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Ottawa Music in the Park

301 W. Madison Ottawa, Il 61350
Dates: Now
Times: 6:00PM-8:00PM
Location: Washington Park, 301 W. Madison, Ottawa, Il 61350

Ottawa's free concert series, Music in the Park, continues in summer 2020, kicking off in late June and continuing on Saturday nights through the end of August. Everybody's welcome!

Nine musical acts transform a tranquil Washington Park into a melody-filled amphitheater. The summer's schedule includes some retro rock, a lot of groove, a little swing, a little country and a whole lot of fun! (There will be no Music in the Park during the July 4 weekend, which will bring its own entertainment.) Again this year, new acts and returning favorites will fill the stage.

Concerts run from 6:00PM-8:00PM. Admission is free. Embrace Ottawa's small-town charm: bring a lawn chair, spread a blanket on the grass, or settle on one of the park benches to listen. We'll bet you can't stop tapping your toes to the beat, clapping in time, or breaking into a spontaneous dance step under the trees. When bad weather threatens, it doesn't dampen our spirits; we just move indoors to the 807 Building, 807 La Salle Street (Jeremiah Joe Coffee).

The 2020 concert season opens a week earlier than usual, in late June. Follow the Special Events Committee on Facebook (Ottawa Special Events Group) or check the city website

The lineup is as follows: June 27-Rosie & the Rivets *Retro from head to toe, featuring music from the 50's and 60's.

July 11-It Takes Two *Popular hits from the 50's all the way to modern Top 40s from dance hits to love ballads.

July 18-Radium City Rebels *Local guys who strut their stuff in true homage to Elvis, Buddy, Roy and other 50's icons.

July 25-Wild Daisy *Current, upbeat country with a few pop and rock songs thrown in.

August 1-WayOuts *You'll hear The Animals, not The Archies! Playing the grittiest, grooviest garage rock hits from the 60's.

August 8-Mary & the Troublemakers *Powerful vocals backed by keyboards, percussion and guitar channeling Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Elvis.

August 25-Classix *Covers of classic rock, country, Motown, blues and rockabilly favorites to delight the crowd.

August 22-Sting Rays *This jumpin' & jivin' quartet cracks open a time capsule to release tunes of the 50's-70's.

August 29-Flat Cats *A range of vintage and modern music rooted in the hottest swinging jazz and blue, classics and timeless standards.

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