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Elk Grove concerts kick off Tuesday with America the band

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  • America kicks off Elk Grove Village's Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series Tuesday night.

      America kicks off Elk Grove Village's Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series Tuesday night.
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Elk Grove Village's sixth annual Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series kicks off Tuesday and continues weekly through the month of July.

The band America, led by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, will sing their 1970s hits like "A Horse with No Name", "Sister Golden Hair" and "Ventura Highway" beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the Village Green, located at 901 Wellington Ave. between the municipal complex and library.

Elk Grove's lineup continues in the following weeks with Survivor, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, John Michael Montgomery, and Kenny Loggins.

Officials say it's the concert series' biggest lineup yet -- and it's all possible because of extra funding that became available with the discontinuation of the Tour of Elk Grove.

The cycling event was canceled last August after eight years because of a scheduling conflict with USA Cycling and the International Cycling Union. Village officials decided to take a portion of the money that would have funded the bike race and dedicate it to the summer concert series.

The funds come from a 1 percent village hotel-motel tax paid by overnight guests at 13 hotels in Elk Grove Village.

The village is paying $260,000 and the park district is contributing $50,000 for the concerts, including costs of musicians' fees, staging, lighting, insurance and banners. The village is contracting with Elk Grove-based Entertainment Management Group to manage the concert series.

There's no admission fee to attend.

The public will be allowed to set up chairs in front of the stage beginning at 2 p.m. the day of each concert. Chairs can be set up farther back on the Village Green before then, officials said.

Parking will be available at the Elk Grove Park District Pavilion, St. Julian Eymard Church, Admiral Byrd School, Salt Creek School and the Alexian Brothers Medical Center Eberle parking garage. Handicapped parking will be available at the fire station and library.

The library is closing early at 5 p.m. because of the expected large crowds.

Officials are projecting a total attendance of 50,000 for the five July concerts.

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