The Lowdown Brass Band played at Dawes Park.RoundTable photo

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The 2017 Starlight Concert Series features free Tuesday evening concerts throughout June and July at various Evanston parks. The lineup for this summer features a broad spectrum of musical genres such as Brazilian jazz, country, and Chicago blues.

Each performing artist hails from the Chicago area, reflecting the diversity of Evanston’s neighboring music scene. The series began on June 6 with Radio Free Honduras, a Latin-American band uniting various forms of traditional Latin music styles with an American twist, such as rock and jazz. On June 13, the Lowdown Brass Band brought its unique fusion of street beat, hip hop, and rock to Dawes Park. These two eclectic concerts provided high energy experiences, which showcased unique music genres.

The upcoming concert on June 20 accompanies the Evanston celebration of Juneteenth––a holiday memorializing the date announcing the abolition of slavery in Texas. Taking place at Twiggs park, Juneteenth will be celebrated with onsite food trucks and music from Christ Temple Sanctuary Choir & Worship Team. A group with Evanston origins, the choir will present various forms of gospel music ranging from traditional to contemporary. The group and their respective parish establish foundation and value in classic Christianity, but seek to modernize the genre to portray contemporarily motivated faith. Regardless of religious affiliation, this show will certainly provide infectious energy through the group’s progressive approach to gospel music.

After the Juneteenth festivities are concerts through Aug. 2. Each event will be preceded by varying interactive activities designed for family members. All concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, they will be held at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

2017 Starlight Concert Schedule

June 20 – Christ Temple Sanctuary Choirs & Worship Team – traditional and contemporary gospel – Twiggs Park, Dodge Avenue at Simpson StreetJune 27 – Lawrence Peters Outfit – Country and Western – Bent Park, Central Street at Cowper AvenueJuly 11 – Maracujaz – Brazilian jazz – Leahy Park, Lincoln Street west of Ridge AvenueJuly 18 – Chicago Tribute Anthology – recreation of the legendary rock band Chicago – Brummel Park, Brummel Street at Elmwood AvenueJuly 25 – Lynne Jordan and The Shivers – Blues, jazz, and rock fusion – Mason Park, Church Street at Florence AvenueAugust 2 – Starlight Junior Concert – Tallmadge Park, north of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center