Rockford Park District’s Sounds of Summer is a free outdoor concert and performance series at three locations, and is designed to meet the diverse entertainment interests of the community by providing a variety of musical genres and entertainment performances. The series is comprised of Music in the Park at the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell; Live at Levings and Domingos en el Parque at Levings Park, and Tunes on the Terrace at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. The Sounds of Summer Concert Series is one of the many free events and programs provided by the Rockford Park District. Following are scheduled performances for the next two weeks:
TUNES ON THE TERRACE PRESENTED BY SAVANT CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, AUGUST 16-23 – Come relax and enjoy diverse performances by local musicians on the outdoor Rockford Area Realtors Riverview Terrace at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL. This free weekly Wednesday series is presented by Savant Capital Management, and features jazz, easy listening, folk, and more, through September 13; performances are 6-8:30 p.m.; food options are available, as well as beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from Prairie St. Brewing Co., for purchase 5-8:30 p.m. (No rain site for Tunes on the Terrace events.)
· Wednesday, Aug. 16 Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan (folk)
· Wednesday, Aug. 23 Backroads Trio (acoustic light rock and country)
This year, stay after Tunes on the Terrace to see the Gardens in a whole new light! Bruce Munro: LIGHT exhibit viewable from dusk to 11 p.m. The exhibition is Munro’s eighth large-scale garden exhibition in the U.S. The gardens and Conservatory provide a stunning backdrop for eight sculptures, including Munro’s iconic “Field of Light” and “Water-Towers.” Two new works will also debut – “Sun,” a monumental globe suspended inside the Conservatory, and “Don’s Flamingos,” a playful homage to the designer of the pink lawn flamingo, Don Featherstone. Regular Conservatory admission applies for the inside exhibit pieces. For more information, visit www.nicholasconservatory.com.
DOMINGOS EN EL PARQUE, AUGUST 20 – The first of two free Sunday performances for all ages presenting the music, arts, and culture of Rockford’s Latino community, featuring Mexican, Tejano, and Caribbean music. Shows are held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Levings Park, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave., Rockford, IL. A talent competition will be held 2:30-4 p.m., followed by musical performances.
· Sunday, Aug. 20
– Talent competition
– Banda la Enkantadora with special guest Ricardo Roman (15-member group playing traditional banda music)
– Escuadron FA
– Grupo Bachata Blue (bachata, meringue, cumbia, and salsa styles)
A complete schedule of performances with descriptions is featured in the Park District’s free Sounds of Summer booklet at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/soundsofsummer. Paper copies are available at Park District facilities, and at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford and Carlson Ice Arena in Loves Park. For more information on Sounds of Summer, contact Park District Customer Service at 815-987-8800, where information on accessibility, disability accommodations, and assistive listening equipment is also available.