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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 6 Jun

The Shagadelics

The Shagedelics

Thursday, June 6
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.

Tue 13 Jun

Rosie and the Rivets

Rosie and the Rivets

Tuesday, June 13
6 – 8 p.m.

Rosie & the Rivets perform the best music of the 1950s and 1960s along with some current hits with a retro twist. You'll hear your favorite rock and roll, girl group, rockabilly, British invasion, surf, and soul authentically and expertly performed by professional entertainers. Featuring powerhouse vocals, skillful musicianship, tight harmonies, and impressive showmanship, Rosie & the Rivets evoke the excitement, energy, and vibe of the founders of rock and roll. This is not your typical oldies band—this is a high-octane show you don't want to miss.

Tue 20 Jun

Carpacho

Carpacho

Tuesday, June 20
6 – 8 p.m.

Carpacho and his super combo started in 1986 with the main idea of integrating the band with musicians from various countries. The objective was to demonstrate the typical sound of music of each Latin American country. The band welcomes musicians from the United States, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador to join the leader, who is from Medellin, Colombia.

Tue 27 Jun

Bopology

Bopology

Tuesday, June 27
6 – 8 p.m.

Bopology brings 1940s jump-swing music into the now. From the swingin' '40s to the 21st century, that easily-identifiable feeling called swing is made even more appealing by Bopology, a renowned band from Chicago, Illinois. This multitalented, six-piece band’s history speaks for itself. Established in 1992, they feature a Duke Ellington sound with the vocal style of the Rat Pack, performed by able musicians with a clean sound. Bopology was playing swing before swing was cool.

Tue 4 Jul

Nine Worlds Ensemble

Nine Worlds Ensemble

Tuesday, July 4
6 – 8 p.m.

Nine Worlds Ensemble presents a new approach to chamber music. With influences in classical, jazz, pop, rock, and more, Nine Worlds brings a diverse approach to music that enhances their impact on audiences of all kinds. Created by percussionist/composer Thor Bremer, Nine Worlds offers both unique instrumentation and compositional style. Their instrumentation is: marimba, violin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and piano. Equally comfortable in the concert hall, club, or living room, Nine Worlds seeks to connect with their audience in a new, more personal way.

Tue 11 Jul

Second Time Around

Second Time Around

Tuesday, July 11
6 – 8 p.m.

Since 2005, Second Time Around has entertained a wide variety of audiences with a total live classic rock experience. The group delivers a show that takes you back to the age of the musical revolution, delivering 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. Today, as they did some 40 years ago, people listened to and enjoyed this classic rock music era. Time has passed but has not faded the ageless music that Second Time Around keeps alive. This is a show you do not want to miss.

Tue 18 Jul

Rio Bamba

Rio Bamba

Tuesday, July 18
6 – 8 p.m.

Rio Bamba plays 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, American, and Latin jazz played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal, and instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor with its irresistible rhythms.

Tue 25 Jul

Fernandez & Kimball

PHOTO: Fernandez & Kimball

Tuesday, July 25
6 – 8 p.m.

The Fernandez & Kimball Spanish Guitar Trio shares a love for Spanish guitar music. The trio has been performing throughout Chicago and the United States since the early 1990s. Through years of collaboration, they have transformed many styles of music into a vast Spanish guitar repertoire. They have traveled to Spain, Italy, Cuba, California, and New York, where they have performed with world-renowned artists.

Tue 1 Aug

Saturday June Band

Saturday June Band

Tuesday, August 1
6 – 8 p.m.

Saturday June Band is one of the top acts in the Midwest, with a long list of credentials. They have performed at places including Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier, Arlington Racetrack, Ravinia Festival, and many more. They have also performed for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. They have shared the bill with such luminaries as the Beach Boys, Rare Earth, the English Beat, the Smithereens, and more. Saturday June plays an eclectic mix of music ranging from the 60s and the 70s right through up to today's hits. They engage the crowd and frequently invite children to join the band on stage for a song, passing out shakers and tambourines to all. The five-piece band features vocalist Jami Dawn and an intricate array of harmonies.

Tue 8 Aug

Cajun Vagabonds

Cajun Vagabonds

Tuesday, August 8
6 – 8 p.m.

The Cajun Vagabonds play traditional Cajun and zydeco music with an occasional rock, funk, or swing classic. The band generates the perfect mix of dance-oriented music for dances, festivals, parties, and other events where people want to enjoy a dance groove. High energy and spontaneity are distinctive features of a Cajun Vagabond performance.

Tue 15 Aug

Luciano Antonio Quartet

Luciano Antonio Quartet

Tuesday, August 15
6 – 8 p.m.

A performance by the Luciano Antonio Quartet takes the audience on a tour of Brazil by presenting a wide variety of Brazilian compositions combined with original compositions. In his performance, Luciano Antonio contrasts songs that have rich and complex harmonies and melodies with simple rhythms against songs that have simple harmonies and melodies with very complex rhythms, and the dynamics range from pure solo guitar and voice to the full sound of the rich Brazilian percussion in a fascinating musical way. Luciano Antonio has released two albums of original music: Vida De Artista—An Artist's Life in 2011 and Sem Palavras—Without Words in 2015. Come hear for yourself—Luciano Antonio has placed his stamp on the Brazilian music scene in Chicago.

Tue 22 Aug

Brass from the Past

Brass from the Past

Tuesday, August 22
6 – 8 p.m.

Brass from the Past is the hottest horn band in the Midwest. Boasting an unstoppable six-piece horn section, tight four-piece rhythm section, and three powerful singers who command the stage, this is no ordinary band! CBS News called this “one of the best cover bands in Chicago.” Covering Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Pattie Labelle, Tina Turner, Chaka Kahn, James Brown, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and more, the band is a tribute to the legends of rock and soul music.

Tue 29 Aug

Sam Fazio Quintet

Sam Fazio Quintet

Tuesday, August 29
6 – 8 p.m.

Chicago-based vocalist Sam Fazio puts a new spin on the songs you love. He can currently be seen around the city at various clubs and hotels, including the legendary LondonHouse, where he holds Friday night residency. Fazio has performed in many well-known venues around the United States, such as Green Mill, Jazz Showcase, Andy's Jazz Club, Untitled, SPACE (Chicago), Cliff Bell’s (Detroit), Feinstein's at the Loews and 54 Below (New York City). In addition, he has performed shows at many festivals including Chicago Jazz Festival and Taste of Chicago, and performing arts centers including Trueblood (Wisconsin), Overture Center (Wisconsin), and Metropolis (Illinois). Fazio performs with some of the best musicians in Chicago and beyond.

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