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Free concerts back at Ottawa’s Washington Square

Free Saturday concerts return to downtown Ottawa’s Washington Square beginning Saturday, July 7.
Free Saturday concerts return to downtown Ottawa’s Washington Square beginning Saturday, July 7.

Ottawa's Washington Square will be filled with the sounds of music Saturdays nights in July and August, as the Music in the Park series returns sponsored by Ottawa Special Events Committee.

The free concerts are scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday nights in July and August. In case of inclement weather, the show will go on at the 807 Building, 807 La Salle St.

Sounds of vintage rock, swing, or rockabilly music are among the genres that will send toes tapping, hands clapping and encourage dancers to kick up their heels this summer.

July 7 – Rockin’ Fenderskirts (Patriotic Night). Whether you call it oldies, classic rock or rockabilly — the Rockin’ Fenderskirts deliver it, and they’re always the life of the party. Enjoy the music of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and favorites from the ‘50s through the ‘70s. therockinfenderskirts.com.

July 14 – The Kramers (Gospel Night). Popular family trio D. Scott Kramer and Rachel West Kramer and their daughter, Maria Kramer Wolfe, have entertained nationally and internationally. They are returning favorites at Gospel Night.

July 21 – The Sting Rays. Their music, rapport with the audience, and the famous Sting Ray moves keep audiences coming back for more. They love the music of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. thestingrays.com.

July 28 – The Templetons. The Templeton Family has been performing bluegrass together since 2007. Parents Mike and Lisa are joined by their children and put together a show filled with family fun, music, humor and dance. facebook.com/TheTempletonFamilyBand

Aug. 11 – Jim Markum Swing Band. From screamin’ brass to wailin’ saxes, this 11-piece group has it all. This band performs everything from golden oldies of the Big Band Era to the modern sounds of pop, jump swing, and blues. jimmarkumswingband.com.

Aug. 18 – Class Act II. Brassy and bold, this swing band features Ottawa, Mendota and other Northern Illinois natives. They’re returning favorites to the Music in the Park lineup. classactbigband.com.

Aug. 25 – Ray’s Rockets. Performing early rock to 1990s tunes, Ray’s Rockets lights up the stages at Streator community concerts and throughout Central Illinois. Check them out on Facebook.

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