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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.

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

Thu 7 Jun

David Gerald, blues

David Gerald

David Gerald grew up with the sounds of the blues, R&B, and rock music in his hometown, Detroit. He has made his career playing blues-infused soul rock music nationally with his band. Year-round, he performs at clubs and festivals across the United States. Gerald's music has been receiving widespread radio play along with recognition in the blues and rock communities.

Thu 14 Jun

The Shagadelics, 70s disco

The Shagadelics

The Shagadelics will liven up your party, wedding, or night club 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. So don’t forget your polyester, platform shoes, and your bling…you’ll need it to keep up with these boys!

Thu 21 Jun

Cadillac Groove, R&B, soul, and funk

Cadillac Groove

There are sweet grooves, good grooves and great grooves—then there’s the Cadillac Groove. Jump into the purple caddy for a fun ride through southern rock, blues, R&B, soul, and points in between. You’ll find yourself singing along as Cadillac Groove puts their unique, high-energy touch on the songs you know and love. There’s a reason Cadillac Groove is one of the hardest working bands in Illinois— they know how to “bring it” every time they step on the stage! Cadillac Groove’s top-shelf musicians take their unique party-sound blend of blues, funk, soul, rock, and R&B all over the Chicago area. Nothing beats a ride with the Cadillac!

Thu 28 Jun

Rosie & the Rivets, 1950s and 1960s

Rosie & the Rivets

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 & 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 & roll. This is not your typical oldies band. This is a high octane show you don't want to miss. 

Thu 5 Jul

Final Say, top 40 from 60s to today

Final Say

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 energizing corporate events. 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 12 Jul

R-Gang, motown

R-Gang

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 bring years of industry experience, instrumental chops, and outstanding vocals.

Thu 19 Jul

Roots Rock Society, reggae

Roots Rock Society

International recording artists and award-winning ensemble Roots Rock Society was formed in 1986 by brothers Stann and Sinko Champion. The band’s one-of-a-kind sound combines the rhythms of the African diaspora, such as reggae, calypso, compa, and zouk with lyrics that reflect family, culture, heritage, and community. From the beginning, Stann’s goal was to maintain his African-Caribbean-American heritage and culture through voice, music, and dance in order to heal and reach with sound and movement. Nominated for the Chicago Music Awards’ Best Reggae Band in 1999, Roots Rock Society has performed with Ziggy Marley at the Milwaukee Summerfest and the Bellamy Brothers at the  Minnesota State Fair. Having opened for performers such as Natalie Cole and with their self-released CD Again receiving airplay on 200 radio stations from Papua New Guinea to Africa and Europe, it’s no wonder that critics have named Roots Rock Society one of the nation’s best.

Thu 26 Jul

El Payo, flamenco

El Payo

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 2 Aug

Saturday June Band, classic rock & roll

Saturday June Band

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 even frequently invite local 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.

Thu 9 Aug

Second Time Around, classic rock

Second Time Around

Since 2005, Second Time Around continues to entertain a wide variety of audiences with a total live classic rock experience delivering a show that takes you back in time to the age of the musical revolution. The group delivers 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, just as it was 40 years ago, people listened to and enjoyed this classic rock music. Time has passed but has not faded the ageless music that Second Time Around keeps alive!

Thu 16 Aug

Pirates over 40, tropical rock

Pirates over 40

Since 1999, the Pirates Over 40 have been successfully entertaining audiences all over the Midwest with fun and energetic renditions of your tropical favorites, including Jimmy Buffett, mixed with an eclectic variety of oldies and classic rock, all performed in our own uniquely tropical-flavored style. From festivals to private parties, from corporate events to neighborhood clubs, the Pirates Over 40 are sure to please when your needs call for a fun-filled atmosphere of a tropical getaway. These seasoned veterans of some of Chicago’s top bands, each with an average of 25 years performing, touring, and recording experience, bring the professionalism and depth of experience that guarantees the behind-the-scenes aspects of the show are every bit as smooth and polished as the show itself.

Thu 23 Aug

Jimmy Nick, blues

Jimmy Nick

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.

Thu 30 Aug

Morry Sochat and the Special 20s, blues/swing

Morry Sochat and the Special 20s

Morry Sochat and the Special 20s have been rocking the Chicago are for the past 13 years. They bring a fresh sound to the Chicago blues scene. They a play a mix of Chicago blues, swing and vintage rock ‘n' roll. It is always an upbeat show that gets everyone out of their seats.

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