The music and fun of Tuesdays in the Park returns June 20
Tuesdays in the Park is back in full swing this summer with a seven-night lineup of crowd-pleasing musical acts ranging from blues, country and swing to Caribbean rock and an all-women Beatles cover band. The popular outdoor event takes place at Village Green Park, 1810 Walters Ave., in the heart of downtown Northbrook.
Each evening begins with a family friendly musical act that will delight the little ones and their parents, followed by a main act sure to please people of all musical tastes and dancing abilities. There will be fun activities and free prize drawings.
Five of the seven main acts this summer are new to Tuesdays in the Park, a lineup devised with the goal of offering something for everyone, said Kyle Gyondla, event organizer and theater technical specialist for the park district. "I am very conscious about trying to pick a variety of groups, with different kinds of sounds and genres for everybody to enjoy," he said. "For example, we have a Caribbean rock group back again this year, which residents were asking about last summer."
This summer's lineup:
June 20: At 6:30 p.m., sing along and dance along to Miss Jamie's Farm, who will take the audience on a magical barnyard adventure with interactive features, well-known farm songs and original tunes that teach healthy eating and responsible farming in a fun-filled way.
At 7:15 p.m., The Wayouts will play 1960s garage rock hits by artists like The Kinks and The Animals, with an exuberant performance that brings fresh life to classic songs. The band will please audiences of all ages with its mix of innovation and nostalgia.
June 27: At 6:30 p.m., Todd Downing will bring smiles and educational entertainment with his guitar, puppets and quips that will keep audiences surprised and gleeful. Covering a wide range of topics, Todd will have kids singing, dancing and jumping in no time!
At 7:15 p.m., Industrial Drive, a newcomer to Tuesdays in the Park, will rock a playlist of eclectic favorites from artists like Duran Duran, The Killers, Depeche Mode, INXS, America, Collective Soul, Muse and Foo Fighters. Industrial Drive appeals to everyone, with a set list that will keep people staying until the last song.
July 11: At 6:30 p.m., Istvan and his Imaginary Band will entice even the shyest kids to join in the fun as the whole family enjoys an irresistible mix of interactive rock 'n roll, country, pop and singalongs that will make everyone's head bob!
At 7:15 p.m., another newcomer, Mr. Myers, will put on its special style of upbeat island music -- Caribbean rock -- by blending the rhythms of calypso, ska, a little rock-n-roll, favorite classic tunes and energetic original songs that will get audiences on their feet.
July 18: At 6:30 p.m., Rick Kelley's interactive, energetic and fun performance and infectious personality will motivate children and adults alike to join in the fun. Kelley has opened for well-known artists such as Sinbad, Ellen DeGeneres and Carrot Top.
At 7:15 p.m. crowd favorite The Flat Cats is sure to attract enough dancers to cover the entire paved area! The band plays vintage and modern tunes, ranging from the big band swing era to contemporary classics, with a high-energy show that will please and entertain all generations.
July 25: At 6:30 p.m., local Northbrook musician Ben Tatar and the Tatar-Tots will charm audiences by playing multiple instruments and performing a multitude of catchy songs. Get ready to laugh, wiggle and giggle!
At 7:15 p.m., the dynamic, woman-fronted band Wild Daisy will make its first appearance at Tuesdays in the Park with its mix of upbeat, modern country, and some pop and rock. The band will delight the crowd with its musicianship and energy for this family-friendly, interactive and entertaining show.
Aug. 1: At 6:30 p.m., the Grammy nominated children's musical act Nanny Nikki will bring zest to classic children's songs with a sprinkling of original music and puppets that will get the crowd to dance and sing along.
At 7:15 p.m., Howard and the White Boys will deliver its brand of powerful and energetic blues and rock. Mentored by blues legend Buddy Guy, the band has opened for B.B. King and has performed with Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Albert King, Lonnie Brooks, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, among others.
Aug. 8: At 6:30 p.m., Northbrook Park District's cast of "Matilda the Musical" will showcase selected songs ahead of its show to be staged in September at Northbrook Theatre. Matilda is a little girl who will enchant audiences with her intelligence, personality and psychokinetic powers.
At 7:15 p.m., another newcomer, the all-women tribute cover band The Beatelles, will perform the songs of John, Paul, George and Ringo with fresh harmonies and covering an ageless catalog spanning from "Love Me Do" to "Let It Be."
Concertgoers are welcome to bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs, food and nonalcoholic beverages, or can choose to patronize the many nearby restaurants in downtown Northbrook!
Tuesdays in the Park is presented by Northbrook Bank & Trust. In case of inclement weather, the event will move indoors to Northbrook Theatre, inside the Northbrook Park District Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave. To stay up-to-date, you can visit rainoutline.com or download the Rainout Line app.
For more information, visit nbparks.org, call (847) 847-291-2993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1927, Northbrook Park District's mission is to enhance the community by providing outstanding services, parks and facilities through environmental, social and financial stewardship.