Recommendation Pages

Back for its 18th year, Thursday Night Live (formerly It’s Thursday, Let’s Dance) will return with a 10-concert series to downtown Evanston. From June 15 to August 24, each Thursday night will spotlight a different music genre from Jazz and Swing to Rock and Roll and Beatles covers. Below is the 2017 lineup: 

June 15  |  The Stingers
Classic Rock, Roots and Blues

June 22  | Kaleidoscope Eyes
Acoustic Beatles Tribute

June 29  |  Planet Claire
B-52s Tribute & More


July 13  | Flat Cats

July 20  |  Highland Park Pops Band
Big Band Jazz

July 27  |  The Hoyle Brothers
Americana, Honky-Tonk

August 3  |  Petra Van Nuis Quintet
Swing and Jazz

August 10  |  The Ramon Raquello Orchestra
Swing Standards and International Favorites

August 17  |  Maracujaz
Timeless Brazilian Music

August 24  |  Sam Fazio Quartet  
American Standards, Jazz

Each concert is from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the plaza at 1603 Orrington Ave. Bring friends and family to enjoy an evening of live music, dancing and relaxing. This year, we are also adding more big games (Scrabble, Jenga, Twister and more) and other kids activities. Grab a to-go dinner from one of the local restaurants to dine al fresco or grab your partner to dance the night away. Chairs are provided, but guests are welcome to bring other seating. 

This is a free event and all ages are welcome. Thursday Night Live, in downtown Evanston, is accessible via public transit by taking the CTA Purple Line “el” to the Davis; or take Metra to the Davis stop. 

Sign up for our monthly newsletter at and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily updates. 

Special thanks to our 2017 sponsors for helping to bring free, live music to downtown Evanston! 

Fusion Academy

Fusion Academy

Fusion Academy is a revolution education academy located at 847 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. 

More Information
Aloha Poke

Aloha Poke

Thanks to Aloha Poke for sponsoring Thursday Night Live, please stop by and pick up a bowl before you head to 1603 Orrington to be entertained this summer at Thursday Night Live. 

More Information
First Bank & Trust

First Bank & Trust

More Information
First Northern Credit Union

First Northern Credit Union

More Information