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Music on the Esplanade Schedule

Each Tuesday evening brings a different kind of music, from big band to swing to bluegrass. Watch the sun set over the Smith Fountain.

Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening.

Tue 2 Aug

Callaloo

Callaloo

Tuesday, August 2
6 - 8 p.m.

Callaloo is the best world fusion steel pan group performing original compositions in Chicago. Scott Johnson, Callaloo's composer/arranger, began writing music for Callaloo that was built on strong, sophisticated Latin/Caribbean rhythms and recently began exploring and incorporating other styles, that, when fused, have proven to deliver a powerful musical experience. The percussion-based group employs an amalgam of instruments—steel pan, marimba, ethnic percussion, drum set, nylon string guitar, electric, and acoustic bass —while combining composed, orchestrated parts with improvisation. The percussionists switch instruments from song to song, adding to the visual element of their performance.

Tue 9 Aug

Second Time Around

Second Time Around

Tuesday, August 9
6 – 8 p.m.

Since 2005, Second Time Around continues to entertain a wide variety of audiences with a total live classic rock experience, delivering a show that takes you back in time to the age of the musical revolution. The group delivers killer harmonies and authentic instrumentation, covering the songs you know and love from Jefferson Airplane, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers, Yes, Boston, Styx, the Rolling Stones and many more. Second Time Around has played the Midwest’s top summer festivals and area casinos, opening for acts such as the Gin Blossoms, Jim Peterik, Bad Company, and others.

Tue 16 Aug

Recession Seven

Recession Seven

Tuesday, August 16
6 – 8 p.m.

Formed by jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis at the start of the Great Recession, Petra's Recession Seven is a traditional/swing band specializing in Depression-era music. This seven-piece ensemble features all-star veteran horn players Russ Phillips, Eric Schneider, and Bob Ojeda. Chicagoans have enjoyed the band's swinging sounds at the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Fitzgerald's, and the Chicago Jazz Festival.  The American Rag, in a review of the band's 2011 on-location recording Live In Chicago, praises "a killer of a band that grabs your attention and doesn't give it back until they are finished playing."

Tue 23 Aug

Cowboy Jukebox

Cowboy Jukebox

Tuesday, August 23
6 – 8 p.m.

Straight out of the Windy City, these five country-at-heart musicians round up to form Cowboy Jukebox. From Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert to Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton, Cowboy Jukebox shoots country music straight and true. Whether you missed out on your favor country artist or are just ready for a night of fun, the dudes and the darlin’ of Cowboy Jukebox have you covered.

Tue 30 Aug

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Tuesday, August 30
6 – 8 p.m.

Premier Big Band vocalist Kimberly Gordon, with the Kimberly Gordon Big Band, will take you back in time and leave you wanting more. Covering classic Duke Ellington and Count Basie hits, the Big Band will get you ready to dance the night away!

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