Parc du Bicentenaire welcomes everyone with the 47th “Concerts on the Hill” | Weekly time
The Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park welcomes everyone again with the 47th “Concerts on the Hill” starting June 3rd! The free summer concerts will return to downtown Joliet Park (201 West Jefferson Street) every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in June, July and August.
Enjoy many new acts, as well as returning favorites from before the pandemic, like the American Legion Band, Joliet Junior College Jazz Band, and Joliet Township High School Orchestra.
On the opening night, June 3, the park is honored to have the mayor of Joliet, Bob O’Dekirk, master of ceremonies and Nick Thomas, musical director and organist of Saint-Raymond Cathedral, sing the National anthem. The evening’s entertainment will feature singer Lexi Rae Smith, followed by Ebony and Ivory (keyboard and vocal duo) – the first of many new numbers! This first concert is sponsored by M&M Bank and the Joliet American Legion Post 1080 Cafe. The full concert program concludes this article.
In memory of Billie Limacher, the founder of Bicentennial Park who passed away this year at the age of 99, the park will present “100 Years of Billie” on July 8th. Billie would have turned 100 on May 29 of this year. To honor this remarkable lady, who has nurtured the Joliet Cultural Arts Center for over 40 years, the Fine Tunes Center for the Arts (Channahon) will feature songs and performers with a “Billie” in the name – “an evening fun to celebrate a beautiful lady and good memories, ”smiles Lori Carmine, director of the park and director of cultural affairs at Joliet.
Lori is excited about this year’s lineup, which includes even more acts for the first time than in previous years. She has worked with music committee members John Simpson, Jr. and Ellis Wright, who believe that bringing together the talents of surrounding communities enriches everyone. The new artists they added this year: Ebony and Ivory singer (6/3) Andrew David (6/10), Fine Tunes Center for the Arts (7/8), Creation in Color for Latina Night ( 7/15), the evening of local musicians by Tim Placher (8/5), singer Al Spears for the Blues Night (8/12) and singer Audrey Reid for the Jazz Night (8/19). Those who missed the new acts added last year, good news because these will be back: Echo & Ransom (6/10), Little Victory (6/24), singer and guitarist Alex Hoeffer (July 1), Rat Pack Persicketti & Eulitz (July 22) and the Ukulele Moonshiners (7/29).
Each concert season, members of the public get a preview of the two summer musicals featured at the park: Something Rotten (concert preview June 17, shows June 18-20 and June 25-27) and Sponge Bob Square. Pants (preview of the concert on July 22, shows from July 30 to August 1 and from August 6 to 8). Packed with punchlines and a pair of pants or two, the two musicals were chosen to make you laugh.
Bring a favorite chair or blanket to sit on the hill. There is plenty of room to keep a comfortable distance while enjoying great entertainment on the large illuminated bandshell by the water. Concessions will be available, courtesy of the Joliet America Legion Post 1080 Cafe. A cash bar will be available on the terrace. As a friendly reminder, no outside alcohol is allowed. Picnic baskets are welcome.
Free parking is located in the park and in the lots south of Jefferson Street. Even though the Jefferson Street Bridge is under construction, guests can still access the Jefferson Street main entrance using the open right lane. Please note that at the north entrance to the park, Western Avenue / Cass Street is now a two-way road while the bridge is under construction.
This year, no reservations are required. Also, there are no painted polka dots on the hill like last year. However, clients are encouraged to socially distance themselves where possible. Masks must be worn when walking, waiting in line or entering the building for the washroom. Masks can be removed while seated. People who have been vaccinated are not required to wear a mask.
The park and its non-profit organization, the Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park, Inc., truly appreciate those who have supported this community tradition for over 40 decades: our audiences, the Town of Joliet, the Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation, the bailiffs. of the Joliet Kiwanis Club, The ushers of the Lions Club of Joliet, the dedicated volunteers, the emcees and the hymn soloists. Special thanks go to the 2021 sponsors: M&M Bank, Joliet American Legion Post 1080, Fine Tunes Center for the Arts and Jitters Coffee House.
For more information, contact Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park: www.bicentenialpark.org, [email protected] and 815-724-3761
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