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Randy Brecker & CJO kick-off WDCB Summer Concert Series at MAC!

May 11th, 2018

WDCB is proud to again partner this summer with College of DuPage’s McAninch Arts Center to present a series of three free concerts as part of the 5th annual Lakeside Summer Series. This beautifully designed performance space on the COD campus looks out over a lush lawn and gorgeous lake. Bring blankets, lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy three great performances we have scheduled for you.

Each of the concerts will include two sets of music starting at 7:30pm. And in addition to WDCB's three concerts below, the MAC has a whole Summer full of events (music. movies, etc.) planned: Click here for more information.

Thursday, Jul 26: Chicago Jazz Orchestra with special guest trumpeter Randy Brecker
Thursday, August 2: Frank Russell & The Chicago Power All-Star Band
Thursday, August 9: Joe Louis Walker Band

 

July 26: CJO with Randy Brecker

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra will perform two sets of high flying, hard swinging, big band jazz, with legendary jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker performing as a featured special guest. Founded in 1978, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra is Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra. The CJO is a 17-piece ensemble of Chicago’s finest jazz musicians led by Conductor and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg. The Chicago Tribune calls the CJO “one of the best big bands in the country.”


 

Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. He became a jazz star during the 1970s alongside his saxophone-playing brother Michael in the legendary Brecker Brothers band. Randy Brecker’s trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from jazz stars like Horace Silver, Jaco Pastorious and Larry Coryell to pop artists like James Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Steely Dan.

 

 

August 2: Frank Russell and the Chicago Power All-Star Band…featuring a tribute to the electric bass guitar in jazz.

Chicago native Frank Russell, a master of the 5-string electric bass, will lead a high powered all-star lineup in a thrilling tribute to the heroes of electric bass guitar in jazz, including Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorious and Marcus Miller. Russell himself is one of Chicago’s true electric bass guitar virtuosos. Russell has performed and toured with everyone from Ramsey Lewis to Ladysmith Black Mambazo. He recently released his third CD, “Influences: A Tribute to Bass Guitar in Jazz,” which pays tribute to his heroes while carrying the sound forward in new and creative ways Russell’s band of notables specially assembled for this show will include trumpeter Corey Wilkes, vocalist Dee Alexander, guitarist Henry Johnson, keyboardist Robert Irving III, and drummer Charles “Rick” Heath.

 

 

August 9: The Joe Louis Walker Band

Blues Hall of Fame member Joe Louis Walker is an electrifying blues guitar virtuoso, soulful singer and prolific composer whose talents have earned him four Blues Music Awards. Walker began his career on the San Francisco music scene of the late 60s and spent a decade with the Spiritual Corinthians gospel group before launching his blues recording career as Robert Cray’s label mate at High Tone Records in 1986. With more than two dozen albums now to his credit, NPR Music calls him “a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues.” For his concert at the Lakeside Pavilion, Walker will be leading an expanded edition of his band, complete with a horn-section.      

 

 

You can enjoy delicious burgers from Parkers’ Restaurant and Bar, Weber Grill, Chicago style dogs from Heavenly Hot Dogs, desserts from Nothing Bundt Cakes, coffee and other specialty drinks from I Have a Bean, soda, popcorn, and ice cream. For those of you over 21, head over to our cocktail tent for wine and beer Sorry, no outside alcoholic beverages permitted. Parking and admission are free.

PLEASE NOTE!!  The Lakeside Pavilion will not open until 6pm.  Reserving spots and/or holding space is NOT allowed.