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Music in the Park series 2017

Dates: Now - Aug. 26, 2017
Times: 6-8 p.m. Saturdays
Category: Performing Arts
Location: City of Ottawa, 301 West Madison Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0161
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Music in the Park Sponsored by Ottawa Special Events Committee 6-8 p.m. Saturday nights in July and August Free concerts in downtown's Washington Square Rain or shine (rain location TBA) Washington Square is a natural shady amphitheater air conditioned by nature's breezes and surrounded by monumental sentinels. On summer Saturday nights, small-town charm is in tune as the air fills with the sounds of classic rock, Big Band, rockabilly or swing music that sets toes tapping, hands clapping and encourages dancers to kick up their heels. We're bringing back some favorites this year, and introducing some new acts sure to become audience favorites. Here's the lineup:

July 1 – The Burls (Patriotic Night) -- Members of The Burls met in, and still play with, a Scottish bagpipe-and-drum corps in Warrenville, Ill., but they also enjoy the chance to play other instruments and types of music. Their favorites are Scots-Irish pub tunes, folk songs, and the occasional sea shanty. Instruments include guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, smallpipes, and rhythm percussion. They might also bring out the full Highland pipes and drum tunes for a stirring bit of variety. http://theburls.com

July 8 – The Kramers (Gospel Night). The Kramer family music group includes D. Scott and Rachel West Kramer and their daughter, Maria. These accomplished vocalists and instrumentalists have performed nationwide and released several CDs. http://thekramersmusic.com

July 15 – Flat Cats. The Chicago-based band plays a range of vintage and modern music rooted in the hottest swinging jazz and blues, contemporary classics, and timeless standards. The group is comprised of six talented musicians and has performed throughout the Midwest, at Navy Pier, The Drake Hotel, and the Summer Dance Series in Grant Park. http://www.flatcatsmusic.com

July 22 – Crash. This local band comprising has amassed a following in the area during appearances at several local venues, including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Welcomeburger.

July 29— Mary Pfeifer & the Troublemakers. They perform their special brand of '50s/'60s rock, country and dance music throughout the Illinois Valley area. They've been a staple at local festivals and have appeared on the Illinois State Fair stage – and they're a returning favorite of our Music in the Park series. http://www.marypfeifer.com

August 12 – The Templetons. This Lostant family has been performing together since 2007, bringing crowd-pleasing bluegrass, gospel and old-time music to audiences throughout the area. Parents Mike and Lisa are joined by their 8 children: Michael Jr., Lidia, Andrew, Olivia, Joseph, Robert, Margaret and Dominic. Strong vocal harmonies blend with classic fiddle, mandolin, banjo, upright bass and other instruments. http://thetempletonsbluegrass.com/

Aug. 19 -- The New Invaders. This inspirational '60s rock review ushers back in the fabulous era of British rock-n-roll with an incredible sound and theatrical touch. Follow them through The Beatles, The Hollies, the Beau Brummels, The Yardbirds, Spiral Staircase, The Turtles and more – their playlist is a tuneful time machine that takes listeners on a journey to a musical time period that's never been equaled.

Aug. 26 – Mason Rivers. Big vocals, big sound, and your favorite songs...Mason Rivers is live entertainment performed at a high level. This high-energy country band is a sure crowd pleaser that covers the best of today's country music as well as favorite classics. Strong male and female lead vocalists and a rich diversity of musical background and skill result in an exciting sound that's bigger than country, stronger than rock. http://www.masonrivers.com

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