Young Stracke All-Stars

    Young Stracke All-Stars 10 Years Celebration

    Support the Young Stracke All-Stars as they celebrate 10 years of this one-of-a-kind youth music-making community!

     CHICAGO, IL, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    Download Keep on the Sunny Side and more from the Young Stracke All-Stars!

    Hi everyone,
      All the records and fan packs have finally been mailed!  Sorry that it took so long.  But as they say, "Nature never hurries, yet everything gets done."
      In addition, here is your exclusive link to downloads of both Keep on the Sunny Side and Ambilkan Bulan.  We hope you enjoy the tunes!

    Download tracks from the Keep on the Sunny Side 45 record

    If you requested a 45 record or fan pack during our fundraiser, and haven't received it yet, keep a look out at your mailbox this week.

    If you didn't order a 45 record, but would like one, we would love to get you a copy!  Please write to jason at

    Don't hesitate to write to Jason with any questions or concerns.

    Thank you so much for your support of the Young Stracke All-Stars 10 Years Celebration.  We did it!

    Keep on the sunny side!
    Jason and the Young Stracke All-Stars

    The Records are here and we're ready to have a party!

    Hi everyone!
      I can't believe it's already here!
      The Young Stracke All-Stars 10 Years Celebration is only days away.  Remember that everyone that donated to our campaign has a complimentary ticket waiting for them.

    Young Stracke All-Stars 10 Years Celebration
    Sunday, July 29
    Doors at 12:00, Music at 1:00
    Lincoln Hall
    2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Tickets at
    (Please be advised that Lincoln Ave. will be closed for a street fair.  If you are at a gate on the street tell the person at the gain that you are going to LIncoln Hall for a show.  They will let you in.)

    For everyone who contributed to the campaign, but can't make it to the party, we'll be distributing the records and fan packs in the coming weeks. 
    Thank you so much, everyone!  We couldn't do this without you.
    Jason and the Young Stracke All-Stars 

    Young Stracke All-Stars Fundraiser - We Did It!

    Hi everyone,
      Thank you so much for believing in our work.
      Because of you, we were able to achieve and even extend past our original fundraising goal.
      We need a week or so to catch up on some things.  Look for an email from us soon about our thank you gifts and please remember to mark your calendar for July 29, at 1:00 for our big 10 Years Celebration at Lincoln Hall.  We'll be in contact soon about getting you on the guest list.
    "Keep on the Sunny Side, always on the Sunny Side . . . "
    Jason and the Young Stracke All-Stars

    Preliminary Goal Achieved! Donor Match Challenge

    Hi everyone,
      We did it!  Because of you, the Young Stracke All-Stars reached our $6000 fundraising goal.  Hooray!  
      Now we had entered a "stretch goal" phase, where we can top off the fundraising to make sure we have everything we need for the very best 10 Years Celebration party, including printing posters, programs and paying the teaching staff who will be bringing their students to perform with the Young Strackes.
      To that end, we were approached by an anonymous donor who asked us to begin a Donor Match Challenge.  If we can raise $500 more in the next two days, that donor will match it with $500 of their own.  Incredible!
      So, that's where we are at for now.  We'll keep you posted as the fundraising wraps up and check in with you about the thank you gifts.  
    Thank you so much, everyone.  Your support means so much to me and the band. 

    Ticket to the July 29 celebration with every donation!

    Hi everyone,
      We're thrilled to announce that everyone that has donated to our fundraising campaign, or will in the future will receive a ticket to our 10 Years Celebration Show at Lincoln Hall on July 29.
       Jason, or a member of the band, will be in touch about adding your name to the guest list. 
      Additional tickets can be purchased at
    Thank you so much for all the support you give to the Young Stracke All-Stars!

    Keep on the Sunny Side.  Always on the Sunny Side.

    Founded by award-winning music educator, Jason McInnes, in 2008, the Young Stracke All-Stars are a group of youth musicians in Chicago who celebrate the legacy of early television star, musician and music education innovator, Win Stracke.  

    2018 sees the band celebrating 10 years of building bridges between youth and master musicians and creating performance and social music opportunities for musicians of all ages. Along the way we hope to have inspired countless people of all ages to gather with their friends and family to play music.  

    We’re a few months into our 10th year and we have a big summer and fall planned, and we’ll need your help to continue bringing our music to stages and song circles throughout Chicago.  First, we’ll be releasing a new 45 record to celebrate our 10 years of music making. Last February we gathered over 100 of our friends and family to record this affirmation that the band is bigger than just the band and that we all have a part of play in creating a world of harmony.

    In addition, we’ve scheduled a full summer and fall of community events, including: 
    • a featured spot during Chicago’s Make Music Day on June 21 with a jam and free music lessons at Chicago’s Millennium Park
    • a record release party at the venerable music venue, Lincoln Hall, in which everyone will have an opportunity to participate, 
    • and many additional opportunities to sing, play and grow our musical community with beginning and master musicians of all ages.

    Let Us Greet with a Song of Hope Each Day.

    We’ve envisioned an exciting year for both the band and our larger musical community and we’re going to need support to make it happen.  Together, the Young Stracke All-Stars are looking to our community for $6000 which will help us:

    • continue with our regular schedule of vibrant community music events
    • produce our 45 record  Young Stracke All-Stars and Friends Keep on the Sunny Side
    • to properly document and archive 10 years of where we’ve been and where we are, 
    • compensate a team of professional musicians, educators, production staff and designers to support us at our 10 year celebration at Lincoln Hall.

    We have gifts for those who are able to donate including:

    • vinyl 7" singles and digital downloads of our forthcoming recording, 
    • a small fan pack of music supplies
    • an opportunity to have an original song written and performed by the band.

    But, we imagine that you’ll give what you can, knowing that with the Young Stracke All-Stars, it’s not about the stuff, it’s about the positive experience of hearing the band live, sitting in with the band at a jam session or on stage, or listening to our voices ring out over your stereo speakers.  

    Every little bit helps and we thank you for whatever you can contribute.

    Everybody play!

    Even if you are not in a position to make a financial contribution, please know that you are an important part of the Young Stracke All-Stars community.  Here are some things you can do to stay connected with the band.

    • Come to one of our free jams!  In fact, bring a friend with you!  Everyone is always welcome, no matter their age or experience level.  Beginners are especially welcome.
    • Connect with us on social media.  The band can be found on Facebook (, as well as Instagram and Twitter (@youngstrackes).  We’d love to hear your songs and your stories about what music had brought to your life.

    It will help us every day.  It will brighten all our way.

    Jason, our founder and director says, "Thank you so much for the trust that you have put in us over the past 10 years to create fun, inviting, inspiring spaces for music and sharing.  To you, the people of all ages and musical experiences who support us and enjoy your time with the Young Stracke All-Stars, we would not have come nearly this far without you. Thank you."

    About Jason McInnes, Founder and Director of the Young Stracke All-Stars

    Recipient Jubilation Foundation Two-Year Fellowship - 2017/2018

    Recipient of the Old Town School of Folk Music's Distinguished Teaching Artist Award - 2015

    An experienced and dedicated educator, Jason inspires children, adults, and families, not to produce musicians, but to support the creation of musical lives.
    Multi-instrumentalist, Jason McInnes, is a veteran performer and educator based in Chicago, IL.  He has been a faculty member at the nationally recognized Old Town School of Folk Music since 2003, where he has created several programs to support music-making for families and reinvigorated the youth guitar program.  

    Jason brings his unique approach to music education beyond the walls of the Old Town School.  Jason leads harmonica and songwriting residencies at schools throughout the Chicago Public School system.  In addition, the spent four years as the elementary music teacher at Rogers Park Montessori School.
    Jason founded the Young Stracke All-Stars in 2008, which consists of young musicians ages 9 to 13.  The group is named after children's music and education pioneer, Win Stracke.  Jason founded the group to provide a link between master musicians of the past and young audiences of today.  With the group, Jason provides master classes with national artists, and concerts and community music-making opportunities to group members, their families, and the public.

    Jason's performances and workshops have taken him from bedsides at Comer Childrens' Hospital, to sitting with legends like Ella Jenkins and all the way to festival stages in México and England.



    45 Vinyl Record and YSAS Fan Pack

    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount over $20.00 is tax-deductible.

    Wow!  Thank you for your support.  As a token of our appreciation we'd like to send you the 45 record, plus a YSAS Fan Pack, with some guitar picks, a YSAS pencil and a limited edition Keep on the Sunny Side sticker.

    Handwritten Thank You Postcard

    Donate $5.00 or more

    Amount over $1.00 is tax-deductible.

    Every little bit counts and we'll show our appreciation with a thank you postcard.  You are so thoughtful for helping us.  We truly appreciate it.

    Digital Download of the Record

    Donate $10.00 or more

    Amount over $5.00 is tax-deductible.

    Thank you for helping us achieve our dreams!  As a thank you we'll send you a digital download of both songs from our new 45 record.

    Our New 45 Vinyl Record

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount over $15.00 is tax-deductible.

    Thank you for your contribution and belief in the work of the Young Stracke All-Stars!  As a thank you we'd like to send you a copy of our new 45 record, Keep on the Sunny Side.

    Benefactors List

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $20.00 is tax-deductible.

    There will be a paper program at our 10 years party on July 29 and we'd like to include your name as one of our benefactors.  You'll also receive the record and the YSAS fan pack.

    An Original Song by the Band!

    Donate $250.00 or more

    Amount over $20.00 is tax-deductible.

    We are so thankful for your support.  As a token of our gratitude we'll write an original short song about you or someone you care about!  We'll record it and send you a digital recording and the sheet music!

    We'll also include you on our benefactors list, send you a copy of the record and the YSAS fan pack.