Ottawa Music in the Park 2021
Ottawa’s free concert series, Music in the Park, kicks off its 2021 season in late June with nine musical acts delivering a delightful blend of retro rock, country and contemporary that’ll carry audiences on a music journey from the ‘50s to the present.
Concerts run from 6-8 p.m. on Saturdays in downtown’s historic Washington Park. Admission is free. There’s plenty of room for social distancing. (All schedules are subject to change for health and safety reasons.)
At this time, no indoor venue is available, so if bad weather postpones a performance, it will be rescheduled later in the year. At this time, there is no Music in the Park concert scheduled on July 4 or Labor Day weekends.
Embrace Ottawa’s small-town charm: bring a lawn chair, spread a blanket on the grass, or settle on one of the park benches to listen. We’ll bet you can’t stop tapping your toes to the beat, clapping in time, or breaking into a spontaneous dance step under the trees!
June 26 — The season kicks off with It Takes Two, harmonizing a song selection featuring popular hits from the ‘50s to modern Top 40s, from dance hits to love ballads. ittakestwoband.com
July 10 — The Radium City Rebels are local guys who strut their stuff in homage to Elvis, Buddy, Roy and other ‘50s icons of early rock and rockabilly. Follow them on Facebook.
July 17 — The Sting Rays is a quartet that cracks wise, revs up, and revives summer in the city with tunes of the ‘50s through the ‘70s. http://thestingrays.com
July 24 — New to our stage this year is Kankakeeland’s Very Own The Silhouettes, who’ve been drawing crowds throughout the tri-state area for over two decades. The Silhouettes bring the show, the sound and the memories back from the original artists, so hang on, Sloopy; wake up, Pretty Little Angel Eyes, and all you Fortunate Sons, get ready to roll! Follow them on Facebook.
July 31 — Returning to the Music in the Park stage is Bopology. One of Chi-town’s powerhouse swing bands brings the Rat Pack and Sinatra era to life with a flair the Pack would envy. The sextet packages a multi-layered jazz-swing-jump sound into tight arrangements, sprinkles them with exciting improvisations and dishes out all the crooning vocals, wailing horns and cymbal-laced quick-step beat of the big cousins.bopologychicago.com
August 7 – Wild Daisy delivers upbeat country with a few pop/rock songs thrown in. Wild Daisy is no stranger to LaSalle County, having performed in Oglesby, Seneca and Sandwich events as well as last year’s Music in the Park. wilddaisyband.com
August 14 – Returning to the stage this year are the hugely popular Rosie & the Rivets. Retro from head to toe, from wardrobe to instruments. Delivering danceable music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, sprinkled with current hits done with a retro twist. Featuring powerhouse lead vocals, tight harmonies and skillful musicianship. rosieandtherivets.com
August 21 – Ray’s Rockets delivers a songbook ranging from the B-52s to the Beatles, this popular festival/cruise night crew is led by powerhouse vocals and musical virtuosity. Follow them on Facebook.
August 28 – The last scheduled concert is a returning favorite, Mary & the Troublemakers. Powerful lead vocals are backed by keyboard, percussion and guitar and sprinkled with a healthy dose of knee-slapping humor as this quartet channels Roy (Orbison), (Johnny) Cash, Connie (Francis), Patsy (Cline) and Elvis, among others. marypfeifer.com/mary-the-troublemakers
Music in the Park is sponsored by the City of Ottawa and its Special Events Committee. Follow the Special Events Committee on Facebook (Ottawa Special Events Group) or check the city website cityofottawa.org