Free Jazz and Pop Concerts Take Center Stage at the MAC in August

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Music takes center stage this August in the McAninch Arts Center’s free Lakeside Pavilion Summer 2015 Series

New 90.9fm WDCB LIVE Jazz Concert Series Opens with the Hot Latin Jazz of Johnny Blas & His Afro-Libre Orquestra Aug. 6

The U.S. Air Force’s Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble Makes It’s Lakeside Pavilion Debut Sunday, Aug. 16

Glen Ellyn, IL —McAninch Arts Center (MAC), located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage (COD), continues its free Lakeside Pavilion Summer 2015 Series in August with an extraordinary selection of jazz and pop music events. Seating is first come-first served. Concerts are free and open to the public and will take place rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather concerts will be moved indoors to the Belushi Performance Hall, and a notice will be posted to the MAC website:

August marks the debut of the 90.9fm WDCB LIVE Jazz Concert Series. The series includes the sizzling hot Latin jazz of Johnny Blas & his Afro-Libre Orquestra (Thursday, Aug. 6); the big band sounds of the award-winning Chicago Jazz Orchestra (Thursday, Aug. 13) and Buckwheat Zydeco, hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best bands in America” (Thursday, Aug. 20). Admission is free and all performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Concerts are presented in partnership with 90.9fm WDCB, “Chicago’s home for Jazz!”

The 2015 Pop Music Series continues in August with an entertaining evening of pops music by the MAC’s resident symphony orchestra, New Philharmonic (Friday, Aug. 7). The series continues with the Magic of Motown recreating the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by the Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind, & Fire and more (Friday, Aug. 14). A concert by The Hit Men, featuring former performing and/or recording members of the Four Seasons and other pop groups of the ‘60s and ‘70s completes the Friday evening series (Friday, Aug. 21). All concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m.

A special engagement of Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble from the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America has been added to the series and will take place Sunday Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. This 18-piece jazz band will perform selections ranging from traditional big band jazz, to bebop and swing, to modern jazz and will feature a Military Patriotic tribute at the end. This concert is sponsored by The McAninch Arts Center, Fund Me Events, and DuPage Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. This concert is free and open to the public

A variety of meals, snacks and drinks will be available starting 60 minutes before events including beer, wine, soft drinks, gourmet pizza, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, popcorn and more. Vendors for the Lakeside Pavilion Summer 2015 Series include Weber Grill Restaurant, Copper Oven Pizza, Heavenly Hot Dogs, Chicago’s Own Pizza, Mona Lisa Pizza.(Dining Partners and menu items may vary and are subject to change. Visit for updates)

McAninch Arts Center (MAC), located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage presents the Free Lakeside Pavilion Summer 2015 Series. Programming runs through Aug. 21. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy at the event. Pets and outside alcohol are not permitted onto the property. For more information about any of these and other MAC events, call 630.942.4000 or visit

About the MAC
McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near
I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at or on twitter at

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