Lindsay Weinberg is a lifelong performer with musicality deep in her bones. She brings a bright spark to the many projects she is involved in, her childlike exuberance balanced by a knowing glint in the eye.
Lindsay is a music educator, a teaching artist through Ravinia's Reach Teach Play program, and a solo performer for both kids and adults. She specializes in work with young children but teaches students of all ages, and has experience teaching piano, guitar, and voice in one-on-one and group settings, virtually and in person.
Lindsay taught at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music for 15 years, where she not only dedicated herself to the musicality of her students but also thoroughly invested herself in the children's music program and the OTSFM community. Her teaching began with Wiggleworms and children's piano classes and grew from there, as she founded the school's Young Voices program for children, designed and lead the Summer Doubleplay camp for 4 and 5 year olds, taught outreach programs in CPS classrooms and at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning, and eventually helped to form and lead the faculty union known as "OTTO," the Old Town Teachers Organization. She received the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Distinguished Teaching Artist award in 2018.
Lindsay has performed on stages in Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle, California, and Pennsylvania. She was selected to perform as an up-and-coming artist in the 2010 5x5 series at Théâtre Petit Champlain in Quebec, Canada, and went on a 6-city tour of teaching and performance through Colombia in 2014. She fronts Lindsay and the Lights Go Out, presenting her original lyrical piano-pop, is a vocalist in the gospel-jazz powerhouse Come Sunday, sings in a jazz duo with guitarist Mike Allemana, plays keys with Conspiracy Theories, covers Christine McVie in Fleetwood Mac cover band Second Hand News, and has made recent appearances with Mr. Nick & Friends, Congress of Starlings, Mr. & Mrs. Wednesday-Night, Someone Old Someone New, Little Queens, Great Moments in Vinyl, and the Fly Honey Show. Past projects include the Cover to Cover series and podcast, in which three singer-songwriters present their own songs and cover each other's, and bands The Ye-Ye's, Lindsay & The Shimmies, It's A Girl, and Baba Manouche.
On her 2012 debut singer-songwriter album Skyscraper Queen of the Midwest, Lindsay's catchy sound is bolstered by a dozen fellow teachers and musicians from Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, creating a harmonic energy as strong as the wind whipping off of Lake Michigan, focused down city streets, and channelled directly into your beating heart. Her follow-up 2016 album What Do You Believe? takes us on a more introspective route through the humorous, painful, but comforting corridors of self-knowledge. Here we are invited to share her secrets, which she offers on an open palm.
Lindsay hails from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and thanks her big musical family for valuing creativity and encouraging her to be a performer from day one. She holds a degree in Women's and Gender Studies from Macalester College and has her Kodály Level II Music Education certification from DePaul. When she's not onstage, in the classroom, or at home with her husband Ben and cats Banjo and Baxter, Lindsay can be found in the bike lanes of Chicago, singing her way to the next gig.