Hot Summer Nights Schedule

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

Thu 11 Jun

Aloha Lives!

Aloha Lives!

Thursday, June 11
6 – 8 p.m.

Lanialoha combines the influences of her musical paths and passions to revive old and new cultural traditions of the Pacific. Performances feature the powerful voice and ukulele strumming of Lanialoha, accompanied by her band Aloha Lives! Together, they perform a seamless and memorable concert of melodies, harmonies, and rhythmic sounds that will inspire you.

Thu 18 Jun

The Boils

The Boils

Thursday, June 18
6 – 8 p.m.

Three of Chicago's most seasoned Irish traditional musicians came together in 2005 to form the Boils, a high-energy trio delivering a potent blend of jigs and reels, as well as songs. Featuring Jim Conway on harmonica and tin whistle, Jack Callahan on guitar and vocals, and Mike Austin on bodhran and percussion, the Boils possess a deep respect for traditional style but also infuse that tradition with their own interpretation of the music, reflecting their Irish-American heritage. Before coming together as the Boils, Conway, Callahan, and Austin performed and recorded with some of the world’s top Irish musicians in venues spanning the United States and Europe.

Thu 25 Jun

El Payo

PHOTO: El Payo

Thursday, June 25
6 – 8 p.m.

El Payo is a lively flamenco group, based in Chicago, with members from Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, and the United States. The group’s distinct sound is infused with elements of modern and traditional flamenco, encompassing voice, guitar, and dance. This concert will include the full music group and dancers, as well as a short dance lesson.

Thu 2 Jul

The Fantastic Toe Trippers Orchestra

The Fantastic Toe Trippers Orchestra

Thursday, July 2
6 – 8 p.m.

The Fantastic Toe Trippers Orchestra plays music that moves people to “trip to light fantastic toe.” This is old-time dance music from a handful of tried-and-true traditions: old American square dances, barn dances from the British Isles, folk dances from Scandinavia and Latin America, and waltzes and polkas from everywhere. The Toe Trippers are led by a smattering of fiddles backed by accordion, banjo, guitar, and bass, with an occasional flavoring of trumpet.

Thu 9 Jul

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Thursday, July 9
6 – 8 p.m.

Pranita Jain, founder of Kalapriya and Mandala, leads this group of performing artists as they bring the ancient traditions of Indian arts to a contemporary audience using modern expression. Weaving classical Indian with Bollywood, Mandala artists engage and enthrall audiences of all backgrounds.

Thu 16 Jul

Members of Lamajamal & Erika Ochoa

Members of Lamajamal & Erika Ochoa

Thursday, July 16
6 – 8 p.m.

Lamajamal is a Chicago ensemble that was formed in 2004. The group plays folk and classical music from many global cultures including an extensive repertoire from the Middle East, North Africa, Greece, and the Balkans. The group has performed at several local and international music festivals and venues including the Chicago World Music Festival, Festival Internationale de Louisiane, the Chicago Turkish Festival, and more. The ensemble has also provided educational workshops and residencies on global music for grades kindergarten through 12th grade, and colleges including Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., the University of Chicago, Truman College, and Ohio University.

Thu 23 Jul

The New Candy Store Prophets with the Go-Go Express

The New Candy Store Prophets with the Go-Go Express

Thursday, July 23
6 – 8 p.m.

The New Candy Store Prophets is a group of Chicago musician friends joining forces over a shared love for 1960s dance music, playing festivals and dance parties throughout the city. They are here to fill your evening with the bumpy grooves, shimmery tambourines, and cozy harmonies of the music of the Monkees. The Go-Go Express will be on the scene, helping you twist, shimmy, and hully gully the evening away.

Thu 30 Jul

Silver Stars

Silver Stars

Thursday, July 30
6 – 8 p.m.

The combined talents of Americana music icons Barb Silverman, Rick Veras, Steve Rosen, and Mitch Straeffer bridge our country’s vast musical history with fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, and washboard. These musicians collectively have performed around the world from Finland to Australia, in prominent festivals and radio shows, and in the highest profile venues in metropolitan Chicago. Playing patriotic songs and more, the Silver Stars capture the character of the earliest American fiddle tunes through the hits of Stephen Foster and Irving Berlin and into the last century of indigenous music. Dances will include contra lines of George Washington’s day, the high-stepping strut of the 1850s Cake Walk, and the squares and circles that survived hundreds of years of our history.

Thu 6 Aug

The Mike Knauf Quartet

The Mike Knauf Quartet

Thursday, August 6
6 – 8 p.m.

The Mike Knauf Quartet has been delighting audiences for more than 15 years. The quartet has performed for many dances, parties, events, festivals, and clubs. Knauf and members of the quartet have performed nationally and internationally with some of the biggest names in music. The quartet draws from a diverse repertoire of some of the most well-known swing, Latin, and standards from some of America's finest composers of all time for your dancing and listening pleasure.

Thu 13 Aug

Bopology Chicago Swing Band

PHOTO: Bopology

Thursday, August 13
6 – 8 p.m.

This band brings the uniquely American genres of swing and jazz to life. With a level of professional musicianship that offers both the appreciative listener and the avid dancer a solid swingin’ groove, Bopology Chicago Swing Band prides itself on maintaining the authenticity of this music. Rather than cover a song note for note, the improvisation within a song enables individual musicians to showcase their unique talents to capitalize on Bopology’s more than 100 years of combined musical experience.

Thu 20 Aug

Rio Bamba

PHOTO: Rio Bamba

Thursday, August 20
6 – 8 p.m.

Rio Bamba's sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba, and American and Latin jazz played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal, or instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor with its irresistible rhythms.

Thu 27 Aug

Grupo Cha Cha

Grupo Cha Cha

Thursday, August 27
6 – 8 p.m.

Grupo Cha Cha fills the air with the tropical sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil that delight your musical senses for listening and dancing. Their newest CD, This Is the Life, has been received with glowing reviews and enthusiastic live audience response—especially as performers at the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival.  This Is the Life, which is filled with beautifully crafted originals and unique treatments of standards, has gained national FM radio airplay. This Is the Life is the result of true musical synergy, a blending of multicultural musical backgrounds, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and American jazz.

Thu 3 Sep

The Hoyle Brothers

The Hoyle Brothers

Thursday, September 3
6 - 8 p.m.

The Hoyle Brothers have been called the “ambassadors of real country music” by the Chicago Tribune. The five-piece band has held a 12-year Friday happy hour residency at the Empty Bottle, a weekly event that brings dancers and honky-tonkers of all ages together for two hours of boot-scootin’ good times. The Hoyle Brothers dutifully draw from country music’s richest traditions to provide a memorable and musically skilled good time, every time.

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