Naperville, IL — Naper Settlement continues the History of Rock during this summer’s Naper Nights Community Concert Series that will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, June 17-18, July 22-23 and August 19-20 at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, family and friends for a summertime tradition that features cold drinks, great food and memorable music. Admission is $15 adults, $10 youth 4-12, members and children under 4 are free. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Sponsorship and volunteering opportunities are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.napernights.org.
“Naper Nights is a great way to gather with friends and family to enjoy an evening of music under the stars,” said Special Events Coordinator Adison Glick. “This year’s music lineup includes returning favorites and new bands, brought together with a common theme, exploring the history of rock and roll from its roots to today.”
Naper Nights 2016 music lineup
June 17: The Fortunate Sons, 6 p.m.; Mr. Blotto, 8:15 p.m.
June 18: Beggars Banquet, 6 p.m.; American English, 8:15 p.m.
July 22: OMT, 6 p.m.; Mike & Joe, 7:45 p.m.
July 23: Killer Queen, 6 p.m.; Landslide, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 19: (’80s night): Fletcher Rockwell, 6 p.m.; 16 Candles, 8:15 p.m.
Aug. 20: Who’s Who, 6 p.m.; Kashmir, 8:15 p.m.
The Friday, June 17 concert will explore the early years of rock ’n’ roll with The Fortunate Sons, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band that will play all of the songs you know by heart. They are followed by Mr. Blotto, a popular local jam band that formed in 1990 and has performed more than 2,000 shows over the past last 15 years. To celebrate the history of rock, Mr. Blotto has put together a special set of music for Naper Nights, primarily consisting of songs by the Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead and The Band.
Enjoy a tribute to the greatest rock and roll bands of all time Saturday, June 18. Kicking off the evening is Beggars Banquet, an authentic Rolling Stones tribute band featuring all of their hits and performed in full costume. The evening’s headliner is American English, who will be celebrating not only five decades plus of Beatlemania, but also the 50th anniversary of the album “Revolver” and the 74th birthday, to the day, of Sir Paul McCartney. To commemorate these occasions, American English will play a special two-set show, with the “Revolver” album being
played in its entirety during the first set. The second set is a birthday party celebration for Sir Paul with hits from both The Beatles and Wings.
The July concerts move the music into the 1970s and beyond beginning on Friday, July 22 with OMT, local favorites who play a variety of music from rock to Indie to country, from classic to current. They are followed by one of Chicago’s premier party bands, Mike & Joe, who will play alternative rock hits from the ’90s to today, including Train, Dave Matthews Band, Mumford & Sons and more.
No need to “call it another lonely day” with these tribute powerhouses on Saturday, July 23. Killer Queen will perform a full production tribute to the legendary band Queen on Saturday; followed by Landslide, a tribute band to Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Fleetwood Mac.
Tease your hair, wear a mullet, and put on your leg warmers because Friday, Aug. 19 is ’80s night featuring headliner 16 Candles. The band makes it their personal duty and pleasure to bring all the great ’80s songs you love to life in full force. Be sure to wear a “totally rad” outfit for a chance to win “righteous” prizes in our ’80s costume contest. Driving a musical DeLorean and taking the crowd back in time will be opening act Fletcher Rockwell, a hometown Chicago band that plays classic Americana-tinged rock and roll, steeped in blue-collar charm.
Return to rock and roll roots Saturday, Aug. 20 with Who’s Who, a tribute band that recreates the sound, energy and excitement of The Who; followed by Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin tribute band that seeks to replicate the experience of an authentic ’70s Zeppelin show using vintage stage gear, costumes and special effects.
Thank you to our current sponsors Bell’s Brewery, G&D Integrated, Infiniti of Naperville, Monarch Landing, Schamberger Bros., Inc., Thrivent Financial, Wight and Co. and Woody Buick GMC.
About Naper Settlement and the Naperville Heritage Society
Naper Settlement is a nationally accredited, award-winning outdoor museum set on 12 acres in the heart of Naperville, where history comes to play and the community comes to connect. The Naperville Heritage Society is the administrator of Naper Settlement. With a commitment to the community and a focus to the future, the mission of the Naperville Heritage Society is to collect, document, preserve and support the history of Naperville, Illinois, past and present. For more information, visit napersettlement.com or call (630) 420-6010.