Summer Program Series
July 18th - Aug 26th
Concert Series on the Lawn
Bring your picnic Grant Park style for different music artists each week. Here’s the lineup! Mark your calendars now! Fee: $10 at the gate, free for kids. No registration needed.
7/21 John Erickson Trio with special guest St. Louis guitarist Vince Varvel at 7:00pm
A powerhouse, melodic Chicago jazz combo not to be missed. The Trio touches on tuneful originals, jazz standards and classic pop songs interpreted in fresh new ways. Displaying a clear joy of playing together and sharing this music with the audience. The Trio delivers a surprisingly enjoyable and unforgettable music experience. The John Erickson Trio will be joined by special guest St. Louis guitarist Vince Varvel!
7/28 Stomp Your Feet: Kids Concert with
Amy Lowe & Dave Katzman at 6:30pm***
Lively, interactive songs and stories that spark the imagination and make you want to get up on your feet, sing, clap and move to the beats. This Award Winning musical program charms children of all ages.
***Kids Show Begins at 6:30pm
8/4 Rob Denty / Tim Mulvenna Duo
The Duo, Rob Denty (saxophones & synthesizer) & Tim Mulvenna (percussion & malletkat synthesizer), has a wide ranging repertoire comprised of original compositions, Indian music, New Orleans spirituals, Celtic, jazz and other exotic sounds. They strive to put the music first, entertaining any idea or concept sometimes with discomfort and sometimes with great discovery. There is with no agenda except to express the shared influences of their varied and diverse backgrounds. powerhouse, melodic Chicago jazz combo not to be missed. The Trio touches on tuneful originals, jazz standards and classic pop songs interpreted in fresh new ways. Displaying a clear joy of playing together and sharing this music with the audience. The Trio delivers a surprisingly enjoyable and unforgettable music experience.
8/11 Kara Kesselring and
Sugarcreek Road at 7:00pm
Sugarcreek Road blends a modern potpourri of folk, country, bluegrass, and gospel to create a sound that is as raw and compelling as America itself. Original Americana, hint of bluegrass, a dollop of harmony, sprinkle of experimental, dash of humor, and a speck of the unexpected.
8/18 The Great American Songbook with Jackie Jasperson and John Erickson
Take a sentimental journey with Jackie (vocals) and John (piano) as they explore the American Standards- the most popular and enduring songs of the 1920s to the 1950s created for Broadway theatre, and Hollywood musical film. Recorded and performed by a large number and wide range of singers, bands, and jazz musicians, the Songbook comprises standards by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, and also Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, and others.
8/25 Sons of the Never Wrong at 7:00pm
Is a turbo-charged Altfolk trio fromChicago that delivers witty, whimsical songs with their signature soaring. In case you're wondering, they're 2 gals and a fella: Bruce Roper, Sue Demel and Deborah Lader. Their odd ball humor and spontaneous stories ignite their live shows and have earned them a cult-like international following for over 20 years. Combining influences of folk, jazz, pop and rock, their sound is wildly original, their energy is contagious and their banter is hilarious.
OTHERS have to say about the Sons....
“Their lyrics often have the narrative complexity of Leonard Cohen or the nimble wit of Noël Coward. Mention should also be made of the stream of instruments that flowed through the Sons' inexhaustibly dextrous hands during the night, and also of the gorgeous 3-part harmony that has become their vocal signature. They employ it sparingly, but when Roper's astringent croon, Lader's plangent warble, and Demel's athletic purr twine together like a braid, you can just about keel over from ravishment.” Huffington Post
“A pop sound with brains” WUMB Boston
"Not since Peter, Paul and Mary has a trio offered such perfect harmony in Folk music. Share an evening with one of Folk music’s most unique & acclaimed bands." Cerritos Center Performing Arts CA