August 14, 2020 at 10:37pm
Summer isn’t over yet—two magical evenings remain to enjoy live music at the Northbrook Park District’s Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Meadowhill Park!
The free concerts include One Night Band performing on August 18 and The Millennials taking the stage on August 25 inside the Velodrome at 1479 Maple Avenue.
Seating begins at 6pm, with assigned seating times taking place every fifteen minutes. The concerts begin at 7pm. Registration per patron is required, and individual seating times will be assigned prior to the concert. No registration will be taken on-site the day of the concert.
Offering an energetic mix of top 40s hits spanning the decades, One Night Band performs a variety of music, including Motown, rock, hip hop, country and pop. With a typical set covering artists from Bruno Mars and Aretha Franklin to Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z and Carrie Underwood, the band includes Marty Murphy (drums), Alex Talbott (lead vocals/saxophone), Hailey Rowe (lead vocals), Rich Vallone (lead guitar/vocals), Justin Franciose (bass/dancer) and Joe Van Der Bosch (keyboard/musical director).
Founded by lead guitarist Michael Henehan and drummer Jonathan Tatooles through an area Battle of the Bands competition, The Millennials will wrap up the 2020 Music at Meadowhill series with their fresh take on classic hits. Influences include Led Zeppelin, The Who, the Beatles and the best of 80s rock. Other members include Lindsay Kent (lead vocalist), Victor Buccellato (keyboard/bassist), RJ Guido (guitarist and backup vocals) and Sam Peters (bassist).
“We know families are looking for creative ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer, and this is an excellent opportunity to relax and connect with loved ones while listening to an entertaining lineup of assorted music,” said Performing Arts Manager Erin Sweet. “The pre-registration requirement allows us to plan ahead for seating and physical distancing so everyone can feel comfortable and have a great time!”
Because CDC and IDPH guidelines allow for venues to operate at 20% capacity, a maximum of 350 people can attend the concerts while easily maintaining a physical distance from other patrons of at least 6 feet. Traditionally, the Velodrome, an outdoor venue, can seat about 1,750 people.
Sweet said logistically the Velodrome space provided many advantages for hosting this type of event during Phase 4 of the state’s Restore Illinois plan. In previous years, the District has hosted live music at Village Green Park as part of the popular Tuesdays in the Park concert series.
“Both Village Green Park and the Velodrome were assessed for these events,” Sweet said. “After considering sound quality, power, sightlines and capacity, we decided hosting a concert series within guidelines would be most appropriate at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome at Meadowhill Park. Our new location provides ample parking, indoor bathrooms and plenty of space for us to celebrate the sounds of summer together safely and comfortably. We’re extremely excited to be able to offer these free concerts to the community this summer.”
Face coverings are required for all attendees regardless of age until patrons are seated and physically distant from other patrons by at least 6 feet. Face coverings are required for entry, exit, and any other movement within the park. Staff will always wear face coverings. Band members will be located on a stage distanced from the audience and wear face coverings offstage; masks will be removed only while performing onstage.
There is no fixed seating available at the event; patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on while watching the concerts. Patrons can bring their own snacks and beverages. No food or drink will be sold at the event and no alcohol is allowed.
Space is limited. Click here to register for each concert.