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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 are the remaining concerts for the 2017 series:

August 17 - TWO CONCERTS!
12-2pm: Petra Van Nuis Quintet
Swing and Jazz
7-9pm: Maracujaz
Timeless Brazilian Music

August 24 
7-9pm: Sam Fazio Quartet  
American Standards, Jazz

August 31
12-2pm: The Ramon Raquello Orchestra
Swing Standards and International Favorites


Concerts take place 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 meal from one of the local restaurants to dine al fresco. 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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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First Bank & Trust

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First Northern Credit Union

First Northern Credit Union

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