Friday, May 17, 2019

Music in the Square Concert series in June

The Lillie M. Evans Library District will be hosting our second annual free concert series in Stevens Square on the first three Fridays in June. The Princeville to Peoria St. Jude Run will provide a water and soda concession (sponsored by the Princeville State Bank) and local food vendors will 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. Please bring your own lawn chairs for your seating comfort.

Music in the Square will feature the Central Illinois Banjo Club on June 7th. 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 June 14th, we will be hosting P.S. Jazz. P.S. Jazz performs adult contemporary and jazz music for a variety of venues and settings. This Peoria area group provides a pleasurable listening experience that's easy on the ears and just right for whatever mood. Understated, smooth and sophisticated, they are perfect for settings where people enjoy good music, but also want to enjoy each other’s good company and conversation.

On June 21st, the Kewanee Community Band will be back to entertain us. This is their third concert appearance in Princeville in as many years. 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.

For those interested in seeing the Caterpillar Employees Big Band, they will be performing during Princeville Heritages Days on Thursday, June 27th. That concert starts at 6:30pm. Last year’s concert was extremely well received and the Princeville Civic Association will be bringing them back to Princeville! 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.

We invite the public to join us during Music in the Square for these fabulous evenings of food and music. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved to the Library’s large meeting room. More information about this and other library programs can be found on the Lillie M. Evans Library website at