and others for Delmark records. Recorded for Blind Pig Records and Severn Records. He's also busy teaching private lessons for drums and guitar.