Roots rocker Marshall Crenshaw will open the City of Evanston’s 2010 Starlight Concert Series with a special solo acoustic performance from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, at James Park, Dodge Ave. at Mulford St. (one block south of Oakton St.) in Evanston.  Admission is free. After initially entering the public consciousness performing as John Lennon in the touring company production of the Broadway hit Beatlemania in the late 1970s, Crenshaw has carved out a successful musical career highlighted by the infectious Top 40 hit “Someday, Someway” from the early 1980s.  In 1987, he played Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic La Bamba.  Evanston concertgoers will be treated to classic Crenshaw attributes including an indelible sense of melody, warm vocals, and riveting guitar work. 

Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series features a dozen free performances at four park locations on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.  Other concerts in the series include:

Baby Alright, Tuesday, June 22, Harbert Park (Dempster St. at McDaniel Ave.).

Marvin Tate’s all-star collective whoops it up with funky soul covers

 Andre Williams & the Goldstars, Thursday, June 24, James Park.
Since hitting the Top 10 with “Bacon Fat” more than 50 years ago, he’s had his ups and downs, but “Williams, 73, still has it, and people still love it” (Chicago Reader)

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Tuesday, June 29, Twiggs Park (Simpson St. at Dodge Ave.)

“One of the hottest U.S. soul acts right now” (MOJO Magazine)

Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Thursday, July 1, James Park

This Texas troubadour is the master of juke-joint swing

South Boulevard, Thursday, July 8, James Park

Local music scene vets cover greats like Al Green, Otis Redding, and Jimi Hendrix

Robbie Fulks, Thursday, July 15, James Park

“One part artful country, one part artful sendup of country, and one part a little of everything else… It’s sort of country meets David Lynch” (New York Times)

Kings Go Forth, Tuesday, July 20, Dawes Park (Sheridan Rd. at Church St.)

Milwaukee funk/soul powerhouse has new album out on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label

Megitza Quartet, Tuesday, July 27, Dawes Park

Stirring eastern European folk and gypsy music

Front of House, Tuesday, August 3, Dawes Park

Great vocals, sizzling horns, and a driving rhythm section ready to energize any crowd

Singing in the Abbey, Tuesday, August 10, Dawes Park

Thom Yorke meets Julie Andrews: “Thoughtful and heart-wrenchingly earnest,” says TimeOut Chicago 

Del Castillo, Tuesday, August 17, Dawes Park

“Tumbling brilliance on nylon-string classical guitars with eruptions of technique and taste that conjure images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana with an assist from the Gipsy Kings” (Rolling Stone)

Sponsors of the Starlight Concert Series include the Chicago Reader, Evanston RoundTable, The Homestead Hotel and Quince Restaurant, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information, call 847.448.8260 or visit www.cityofevanston.org/starlight.