SPACE, the Society for Preservation of Arts and Culture in Evanston, will celebrate 10 years of live music with Out of Space, a full summer of outdoor concerts, from June 21 to Aug. 26, throughout Evanston.
On July 27, Grammy-winning singer and Chicago civil rights icon Mavis Staples will perform with special guest Marc Broussard at Canal Shores welcomed by 93XRT, a media partner on all the Out of Space summer events. Ms. Staples, who rose to prominence in the 1960s alongside The Staple Singers, won a Grammy for her album “You Are Not Alone,” produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. The 18-hole golf course where the concert will take place, which was originally established in 1919, continues to preserve a green space in the Evanston community.
Kicking off the Out of Space summer concerts will be Americana act Shovels & Rope at Temperance Beer Co. on June 21. The Charleston husband-and-wife duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent has built a devoted fan base and drawn national acclaim for their poignant songwriting and high-energy live show, winning Americana Music Association’s Song of the Year award for “Birmingham.”
Indie rock group The New Pornographers perform at Temperance on June 22 with special guest Split Single. The group, helmed by singer-songwriter A.C. Newman, recently released its seventh studio album, Whiteout Conditions. Grammy-winning New Orleans group Rebirth Brass Band, celebrated for both its infectious live show and tradition-minded educational work, will close out the weekend on June 23, returning to the stage at Temperance after headlining last summer’s inaugural “Live on the Lot.”
Alternative rock luminaries Dinosaur Jr. come to Temperance on July 19. The next night, Americana trio The Lone Bellow, whose new album, Walk Into A Storm, was produced by Grammy winner Dave Cobb, will headline Temperance. British-born rapper Slick Rick performs at Temperance on July 21 with support from Midwestern hip-hop duo The Cool Kids. Tickets for all Out of Space summer shows are on sale via spacepresents.com, evanstonspace.com and eventbrite.com.
“It’s been really exciting to watch SPACE evolve over the last 10 years,” says Jake Samuels, Talent Buyer for SPACE and Thalia Hall, who also serves as Out of Space’s Executive Director. “Presenting true legends of their craft alongside performers just starting their careers has been incredible to see, and reaffirming that we can be a club that escapes easy genre tags. Out of Space is a bucket list event for us; a chance to step outside of the four walls of SPACE and bring truly top tier performers to outdoor situations that are uniquely Evanston. The acts we’re presenting this summer all have roots at SPACE, whether they know it or not. Either they played the club in their early days or were highly influential to music we love and present regularly.”
SPACE’s inaugural Big Evanston Block Party will take place at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Dempster Street on Aug. 25 and 26. The music-centric block party – the first of its kind in Evanston’s Main Dempster Mile – will feature food trucks, beer from Half Acre and live performances from returning SPACE favorites and nationally touring bands.