Beginning on July 3 and taking place every Monday at 7 p.m. during the month of July, this summer’s Concert on the Quad series will feature returning favorites such as “Singing under the Stars” and an “Evening of Jazz” as well as newcomers to the Illinois State University Quad.

All concerts are free and open to the public and take place on the east side of Cook Hall (the castle) on the Quad. Concertgoers should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

2017 Concerts on the Quad Series.

2017 Concerts on the Quad Series.

July 3

Future Stuff

The series opens with this young duo—often described as Tedeschi Trucks Band meets The White Stripes meets Shakey Graves—whose fun, vintage, folk/pop style keeps audiences on the edge of their seats while tearing at the heartstrings.

July 10


The award-winning Ameranouche (pronounced uh-Mare-uh-noosh) plays a hot mix of acoustic Gypsy-inspired music with Flamenco, Bebop, and Jazz swing influences.

July 17

April Verch Band

Bow. Feet. Vox. A trifecta of talent, April Verch tours with world-class musicians as a trio—stepping, singing, and fiddling with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions.

July 24

Singing Under the Stars

Illinois State University faculty and guests sing favorites from the operatic and Broadway stages.

July 31

Evening of Jazz

Enjoy a night of contemporary jazz featuring David Hoffman & Friends.

The Concert on the Quad series is presented by the School of Music at the College of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and The Pantagraph, and is sponsored by the Mirza Fund of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Fell Trust, and Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant Program.

In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the Concert Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts. The building is located on the southeast corner of the Quad, next to Williams Hall. Listen to radio stations WGLT (89.1 FM), WBNQ (101.5 FM), or WJBC (1230 AM) after 5 p.m. on concert days for announcements of site changes.

For more information, please call (309) 438-3839. To arrange special accommodations to fully enjoy the performances, please call (309) 438-7631.

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