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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. Concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m. 

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

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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