The Ravinia District of Highland Park is hosting its 1st Harvest & Harmony Fest, a FREE live outdoor music festival October 2 and October 3 along Roger Williams Avenue, between St. Johns and Dean Avenues, in Jens Jensen Park.
Featuring performances by nationally known singer/songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, best known for his Top 40 hit “Someday, Someway” and veteran St. Louis indie-minded roots music band Bottle Rockets, that according to NPR “spill beer and stir the heart on impact.”
You will revel in two days of live music featuring a variety exciting musicians:
Friday, October 2
*4:30-5 p.m. – drum circle and percussion performance by 5th graders from five North Shore School District 112 schools, followed by interactive drum circles led by world percussion musician Noah Plotkin of Life Rhythms (all are encouraged to bring their own drums to join in!)
*5-6:30 p.m. – Soular Planet – accompanied by local jazz guitar performer Jonah Brooks
*7-9 p.m. – Local favorites Ravinia Ramblers perform their “jam-grass, blues-pop, yacht and roll, and reggae rock” originals and covers!
Saturday, October 3
*11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats, from the Old Town School of Folk Music acoustically rocks with breezy folk-pop tunes from three Parent’s Choice award-winning CDs, “Kids in the City”, “Shining Like a Star”, and her latest release, “In a Heartbeat”. Laura’s original Chicago “Hot Dog” and “El Train” songs have become highly-requested Windy City kid classics. This upbeat, interactive concert will have kids and their parents dancing and clapping! Time Out Chicago named Laura Doherty one of the “top 4 children’s acts in Chicago.”
*1-2:30 p.m. – 341 Trio – acoustic rock and roll led by Jimmy Schiffman of The Shed, A Musician’s Club.
*3–4:30 p.m. – The Juice (Featuring members of Xazz) is a recently formed band from Chicago’s northern suburbs that fuses genres such as Funk, Soul, and Rock to make a new refreshing sound. While The Juice is quite new, most of its members originate from Highland Park’s hometown favorite and 2014 Bitter Jester Battle of The Bands winner, Xazz. The only non-Xazz member, vocalist Caroline Baran originates from the highly regarded Bitter Jester Battle of The Bands 2015 winner, Profusion. Most recently, The Juice played to a packed crowd at Chicago’s House of Blues and continues to play gigs throughout the Chicagoland area.
*5–6:30 p.m. – Steve Karras and The Country Girls- an aggregate of nationally touring bands, Chicago-born, singer/songwriter Steve Karras has described his sound as “where the blues and ‘Zippedy Doo Dah’ meet at the cross-roads.” A veteran of indie rock bands The Milligrams and Sourball, Karras’ idiosyncratic style yet personal songs reflect the rich American traditions of 50’s era quartet Gospel, traditional country, as well as the punk rock and new wave he grew up hearing. Most recently he began work on an LP with Robert Crenshaw and Don Dixon – due out next spring.
*7-7:45 p.m.– The Bottle Rockets boast punk rock pedigrees and arena-rock energy with a roots/rock Americana sound similar to Uncle Tupelo, Old 97’s, and Whiskeytown. Their lyrics depict the life, struggle and dark humors of everyday people.
*8-9 p.m. – Marshall Crenshaw (joined by Bottle Rockets), is a celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer with an eclectic resume.
His compositions have been covered by a broad array of performers including: Bette Midler, Kelly Willis, Ronnie Spector, and the Gin Blossoms, with whom Crenshaw co-wrote the Top 10 single “Til I Hear It From You.” He’s also provided music for several film soundtracks, appeared in the films La Bamba (in which he portrayed Buddy Holly) and Peggy Sue Got Married, and was nominated for a Grammy and Golden Globe awards for writing the title track for the film comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. He’s currently working on Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s much-anticipated HBO series Vinyl, doing “some session work, a little bit of songwriting…”
Along with the “Harmony”, the Fest will also feature a variety of food, drinks and vendors. There will be flights of artisan beer, wine and mule cocktails, with plenty of seating under the big tent on Dean Avenue.
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