Chicago’s own Waco Brothers will open the City of Evanston’s 2012 Starlight Concert series with a free performance on Thursday, June 14, at James Park.

The summer series features 16 free outdoor concerts at six park locations throughout Evanston.

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A video except from the Waco Brothers 2009 Starlight Concert performance.

Founded by Jon Langford of the Mekons, the Waco Brothers’ train-wreck approach to country has been described as Johnny Cash meets the Clash.

Other performers on the Starlight Concert series include garage rock legends ? and the Mysterians, down and dirty R & B singer Andre Williams, the raw county blues of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Django Reinhardt disciple Alfonso Ponticelli.

The free performances run from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, rain site information will be available after 4:30 p.m. on the show date by calling 847/448-8258, 847/448-8260 or 847/44-4311. 

Here’s the full schedule:

  • Waco Brothers: Chicago alt country favorites: Johnny Cash meets the Clash, June 14, James Park
  • Juneteenth Day Celebration: Four urban contemporary groups: T-Dot, Da G-Twinz, Slique and T.L. Williams, June 19, Harbert Park
  • JT and the Clouds: Roots rock with a touch of Memphis soul, June 21, James Park
  • Expo ’76: Covers of dusties & one-hit wonders, June 26, Bent Park
  • Western Elstons: Western swing & honky-tonk, June 28, James Park
  • The O’My’s with The Loneliest Funk: Soul, hip-hop and blues, July 10, Twiggs Park
  • ? and the Mysterians: Garage rock legends, July 12, James Park
  • Paul Green School of Rock: Kids cover classic rock, July 17, Harbert Park
  • Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: country blues, July 19, James Park
  • Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan: Gypsy jazz, July 24, Dawes Park
  • Andre Williams & the Goldstars: Down & dirty R&B, July 26, Brummel Park
  • Ken Arlen’s Indigo: Contemporary dance hits, July 31, Dawes Park
  • Taj Weekes & Adowa: Reggae from St. Lucia, August 7, Dawes Park
  • South Boulevard with Impressions of MJ: Blues rock, August 9, Twiggs Park
  • Musikanto: Experimental folk troubadour, August 14, Dawes Park
  • Archie Powell & the Exports: Power pop, August 21, Dawes Park

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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