Updated: June 20, 2012 2:39PM
There’s music in the air. Here’s The Doings’ guide to outdoor concerts that are inexpensive or free and close to home. Offerings range from ABBA tributes to zydeco, with everything in between. Be sure to note special kids’ events too. Just bring a blanket or some lawn chairs, find your place and enjoy.
Concerts On The Green, Burr Ridge Village Center, 801 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge. 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays. See www.brparks.org. June 15: The Neverly Brothers. June 22: Connexion. June 29: The Flat Cats. July 6: 1969 (rock). July 13: Pamela Rose and Windy City Country. July 20: Guitarra Azul (Latin guitar). July 27: Billy Elton (music of Billy Joel and Elton John). Aug 3: The Moods (Motown). Aug. 10: Tropixplosion (Caribbean). Aug. 17: ABBA Salute.
Dancin’ In The Street, Clarendon Hills on Prospect Avenue between Park and Burlington avenues, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. See www.clarendonhills.us/concerts.cfm. June 20: Souled Out. June 27: Neverly Brothers. July 4: Sorry For Partying. July 11: South Of Disorder. July 18: Hello Nuvo. July 25: 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago tribute band).
Concerts In The Park, Darien Community Park, South Pavilion, Clarendon Hills and Plainfield roads. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call (630) 968-6400 or see www.darienparks.com. June 20: Chi-Town Showstoppers (R&B, swing). July 18: Andrew Salgado (country/pop). Aug. 11: K.O. Bossy (’60s-’80s classics).
Rotary GroveFest, June 22-24. Downtown, around the Metra Station. See www.rotarygrovefest.com. Free before 6 p.m. Main Stage performers — June 22: 5 p.m., Shy Violet (pop/rock); 7:15 p.m., The Cryan’ Shames (’60s band); 9:30 p.m., Jin & Tonic (country). June 23: Noon, Rock Academy Of DuPage; 2 p.m, Guided Path (Motown); 4:30 p.m., The Flat Cats (jazz/blues); 7 p.m., Judges’ Nite Band (rock); 9:30 p.m., Dave Specter Blues Band. June 24: 2 p.m., Undefined (rock); 4:15 p.m., Billy Elton (music of Billy Joel and Elton John); 6:30 p.m., Evolution (rock); 8:30 p.m., Maggie Speaks. GroveFest Fishel Park Stage Folk Fest in Veteran’s Memorial Pavilion — June 23: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. All Volunteer String Band; 10:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m., Andrea Bustin; 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m., Bluegrass Escape; 11:50 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., David Hawkins; 12:20 and 2:20 p.m., Patchouli. June 24: 2 p.m., Downers Grove Choral Society.
Summer Extravaganza: Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band. Families welcome; food and beverages available for purchase. Free admission. 6:30 p.m. June 16 at Elmhurst College Mall, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. See www.elmhurst.edu.
Summer concerts,Wilder Park, 175 Prospect, Elmhurst, at 7 p.m. Call (630) 993-8900 or see www.epd.org. July 10: Elmhurst Summer String Orchestra. July 17: Elmhurst Community Band. July 24: Elmhurst Community Jazz Band.
Uniquely Thursdays Summer Concert Series, sponsored by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays in Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale. Call (630) 323-3952 or visit www.hinsdalechamber.com. June 21: Libido Funk Circus. June 28: 25 or 6 to 4 The Chicago Experience (Chicago tribute band). July 5: Denny Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute). July 12: Shy Violet. July 19: Final Say. July 26: Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi tribute). Aug. 2: Trippin’ Billies (Dave Mathews tribute). Aug. 9: Vinyl Highway. Aug. 16: 7th Heaven.
West Suburban Concert Band will perform 1 p.m. July 4 at Hinsdale Village Hall, 19 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale.
West Suburban Concert Band performs 7:30 p.m. June 27 at Memorial Park, 132 E. Oak Ave., La Grange.
Music Under The Stars, 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Memorial Park Amphitheater, Woodlawn Avenue and LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park. June 13: Soda. June 20: Billy Croft and the 5-Alarm (country). June 27: West Suburban Band (patriotic music). July 8: ABBA Salute. July 18: X Factor — local talent finalists with 60 Carat Band. July 25: Vinyl Highway. Aug. 1: Jin & Tonic (country). Aug. 8: Mr. Blotto. Aug. 15: Johnny Russler and the Beach Bums (Caribbean/beach party).
Naper Nights concert series, June 22-Aug. 25 at Naper Settlement outdoor history museum, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Concerts are from 5-10 p.m. Friday night tickets are $10; $5 youth ages 4-12. Saturday night tickets are $15; $10 youth ages 4-12. Admission is free for Naperville Heritage Society members. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Proceeds benefit the Naperville Heritage Society. Call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.museum. June 22: American English (Beatles tribute band). Opening act is The Hix Brothers. June 23: The Smithereens (rock). Opening act is Mimi Betinis. July 27: Kashmir (Led Zeppelin tribute). Opening act is Kimi Hayes. July 28: Buckwheat Zydeco (Creole party music). Opening act is Ska To Catch ‘Em. Aug. 24: ARRA (classic rock). Opening act is DownPour. Aug. 25: Al Stewart. Opening act is Dave Nachmanoff.
Taste of Oak Brook, Oak Brook Polo Fields, 700 31st Street, Oak Park. July 3: 2 p.m., Chris Greene Quartet (jazz); 4 p.m., Vito Zatto (Sinatra); 6:30 p.m., Hi Infidelity.
Oak Brook Park District Summer Concerts in Central Park at the Gazebo, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. See www.obparks.org or call (630) 990-4233. June 28: Anthony Kawalkowksi Orchestra. July 5: Soda. July 12: Decatur Park Singers. July 19: Stockwood (Beatles). July 26: Rythmn Rockets. Aug. 2: The Chicago String Artists.
Villa Park Summerfest in Ardmore Business District, Ardmore and Park Blvd. See www.villaparksummerfest.com. June 22: 7:30 p.m., The Sometimes Family; 8 p.m., Soul to Soul. June 23: 11:15 p.m., Perry’s Music —Rock N Roll University; 12:45 p.m., Jefferson Wildcat Steel Drum Band; 2:15 p.m., H&H Jazz; 3 p.m., Blood Red Boots; 4:15 p.m., Bob Musical & Friends; 5:45 p.m., Bill Thomas Trio; 7:30 p.m. Ovrevolt.
Arts In the Park summer concerts, 7 p.m. at Ty Warner Park, corner of Plaza and Blackhawk Drive. See www.wpf4fun.org. June 20: The Deep Grooves (Motown). June 27: Mr Meyer (Caribbean). July 18: Taylor Street (jazz). July 25: Blue Road (rock/blues/soul). Aug. 1: The Flat Cats (jazz/swing).