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Summer Concerts at Independence Grove



Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, from mid-June through early August, at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. No rain dates. No concert on July 4. 

For concert updates, call our Hotline at 847-968-3497or follow us on Twitter @IndependenceGro.

2017 Entertainment Lineup


New_InvadersJune 13 | New Invaders | 60s Rock and Roll

Flash back to the 1960s as the New Invaders time travel to the unforgettable musical period carved out by British rock and roll. The band’s vintage instrumentation, note-to-note authenticity, and visual nostalgia bring the journey to life in their repertoire of classic hits by the likes of Cream, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, and more. 

BlackMasala_Photo_creditJune 20 | Black Masala | Brass, Dance Sound

This high-energy brass band from Washington, D.C. plays an irresistible dance groove packed with funk, gypsy-punk, and soul. We promise that when Black Masala takes the stage their influences and moods, ranging from Bhangra and bounce to New Orleans funk and Balkan brass, will result in a dance party that leaves concertgoers smiling.

Rico_editsJune 27 | Rico | Santana Inspired 

Always a favorite at Independence Grove concerts, Rico's hypnotic blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms is heavily influenced by the sound and spirit of Santana. The band creates a fiery soulful sound through bass, congas, percussion, drums, timbales, keyboards and guitar, all played with pure passion. 

Adam_Ezra_band_photoJuly 11 | Adam Ezra Group | Roots Rock

Once again this dynamic acoustic roots/rock band from Boston will make a stop at Independence Grove. The Adam Ezra group has been compared to the Dave Matthews Band. Lead singer Adam Ezra’s passionate performances have been compared to Bruce Springsteen. They're known for smart well-written lyrics and powerful musicianship and recently won “Song of the Year” at the New England music awards. Come see for yourself what the buzz is about.

John_PrimerJuly 18 | John Primer | Blues

Step out of the suburbs (figuratively) and into a Chicago nightclub when two-time Grammy nominated artist and blues legend John Primer returns to our stage. As the bandleader and lead guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Primer's virtuosity as a blues musician was forged by legends. Don’t miss “The Real Deal” blue man’s signature electric slide guitar and soulful R&B vocals, live in Libertyville. 

American_English_jacketJuly 25 | American English | Beatles Tribute Band

Hop on board for a magical musical tour driven by a band consistently rated the best Beatles tribute band of our time. With precise attention to costumes, instruments, music and special effects, this band will take the audience to the Ed Sullivan Show, Strawberry Fields, Abby Road and beyond. 

GizzaeAugust 1 | Gizzae | Reggae 

You could catch Chicago Reggae band Gizzae at their regular Wild Hare gig in the city, or save yourself the trip and hear them at Independence Grove. A world of influences has enabled Gizzae to create a unique blend of Roots Reggae. The musicians hail from the four corners of the globe and have played with a vast array of talent, including Ziggy Marley and the Rolling Stones. If you like live jams and wicked solos, come dance the night away.

Flat_CatsAugust 8 | Flat Cats | Swing Jazz and Blues

Our summer concert series finishes on a high note with the Flat Cats playing swinging jazz and blues, contemporary classics and timeless standards. The Chicago group comprises six talented musicians with years of performing, arranging, and composing experience. Whether you choose to listen, tap your foot, or cut a rug on the dance floor, you are sure to bid farewell to summer in style. 



Entrance Fee and Concert Details

  • Concerts are held at the preserve's outdoor amphitheater, Millennia Plaza, overlooking a 115-acre lake.
  • To help offset our costs to host these quality concerts, there is an entrance fee of $6 per car after 5 pm on event nights.
  • Arrive early to secure a parking spot; cars are turned away when parking is full. For your safety, and as a courtesy to preserve neighbors, please park in the preserve only.
  • Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Pop up canopies are not permitted in the plaza or lawn.
  • Pack a picnic, or purchase a light dinner, snack or beverage from the preserve's walk-up café.
  • For concert reminders, weather updates or to learn if a concert has been canceled, call 847-968-3497 or get updates via Twitter. There is no rescheduling if a concert is cancelled.
  • To make your concert outing even more memorable, call 847-968-3499 to reserve a pontoon boat for your group of up to eight.
  • Before the concert begins, spend the afternoon at the preserve swimming, fishing, or boating on the 115-acre lake, or hiking, biking or in-line skating on nearly 7 miles of trails. Stop by the Visitors Center to explore educational exhibits and learn about rental space, and visit the café.
  • With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted in this preserve.


A special thank you to our sponsors for their generosity and continuing support of Events in the Plaza. Please remember them with your business throughout the year.

Platinum Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor
Libertyville Bank and Trust

Media Sponsor
Lake County Journal

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