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Concerts in the Plaza

2022 Entertainment Lineup

Bumpus-Band

June 21 | Bumpus | Funk

Bumpus features a powerful brand of soul music channeling an uplifting energy. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together funky big beats, deep bass, lush horns and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane musical funk frenzy.


Johnny-Russler-Beach-Bum-BandJune 28 | Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band | Trop Rock

Calling themselves the ultimate party band, Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band celebrate the beach, warm summer sun and island fun. Playing plenty of Jimmy Buffett favorites, they also jam out to hits by Bob Marley, Sublime, Jimmy Cliff, Paul Simon, Dick Dale, Jerry Jeff Walker and many others.


Kaleidescope-Eyes-Band

July 5 | Kaleidoscope Eyes | Beatles Tribute

Kaleidoscope Eyes 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 one of Chicago’s best and most fun lovin’ acoustic Beatles tribute bands.


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July 12 | Pete Kilpatrick Band | Folk and Pop Rock

Pete Kilpatrick Band has shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Rusted Root, Blues Traveler and more. Maine folk-pop singer, songwriter and band leader Pete Kilpatrick has released nine albums, including “Echo.” He has been named Maine’s best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards.


Laura-Rain-and-the-Caesars-BandJuly 19 | Laura Rain & the Caesars | Blues, Dance and R&B

Laura Rain & the Caesars blend their favorite elements of vintage soul, funky ‘60s organ boogaloo, lowdown blues, dance music and old school R&B. Laura and producer-songwriter George Friend have created a unique style, winning a prestigious Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Blues Songwriters” and heavily touring the U.S., Canada and Europe.


Mississippi-Heat-band

July 26 | Mississippi Heat | Blues

Led by Chicago Hall of Fame 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-Wayouts-Band

August 2 | The Wayouts | Rock n' Roll

Dedicated exclusively to garage rock hits from the 1960s, The Wayouts deliver an authentic revival of rock n' roll's first generation with hits from The Kinks, The Animals, The Troggs, The Monkees, The Rascals and more. Veterans of the Chicago music scene, they have diverse musical resumes.


Gizzae-Band

August 9 | Gizzae | Reggae

Formed its 1992, Gizzae has become a fan favorite in the Chicago and Midwest reggae scene. The group's brand of jam-reggae is always backed with strong guitar solos and riffing, warm pads and ambient vibes from the dual keyboardists. If you like live jams and wicked solos, come dance the night away with Gizzae.


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August 16 | Adam Ezra Group | Roots Rock

Once again, Adam Ezra Group from Boston will make a stop in Lake County. The acoustic roots/rock band has been compared to the Dave Matthews Band. They’re known for smart well-written lyrics and powerful musicianship, and recently won Song of the Year at the New England music awards.


CONCERT DETAILS

  • For concert updates, view map here or call 847-968-3499.
  • Concerts are held at the preserve's outdoor amphitheater, Millennia Plaza, overlooking a 115-acre lake.
  • Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Pop up canopies and umbrellas 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.
  • Before the concert begins, spend the afternoon at the preserve 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.
  • Pets Not Permitted: Dogs, horses or other pets are not allowed in the preserve or preserve facilities.
  • Service Animals: Qualified services animals are allowed throughout the preserve and in all preserve facilities.

VEHICLE ENTRANCE FEE: $10

Pricing includes drop-offs.

To help offset our cost to host this quality concert, there is vehicle entrance fee. All entrance fees are nonrefundable. No rain date. Arrive early as parking is limited; cars are turned away when parking is full. Parking lots reserved for concert traffic are not available prior to 5 pm. For your safety, and as a courtesy to preserve neighbors, please park in the preserve only.


THANK YOU SPONSORS

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Libertyville Bank & Trust Co. N.A.

Lake County Journal

Interested in learning about concert sponsorship opportunities? Please contact the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves at 847-968-3434.

Pontoon Rentals & More!

To make your concert outing even more memorable, reserve a pontoon boat for your group of up to eight! Additional rental equipment is available. Call 847-968-3499 to reserve. Learn More »

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Beer Garden

The Beer Garden at Independence Grove is open from 5–9 pm on Tuesday nights for Concerts in the Plaza. You can purchase a variety of local craft brews on tap, along with packaged snacks and other beverages. Plenty of casual lakeside seating is available.

View the Beer Garden Menu


CONCERT AT GREENBELT CULTURAL CENTER

John-Primer-Band

Thursday, June 23| 7:30 pm | John Primer | Chicago Blues

For the second year, a concert is scheduled for a venue in North Chicago. John Primer blues band will perform at the outdoor amphitheater at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago. The musician brings his signature electric slide guitar, soulful R&B vocals, and the influence of blues legends he has played with, including Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, and Magic Slim.

Bring chairs and blankets. Pack a picnic, or food and soft drinks available for purchase from Delights by Angela.


VEHICLE ENTRANCE FEE (INCLUDING DROP-OFFS): $10

To help offset our cost to host this quality concert, there is vehicle entrance fee. All entrance fees are nonrefundable. No rain date. Arrive early as parking is limited; cars are turned away when parking is full. Parking lots reserved for concert traffic are not available prior to 5 pm. For your safety, and as a courtesy to preserve neighbors, please park in the preserve only.


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