City of Ottawa, Illinois

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 807 Building)

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 vintage rock, swing, or rockabilly music that sets toes tapping, hands clapping and encourages dancers to kick up their heels.

August 11 – Jim Markum Swing Band. From screamin’ brass to wailin’ saxes, this 11-piece group has it all. This band performs everything from golden oldies of the Big Band Era to the modern sounds of pop, jump swing, and blues.

August 18 – Class Act II.  Brassy and bold, this swing band features Ottawa, Mendota and other Northern Illinois natives. They’re returning favorites to the Music in the Park lineup.

Aug. 25 – Ray’s Rockets. Performing early rock to 1990s tunes, Ray’s Rockets lights up the stages at Streator community concerts and throughout Central Illinois.  Check them out on Facebook.