Do you like to twist and shout or do the hustle? Celebrating 65 years of Swedish Days, each night on Third Street will feature a decade in music, starting Tuesday with the '50s and closing out the week on Saturday with '90s to the present.
The live music can be enjoyed in three spots -- on the Central Stage and the Courthouse lawn, both on Third Street. In addition, on Saturday and Sunday, Sweden Väst, at the corner of North Fourth and State, pays tribute to our heritage with singing and dancing performed by Swedish musicians. Performances run Tuesday, June 17 to Saturday, June 21, on Third Street and June 21 and 22 at Sweden Väst.
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. will showcase the 1950s as The Crown Vics bring their intrepid blend of rock and roll and R&B to the stage.
Wednesday evening's Central Stage entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. as the Swedish American Children's Choir takes the stage to perform songs from Sweden. At 6:30 p.m., the semifinalists from "Geneva's Got Talent" will perform. Help carry your favorite to the Saturday night finals by voting on Facebook until 10 a.m. June 20. Stick around afterward, for some far-out music with The New Invaders at 8 p.m.
At 8 p.m. Thursday, Libido Funk Circus comes to town. Get down and boogie to your favorite disco hits, dance and rock songs of the 1970s.
On Friday, rock out at 6 p.m. with the winner of the Geneva Park District's "Battle of the Bands." Modern Day Romeos will play '80s favorites at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, don't miss "Geneva's Got Talent" finalists, starting at 6:30 p.m. Come see who takes home the $1,000 cash prize. 7th heaven takes Central Stage at 8 p.m. performing hits from the '90s to today.
Concerts on the Lawn midday musical event is held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1-3 p.m. Grab a bite from one of the many food booths or restaurants and start Tuesday with the voices of husband and wife duo, Mike Mulcahy and Heather O'Brien along with Heather's sister Kiley Ruggiero. This trio make up Majors Junction, melding country honky-tonk blues with folk and rock undertones.
Get ready on Wednesday for Dennis O'Brien, a solid vocalist and acoustic guitar player.
On Thursday, Jim Green weaves his acoustic guitar between musical genres such as folk and blues; and on Saturday, check out singer-songwriter Lindsey O'Brien. Her soulful songs unite rock, pop, and folk.
Sweden Väst is the time to get your Swedish on as singers, dancers and musicians perform on Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22. The Swedish American Children's Choir opens the day on Saturday. In the afternoon, enjoy old-time Scandinavian folk and dance music with Swedish Folk. Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago hit the stage as Saturday comes to a close.
Sunday kicks off with Chicago Spelmanslag, a Scandinavian folk band.
Saturday also brings the 44th Granquist Music Competition, the largest music contest in Illinois. This contest is only open to preregistered contestants. Information on entering next year's competition will be available February 2015 at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website.