Naper Nights concert series returns
By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media April 26, 2012 10:48AM
♦ June 22-23, July 27-28, Aug. 24-25
♦ Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville
♦ Tickets, $5-$15
♦ (630) 420-6010
Updated: April 26, 2012 9:54PM
For three weekends this summer, Naperville’s Naper Settlement jets back to the future with modern music.
The Naper Nights Concert Series features music under the stars at the historic Naper Settlement. The series will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. June 22-23, July 27-28 and Aug. 24-25
Starting off the series on June 22 is Beatles tribute band American English, followed on June 23 by 1980s airwave staples, The Smithereens.
Kashmir performs a tribute to Led Zeppelin July 27, while Buckwheat Zydeco brings Creole party music to Naperville July 28. ARRA, a classic rock cover band, will play on Aug. 24 and legendary singer Al Stewart will perform his multi-million selling classics, “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages” on Aug. 25.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
“There’s something for everyone at Naper Nights,” said Donna DeFalco, marketing and sales representative with the Naper Settlement. “And kicking it off is American English. It’s a great family night to bring the kids because everyone’s heard Beatles music. And the ticket prices are a little bit less on Fridays. The Friday night entertainment is a great opportunity for families to come out and enjoy music under the stars.”
Naper Settlement underwent construction in 2011 for roadways and storm water management, so this year the grounds sport “beautiful brick-paved pathways, rain gardens, and environmentally-sustainable features that people will be able to see as well,” she said.
New this year is an enhanced membership structure. Naper Settlement members get the Naper Nights concert series included in their memberships, she said. Members also get admission to Civil War Days, Oktoberfest and All Hallows Eve, she said.
“Our new membership package is a great value,” DeFalco said.
Headlining June’s concert series is The Smithereens, “one of the coolest bands of the 1980s,” she said.
“They’re still together and making music and we’re excited to have them.”
Look out for ARRA in August, she said.
“They have a huge local following,” she said. “They’re a really great cover band and they play at all the big festivals.”
One of her personal favorites from the 1970s, Al Stewart, will perform Aug. 25.
“It’s really a great honor to have him here,” she said.