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Concert series takes off at The Merion in Evanston

By Lilli Kuzma Pioneer Press

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MARCH 11, 2016

Evanston is home to a newer venue, one that is sparkling with excellent music. The Crystal Lounge at The Merion, 1611 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, is multi-faceted in its entertainment, presenting a range of live performances, known as the Acoustic Sound Musical Series, three times weekly. Music lovers are appreciating Thursday night concerts curated by Evanston resident Nan Anderson.

The Merion, formerly called the North Shore Hotel, is a retirement community, but the public is welcome to attend the events. The lounge area offers comfortable seating and tables, and people can buy food, coffee or drinks. There is no cover charge for the live music.

“We encourage people to tip the artists generously,” said Anderson, whose involvement in the series began with her speaking skills. She also has a background in social work and is involved with the Assocition on Aging.

“The series was actually started by an organization and the hotel, and they asked if I would do the emceeing,” she said. “Then the organization dropped out, and I decided to take it over. You could say that I took it over before it got started. I am delighted to be doing this and am having a ball.”

Anderson’s early bookings involved musicians she was already familiar with, and also emerging acts. But she has found that established artists are very interested in playing at The Meriaon, and she is hoping to book touring acts passing through Chicago, while continuing to support the local music scene.

The upcoming lineup of musicians includes Jamie O’Reilly on March 10, Al Day and Bob Long on April 14, Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello on May 12, Jim and Vivian Craig June 9, and Andina and Rich July 14.

One of the Chicago area’s most established and renowned folk artists, Mark Dvorak, has become a favorite at The Merion.

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