If you are looking for outdoor entertainment on a budget, enjoy Palatine Park District’s free concerts in its Sounds of Summer series, running through August.
Featured artists span a host of musical genres and offer fun for the entire family. Performances take place at , 162 E. Palatine Road, unless otherwise noted. Picnics are welcome.
Check out who is coming this summer:
- Wednesday, June 15: Palatine Concert Band
Enjoy local ensemble as it enlivens summer with popular and classical selections.
- Friday, June 17: American English
Local rock band plays tribute to the awesome sounds originating with The Beatles.
- Wednesday, June 22: Small Potatoes
Chicago duo Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso plays a blend of folk, country, blues, swing and Irish music.
- Thursday, June 23: Arpinian
Concert takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Towne Square (Palatine Road and Smith Street) and features folk, rock and jazz/fusion covers.
- Friday, June 24: Second Time Around
Classic rock band re-enacts favorites of that genre’s greatest but dips into blues as well. Featured songs originate from Deep Purple, The James Gang and Yes, to name a few.
- Wednesday, July 6: Palatine Concert Band
If you missed the band’s first performance, here is your opportunity to check it out.
- Friday, July 8: The Neverly Brothers
Enjoy the kind of rock ’n’ roll tunes that inspired fodder for many young British pop bands.
- Wednesday, July 13: Palatine’s Children’s Chorus
Artistic director Sue Falbo leads the Park District’s Children’s Concert Choir in its 16th concert.
- Friday, July 15: Barefoot Hawaiians
Noon performance is at Towne Square (intersection of Palatine Road and Smith Street) and features authentic Polynesian-style drumming and dancing.
- Friday, July 22: The Rhythm Rockets
Ensemble of seven creates music of jump, jazz, and rhythm & blues from the 1940s-1950s.
- Thursday, July 28: Summer String
Concert is at 6:30 p.m. in Towne Square (Palatine Road and Smith Street) and features the violin students of artist Amy Bachmann.
- Friday, July 29: Guitarra Azul
Watch as guitarists, percussionists and dancers dedicate their talents to performing the flamenco style.
- Wednesday, Aug. 3: Palatine Concert Band
Capitalize on your final opportunity to enjoy Sounds of Summer's classical style.
- Friday, Aug. 5: Jimmy Sohn’s Rock ’n’ Roll Side Show
Notable lead singer from Shadows of Knight Jimmy Sohn rocks out with guitarist Mike Gotshall and vocalist/keyboardist Cindy Gotshall. Styles originate from the rock ’n’ roll sounds of the mid-1960s.
- Friday, Aug. 12: Mr. Myers
Noon show is in Towne Square (Palatine Road at Smith Street) and features tropical styles of reggae and ska, as well as rock ’n’ roll and rhythm and blues.
As inclement weather could cause cancellations, please call ahead for Wednesday performances and for Friday performances that start at 8 p.m. to the automated weather line: 847-705-5123, ext. #431.
Call 847-705-5123, ext. #274, to check on possible cancellations for Thursday performances and for Friday performances starting at noon. Note that you must dial # for either extension.
For more information on Palatine Park District’s Summer Sounds lineup, visit http://www.palatineparks.org/amphitheater.html.