September concert guide for suburban Chicago

A performance at FitzGerald's in Berwyn. Photo courtesy of Bob Briskey Photography
A performance at FitzGerald's in Berwyn. Photo courtesy of Bob Briskey Photography

Squeeze that last bit of fun out of the summer music season with one of these concerts.

Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood, Rosemont, Sept. 4

Garth Brooks performs select dates Sept. 4-14. Visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets.

Farewell to Summer Family Luau, Winnetka, Sept. 5

Families can head down to the beach to celebrate the end of summer with swimming, food live music, luau dances and a fire show.

Annie Sander and Friends, Crystal Lake, Sept. 5

Annie Sander and Friends perform R&B, soul and contemporary Christian with two other local Christian artists, Tina Jenkins Crawley and Rene LeDesma.

The English Beat with DJ Dubamatix, Evanston, Sept. 5

Chart-topper DJ Dubamatix opens with some multi-instrumental reggae sounds for The English Beat, an influential ska revivalist group. Their hit cover of Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a Clown” earned them explosive popularity, and more recently slipped into a reggae-pop niche.

The Reserve CD Release Show, South Elgin, Sept. 6

Local Elgin rock band The Reserve is holds their CD Release show. Ages 21 and up. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/thereserve11.

Deana Martin, St. Charles, Sept. 6

Martin honors her legendary father, Dean Martin, by performing many of his greatest hits.

Opening Gala, Grayslake, Sept. 6

The Lake Forest Symphony plays Hayden’s “Symphony No. 1 in D major, Hob. I:1″, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Fantasia on Serbian Themes, Op. 6,” Glazunov’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 82″ and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.” Vladimir Kulenovic, the new music director for the Symphony, plays harpsichord for the Hayden symphony. Serbian concert violinist Stefan Milenkovich plays in the Glazunov piece.

Chicago Grandstand Big Band, Berwyn, Sept. 7

Vocalist Julie Ann leads this band which has made appearances all over Chicago including the 25th anniversary of the Sears Tower, Grant Park Summer Dance and many more.

Diane Birch, Evanston, Sept. 7

Birch is known for her biographical album “Speak A Little Louder”, which rejoices in triumphant melodies and emotional honesty. Her single “Bible Belt” debuted in the Billboard Top 100 and prompted praise from The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and more.

Jazz Jam Session, Evanston, Sept. 8

All instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to join in a free jam session.

Summer Jazz Festival: Freenotes Big Band, Oak Park, Sept. 8

The Freenotes Big Band, an 18-piece orchestra that plays music from 1940s through the 1960s, performs.

USAF Band of Mid America Concert, Elgin, Sept. 8

Lobby doors open 5:30 p.m. Theatre doors open about 30-45 minutes before the show. The event is not ticketed.

Brendan James with Mikey Wax, Evanston, Sept. 9

Cost is $15 to $27, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

The Howlin’ Brothers and The Brothers Comatose, Evanston, Sept. 10

Cost is $12 to $20, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

Chicago Singer Spotlight, Berwyn, Sept. 10

The performers for this set include Masterkey, Amy Mowery, Justin Hudetz, Ernest Johnson. Hosted by Becca Kaufman.

Thursday Concert Series: Harper Music Faculty Showcase, Palatine, Sept. 11

Harper’s artistic faculty performs a variety of genres, including Broadway, classical and jazz.

Lucy Wainwright Roche with Trina Hamlin, Evanston, Sept. 11

Cost is $12 to $22, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

Classical Blast, Naperville, Sept. 11

Classical Blast plays popular classic rock songs.

Jazz and Blues Festival, La Grange, Sept. 12

The family-friendly festival includes raffles, food vendors, a beer and wine tent, performances by three jazz bands, a car show and more. [Read More: Suburban festival guide for suburban Chicago]

Dueling Pianos, Itasca, Sept. 12

The Itasca Chamber of Commerce hosts this event with a live performance by Chicago Dueling Pianos, food, a cash bar, dancing and a raffle.

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies Salute the Music of the Rat Pack, Glen Ellyn, Sept. 12

The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies salute the music of the Rat Pack with songs in 1960s Vegas style. The group is famous for their single “Zoot Suit Riot.”

Elvin Bishop, Evanston, Sept. 12

Cost is $30 to $75, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

The Association, Arlington Heights, Sept. 12

1960s folk-rock band The Association comes to perform many of their classic hits.

Lita Ford with Special Guests Vixen and Bloody Mary, St. Charles, Sept. 12

Known as the lead guitarist of The Runaways, Ford rocks out at the Arcada.

Plaza del Lago Summer Concert Series, Wilmette, Sept. 13

Enjoy a series of music performances that run throughout the summer.

Opening Night: Andrew Grams is Back, Elgin, Sept. 13

Conductor Andrew Grams leads the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in performances of Weber’s “Der Freischütz Overture,” Wagner’s “Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin” and “Prelude to Die Meistersinger” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C minor.”

24th Street Wailers, Sept. 13, Berwyn

The band performs in the SideBar. Janiva Magness, a Los Angeles-based blues vocalist, performs the main stage.

Lou Gramm, St. Charles, Sept. 13

Gramm, the vocals of Foreigner, comes to Arcada to perform the band’s hit songs.

Joshua James, Evanston, Sept. 13

Cost is $12 to $22, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

Pete Ellman Big Band, Berwyn, Sept. 14

Trumpet player Peter Ellman comes to FitzGerald’s for Big Band Jazz Sundays.

Club Performance, Palatine, Sept. 14

The 17-piece Jazz Consortium Big Band will play swing and jazz-rock favorites from the repertoire of such famous big bands as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson. All ages. Food service available.

Outdoor Concert: Andrew Salgado, Darien, Sept. 15

Local country singer and songwriter Andrew Salgado performs outside.

Cultural Arts Concert Series: The Merling Trio, Palatine, Sept. 16

This international trio performs chamber music at festivals around the world.

Dave Specter and Tad Robinson, Evanston, Sept. 17

Cost is $12 to $22, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

Erin McKeown with Quinn Tsan, Evanston, Sept. 18

Cost is $14 to $22, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

Nellie McKay with Diana Lawrence, Evanston, Sept. 19

Cost is $15 to $35, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

Friday at the Ford Featuring Mark Dvorak, Western Springs, Sept. 19

Chicago area folksinger Mark Dvorak returns with a collection of classic songs and original compositions. Doors open 7 p.m. and and music begins 7:30 p.m. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by the Western Springs Library Friends.

Wente Organ Recital, River Forest, Sept. 19

Professor of Music Steven Wente performs on the organ in the Chapel.

Sucré with The Honey Trees, Merriment, Evanston, Sept. 20

Cost is $10, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

Chicago Sinfonietta: ‘Rethink, Redefine, Reimagine’, Naperville, Sept. 20

Maestro Chen and the Chicago Sinfonietta perform with punk marching band Mucca Pazza, mixing classical music and punk rock. Performances include Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite,” Price’s “Dances in the Canebrakes,” Britten’s “Young Peron’s Guide to the Orchestra,” Messing’s “Holiday on Ice,” a Mahler excerpt from “Symphony No. 1″ Smith’s “Rabbits and Trees” and Tchaikovsky’s “Overture 1812.”

New Philharmonic Performs Puccini’s ‘Tosca’, Glen Ellyn, Sept. 20 and 21

Puccini’s opera tells the tale of the singer Floria Tosca, the painter Mario Cavardossi, whom she loves, and their betrayal at the hands of jealous Baron Scarpia. “Tosca” features gifted soloists including Karen Slack as Tosca, Dominic Armstrong as Cavaradossi and Corey Crider as Scarpia. One hundred members of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus join New Philharmonic and Maestro Kirk Muspratt. The concert is Italian with English supertitles.

Pete Seeger Tribute, Morton Grove, Sept. 21

Mark Dvorak and back-up singers cover Pete Seeger songs.

Hinsdale Orchestra Performance, Westmont, Sept. 21

The West Suburban Symphony of Hinsdale, conducted by Peter Lipari, performs music by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Britten. For more information, visit www.westsubsymphony.org.

Andy McKee, Evanston, Sept. 21

Cost is $22 to $42, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

Nordic Sounds, Evanston, Sept. 21

Chicago Philharmonic performs pieces by Tchaikovsky, Gade, Pärt and Nielsen.

Jazz Community Big Band, Schiller Park, Sept. 23

The 18-piece big band, based in Norridge, plays the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis and others. A dance floor is available.

Meklo and BUDDY, Evanston, Sept. 24

Cost is $15 to $27, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

Justin Currie and The Mastersons, Evanston, Sept. 25

The event is currently sold out, but more details are available at www.evanstonspace.com.

MGPL After Dark: Petra Van Nuis Jazz Quintet Concert, Morton Grove, Sept. 26

The Petra Van Nuis Jazz Quintet performs jazz.

University Band Concert, River Forest, Sept. 26

The University Band performs in the Chapel. Conducted by Richard R. Fischer.

New Riders of the Purple Sage, Evanston, Sept. 26

Cost is $22 to $38, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

An Evening with Jazz Saxophonist Mitch Paliga, Naperville, Sept. 26

Mitch Paliga is a member of the North Central College faculty.

Ides of March 50th Anniversary Show, Glen Ellyn, Sept. 27

The original members of the Ides of March have remained together for nearly 50 years. Best known for the hit “Vehicle,” this home-grown Chicago area band from Berwyn has played on bills with Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead.

In the Flesh Pink Floyd Tribute Band, Crystal Lake, Sept. 27

The band performs Pink Floyd favorites.

Blake Mills, Evanston, Sept. 27

Cost is $23.50 to $35.50, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

Scotty McCreery, Naperville, Sept. 27

Scotty McCreery was the winner of the 10th season of “American Idol.”

Romance and Jazz Concert, Evanston, Sept. 28

Come to this concert filled with romantic repertoire with a side of jazz. Listen to artists like Mozart, Bartok and Vaughan Williams with guest musicians Howard Levy on the harmonica and Renee-Paule Gauthier on the violin. Buy tickets online.

David Taylor, Skokie, Sept. 28

The Ars Viva 2014-2015 season opens with concertmaster David Taylor’s performance of “Symphonie Espagnole” of Eduardo Lalo.

The Listening Room Two Year Anniversary, Crystal Lake, Sept. 28

The Listening Room celebrates its second year with a performance by Jazz Glazz Ensemble and vocalist Linda Solitare. Attendees may enjoy a complimentary dessert and a cash bar. To purchase tickets, visit www.lakesidelegacy.org.

September Concert, Lake Forest, Sept. 28

Lake Forest Civic Orchestra performs pieces by Haydn, Rossini and Bizet.

Chris Forte and the Dream Team Concert, Northfield, Sept. 28

Chris Forte and the Dream Team perform jazz, blues and soul music. The concert includes pieces by George Gershwin, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Charlie Parker, George Benson, B.B. King, Koko Taylor and Stevie Wonder.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Evanston, Sept. 28

Cost is $38, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio, Evanston, Sept. 29

Cost is $15 to $25, more details at www.evanstonspace.com.

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