Starlight Concerts & Movies

Starlight Concerts & Movies

Spend your summer nights in the park with free concerts & movies!

Starlight Concerts

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The 2014 Starlight Concert Series will feature 13 free outdoor concerts at seven park locations throughout Evanston. It is presented by the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Division.

All remaining concerts will take place from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Food trucks will be on site at 5:30 p.m. for the July 15 concert and on site at 6:00 p.m. for the July 29 concert. See below for details.

Day/Date Park Rain Location Performer Genre / focus
Tues., July 8 Leahy Fleetwood Center The Flat Five Folk/Jazz/Soul/
Tues., July 15
5:30 food trucks
Brummel Levy Center The Rhythm Rockets Jump Swing
Tues., July 22 Centennial  Levy Center Jonas Friddle & The Majority Orchestral Folk      
Tues., July 29
6:00 food trucks
Harbert Fleetwood Center Uncle Butchie's Live House LAVESH with guest performances by Ke Labelle, Sarah Goodheart, Miranda Jai and more.
Tues., Aug. 5 James Levy Center Los Vicios De Papa Latin Ska
Tues., Aug. 12 Twiggs Fleetwood Center DJ Rob, Yemi Marie, TL Williams R & B and Hip Hop / Jazz
Tues., Aug .19 Centennial Levy Center Nelson Gill and the Carribbean Rhythm Band Caribbean

Park locations for concerts:
Bent Park: Central St. at Cowper Ave.
Brummel Park: Brummel St. at Elmwood Ave.
Centennial Park: Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Harbert Park: Dempster St. at McDaniel (E. of canal)
James Park: Dodge Ave. at Mulford  (base of James Park hill)
Leahy Park, Lincoln St. west of Ridge Ave.
Twiggs Park: Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.

Food Truck Concert
Come early and hungry to the July 15 concert at Brummel Park! These food trucks will be on site: Chicago Cupcake,  Grill Chasers, Hummingbird Kitchen, Sweet Ride Chi, 5411 Empandas, Taquero Fusion, Tamale Spaceship and the Pierogi truck.

Food trucks Chicago Cupcake and Grill Chasers will be on site for the July 29 concert. Meet and greet the artists after the show from 9-11pm at Chicago's Home for Chicken & Waffles, 2424 Dempster St., Evanston.

In the event of inclement weather for concerts, rain site information will be available after 4:30 p.m. on the show date by calling 847-448-8058, 847-448-8260 or 847-448-4311.

Map of parks

Starlight Movies in the Park

Movies will be shown on select evenings at dusk. Movies are cancelled in inclement weather. Audience participation is welcome at the August 13th and  August 16th shows. Bring your wand or wear your ruby slippers! Details to follow.

Day/Date Park Movie
Tues, Aug 5 Penny E.T.
Wed., Aug 6 Harbert The Music Man
Sat., Aug 9 Twiggs Goonies
Wed., Aug 13 Bent Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone
Sat., Aug 16 Elks The Wizard of Oz
Wed., Aug 20 Brummel Frozen
Sat., Sept 6 James Akeelah and the Bee
Sat., Sept 13 Dawes A League of Their Own

Park locations for movies:
Bent Park, Central St. at Cowper Ave.
Brummel Park, Brummel St. at Elmwood Ave.
Elks, Mulford St. at Callan Ave.
Harbert Park, Dempster St. at McDaniel Ave. (east of North Shore Channel)
James Park: Dodge Ave. at Mulford (base of James Park hill)
Penny Park, Lake at Ashland
Twiggs Park, Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.
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Interested in performing at a City of Evanston summer concert or festival in 2015? 

Day/Date Park Festival
Sat., July 19 Centennial Ethnic Arts Festival
Sat., Aug 2 Centennial Lakeshore Arts Festival
Sun., Aug 24 Ingraham Community Picnic

Park locations for festivals:
Centennial Park: Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Ingraham Park: Asbury Ave. at Leonard Pl.

All performances for 2014 are booked! Please send your demo after January 1, 2015 to
Cultural Arts Programs office
2100 Ridge Ave., Room 1116, Evanston, IL 60201

Evanston Starlight Concerts are presented by the City of Evanston’s Cultural Arts Division and are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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