Audiences Comes Out in Force for Bannockburn Green Free Summer Concert Series

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Despite adverse weather, the economy, and competing events, Bannockburn Green enjoyed record attendance at its second annual free Summer Concert Series. For four Fridays in July and August, the shopping center showcased premier jazz, blues, and big-band artists who rocked the stage and entertained hundreds. The positive turnout at this new summer tradition has already inspired plans for next year's lineup.

As Bannockburn Green breaks down the outdoor summer stage, its second annual Summer Concert Series comes to a close. Despite less-than-ideal weather, a sluggish economy, and competing seasonal events, the summer scene at Bannockburn Green was alive and well attended. The free concert series drew record turnouts, topping more than 200 people for the final concert, far exceeding last year's attendance.

According to Robyn Konlon, Bannockburn Green events coordinator, "People could come and hear quality performers without paying for tickets or fighting for seats." The casual venue was a big attraction for families, she says, who could come and go as they please, and shop or dine in the surrounding stores and restaurants. "The numbers speak to the community-friendly atmosphere." Konlon says. "People loved the nostalgic jazz-blues format."

Among this summer concert series' performers were: world-class blues vocalist Katherine Davis; Chicago blues boogie jazz pianist Erwin Helfer; jazz greats Daryl Coutts, "JB" Brown and Roberto Agusto; Stardust 12-piece nostalgic big band; Ronnie Hicks and J.R. Fuller on Bass and Japanese blues guitarist Shun Kikuta. Konlon says the overwhelming positive response has motivated an early search for next year's high-profile performers.    

Bannockburn Green shopping center is located at the southeast corner of Waukegan Road and Half Day Road (Route 22). Free WiFi is available. For more about Bannockburn Green's leasing opportunities, upcoming events, and shopping/dining values, visit or call 630.954.7300.

Bannockburn Green Places to Experience, Shops, Dominick's, Erehwon Mountain Outfitter, Garbs Clothing, Walgreens.

Dining: Dogout, Dominick's, Eggsperience Café, GNC, Newport Coffee House,
Panera Bread, Postino Wine Café, San Gabriel Mexican Café, Subway.

Services: Allstate Insurance, AlphaGraphics, Bannockburn Dental, Bannockburn Green Shoe Repair, Deerfield Healthworks, Eye Care For You, Furla Photography & Video, H&R Block (seasonal), Lake-Cook Behavioral Health Resources, Language Stars, LoMastro Performing Arts Academy, The Meeting Group, National City Bank, Phoenix Nail & Spa, Skokie Valley Laundry & Dry Cleaners, Still Water Physical Therapy and Massage, Walgreens.


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