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Music on the Esplanade Schedule

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

Tue 7 Jun

The Redmonds

The Redmonds

Tuesday, June 7
6 – 8 p.m.

Playing everything from Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash to Civil Wars and the Lumineers, the Redmonds perform as an acoustic duo featuring the impeccable harmonies of Mike and Katie Redmond; as well as a full band with some of the best musicians in the region.

Tue 14 Jun

Brass from the Past

Brass from the Past

Tuesday, June 14
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 it “one of the best cover bands in Chicago.” The band covers musicians including Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Pattie LaBelle, Tina Turner, Chaka Kahn, James Brown, the Four Tops, the Temptations, and more.

Tue 21 Jun

Bopology

Bopology

Tuesday, June 21
6 – 8 p.m.

From the swingin’ ’40s to the twenty-first century, that easily-identifiable feeling called “swing” is made even more appealing by Bopology, a renowned band from Chicago, Illinois. This multi-talented, six-piece band’s history speaks for itself. Established in 1992, the band features a Duke Ellington sound with the vocal style of the Rat Pack, performed by able musicians with a clean sound.

Tue 28 Jun

J.B. Richie

J.B. Richie

Tuesday, June 28
6 – 8 p.m.

Steeped in the rich blues tradition of Chicago, J.B. Ritchie is known as "that wicked slide player", and has worked with Luther Allison. The rest of the band also carries some pretty hefty credentials. Frank Bandy on bass has been nominated for a W.C. Handy Award and drummer Marty Binder has appeared on the “Tonight Show.” Both men have toured with several top name blues performers. For those of you who like blues rock in the vein of ZZ Top, Canned Heat, and the Allman Brothers, dig in and dig it!

Tue 5 Jul

Rio Bamba

Rio Bamba

Tuesday, July 5
6 – 8 p.m.

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

 

Tue 12 Jul

Shamrock Ragsters

Shamrock Ragsters

Tuesday, July 12
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.

Tue 19 Jul

Fernandez & Kimball

PHOTO: Fernandez & Kimball

Tuesday, July 19
6 – 8 p.m.

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

Tue 26 Jul

Saturday June Band

Saturday June Band

Tuesday, July 26
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 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.

Tue 2 Aug

Callaloo

Callaloo

Tuesday, August 2
6 - 8 p.m.

Callaloo is the best world fusion steel pan group performing original compositions in Chicago. Scott Johnson, Callaloo's composer/arranger, began writing music for Callaloo that was built on strong, sophisticated Latin/Caribbean rhythms and recently began exploring and incorporating other styles, that, when fused, have proven to deliver a powerful musical experience. The percussion-based group employs an amalgam of instruments—steel pan, marimba, ethnic percussion, drum set, nylon string guitar, electric, and acoustic bass —while combining composed, orchestrated parts with improvisation. The percussionists switch instruments from song to song, adding to the visual element of their performance.

Tue 9 Aug

Second Time Around

Second Time Around

Tuesday, August 9
6 – 8 p.m.

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.

Tue 16 Aug

Recession Seven

Recession Seven

Tuesday, August 16
6 – 8 p.m.

Formed by jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis at the start of the Great Recession, Petra's Recession Seven is a traditional/swing band specializing in Depression-era music. This seven-piece ensemble features all-star veteran horn players Russ Phillips, Eric Schneider, and Bob Ojeda. Chicagoans have enjoyed the band's swinging sounds at the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Fitzgerald's, and the Chicago Jazz Festival.  The American Rag, in a review of the band's 2011 on-location recording Live In Chicago, praises "a killer of a band that grabs your attention and doesn't give it back until they are finished playing."

Tue 23 Aug

Cowboy Jukebox

Cowboy Jukebox

Tuesday, August 23
6 – 8 p.m.

Straight out of the Windy City, these five country-at-heart musicians round up to form Cowboy Jukebox. From Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert to Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton, Cowboy Jukebox shoots country music straight and true. Whether you missed out on your favor country artist or are just ready for a night of fun, the dudes and the darlin’ of Cowboy Jukebox have you covered.

Tue 30 Aug

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Tuesday, August 30
6 – 8 p.m.

Premier Big Band vocalist Kimberly Gordon, with the Kimberly Gordon Big Band, will take you back in time and leave you wanting more. Covering classic Duke Ellington and Count Basie hits, the Big Band will get you ready to dance the night away!

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