Summer 2012: Music and Festivals

Naperville Patch shares some of the concerts and festivals happening in town this summer, from free concerts in your neighborhood park to a new TexMex & Music Fest.

Summer Music and Festivals

What: The provides free live music on the Riverwalk on Friday evenings through August 17

Where: Riverwalk pavilion located at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street

When: Friday nights 7 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information: Naperville Park District 

Musical acts include:

  • June 8: This Week’s Trend and Coffee House Tipsters - (Battle of the Bands)
  • June 15: Andrew Huber - (Solo Acoustic)
  • June 22: Sinister Finch - (Rock)
  • June 29: Into the Real - (Folk Rock)
  • July 6: Wacky Keys - (Hawaiian)
  • July 13: Rock It - (Hip-Hop/Pop)
  • July 20: Dave Byron - (Solo Guitar)
  • July 27: Andy B. White - (Acoustic)
  • August 3: Elizabeth Carol Krunnfusz - (Solo)
  • August 10: Gecko Club - (Guitar - Pop)
  • August 17: School of Rock Naperville - (Rock)

Concerts in Your Park

What: The Naperville Park District provides free, family-friendly concerts on six Sunday evenings this summer at parks throughout the community.

Where: Naperville Parks – see list below

When: Sunday nights 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information: Naperville Park District 

Concert schedule:

  • June 10: The New Invaders — Knoch Knolls; 336 Knoch Knolls Road
  • June 24: Midwest Dueling Pianos — Central Park; 104 E. Benton Ave.
  • July 8: Billy Croft & The 5 Alarm — Seager Park; 1163 Plank Road 
  • July 15: Bopology — A. George Pradel Park; 4519 Pradel Dr.
  • July 22: Libido Funk Circus — Gartner Park; 524 W. Gartner Road
  • July 29: Cover Gurl — Winding Creek Park; 144 W. Bailey Ave.

What: Free performances held regularly throughout the summer at the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower. Carilloneurs from around the country and world will perform.

Where: T, 210 Aurora Road at the base of Rotary Hill

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings through Aug. 21

More information: Visit the Millennium Carillon 

Cost: Free

Recital schedule:

June 12

Wylie Crawford


Music Director


Naperville Millennium Carillon

June 19

Toni Raats


City Carillonneur


Roosendaal, The Netherlands

June 26

Tim Sleep


City Carillonneur


Naperville, IL

July 4

Joey Brink




Madison, CT

July 10

Stephan Burton


Asst. Carillonneur, Brigham Young U.


Provo, Utah

July 17

Anna Kasprzycka




Gdańsk, Poland

July 24

Robert Grogan


Basilica Carillonneur


Washington, DC

July 31

Gordon Slater


Dominion Carillonneur Emeritus


Ottawa, Canada

August 7

Chelsea Vaught




Lawrence, KS

August 14

Sue Bergren


Asst. Carillonneur


Naperville, IL

August 21

Jim Fackenthal


Asst. Carillonneur


Chicago, IL

Naper Nights

What: Three summer weekends in June, July and August of nonstop music at Naper Settlement.

Where: , 523 S. Webster St.

When: 5 to 10 p.m., June 22 and 23, July 27 and 28 and Aug. 24 and 25

Cost: Friday tickets, $10 adults/$5 youths; Saturday tickets, $15 adults/$10 youths

More information:  Visit the Naper Settlement

Concert schedule:

  • June 22: American English; Opening act — Hix Brothers
  • June 23: The Smithereens; Opening act — Mimi Betinis
  • July 27: Kashmir; Opening act — Kimi Hayes
  • July 28: Buckwheat Zydeco; Opening act — Ska To Catch ‘Em All
  • Aug. 24: ARRA (classic rock cover band); Opening act — Downpour
  • Aug. 25: Al Stewart; Opening act — Dave Nachmanoff 

What: Live jazz in downtown Naperville

Where: Community Concert Center at

When: June 16, 4 to 10 p.m.

Cost: Presale, $25; Day of tickets are $30

More information is available from the Naperville Jazz Festival 

  • 4:15pm – Joel Moore Quartet, Featuring Kimberly Wilson
  • 5:25pm – ZZAJE’
  • 6:50pm – Deep Blue Organ Trio
  • 8:20pm – Mindi Abair and Friends, Featuring David Pack and Jeff Golub

Naperville Municipal Band Concerts

What: Family-friendly entertainment performed by local musicians.

Where: Community Concert Center at

When: 7:30 p.m. every Thursday night

Cost: Free

More information: Naperville Municipal Band 

Concert schedule:

  • June 7: "Here's That Band Again" - Scholarship Winners 
  • June 14: "Conductor's Choice" 
  • June 21: "Around The World in 80 Minutes" (Children's Parade) Special Guests: Young Naperville Singers
  • June 28: "Sounds from Central Park" 
  • July 5: "God Bless America" - featuring the 1812 Overture!
  • July 12: "Old Timer's Night" - featuring the NMB Alumni Band and Special Guest Conductor: James Christensen
  • July 19: NMB Big Jazz Band 
  • July 26: "Rene's Favorites" 
  • August 2: "Ron's Favorites" 
  • August 9: "So Long for a While" featuring Guest Cornet Soloist MGSY Susan Rider 
  • August 16: Combined Jazz Band Concert 

What: A celebration of ribs, food and music held every year around the July 4th holiday.


When: June 29 through July 3. Fireworks show on July 3.

Cost: Tickets $10-$25 (price of ticket includes entry to Ribfest and musical performance. Tickets must be purchased for each day.)

More information: Ribest if a fundraiser for the Naperville Exchange Club. Funds raised go toward the elimination of child abuse and domestic violence. 

Navistar Mainstage Performers:

  • June 29: Junkyard Groove, ARRA, Steve Miller Band
  • June 30: Joe’s Garage Band, Gurus of Blues, 7th Heaven, Heartsfield, Joe Walsh
  • July 1: Admiral of Black, Mass Chemistry, Dirty Dan’s Cool Rockin’ Daddies, Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, ZZ Top
  • July 2: Billy Croft & the Five Alarm, Paul Avers Band, 3:30 Dime Store String Band, Big John Howell & Born to Boogie Band, Thompson Square, Joe Nichols
  • July 3: Doug James and the Pocket, Nick Moss and the Fliptops, Leftover Salmon, moe., School of Rock Allstars

For the entire music line-up visit Ribfest.net.

TexMex & Music Fest

What: TexMex food and live music from some of the top country-fusion bands. This is the events first year.

Where: CityGate Centre

When: 1 to 10 p.m. July 13 and 14

Cost: Friday, general admission tickets $30 in advance, $40 day off; Saturday, general admission tickets, $20 in advance, $30 day off.

More information: Visit the festival website

Main stage Friday:

  • Carlos Ortega — 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Rick Bayliss — 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Chris Isaak — 8 – 10 p.m.

Main stage Saturday

  • The Country Sky Band — 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wil Gravatt Band — 3 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Asleep at the Wheel — 5 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Poi Dog Pondering — 7 – 10 p.m.

Know an event not on our list? Contact naperville@patch.com and we will add it.

 Find out what is happening in Naperville every morning. Sign up for our newsletter.



More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »