Summer festivals in the Southland 2013, Part 2
By Jessi Virtusio firstname.lastname@example.org/Twitter: @JessiVirtusio July 12, 2013 12:08PM
Special Consensus is among the musical performers booked for Bluegrass Festival on the Green, which will take place July 13-14 in Frankfort.
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Updated: September 2, 2013 10:48AM
EDITOR’S NOTE: The original article with Southland festival links could no longer be updated with new information, so this will now be your one-stop shop for a look at local fests in summer.
We will update these chronological listings as we receive new information, so keep checking back throughout the festival season for more events.
As the festival season continues, several big ones are on their way to the region.
Here’s a look at the BAC Yard Music Fest set for July 13 at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago and the Bluegrass Festival on the Green on July 13-14 in Frankfort as well as what’s in store for the coming months.
(July 12-14) PALOS HILLS FRIENDSHIP FEST: 107th Street and 88th Avenue, (708) 430-4500: This event, which will take place through July 14, will include a carnival, family entertainment, a car show, food, business and craft vendors and a bingo tent. Performers will include R-Gang, American English, X-Factor, the Breakfast Club, Modern Day Romeos, Croozin the Loop, the Difference and Epic.
(July 12-Aug. 23) OAK LAWN’S FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIES: (708) 499-7837. This series will continue at dusk on select Fridays through Aug. 23. Attendees should bring picnic baskets, refreshments, lawn chairs and blankets. Films will include “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” on July 12, “Toy Story 3” on July 26, “The Hunger Games” on Aug. 2 and “The Amazing Spider-Man” on Aug. 23.
(July 13-14) FRANKFORT’S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN: Breiderts Green, White and Kansas streets, Frankfort, frankfortbluegrassfest.com: This family event will be from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. July 13 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 14. Headliners include the Boxcars, Special Consensus, the HillBenders, Donna Ulisse & the Poor Mountain Boys, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys and Illinois Rail. Also, attendees can bring their instruments for the Pickers Tent. There also will be a children’s tent, food and vendors. No alcohol, umbrellas or tents will be allowed. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets. The fest is a nonprofit event with the mission of bringing bluegrass music, a truly American art form, to Frankfort. There is also a collection of canned goods and nonperishable items for the Frankfort food pantry.
(July 13) BAC YARD MUSIC FEST: Beverly Arts Center courtyard, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838, beverlyartcenter.org: Set for 2-10:30 p.m. July 13, this festival will feature two stages and nine bands for $10. Performers booked include DJ Philip Eno (dance music) from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Genome (funk) from 3:15-4 p.m., Electric Gypsy Band (Jimi Hendrix cover) from 4-4:45 p.m., An Acoustic Machine (rock) from 4:45-5:30 p.m., the Flips (indie rock) from 5:30-6:15 p.m., the 22nd Trio (jam) from 6:15-7 p.m., Caliente (Latin) from 7-7:45 p.m., Axes of Evil (rock) from 7:45-8:30 p.m., and 80’s Enough (1980s hits cover band) from 8:30-10 p.m. Fest vendors include Fat Tommy’s hot dogs, bratwursts and chips and Sweet Freaks serving chocolates and desserts. A cash bar will feature a Stella Artois beer special.
(July 13-Sept. 7) TINLEY PARK’S MUSIC IN THE PLAZA: Zabrocki Plaza in downtown Tinley Park, (708) 444-5678: Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments will be available for sale. Concerts in the series include Clean Slate at 7 p.m. July 13, the Walk-ins at 7 p.m. July 27, Lucky Town at 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Reckless at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 and Cadillac Casanovas at 7 p.m. Sept. 7.
(July 14-Aug. 25) FRANKFORT’S CONCERTS ON THE GREEN: Breidert Green, Kansas and Oak streets, (815) 469-3356 (Frankfort Chamber of Commerce): Live music will be provided for no charge. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets. The schedule includes R-Gang on July 14, Pete Oprisko on July 21 for Super Sunday, Gone 2 Paradise on July 28, the Meteors on Aug. 4, CTA on Aug. 11, Final Say on Aug. 18, and the Outcast Jazz Band on Aug. 25. In case of stormy weather, concerts will take place at the Frankfort Park District Founders Center, 140 Oak St.
(July 14-Aug. 11) NEW LENOX’S SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERTS: (815) 462-6400: This series will continue at 7 p.m. on select Sundays through Aug. 11. Events will include New Lenox Community Band and the Lincoln-Way Guitar Ensemble on July 14 and Jayme Doyle and Makena Hartlin on Aug. 11.
(July 17-Aug. 14) TINLEY PARK’S MOVIE IN THE PARK: Bettenhausen Recreation Center band shell, 8125 W. 171st St., (708) 342-4200: The festivities will continue at 8:30 p.m. on select dates through Aug. 14. Movies will be shown on the 20-foot blimp screen Attendees should bring blankets and lawn chairs. Movies will be shown in the gym in case of bad weather. The schedule includes “Rise of the Guardians” at 8:30 p.m. July 17 and “The Lion King” at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14.
(July 17-Aug. 14) NEW LENOX’S MOVIE NIGHTS: (815) 462-6400: This series will continue at 8 p.m. on select dates through Aug. 14. Films will include “Madagascar 3” on July 17, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on July 24, “Monsters vs. Aliens” on July 31, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” on Aug. 3 and “Peter Pan” on Aug. 14.
(July 19-Aug. 23) HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR PARK DISTRICT’S MOVIES IN OUR PARKS: (708) 957-7275 or (708) 957-0300: Co-sponsored by the villages of Homewood and Flossmoor and the Homewood and Flossmoor public libraries, this series will feature “Wreck-It Ralph” at dusk on July 19 at Irwin Park, 18120 S. Highland Ave., Homewood, and “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” at dusk Aug. 23 at Flossmoor Park, 2523 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor.
(July 21) TINLEY PARK’S CARIBBEAN BLOCK PARTY: Along Oak Park Avenue from 171st to Hickory streets, (708) 444-5678: This 15th annual event will take place from noon-7 p.m. There will be live music on two stages, a mini Taste of Tinley Park and free family fun including the Wacky Shack, Dragon train, sand art, swings and a chalk artist. There also will be free trolley rides from the 80th Avenue train station starting at 11:30 a.m.
(July 21-Aug. 18) OAK LAWN’S SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERTS: (708) 499-7837. This series will continue at 7 p.m. on select Sundays through Aug. 18. Attendees should bring picnic baskets, refreshments, lawn chairs and blankets. Performers include Red Woody Band on July 21, HillBilly Rockstarz on Aug. 4 and CTA on Aug. 18 (with fireworks).
(July 25) HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR PARK DISTRICT’ STARRY NIGHTS: Marie Irwin band shell, Irwin Park, Ridge Road and Highland Avenue, Homewood, (708) 957-7275 or (708) 957-0300: Now in its 27th year, The free concert series will wrap with Spoken Four on July 25. The 2012 Homewood Idol winner Phallon Boyd will open the July concert at 7 p.m., and the headliner will begin at 8 p.m. In case of rain, the concert will take place at the park district auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road, Homewood. Food and beverages including alcohol will be available for purchase.
(July 25-28) CHICAGO RIDGE’S RIDGEFEST: Oak Avenue and Birmingham Street, (708) 425-7700: This popular festival, which will take place from July 25-28, will feature live music, a carnival, the Miller beer and lemonade garden, a restaurant row, a merchant lane and family attractions. Entertainment will include Lounge Puppets and Evolution on July 25; Infinity’s Journey Recaptured and Your Villain My Hero on July 26; Ted Nugent, Rendition and Bad Penny on July 27; and 25 or 6 to 4, Rico Quinn and Jin & Tonic on July 28. Hours and admission are 5:30-10:30 p.m. July 25 for $5, 5:30-11:30 p.m. July 26 for $10, 3-11:30 p.m. July 27 for $15 and 2-10:30 p.m. July 28 for $5. Chicago Ridge residents with identification can attend the festival for no charge on July 28 and can receive a $5 presale discount on July 27 tickets when purchased at Chicago Ridge Village Hall (limited quantities are available). There will be a fireworks show on July 28, with the Seweryn Girls performing the national anthem before the show.
(July 25-Aug. 18) TINLEY PARK’S CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Bettenhausen Recreation Center band shell, 8125 W. 171st St., (708) 342-4200: Concerts in the series include Mr. Nicky at 7 p.m. July 25, the Neverly Brothers at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and Arts Alive! Jazz Band at 6 p.m. Aug. 18.
(Aug. 2-4) TASTE OF ORLAND PARK: (708) 403-6100: This event will take place from 5-11 p.m. Aug. 2, 1-11 p.m. Aug. 3 and 1-9 p.m. Aug. 4. There will be entertainment, a car show, Orland Park’s Got Talent and a Kid’s Day.
(Aug. 3) FRANKFORT’S AMATEUR RIB COOK OFF: Breidert Green parking lot, Kansas and Oak streets, (815) 469-2177: This event will take place from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 3. Attendees can taste a variety of ribs cooked on-site by amateur contestants. Registration is required for all contestants.
(Aug. 7) FRANKFORT’S MOVIES ON THE GREEN: Breidert Green, Kansas and Oak streets, (815) 469-2177: This event, co-sponsored by the Frankfort Park District and the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce, will wrap on Aug. 7 with “Hotel Transylvania.” The outdoor movie will be shown on a 20-by-30-foot screen with free popcorn. No pets will be allowed. In case of bad weather, the rain date is one week from the original movie date.
(Aug. 10) NEW LENOX’S MAYOR BALDERMANN’S KID FEST: (815) 462-6400: This event will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 10.
(Aug. 17) COUNTRY CLUB HILLS’ BACK TO SCHOOL PARADE AND YOUTH DAY CELEBRATION: Country Club Hills Theater, 4200 W. 183rd St., (708) 798-2616: This event will take place at 10 a.m. Aug. 17. The parade will travel east on 183rd Street between Cicero Avenue and Pulaski Road. Afterwards, there will be children’s rides, games, prizes, vendors, giveaways and a free hot dog lunch. There also will be a surprise concert on stage.
(Aug. 17-18) HOMEWOOD’S DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: (708) 206-3393: This event will take place at 9 a.m. Aug. 17-18.
(Aug. 23-25) WORTH DAYS: (708) 448-1181: This event will take place from 5 p.m.-midnight Aug. 23, noon-midnight Aug. 24 and 1-10:30 p.m. Aug. 25. There will be a kids zone, a bingo tent, a free petting zoo, free pony rides, a classic car show, a parade and fireworks. A carnival-only day will take place Aug. 22.
(Aug. 31-Sept. 1) FRANKFORT’S FALL FESTIVAL: Downtown Frankfort, (815) 469-3356: This annual event on Aug. 31-Sept. 2 will feature food, music and crafters.
(Sept. 6-8) CHICAGO HEIGHTS SISTER CITY FESTIVAL: Bloom High School grounds, 101 W. 10th St., (708) 756-5300 (city of Chicago Heights): This second annual event will feature a carnival, pony rides, corn-hole tournament, car show, food vendors from each sister city: Wadowice, Poland; Asuogyaman District, West Africa; Cedral, San Luis Potosi, Mexico; and San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy.
(Sept. 7) FLOSSMOOR FEST: (708) 798-2300: This event will take place from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 7.
Jessi Virtusio blogs about music, movies and much more on Elaborating on Entertainment at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment.