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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 3. 

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

2018 Entertainment Lineup


Rockin_FenderskirtsJune 12 | Rockin' Fenderskirts | Rock 'n' Roll Oldies

Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and Rock Around the Clock to your favorite rock ‘n’ roll oldies. That’ll Be the Day The Rockin’ Fenderskirts come to town. Great Balls of Fire! There’ll be a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On. You’ll dance, you’ll sing, you’ll laugh. You’ll get All Shook Up. Who knows, you might even Twist and Shout.

Rico_editsJune 19 | 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. 

The_Giving_Tree_BandJune 26 Reschedule for August 14 | The Giving Tree Band | Blue Grass & Americana Rock

If music is the universal language, then musicians are agents of unity and inclusivity. On Frequency of Love, the 5th studio album of The Giving Tree Band, much of their imaginative American rock 'n roll manifests from lucid dreams.  With all their instruments calibrated to sacred tunings inspired by ancient mythologies of healing and miracles, the Illinois group's new age outlaw sound opens the heart and invites the soul to dance. Loaded with tales of transcendent love and the adventures of warriors of the light, the positive vibrations sail out in all directions carrying the sweet message of harmony and optimism.

GizzaeJuly 10 | Gizzae | Reggae 

The Chicago Reggae band plays 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.

Adam_Ezra_band_photoJuly 17 | 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 they recently won “Song of the Year” at the New England music awards. Come see for yourself what the buzz is about.

MississippiHeat1July 24 | Mississippi Heat | Blues

Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago blues band. Their motto is “Traditional Blues with a Unique Sound” as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas. The band’s conviction is there is no deeper music than Delta-inspired blues to express what lies in everyone’s soul.

black-masala-074-colorJuly 31 | 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 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.

Morry_Sochat_and_the_Special_20sAugust 7 | Morry Sochat & The Special 20s | Swing Chicago Blues

Morry Sochat and The Special 20s are bringing a fresh sound to the Swing Chicago Blues scene. They mix classic Chicago blues with swing and rock ‘n’ roll from the 1950s. The band is influenced by the best in blues history. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan, Junior Wells and all of the Chicago greats. The band is cooking on all cylinders so get out and see them live.



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.

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Libertyville Bank and Trust

Media Sponsor
Lake County Journal

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