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Free Starlight Concerts in the Parks

Post Date:05/22/2018 4:14 PM

Evanston's 2018 Starlight Concert Series will feature eight free outdoor concerts at park locations throughout the city June 5 through July 31. 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. Interactive family activities will occur before each concert from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The concert schedule is available at There will be no concert on July 3.

In the event of inclement weather, concerts will take place at the Levy Senior Center, located at 300 Dodge Ave. Updates will be available after 4:30 p.m. on the show date by calling 847-448-4311 (until 7 p.m.) or by visiting

The June 19 Starlight Concert at Twiggs Park will celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the abolishment of slavery. The July 17 concert at Brummel Park will include a Food Truck Festival, with food trucks featuring a variety of food and dessert options on site beginning at 5:30 p.m. Food trucks will also be available at the Bent Park concert on June 26 beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information, please call or text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

Starlight Concert Schedule

Tuesday, June 5
Arrington Lakefront Lagoon at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street
Thaddeus Tukes' Viibez - Cool jazz vibes from acclaimed Northwestern University alum and Luminarts Jazz Fellow

Tuesday, June 12
Kamen Park East, South Boulevard at Barton Avenue
Joel Paterson Band with Oscar Wilson - A night of blues and R&B classics paying tribute to Oscar Wilson’s many influences, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Ray Charles.

Tuesday, June 19 - Juneteenth Celebration with food trucks on site beginning at 6 p.m.
Twiggs Park, Dodge Avenue at Simpson Street
Tasha - Fast-rising poet, singer-songwriter and activist returns to the Twiggs stage.

Tuesday, June 26 - Food trucks on site at 6 p.m.
Bent Park, Central Street at Cowper Avenue
Tangleweed - Acoustic power trio playing original and traditional bluegrass, Americana, folk, Celtic and many other styles.

Tuesday, July 10
Canal Shores Golf Course, 1030 Central St.
Afinca'o - A salsa group that feeds off the energy of the crowd and aims to keep the dance floor moving.

Tuesday, July 17 - Food Truck Festival starting at 5:30 p.m.
Brummel Park, Brummel Street at Elmwood Avenue
South Boulevard Band - Classic R&B and rockin’ soul tunes will energize your evening.

Tuesday, July 24
Mason Park, Church Street at Florence Avenue
Tukkiman - A unique mix of Afro-beat, world, hip-hop, reggae and English pop, his style is powerful and knows no borders.

Tuesday, July 31
Baker Park, Keeney Street at Forest Avenue
Rosie & The Rivets - The premier retro rock 'n' roll show performing hits from the 1950s and 1960s, along with current music with a retro twist.

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