Wed July 22, 2020
DeKalb, IL- Outdoor, live music has always been synonymous with summer, especially for the DeKalb community. And like most events this year, summer concerts have all been canceled up until now.
Starting on July 28th at 7:30 pm, the Tuesday evening Municipal Band Concert Series in Hopkins Park, located at 1403 Sycamore Road, will resume with safety restrictions. The Municipal Band has been putting on concerts for the community for 166 years in a row, and with the Phase 4 guidelines, concert organizers have determined a way to safely host these events with the guidance of local health officials.
“I made a promise to the band, our audience, and our community that the band would play on and keep our 166-year tradition of continuous live music in DeKalb. There was a lot of hard work involved in making this promise come true,” stated Band Conductor, Kirk Lundbeck.
The concerts will take place at 7:30 pm on July 28th; August 4th, 11th, and 18th. Although the concerts continue to be free to the public, all concert-goers must book their reservation online in advance. Seats will be limited and will be assigned to maintain safe distance between visitors. This will allow concert organizers to keep control of the number of people gathering in one place. The area around the Hopkins Park Band Shell will be fenced off, with three entry points for visitors to check-in.
Face coverings must be worn in the bandshell area until concert-goers are seated and anywhere social distancing cannot be maintained. The band will be set up differently and perform with fewer players to accommodate social distancing and ensure the safety of the performers. Due to the popularity of the concerts, and the safety restrictions in place with Phase 4 guidelines, the public is discouraged from sitting in groups in the grassy areas surrounding the bandshell and to respect the ticketing process.
“Thanks to the effort and support of the City of DeKalb, the DeKalb Park District, the Egyptian Theatre, and the DeKalb County Health Department. Without their guidance, the bandshell would have remained silent, but now Hopkins Park will once again be filled with the wonderful music that the DeKalb Municipal Band provides. It’s very exciting!” Lundbeck commented further.
For more details, safety restrictions, and featured vocalists, visit dekalbparkdistrict.com. All concert reservations must be booked through the Egyptian Theatre ticket portal at dekalbcountytickets.com and be booked starting at 10:00 am on the Wednesday, one week prior to each concert.