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Blood, Sweat & Tears opens Mid-Summer concert series

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The Mid-Summer Classics return on Tuesday, July 9, with Blood, Sweat and Tears, as the Elk Grove Village concert series opens for the fifth year.

Since 2009, the Elk Grove village board and Elk Grove Park District have hosted "Unity Within The Community" -- a joint partnership concert series. The four-week series hosts bands that highlight a specific era in musical history, on Tuesday evenings in July.

The free concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Village Green, between the Charles J. Zettek Municipal Complex, 901 Wellington Ave., and the Elk Grove Library, 1001 Wellington Ave.

Food and beverages are available for sale and the interactive spray park will also be available for children and adults while listening to the live music. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Parking is available in the Elk Grove Town Center, southwest corner of Biesterfield and Arlington Heights roads, and the Park District Pavilion, 1000 Wellington Ave.

• Blood, Sweat & Tears: The first band to tour behind the Iron Curtain will kick off the 2013 "Unity Within The Community" on July 9. Blood, Sweat & Tears earned multiple gold albums and won three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. Hits: "You've Made Me So Very Happy", "Spinning Wheel," "When I Die," "Hi-De-Ho," "Lucretia MacEvil," "God Bless the Child," "Sometimes in Winter," and "Go Down Gamblin".

• July 16, Fran Cosmo: Former lead singer of Boston, Cosmo was the sole lead singer on the platinum Boston album "Walk On", and produced numerous hit singles, including "I Need Your Love," "Walk On," "More Than a Feeling," "Amanda," "Long Time," "A Man I'll Never Be," "We're Ready," and "Peace of Mind".

• July 23, Daryl Stuermer: The veteran of Genesis/Phil Collins, Stuermer has toured the world to sold-out crowds with Genesis and created the signature guitar sound of the Phil Collins mega hits "In the Air Tonight" and "Easy Lover." His band and guest vocalists perform some of the biggest Genesis and Phil Collins hits of the late '70s, '80s and '90s.

• July 30, Three Dog Night: Three Dog Night was the most popular band in America with 21 consecutive Top 40 hits and 12 straight gold, including "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)," "Joy to The World," "Shambala," "One," "An Old Fashioned Love Song," and "Out In The Country".

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