The Lillie M. Evans Library District will be hosting a free concert series in Stevens Square on the first three Fridays in July. The Princeville to Peoria St. Jude Run will be providing a water and soda concession and is working with local food vendors to provide food options in the Square before and during the concerts. Food will be available starting at 6pm and the concerts will start at 7pm.
Music in the Square will feature the Central Illinois Banjo Club on July 6th. The Central Illinois Banjo Club is a group of music enthusiasts who love to get together to play and share music with others. An important part of the Club’s culture has been that they try to expand and encourage other people to play the banjo. The Club gives everyone the opportunity and a place to play. If you’re interested in joining the Club, talk to one of the Club members after the concert.
On July 13th, the Kewanee Community Band will be back to entertain us. They performed last September at the Library’s ice cream social. The Kewanee Community Band draws musicians from not only Kewanee, but many surrounding towns and counties. Band members range in age from eighth-grade students to those in retirement. The Band plays a variety of musical selections and promises a little something enjoyable for all audiences. New members are welcome to participate in rehearsals at the Kewanee Senior Center on Mondays at 6pm.
Finally, the Caterpillar Employees Big Band will wrap up the series on July 20th. This year is the 40th anniversary of the Caterpillar Employees Big Band. Originally started by an engineer and a factory worker, the Band continues to play in Peoria and beyond. The Band has a repertoire of arrangements made famous by the big bands of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s and is supplemented with contemporary jazz and popular tunes. From regular engagements in Peoria and Metamora and surrounding towns to a corporate function in Las Vegas, the Caterpillar Employees Big Band continues to bring the big band sound to a new generation of enthusiastic fans.
We invite the public to join us during Music in the Square for these fabulous evenings of food and music. More information about this and other library programs can be found on the Lillie M. Evans Library website at lmelibrary.org.