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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 9 Jun

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

Thursday, June 9
6 – 8 p.m.

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s bring a fresh sound to the Chicago blues scene. The band is celebrating its ten-year anniversary this year and has just released their fourth album, entitled Dig In. They put on a great show that will have the audience members out of their seats and dancing.

Thu 16 Jun

The Boils

The Boils

Thursday, June 16
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, the trio performed and recorded with some of the world’s top Irish musicians in venues spanning the United States and Europe.

Thu 23 Jun

Petra Swing Quintet

Petra Swing Quintet

Thursday, June 23
6 – 8 p.m.

Chicago jazz singer Petra van Nuis began her performing career as a professional dancer, so she knows what music will encourage you to put on your dancing shoes and take your partner for a whirl. Backed by top Chicago jazz men, Petra really swings! This Petra Swing Quintet has been featured at such venerable swing dance affairs as Chicago Summer Dance and Evanston's Let's Dance as well as for swing dances at Untitled, Fitzgerald's, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Dance Center Chicago, and Art Tango.

Thu 30 Jun

El Payo

PHOTO: El Payo

Thursday, June 30
6 – 8 p.m.

El Payo is a contemporary flamenco group that offers a blend of traditional and modern flamenco music. Along with the music, flamenco dancers will also be performing and teaching the audience a few steps.

Thu 7 Jul

The Hoyle Brothers

The Hoyle Brothers

Thursday, July 7
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-tinkers 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.

Thu 14 Jul

Dill Costa Quartet

Dill Costa Quartet

Thursday, July 14
6 – 8 p.m.

One of Chicago best-kept secrets, Dill Costa is a multi-talented Brazilian performer. Raised in Rio de Janeiro, Dill is a performer who represents authentic Carnaval music, which is a part of Brazil's rich musical legacy. Dill has dedicated herself to music and can be seen regularly singing with A Cor do Brazil since 2004 (Luiz Ewerling Group), Marshal Vente Tropical Jazz Band since 2008, Bossa Tres Band since 2005, and Dill Costa Quartet.

Thu 21 Jul

Rio Bamba

PHOTO: Rio Bamba

Thursday, July 21
6 – 8 p.m.

Rio Bamba is an exciting blend of Brazilian, Latin, and American jazz. For ten years, Rio Bamba has performed in a wide variety of jazz and world music venues, corporate shows, private parties, weddings, and festivals performing standards and original songs in the unique style of the group. The Rio Bamba 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 28 Jul

The Mike Knauf Quartet

The Mike Knauf Quartet

Thursday, July 28
6 – 8 p.m.

The Mike Knauf Quartet has been delighting audiences for over 15 years. Mike's quartet has performed for many dances, parties, events, festivals and clubs. Mike 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 know Swing, Latin and Standards from some of America's finest composers of all time for your dancing and listening pleasure.

Thu 4 Aug

Bopology

PHOTO: Bopology

Thursday, August 4
6 – 8 p.m.

Bopology brings 1940s Jump-Swing Music into the now
From the swingin’ ’40s to the twenty-first century, that easily identifiable feeling called “swing” is made even more appealing by Bopology, a renowned band from Chicago, Illinois. This multi-talented, six-piece band’s history speaks for itself. Established in 1992, the band features a Duke Ellington sound with the vocal style of the Rat Pack, performed by able musicians with a clean sound.

Thu 11 Aug

Cuban Essence

Cuban Essence

Thursday, August 11
6 – 8 p.m.

Founded in 2001, Cuban Essence is an exciting and truly new sound coming out of Chicago. Cuban-born composer/director and performer Waldo Ocaña brings a contemporary body of work to life with authentic Afro-Cuban rhythms and concepts in the form of a timba (Cuban salsa) orchestra. Songs of love, life, and dreams are made accessible to a broad spectrum of listeners and dancers alike through lyrics sung in English.

Instead of traditional horns for the mambo sections, the arrangements call for singers, harmonizing beautiful melodies that dance over the searing rhythms of Cuba and the New World to produce the unique and luscious sounds of Cuban Essence.

Thu 18 Aug

Grupo Cha Cha

Grupo Cha Cha

Thursday, August 18
6 – 8 p.m.

Grupo Cha Cha fills the air with tropical sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil that delight your musical senses for listening and dancing! The group’s 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.  Grupo Cha Cha has been called the “Sly and the Family Stone” of Latin jazz bands because of its multigender and multicultural makeup. This is the Life has gained national FM radio airplay from Boston to San Diego, British Columbia to Ottawa, and in Bordeaux, France.

Thu 25 Aug

The Chicago Cossacks

The Chicago Cossacks

Thursday, August 25
6 – 8 p.m.

The Russian and Ukrainian folk music and dance ensemble Chicago Cossacks was created in 1993 and since then has been entertaining people of the Greater Chicago area and beyond. The group performs Cossack, Jewish (Klezmer), Russian Roma (Gypsy), American oldies, classical music, Italian, French, German, Latin, and other world music and songs. The musicians play traditional musical instruments such as the domra (mandolin) and  bayan (button accordion). All musicians received formal music degrees in the former Soviet Union.

Thu 1 Sep

Silver Stars

Silver Stars

Thursday, September 1
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 on 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.

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