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Summer Concerts at Independence Grove



Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, mid-June through early August at Independence Grove Forest Preserve.

Entertainment Lineup

R-GangJune 14 | R-Gang | Motown, R&B, funk, soul
Kick off our summer concert series with one of the best Motown, R&B, funk and soul bands in the Chicago area. Their set list includes music by The Temptations, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, Elvis, Prince and more. This ‘gang’ of musicians is guaranteed to make Millennia Plaza a rockin’, movin’, soulful experience.

CashBoxKings_web_copyJune 21 | Cash Box Kings | Chicago-style blues
Nominated for three 2016 Blues Music Awards at the BMAs, come see why this group of blues standard-bearers is called one of the ‘best blues bands in the land.’ Their repertoire takes you back to the golden era of the ‘40s and ‘50s, with touches of jump-blues, ragtime and swamp pop in the mix. The Kings will perform at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but you just need to make the short trip to Libertyville. No excuses to miss it!

adam_ezra_band_photoJune 28 | Adam Ezra Group | Roots rock
Everyone loved this Boston band at last summer’s concert series, so we’re bringing their original rock sound back to Libertyville. Lead singer Adam Ezra’s live passionate performances have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen. The group gained nationwide attention after their “Ragtop Angel” album shot up the charts and won “Album of the Year” at the 2012 New England Music Awards. Come see for yourself what all the buzz is about.

Special_Concensus_band_webJuly 12 | Special Consensus | Bluegrass
This four-person acoustic band plays high-energy bluegrass influenced by a variety of genres for every music taste. Their “Scratch Gravel Road” album was Grammy nominated in 2012. World performers, this spring alone they were on stage in Nashville, the UK, Virginia, Ohio and the popular FitzGerald’s in Berwyn. Take advantage of a close-to-home concert at Independence Grove.

Cavern_BeatJuly 19 | The Cavern Beat | Beatles tribute
Back by popular demand, this fab foursome brings to life the magic, authentic look and sound of the Beatles. The Cavern Beat performs the songs as they were originally crafted, using only guitars, drums and true vocals. Arrive early to park easily and reserve a good seat—they’ve been here the past two years and this show is always well attended.  

Bumpus_Group_Color3webJuly 26 | Bumpus | Soul, funk
Chicago funk and soul heavy hitters hearken to the great progressive albums of the ‘70s, with modern pop appeal. Dance and relax to covers of James Brown, The Jackson 5, Sly and the Family Stone and more.

Bopology_webAugust 2 | Bopology | Swing, jazz, Sinatra, jump-blues
The bold and brassy sound of the ‘30s, the Lindy Hop dancing, foot-tapping jump-blues of the ‘40s and the cool jazz of the ‘50s are brought to life by these six talented Chicago musicians. Hear vintage favorites like Mack the Knife, Misty, Chicago and Summer Wind. You’re in store for an exciting performance that swings!

Mr._MyersAugust 9 | Mr. Myers | Caribbean rock
Kick off your sandals and groove to an original music sound influenced by calypso, ska, reggae, and rock and roll. The band’s upbeat tone creates a carefree mood reminiscent of a beach getaway. Cleverly arranged cover tunes of artists such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett and Harry Belafonte will get you on your (bare) feet in no time.


Parking and Concert Details

  • Concerts are held at the preserve's outdoor amphitheater, Millennia Plaza, overlooking a 115-acre lake.
  • Parking is $6 per car after 5 pm on concert days for all preserve visitors.
  • 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 cancelled, 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––a Wintrust Community Bank

Media sponsor:
Lake County Journal


The preserve entrance is on Buckley Road (Route 137) just east of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) and west of River Road in Libertyville.

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