Evanston’s 2017 Starlight Concert Series will feature eight free outdoor concerts, including a Starlight Junior Concert geared towards families with young children, at park locations throughout the city June 6 through August 2. The series is presented by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
Starlight concerts will take place on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. New this year, interactive family activities will occur before each concert from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will take place at the Levy Center, located at 300 Dodge Ave. The Starlight Junior concert will take place on Wednesday, August 2, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The rain site is the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
The June 20 Starlight Concert at Twiggs Park will celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the abolishment of slavery. The July 18 concert at Brummel Park will include a Food Truck Festival, with food trucks featuring a variety of food and dessert options. Food trucks will be on site at 5:30 p.m.
Starlight Concert Schedule
Tuesday, June 6
James Park, Dodge Avenue at Mulford Street
Radio Free Honduras – Latin American band fronted by Honduran legend Charlie Baran
Tuesday, June 13
Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street
Lowdown Brass Band – From street beat to metal, this brass band showcases a unique high-energy style that will get you grooving
Tuesday, June 20 – Juneteenth Celebration with food trucks on site beginning at 6 p.m.
Twiggs Park, Dodge Avenue at Simpson Street
Christ Temple Sanctuary Choir & Worship Team – A mix of traditional and contemporary gospel
Tuesday, June 27 – Food trucks on site at 6 p.m.
Bent Park, Central Street at Cowper Avenue
Lawrence Peters Outfit – Chicago Music Awards’ “Best Country and Western Entertainer,” featuring a deep-rooted honky-tonk sound
Tuesday, July 11
Leahy Park, Lincoln Street west of Ridge Avenue
Maracujaz – Brazilian jazz band playing mellow bossa novas, upbeat sambas and jazz classics
Tuesday, July 18 – Food Truck Festival starting at 5:30 p.m.
Brummel Park, Brummel Street at Elmwood Avenue
Chicago Tribute Anthology – Driving rhythm section and powerful horns recreating the sound of the legendary rock band Chicago
Tuesday, July 25
Mason Park, Church Street at Florence Avenue
Lynne Jordan and The Shivers – One of Chicago’s musical divas belts out the blues, jazz, funk and rock
Starlight Junior Concert
Wednesday, August 2
Tallmadge Park, north of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center
Miss Jenny and Dawn-Marie Hamilton will lead a sing-a-long concert