Wrap-up weekend for the Summer Concert Series starts Friday August 21 at 6 PM

Where has the summer gone?  Well, if you were wise, you would have been spending it with us at the free concerts in Ravenswood Manor and Horner Park!  But there is still time to enjoy one last great weekend of free entertainment this year under the stars in our great neighborhood parks.

Our final weekend of the year starts at 6 PM (New time) on Friday, August 21 with the return of our old Friend Rokko Jans for Rokko and the Hat at Ravenswood Manor Park (Manor and Eastwood).  This will be a joyous reunion of one of Chicago’s most noted musical groups of the 1970‘s.

In his recent book “The Chicago Music Scene 1960‘s and 1970‘s,” (part of the “Images of America” series) author Dean Milano writes “Alaric Rokko Jans and Annie Hat made the Bulls [nightclub] their home base and held the Sunday night slot during the 1970’s. With roots in the Chicago theater scene they were a favorite with actors and all who loved the inimitable vocal stylings of Annie and the band’s eclectic brand of cabaret rock, featuring original songs by Jans and Elliott Delman.”

Wired magazine author Hugh Hart reminisces on his discovery of Rokko & the Hat:

“At the Bulls, I became entranced with Rokko and the Hat, an elegant trio featuring Annie Hat, Django Reinhardt-channeling guitarist Elliott Delman, and the act’s wry pianist/ringmaster Alaric “Rokko” Jans [who] later composed the score for David Mamet’s House of Games movie and shared a 2008 Tony Award as a member of Chicago Shakespeare Theater.”

We think you will become entranced, too!  Please join us for a delightful summer concert as the virtuoso cabaret-rock trio “Rokko & the Hat Band” serves up an evening of music and fun!

This show is presented by The Horner Park Advisory Council and The Chicago Park District.  Our Sponsors are Ravenswood Animal Hospital, Bloom Yoga, Golden Crust Pizza, and Howard Quintero.

Following Rokko and the Hat on Friday, August 21 at 8 PM will be the make-up show of Big Sadie.    Big Sadie is Elise Bergman on upright bass, Collin Moore on guitar, and Jess McIntosh on fiddle. The Chicago-based trio formed in 2014 and boasts an impressive repertoire of bluegrass, old-time, early country, and original music in three-part harmony.

Come on out for an uplifting experience at the last show of the season at Ravenswood Manor Park.

This show is presented by The Horner Park Advisory Council and The Chicago Park District. Our Sponsor is the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Saturday, August 22nd

Our last show of the season will be our first time presenting a Summer Concert Series show in Sunken Gardens Park (Virginia and Sunnyside).

We will be presenting a 2 -hour show starting at 7 PM featuring the jazz ensemble the Will Barnard Jazz Quartet.

Will Barnard Quartet is a 4 piece band of who met while at Indiana University.  They focus on a combination of jazz songs and original compositions.  The players are:  Will Barnard, Saxophone; Evan Main, Piano; Philip Wailes, Bass; and Jake Richter, Drums

This show is presented by The Horner Park Advisory Council and The Chicago Park District, and sponsored by The Horner Park Advisory Council.

So say farewell to summer in style by attending one of our ultimate nights.  Why would you miss it?


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