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.

July 7 – Rockin’ Fenderskirts (Patriotic Night). These Music in the Park and Riverfest favorites are BAAAACK!  Whether you call it Oldies, Classic Rock or even Rockabilly – the Rockin’ Fenderskirts deliver it, and they’re always the life of the party. Enjoy the music of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and favorites from the ‘50s through the ‘70s.

July 14 – The Kramers (Gospel Night).  Popular family trio D. Scott Kramer and Rachel West Kramer and their daughter Maria Kramer Wolfe have entertained nationally and internationally. They are returning favorites at Gospel Night.

July 21 – The Sting Rays. Their music, rapport with the audience, and the famous Sting Ray moves keep audiences coming back for more. They love the music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s and so will you!

July 28 – The Templetons. The Templeton Family has been performing bluegrass  together since 2007. Parents Mike and Lisa are joined by their children and put together a show filled with family fun, great music, humor and dance.

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.