Hot Summer Nights Schedule

Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening.

Thu 12 Jun

Proyecto Sur

PHOTO: Proyecto Sur

Thursday, June 12
6 – 8 p.m.

PROYECTO SUR (South Project) is led by Chilean guitarist/singer/educator Nelson Sosa, who will be joined by Richard Scoffano on bandoneon, Paola Sosa on vocals, and two wonderfully talented tango dancers and instructors Daniel and Ramona Noce.  Come enjoy an authentic tango experience while learning a bit about the importance of bandoneon in tango music and how this German instrument was incorporated into the music of Rio De La Plata.

 

Thu 19 Jun

The Mike Knauf Quartet

The Mike Knauf Quartet

Thursday, June 19
6 – 8 p.m.

The Mike Knauf Quartet has been delighting audiences for over 15 years. The quartet has performed for many dances, parties, events, and festivals. Knauf and his quartet members have performed nationally and internationally with some of the biggest names in music. The performers draw from a diverse repertoire of swing, Latin, and standards from some of America's finest composers for your dancing and listening pleasure.

Thu 26 Jun

Pamela Rose and Windy City Country

Pamela Rose and Windy City Country

Thursday, June 26
6 – 8 p.m.

Pamela Rose and Windy City Country bring a fresh and energetic flavor into the live music scene. This terrific group consists of five acclaimed musicians and singers. Their unique style recreates the classics as well as contemporary country and rock-‘n’-roll hits.

Thu 3 Jul

Silver Stars

Silver Stars

Thursday, July 3
6 – 8 p.m.

Americana music talents Barb Silverman, Rick Veras, Steve Rosen, and Mitch Straeffer bridge our country’s vast musical character with fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, and washboard. Playing patriotic songs and more, the Silver Stars lend the flavor of the earliest American fiddle tunes through the hits of Stephen Foster and Irving Berlin to the last century of indigenous music. Dances will include contra lines of George Washington’s day and the high-stepping strut of the 1850s Cake Walk.

Thu 10 Jul

José Valdes & Mambo All-stars

José Valdes & Mambo All-stars

Thursday, July 10
6 – 8 p.m.

The Mambo All-Stars is an energetic dynamic band which plays mambo, cha-cha, and boleros, the classic Latin dance rhythms. The band performs at various public venues such as SummerDance at Grant Park, the Adler Planetarium, the Taste of Chicago, and many corporate events. Authentic Latin “swing con clave” is the group’s trademark. The driving montuno rhythms and fiery percussion section always gets everyone dancing.

Thu 17 Jul

El Payo

PHOTO: El Payo

Thursday, July 17
6 – 8 p.m.

El Payo is a lively flamenco group, based in Chicago, with members from Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, and the United States. The group’s distinct sound is infused with elements of modern and traditional flamenco, encompassing voice, guitar, and dance. This concert will include the full music group and dancers, as well as a short dance lesson.

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Thu 24 Jul

The Boils

The Boils

Thursday, July 24
6 – 8 p.m.

Three of Chicago's most seasoned Irish traditional musicians came together in 2005 to form the Boils, a high-energy trio delivering a potent blend of jigs and reels, as well as songs. Featuring Jim Conway on harmonica and tin whistle, Jack Callahan on guitar and vocals, and Mike Austin on bodhran and percussion, the Boils possess a deep respect for traditional style but also infuse that tradition with their own interpretation of the music, reflecting their Irish-American heritage.

Thu 31 Jul

Grupo Cha Cha

Grupo Cha Cha

Thursday, July 31
6 – 8 p.m.

Grupo Cha Cha is a fun Latin band that will fill the air with tropical sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil to get you on your feet! They are a favorite of the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival, corporate events, and Chicago’s hottest Latin clubs. Noted for their multigender and multicultural make up, their music is on regular rotation on FM Jazz radio stations nationwide including WDCB 90.9 in the Chicago area.

Thu 7 Aug

Bopology

PHOTO: Bopology

Thursday, August 7
6 – 8 p.m.

This band brings the uniquely American genres of swing and jazz to life.  With a level of professional musicianship that offers both the appreciative listener and the avid dancer a solid swingin’ groove, Bopology prides itself on maintaining the authenticity of this music. Rather than cover a song note for note, the improvisation within a song enables individual musicians to showcase their unique talents to capitalize on Bopology’s 100-plus years of combined musical experience.

Thu 14 Aug

Rio Bamba

PHOTO: Rio Bamba

Tuesday, August 14
6 – 8 p.m.

Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba, and American and Latin jazz played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal or instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor with its irresistible rhythms.

Thu 21 Aug

Hillbilly Rockstarz

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Thursday, August 21
6 – 8 p.m.

Hillbilly Rockstarz is Chicago's very own country super group. They specialize in covering the latest hits in country music and classic favorites, including the music of Johnny Cash, Lady Antebellum, and even Taylor Swift. The group also mixes in some rock tunes from Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses. The band has always had one thing in common: the desire to perform a show of great radio-friendly country music covers that will always promote a good time.

Thu 28 Aug

Aloha Lives!
Hawaiian Music

Aloha Lives

Thursday, August 28
6 – 8 p.m.

Aloha Lives! Is our newest production by Pacific Soundz. Lanialoha combines the influences of her musical paths and passions to revive the old and new cultural traditions of the Pacific. She performs a seamless and memorable concert of melodies, harmonies and rhythmic sounds, that will inspire you.

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