The Tinley Park Gazebo Concert Series adds visual art to the mix – Chicago Tribune

As the name implies, Tinley Park’s Vogt Visual Arts Center focuses on eye-friendly artwork. But with the summer weather, there will be a series of outdoor concerts that will attract more people to the artwork inside. This year, the Art Center’s Gazebo Concert Series will perform four performances to match the on-site art installation.

“At every show, we usually have a reception for artists,” said gallery director Julie Decker. “But why not play live outside during the summer? It would be a good idea to use the gazebo to attract more people to what we are doing inside.

“We’ve been doing this for a few years now and it’s very popular,” she said. “It’s a beautiful night because you can sit outside and enjoy the music and when they break, you can go in and see the exhibits. To many people what we’re doing here I think you introduced me, and it’s all free. “

The beginning of the series starts on June 11th and is only one of the series not on the first Friday night of the month.

“We do this every year for the outdoor art fair,” says Decker. “We also added a food truck this year.”

The June exhibition is also unusual in that it invites the artwork of all artists. This year’s theme is “Sunrise, Sunset” and it is left to the artist’s interpretation.

“I love doing these open shows, where you can get artwork from people throughout the community,” Decker said. “There aren’t many places for artists to showcase their work. This gives them an opportunity. And we end up with an eclectic show full of incredible works. At a show like this. I found a new artist. “

Chicago-based musician Griffin Crowder provides the accompaniment for the show. Acoustic guitar players feature music “from dance to hip hop, from the 1960s to today, and everything in between.”

At the art exhibition in July, the works of the Log Cabin Arts Center in Palos Park will be exhibited.

“The instructors there teach a lot of different things, and I had them here for the first time last year, and it was great,” Decker said. “It was one of our most popular shows, and I look forward to seeing what they bring this year.”

The reception on July 8th will feature a nuclear jazz quartet featuring trumpet, saxophone, trombone, piano, bass, drums and vocals. Its diverse repertoire focuses on improvisation that emphasizes jazz standards, Latin music, jazz waltz, and up-tempo bebop songs.

Artist Erin O’Connor will appear at the show in August.

“It’s unusual for us to have one artist,” Decker said. “It takes a lot of art to fill this gallery, but she’s more than an ability. She’s an artist that’s hard to explain. There’s realism, but she also does a pretty abstract job. It’s all very impressive. “

At the reception on August 5th, Gazebo will perform The Simple Remedy, a band that combines “the sound of classic Nashville with the soul of Motown and the atmosphere of American adventure.” The band describes themselves as “the crucible of American music.”

The final show in the September series is entitled “Journey DownRoute 66”.

“I’ve never had a show like this before,” Decker said. “We’re highlighting a photo of historic Route 66. There’s Charles Walsh, a notable artist who went on a trip and recorded many of the routes, but there are other contributors who provide an interpretation of the theme.”

The Tinley Park Community Jazz Band will perform the final performance of the series at the reception on September 9th.

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“People love this because it’s a good place to hang out,” Decker said. “People bring their lawn chairs, drinks and food and just spend a relaxing night.”

Gazebo Concert Series

when: 10 am June 11; July 8, August 5, September 9, 7:00 pm

Where: Vogt Visual Arts Center, 17420 S. 67th Court, Tinley Park

tickets: free

information: 708-614-6503; tinleyparkdistrict.org/vvac

Jeff Banowetz is a freelance reporter for Daily Southtown.

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