1. ChiIL Mama's interview with 16 year old prodigy, Ruby Jane.

    Ruby plays Lollapalooza 2011 at noon on Friday at the BMI Stage.

    RUBY JANE
    From Austin, TX, 16-year-old Ruby Jane is the real deal. Born in Dallas and raised in Mississippi, she is a fiddler, singer/songwriter, and bandleader of The Ruby Jane Show, showcasing a mix of country, jazz, bluegrass, and blues. She exhibited a strong connection to music early, starting violin lessons at age 2, and began playing bluegrass when she was 8. Ruby played with Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent, Jesse McReynolds, and many others, and became the youngest fiddler in history to play the Grand Ole Opry at age 10. The CBS Evening News ran a feature on Ruby when she was 12, and she played with Big & Rich in front of 60,000 people on ABC’s CMA Music Festival Special. 

    Ruby Jane moved to Austin in 2007, playing with Texas greats like Johnny Gimble, Dale Watson, Freddy Powers, and Will Sexton. Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel discovered Ruby while looking for a young fiddle player for his play “A Ride With Bob.” Ruby joined the cast, and through Ray met her childhood hero Willie Nelson during the making of Willie and the Wheel. This led to Ruby touring nationally with both Asleep At The Wheel and Willie Nelson. 

    Ruby Jane’s primary focus now is her own band, “The Ruby Jane Show.” 2010 was busy for Ruby. She toured France in August, and in September at 2010′s ACL Fest, she sat in with Blues Traveler, and then drew over 2,000 people for her own performance, being named “MVP of ACL Fest” by the Austin Chronicle. Ruby Jane continues to write songs, improve in technique, and mature in style. She can be found making music in and around Austin, whether sitting in with bands and performers from across the musical spectrum, or leading The Ruby Jane Show. She is warming hearts, embracing audiences, and making everyone wonder just where she is bound. 

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  2. ChiIL Mama caught up with Marjon van Grunsven, Cirque du Soleil Ovo's Artistic Director on 7-20. Here is our original video interview.

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  3. The day before the grand opening of Marbles: The Brain Store in Water Tower Place, Chicago, ChiIL Mama interviews Lindsay Gaskins, CEO. Miss Lori from WTTW plays games with her youngest daughter.

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  4. ChiIL Mama caught up with Dixie Longate, Drama Desk Award nominated, off Broadway storming, all around character. Dixie's Tupperware Party, her highly successful, long running show, has just been extended another 4 weeks at The Royal George Theatre in Chicago. Check out our original interview here and check out ChiILMama.com for more Chicago theatre, music and all around alternative fun.

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  5. This cherry themed adaptation of an American folk song is dedicated to the people of Japan. The video features The Little Miss Ann Band live at Beat Kitchen, Chicago. The band is headed up by Ann and her drummer/ husband, Patrick. They have a 9 year old daughter, Olivia, and still manage to find the time to rock out together.

    ChiIL Mama is a blog that explores adventures in urban-odd ball-off the wall-alternative-eco-punk parenting in Chi, IL. Live vicariously through a long haired Chicago boy and his feisty little sister. We're a photo and video filled, arts lovin', celebration of urban life.

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