Parking  |  Tickets  |  Donate

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.

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

Thu 8 Jun

Pia and Jimmy

Pia and Jimmy

Thursday, June 8
6 – 8 p.m.

Pia and Jimmy write from the heart. Their sound has been described as flower-power-pop. Original themes range from a WWI soldier’s thoughts of home to a single pioneer mother in the 1700s. With a cinematic and ethereal mood, they tell stories with melodies that will transport you to the 1960s and beyond. Expect positive vibes and memorable tunes.

Thu 15 Jun

Planeta Azul

Planeta Azul

Thursday, June 15
6 – 8 p.m.

Planeta Azul is an artistically rich group of Brazilian musicians complimented by our lovely samba dancers, Passistas. This diverse group specializes in all forms of Brazilian music: samba, batucada, Brazilian percussion, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, samba reggae, and MPB, to name a few. Planeta Azul is comprised of some of the most highly regarded musicians in the Chicago music scene including Luciano Antonio, Fabio de Moraes, Jack Zara, Heitor Garcia, and Geraldo De Oliveira. Each artist is a master of his respective craft. Together, we bring the splendor of Brazilian music and dance to every event, celebrating the beauty of sound, movement, and culture.

Thu 22 Jun

Summer Son

Summer Son

Thursday, June 22
6 – 8 p.m.

This high-energy country/folk/electro-bluegrass band brings the party in true Nashville fashion each and every time. Summer Son features outstanding musicians from every corner of the country. With strong vocals, a rock-solid rhythm section, four-part harmony, face-melting guitar solos, and smoking fiddle and banjo licks, Summer Son has gained attention quickly. The band began in 2014 in the western suburbs of Chicago. They have performed in the Chicago area, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Indiana, Florida, and Nashville, as well as in shows and festivals like Country Thunder, the Long Grove Strawberry Festival, the Forest Park Music Fest, Palatine’s Hometown Fest & Street Fest, and the NASCAR Sprint Series.

Thu 29 Jun

El Payo

PHOTO: El Payo

Thursday, June 29
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 6 Jul

Shamrock Ragsters

Shamrock Ragsters

Thursday, July 6
6 – 8 p.m.

Enjoy the fun and energy of the Shamrock Ragsters, a quartet of top musicians from the Chicago area who perform a mix of traditional Irish/celtic, bluegrass, and Dixieland jazz. They sing and play a variety of instruments that include banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, tin whistle, Irish flute, concertina, trumpet, tenor sax, and trombone.

Thu 13 Jul

R-Gang

R-Gang

Thursday, July 13
6 – 8 p.m.

R-Gang combines musical expertise and showmanship to provide the very best in entertainment. Specializing in twentieth-century R&B music from the Motown era through the 90s, R-Gang is comprised of some of the most highly respected musicians in Chicago. Their roots go deep in soul, gospel, blues, and rock, and they bring it all to their show. From playing with national acts like Survivor, Lionel Hampton, and Mavis Staples, to writing and recording for groups like the Doobie Brothers and Kansas’s Steve Walsh, to performing as the on-field band for the Chicago Bears, the six musicians in R-Gang make the most of their years of industry experience, instrumental chops, and outstanding vocals.

Thu 20 Jul

Dill Costa Quartet

Dill Costa Quartet

Thursday, July 20
6 – 8 p.m.

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

Thu 27 Jul

The Shagadelics

The Shagedelics

Thursday, July 27
6 – 8 p.m.

The Shagadelics will liven up your evening with the only disco band that rocks. The Shagadelics will thrill you with their far-out dance moves and the funky tunes from the 70s that you will remember for years to come. Bring your polyester, platform shoes, and your bling—you’ll need it to keep up with these boys.

Thu 3 Aug

Georgia Rae Family Band

Georgia Rae Family Band

Thursday, August 3
6 – 8 p.m.

The Georgia Rae Family Band plays bluegrass born and inspired by old and new Americana music. Champion fiddler Georgia Rae and her band of sisters, Quin (mandolin), and Kelly Jo (vocals and ukulele), anchor the Georgia Rae family Band with mom on guitar and Joe Burie on bass. They call it Americana, but their sound is driving and contemporary. They play an eclectic mix of old and new, a little western swing, and clever original material, all flavored with three- to four-part family vocal harmony. Georgia Rae, 17 years old, has been named a state champion fiddler five times in three states and is the 2016 National Twin Fiddle Champion (NOTFA).

Thu 10 Aug

Final Say

Final Say

Thursday, August 10
6 – 8 p.m.

Final Say is one of Chicago’s most dynamic bands. Performing the music of the 60s through today’s rock, pop, and top 40, Final Say delivers a high-energy stage show that will have you dancing all night. Final Say has traveled the country from Alaska to Hawaii with International stops in Mexico. Follow the spins, twists, and turns as they weave through the soundtrack of your life. From the Jackson 5 to Maroon 5, Final Say will leave you breathless.

Thu 17 Aug

Chicago Samba

Chicago Samba

Thursday, August 17
6 – 8 p.m.

Chicago Samba presents live Brazilian music and dance. Sharing Brazilian culture in Chicago since 1989, Chicago Samba is a Midwest-based music and dance ensemble, offering the authentic sounds of Brazil mixed with the flavor of Carnaval. They play a unique mix of Brazilian popular song styles including samba, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, olodum, forro, chorinho, and the exciting, percussive, jam-session batucada that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group. Chicago Samba represents Brazilian culture with styles including capoeira and maculele, and featuring samba dancers in costume. The group has performed at music festivals, nightclubs, weddings, private functions, and schools.

Thu 24 Aug

Jimmy Nick

Jimmy Nick

Thursday, August 24
6 – 8 p.m.

A seasoned musician by the time he was 18, Jimmy Nick hit the scene at full stride. Within a few years, he was playing at many renowned venues in Chicago including Buddy Guy’s, Rosie’s Lounge, Metro, Double Door, Kingston Mines, and Blues on Halsted, among many others. Jimmy Nick has shared the stage with Eddie Shaw, Lil’ Ed, Bobby Rush, the Mike Wheeler Band, Dick Dale, John Mayall, Ted Nugent, Samantha Fish, Pat Travers, Savoy Brown, Los Lonely Boys, Gov’t Mule, Kenny Wayne Shepard, and more. Today, his mission is to expose the next generation to the blues. Driven by his Motown-tight band, Don’t Tell Mama, featuring (Hot Rod) Rodney Brown on saxophone, (blues hall of famer) Kenny Hampton on bass, and Brady Williams on drums, Jimmy Nick excites crowds with his electrifying guitar work, fresh harp, clever lyrics, and animated stage theatrics. His high-energy blues and rock-n-roll captivate audiences and forge instant fans.

Wed 30 Aug

Gussied

Gussied

Thursday, August 31
6 – 8 p.m.

Gussied isn’t just any cover band—they “gussy” up all the traditional cover and party hits (top 40, pop, indie rock, country, folk, jazz, and oldies) into a super fun, whistle, sing, and tap-dance along bluegrass style. In earnest, true, midwestern fashion, Gussied is taking back the term “cover band” while giving a flirtatious nod to bluegrass. Comprised of six classically trained indie rock veterans, the Gussied musicians’ professional credits boast performances with Wilco, the Lumineers, Wayne Newton, John Fullbright, and at Lollapalooza.

Subscribe to Hot Summer Nights Schedule