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Hot Summer Nights Schedule

Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres. Professional dance instructors provide mini-lessons that correspond with the style of music that evening.

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

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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