Monday, May 24, 2021

Music in the Square Concert series in June 2021

The Lillie M. Evans Library District will be hosting our free concert series on the first 3 Fridays in June 2021. This is our fourth year providing these family-friendly concerts in Princeville’s Stevens Square. 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. The only exception is on June 11 when the Lion’s Club will start cooking at 5:15pm. Please bring your own lawn chairs for your seating comfort or feel free to stay in your vehicle.

The Aristocrats will be leading off the concert series on June 4th. The Aristocrats are an eight piece band playing all of the "Big Band" favorites of yesterday and today. They have a repertoire of arrangements made famous by the big bands of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s which is supplemented with contemporary jazz and popular tunes.

On June 11th, we will be hosting P.S. Jazz. This Peoria area duo performs adult contemporary and jazz music for a variety of venues and settings. The smooth sounds of P.S. Jazz will help the audience appreciate the importance of jazz as an important bridge between our nation's identity, our shared history, and our communities. Understated, smooth and sophisticated, they are perfect for providing an intimate musical experience.

Music in the Square will feature the New Cats on June 18th. The band members encompass a wide mixture of music backgrounds from jazz to punk and each bring their own unique flavor to the bluegrass genre. They fuse a mixture of high energy and up-tempo new and traditional bluegrass & folk music, along with a handful of their own finely crafted tunes.

For those interested in seeing the Central Illinois Banjo Club again, they will be back in Princeville on Thursday, June 24th to perform during Princeville Heritages Days. That concert starts at 6:00 pm. 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.

Steven’s Square is located on the corner of West Evans Street and IL-91 in Princeville. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Lillie M. Evans Library at 207 N. Walnut in Princeville. More information about this and other library programs can be found on the Lillie M. Evans Library website at