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Ezra Furman & the Harpoons played at James Park Thursday night in the first of 16 free summer Starlight Concerts in Evanston.

Through the end of August, the Starlight Concerts will be held at various parks across the city from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The concerts feature talented indie bands that have yet to become mainstream. This summer’s bands and music groups include Mucca Pazza, JT and the Clouds, and Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials.

For years the Starlight Concerts have created another option for teenagers to go out and have fun with their friends, for families to bond, and for anyone to go to just hear some good music in Evanston.

About 100 people turned out for Wednesday’s concert.

College student Morgan Chase of Skokie said she’d had a good time at other Starlight Concerts. “So, I just got a group of friends together in the afternoon and decided to come tonight. Plus it’s free so you can’t really go wrong even if the music isn’t very good.”

Eric Wright came with his family. “It never runs late and I live nearby, so I don’t have to worry about my kids getting sleep. Or even me, I still have to work tomorrow,” Wright said.

The full concert schedule is available online.

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