Get Your Summer Music Fix

It’s almost that time of year to get outside and enjoy live music all around town.

 Kicking things off in mid-June, you won’t have to travel too far for great music thanks to the Naperville Park District’s “Concerts in your Park.”

“They’re on Sunday evenings from 7- 8:30, so we choose a variety of bands and this is a concert series where the residents actually get to choose what parks they want to see the concerts in,” said Project Manager for the Naperville Park District, Brittany Mallat.

 Voting kicked off online back in January and now the schedule for the free shows has been finalized. This year’s music selection has something for everyone.

“We break it up so it isn’t rock every week we have some country bands and a 70’s band that plays things like Tom Petty so a lot of people remember the songs and even young people know them,” said Mattat.

Over in Downtown Naperville enjoy music under the stars with Naper Nights at Naper Settlement.

“This year we are exploring the history of rock, so there is something for everyone whether you’re a baby boomer, millennial or gen x-er – there is something there for you to enjoy,” said Marketing Manager of the Settlement, Donna DeFalco.

And if you’re hungry for more they’ve got you covered.

“We will have food catered every weekend. It’s three weekends in June July and August,” said DeFalco.

Naper Nights kicks off June 17th tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids under 12.

But you’re looking for big name talent the place to be is Ribfest.

“Oh my gosh we are so excited for Ribfest. We kick off Friday July 1st we have 3 Doors Down on the Main Stage then Saturday we have Sister Hazel opening for Sheryl Crow. On Sunday we have Billy Croft opening for Lee Brice, our country headliner,” said this year’s Entertainment Chair Jen Cavalier.

The festival closes out on July 4th with Tonic and Gin Blossoms.

Tickets are now available online at an early bird special price – but if you want the best seat in the house it will cost you.

“We do have our standing room only right in front of the stage and those tickets are 50 dollars,” said Cavalier.

Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale Reports.

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