The McAninch Arts Center (425 Fawell Blvd., Glenn Ellyn, IL), located on the campus of College of DuPage (COD) has announced their 2017 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series. Programming runs July 6-Aug.11 and includes a Thursday evening Family Movie Series, a Friday evening Pop Music Series, and a Thursday evening Jazz Concert Series.
“We are thrilled to present the fourth annual Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series,” says MAC director Diana Martinez. “More than 35,000 have enjoyed one of our Lakeside Pavilion summer shows since the inaugural season four years ago. Since then, the Series has become a signature summer event for our community.”
The 2017 Thursday Evening Family Movie Series begins July 6 with family favorite MGM’s Academy Award-winning musical comedy-drama fantasy film, The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland (1939). Then, on July 13, audiences will travel Back to the Future with the 1985 hit of the same name starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. The film series wraps up July 20 with Walt Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated comedy-adventure film, Zootopia (2016). All films are free and begin at dusk (around 8 p.m.).
For the fourth consecutive year The MAC’s Friday Evening Pop Music Series opens with a concert by the internationally acclaimed Chicago-based Beatles tribute band, American English (July 14). Then audiences will get all shook up with Presley Perkins Lewis & Cash starring former members of the Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet in their tribute to the legendary Sun Records recording artists Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis & Johnny Cash (July 21). New Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt performs a highly entertaining mix of classical, Broadway pops, movie scores and more (July 28) and in August, Nikki Torres and the Rhythm Machine Band bring A Tribute to Miami Sound Machine & Gloria Estefan (Aug. 4) to The MAC’s Pavilion stage. The Magic of Motown wraps up the series with the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by the Supremes; The Temptations; The Four Tops; Stevie Wonder; Marvin Gaye; Earth, Wind, & Fire and more (Aug. 11). All Pop Music Series concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. The performance of The Magic of Motown is sponsored by Follett’s College of DuPage Bookstore.
By popular demand, WDCB 90.9 FM, Chicago’s station for jazz, located on the campus of College of DuPage, returns with its Thursday Evening WDCB LIVE Jazz Concert Series. The series opens with “An Evening with Guy King and his Little Big Band, including a tribute to Ray Charles & B.B. King,” (July 27). Up next is the New Lionel Hampton Big Band with Jason Marsalis (Aug. 3, and the Orbert Davis Sextet (with special guests to be announced) rounds out the series with “A Centennial Salute to Dizzy Gillespie” (Aug. 10). Admission to WDCB LIVE Jazz Concerts is free and all performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
All concert and movie events take place rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors to the Belushi Performance Hall and notice will be posted on the MAC’s website, AtTheMAC.org.
The MAC encourages audiences to arrive early and bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy at the event.
Also on the Lakeside Pavilion this summer: COD College Theater production of “A Play on Words,” Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at 5 p.m. COD Professor of Theater, Amelia Barrett directs this free hour-long, interactive family-friendly show, that explores the power of words and how they can make you feel good, bad, sad, angry and happy.
For more information about programming for MAC Summer 2017 events call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.
Guests enjoy a summer concert in the popular McAninch Arts Center Pavilion at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn (photo courtesy of McAninch Arts Center).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts