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Summer sounds: Your 2014 outdoor concert guide

Ah, summer!

It’s time once again for the annual roundup of outdoor concerts, created to help you enjoy these few months of the Midwest’s best weather to its fullest. So grab your lawn chairs and blankets and be sure to keep this guide handy all season!

BERWYN

FitzGerald’s —The 33rd Annual American Music Festival. No single-day advance tickets are available for the festival. Pay at door each day. Admission is $30, with a $5 discount if you arrive during the first hour the doors are open. Admission for kids 12 and under is $5 each all day, and kids are welcomed until 10 p.m. Four-day passes available for $100 via online only, at Ticketweb. (The deadline for purchase of passes is Tuesday, July 2 at 5 p.m.)

A four-day pass is good for only one admission per day. Call (708) 788-2118 or visit www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

July 2: Marcia Ball Band, Junior Brown, The Holmes Brothers, Joe Pug, The Black Lillies, The Warren Hood Band, Colin Gilmore, and Chicago Farmer. July 3: Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett, New Orleans Suspects, Tributosaurus becomes The Band, Eric Lindell and CO., Pokey LaFarge, Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys, Shinyribs, The Fat Babies, Joe Filisko and Eric Noden, Cannonball, Bunkertown, and Ron Lazzeretti. July 4: Bloodshot Records 20th Anniversary celebration featuring Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys, The Bottle Rockets, Robbie Fulks and Cory Branan; also Shemekia Copeland, Billy Joe Shaver, Jon D. Graham, Shineyribs, Jarekus Singleton, Kevin Gordon Band, Lost and Nameless Orchestra, Switchback Quartet, The Belvederes, Weepin’ Willows, The Dyes, and Kory Quinn. July 5: Joe Ely with Reckless Kelly, C.J. Chenier and His Red Hot Louisiana Band, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, The Iguanas, John Fullbright, Glen David Andrews, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sarah Borges and Girls, Guns and Glory, Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, Howlin’ Brothers, The Bellfuries, Dirty Pigeons, Jenny Dragon, Ella Gill and Scott Daniel, and Expo 76.

BURR RIDGE

Concerts on the Green, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays in Burr Ridge on the Village Green at the north end of the Burr Ridge Village Center, 701 Village Center Drive. Free admission and parking. Concerts are weather permitting. Visit www.burrridgeevents.com or call (630) 654-8181. June 6: ABBA Salute (ABBA tribute). June 13: Denny Diamond Trio (Neil Diamond tribute). June 20: Brit Beat (Beatles tribute). June 27: Libido Funk Circus (variety dance band). No concert July 4. July 11: The Grand Avenue Big Band (big band). July 18: R Gang (Motown/R & B variety). July 25: Spoken Four (contemporary). Aug. 1: Reckless (variety cover band). Aug. 8: The Andrew Salgado Band (country). Aug. 15: Reely Dan (Steely Dan tribute). Aug. 22: Billy Elton (Billy Joel/Elton John tribute). Aug. 29: 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago tribute).

CLARENDON HILLS

Dancin’ in the Street on Wednesdays on Prospect Avenue between Park and Burlington avenues, Clarendon Hills. See www.clarendonhills.us. June 18: Chicago Catz. June 25: Flipside. July 2: Wild Daisy Band. July 9: American English. July 16: Cirrus Falcon. July 23: Scramble.

ELMHURST

June Jazz: A Summer Extravaganza, 6:30 p.m. June 14, on the Mall of Elmhurst College campus, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. www.elmhurst.edu/campusmap. Call (630) 617-3390. Legendary trumpet player and former “Tonight Show” bandleader Doc Severinsen, headlines with jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling, vocalist Vanessa Thomas and the acclaimed Elmhurst College Jazz Band. Free admission. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

HINSDALE

Uniquely Thursdays, summer concert series, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays in Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale. Visit www.hinsdalechamber.com. (Note: July 3 Concert will take place Wednesday July 2.) June 12: Paparockzzi – (classic hits). June 19: Heartache Tonight (Ultimate Eagles tribute band). June 26: Chicago Soul Review (Motown soul). Wednesday, July 2: Funhouse (classic ‘70s rock). July 10: Voyage (big hair rock of the ‘80s). July 17: Wild Daisy with Krissi Woods (contemporary country). July 24: The Student Body (today’s top hits). July 31: This End Up (hits of ‘90s and today). Aug. 7: The Hat Guys (High Energy Groove/Pop). Aug. 14: 7th Heaven (rock).

LAGRANGE PARK

Music Under the Stars, 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Memorial Park Amphitheater, Woodlawn Avenue and La Grange Road, in LaGrange Park. Visit cpdlagrangepark.com. June 18: J P & the Cats. June 25: Soda. July 2: West Suburban Concert Band. July 9: Lisa Rene. July 16: X-Factor Talent Night. July 23: Rick Lindy. July 30: Pamela Rose and Windy City Country. Aug. 6: Mr. Blotto. Aug. 13: Johnny Russell’s Beach Bum Band. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to Park Jr. High, 333 N. Park Road, La Grange Park. Call the rain-out hotline for updates on concert locations: (708) 354-4580, Ext. 300.

OAK BROOK

Oak Brook Park District Summer Concert Series, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, in Central Park, at Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. Bring blankets, baskets, and lawn chairs for performances. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved into the Family Recreation Center gym. Visit www.oak-brook.org. For weather updates, call the hotline at (630) 645-9553. June 26: Denny Diamond Trio Band. July 10: The Illinois Brass Band. July 17: The Sting Rays. July 24: Midwest Dueling Pianos. July 31: Prohibition Orchestra.

WESTCHESTER

BBQ & Blues Block Party, July 18 and 19, at the Community Center Park, at 10201 Bond St., Westchester. Music, food and fun Aug. 16, at Highridge Park, at Canterbury and Evers, Westchester. Go to www.westchester-il.org.

WESTERN SPRINGS

Summer Concerts-in-the-Parks are 7-8:30 p.m. June 19, with the West Suburban Community Band, in Springdale Park, 5289 Wolf Road; 6:30-8 p.m. July 17, with the West Suburban Community Band, in Ridgewood Park, 5530 Grand Ave. 6:30-8 p.m. Bring lawn chair, blanket and refreshments. Visit www.wsprings.com.

WESTMONT

Summer Concert Series, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Ty Warner Park and Veterans Memorial Park. July 9: The Sting Rays (Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, 50’s-70’s) at Ty Warner Park. July 16: Steve Cooper Orchestra (big band/swing/jitterbug) at Ty Warner Park. July 23: Dooley Brothers (folk, jazz, Irish) at Ty Warner Park. July 30: The Neverly Brothers (Buddy Holly to the Beatles) at Veterans Memorial Park. Aug. 6: Jin and Tonic Band (country) at Veterans Memorial Park. Aug. 13: Chunky Monkeys (60’s, eclectic) at Veterans Memorial Park.

WHEATON

Summer Symphony Series at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The music begins 8 p.m. on the lawn outside the First Division Museum. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. July 12: DuPage Symphony Orchestra. July 26: West Suburban Symphony Orchestra. Member: $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show. Nonmember: $12 in advance or $18 the day of the show. Aug. 9: Chicago Sinfonetta. Member: $20 in-advance, $22 day of event; nonmember: $22 in advance, $24 day of event. Visit www.cantigny.org or call (630) 668-5161.

Evening Concerts on the lawn outside the First Division Museum. June 28: Neverly Brothers, $10. July 19: noon-11 p.m. Rockin’ for the Troops featuring Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, $25. Visit their Rockin’ page, at www.cantigny.org, for details and advance ticket information.

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