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Concerts in the Plaza at Independence Grove


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

For concert updates click here, call our Hotline at 847-968-3499 or follow us on Twitter.

2019 Entertainment Lineup


hurricane2June 18 | De Hurricane Reggae Band | Reggae

De Hurricane Reggae Band, holds the Chicago Music Award for Best Reggae Entertainer in 2018. Get ready to experience a true Caribbean vibe, a total party package with reggae, soca, calypso, a little jazz and blues and a taste of a real island culture and sound from the Hurricane.


June 25 | 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.

SkylinerswithTextJuly 2 | The Chicago Skyliners Big Band | Jazz Swing

Featuring Leslie Beukelman. Formed by Bill O’Connell in 1988, the band’s sole purpose is to prolong the musical memory of the big band era. In the early days, members of the band were informed this would not be a major money-making proposition, only a mission to keep the big band sound alive. A regular house band at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn since 1991, the Chicago Skyliners are the busiest big band in Chicagoland.


July 9 | 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.


July 16 | 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.

Kaleidoscope_EyesJuly 23 | Kaleidoscope Eyes | Acoustic Beatles Tribute

They pay homage to the band that’s the official soundtrack of generations of families. Come see and hear why audiences across Chicagoland are raving about this captivating, crowd-engaging band! There’s a reason why they’re Chicago’s best and most fun lovin’ acoustic Beatles tribute band!

PressPhotoN41July 30 | The North 41 | Chicago's Finest Funk

Hailing out of Illinois, one of Chicago’s hottest up and coming bands The North 41 surely brings the heat when it comes to live performance. The group has an irresistible funk and groove that surely cannot go unnoticed. The band has supported major names such as The Main Squeeze, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow seekers and has a major year ahead including a big festival performance at SummerCamp Music Festival.


August 6 | 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. 





Entrance Fee and Concert Details

  • Concerts are held at the preserve's outdoor amphitheater, Millennia Plaza, overlooking a 115-acre lake.
  • There is an entrance fee of $10 per car after 5 pm on event nights (drop-offs included). 
  • 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 847-968-3499 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 Concerts in the Plaza. Please remember them with your business throughout the year.

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Libertyville Bank and Trust

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Lake County Journal

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