The Twilight Jazz concert series returns for its 16th season on Tuesday (June 25) with a familiar group performing — Twilight Jazz favorite the John Crawford Jazz Band.
What’s new this summer is the concert venue.
Because the Anderson Arts Center building is under extensive renovation, the concert series has moved north — just a bit — to the Kemper Center’s soccer field.
“The Anderson Arts Center is getting a much needed facelift,” said concert series organizer Flora Doody. “While she is getting a few ‘nips and tucks,’ Twilight Jazz will move to the Kemper soccer field. Not only will we still have a wonderful view of the lake, but our audience will be able to see the street view of the Anderson Arts Center with all of the changes that will occur this summer.”
What hasn’t changed is the music, showcasing local favorites — the KUSD Jazz All Stars (July 23), the Southport Sound Big Band (Aug. 6) and Jack Plovanich and the UW-Parkside Reunion Band with vocalist Wayne Messmer (Aug. 20) — along with Chicago-based jazz singer Elaine Dame, who is new to the series. She performs on July 9.
Doody said this mix of performers allows Twilight Jazz to “support and showcase our student talent as well as providing some ‘swinging night music’ by many gifted adult musicians.”
Grounds open at 6 p.m.; the shows are 7 to 9 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto the grounds. Concert-goers should also bring lawn chairs. No seating is provided.
Lincoln Park Live
The Lincoln Park Live Concert Series kicks off its fifth season with Christopher’s Project performing Wednesday (June 26) at the Warren J. Taylor flower garden in Lincoln Park, located at 22nd Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive.
Christopher’s Project is led by saxophonist Christopher Pipkins, a three-time “Showtime at the Apollo” winner. The band performs “a melting pot of musical styles from classic Motown, Top 40 and originals.” The group has opened for legendary acts George Benson, The Temptations and The Isley Brothers.
Pipkins is calling this performance “Divas of Soul,” with a program featuring a wide variety of soul and R&B tunes from female vocalists like Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Sade and Whitney Houston.
“I am looking forward to opening the fifth season of the popular Lincoln Park Live Music series,” Pipkins said. “Last year, we bought a Motown Revue to Kenosha, and this year we are performing a revue of America’s most popular ‘Divas of Soul.’ The Lincoln Park Flower garden is a perfect setting to relive those beautiful sounds that make you groove to the memories.”
The series also includes Betsy Ade and the Well-Known Strangers Band (July 17), the James Yorgan Jazz Sextet (July 31), the Ivy Ford Band (Aug. 7) and TSS, playing salsa and reggae (Aug. 28).
The Lincoln Park Live concerts are sponsored by the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund and the city of Kenosha and aim to bring in “an eclectic blend of local and regional acts,” according to organizers.
Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.; the venue opens at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free; food and beverages are available for purchase.
For more information, visit www.lincolnpark.live.