Thursday Night Out in Oak Park IL

Thursday Night Out features folk artists and sing along August 16

OAK PARK IL - The streets of downtown Oak Park will ring with the sounds of acoustic music on Thursday, August 16 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. Music & Potlucks, a community organization based in the Oak Park River Forest area, is partnering with Downtown Oak Park to present three concerts for the popular Thursday Night Out series which runs from May 24 through August 30.

“We go on rain or shine,” said Shannon Williams, Downtown Oak Park Executive Director. “Thursday Night Out is Oak Park’s popular dine-around series that features a free concert each week and great local food, beer and wine available for purchase.”

The entertainment kicks off at 5:00 pm with Donna Herula Blues. Herula is a Chicago Blues Hall-of-Famer and will be joined by guitarist Tony Nardiello.

At 6:00 pm the vibrant all-woman Americana trio $11 Supper takes the stage. Singer songwriters Michelle Billingsley, Amanda Healan and Samantha K. Mills are multi-instrumentalists and present sparkling originals, three part harmony and fresh arrangements.

The Folk Park Showcase begins at 7:00 pm and will feature performances by octogenarian songstress Marge Weber from Elk Grove Village, IL and a special performance by Oak Park residents Lee and Nancy Pennington.

At 7:30 pm Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak takes the stage. The Chicago Tribune calls him “masterful” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” The Old Town School of Folk Music says, “Mark is the real deal. His show is funny, passionate, intimate and unforgettable.”

All acoustic musicians are welcome to join the Closing Jam and Sing Along at 8:45 pm. 

Ticket booklets are available at the Downtown Oak Park kiosk at Lake and Marion Streets, Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Each booklet costs $20 and contain 4 dine-around tickets and one voucher for $2.50 off two adult priced movie tickets. 

One ticket is good for one item off the Thursday Night Out menu. More than twenty Downtown Oak Park restaurants offer a variety of drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts. Diners can eat in or carry out. Tables will also be set up outside for patrons to enjoy live music while dining al fresco.

For more information on Thursday Night Out visit Or call 708 383 4145.

Download and print a two-sided Folk Park Thursdays brochure.

Download and print a two-side newsletter Potluck Notes.

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