NEWCITY is pleased to present the 2021 “Sounds of Summer” weekly, outdoor concert series.


This free concert series takes place in the plaza from 7pm until 9pm on select Thursdays through the summer through August. There is limited on-site seating but plenty of room available for blankets and chairs, so grab your friends, family, and neighbors and enjoy a Chicago summer evening of live music!


While the event is free, advanced registration is required.


The 2021 line-up includes:


June 24th– Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press


Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press is a cover band whose been entertaining crowds at clubs, festivals weddings and events across the Midwest since 2008. Their unique song repertoire combined with excellent musicianship, bone-crushing 3-part vocal harmonies, and a contagious stage energy will keep you dancing to hits ranging from The Beatles, Madonna, Queen, Miley Cyrus, Wilson Phillips, and Dave Matthews Band.


>>> SOLD OUT  <<<


July 15thHELLO WEEKEND is a nonstop, hit after hit, party band. They not only bring high-energy sound, but heart stopping vocals, mesmerizing stage presence and incredible overall performance, the likes of which, you won’t soon forget!  HELLO WEEKEND strives to keep you dancing with a wind ranging set list that covers everything from Gag to Whitney, Bruno to Bon Jovi and performs countless festivals, weddings and private functions each year!




July 22ndClayton Anderson is a country singer-songwriter with a midwestern rock flair who kicked off his grassroots fan following playing local bars and parties as a student at Indiana University. In 2008, he walked onstage at Kenny Chesney’s “Next Big Star Battle” in Cincinnati and walked off a winner. When his non-stop touring schedule (which had him opening for Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, Thomas Rhett, Lee Brice, and Carly Pearce) was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson got creative by partnering with the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour: Home Edition and launching a socially distanced boat dock tour.




July 29th – Maggie Speaks with special guest Michael Glabicki from Rusted Root will take the stage for in this special installment of the Sounds of Summer which will also include such Rusted Root classics as Send Me on My Way, Rain, and Ecstasy.


Since 1998, Maggie Speaks has provided high quality, experienced, and customizable musical entertainment to private and public events from Sydney to Venice to our hometown of Chicago. Having shared the stage with acts like Earth Wind and Fire, The Doobie Brothers, .38 Special, rapper Ton Loc, Loverboy’s Mike Reno, and Starship’s Mickey Thomas, among many others, Maggie Speaks is considered one of the hottest live bands in the Midwest.






August 5thThomas Nicholas Band (TNB) has performed over 600 shows around the world ranging from large festivals, private charity events and small intimate settings. Thomas Nicholas, also known for his acting (Rookie of the Year, American Pie, etc.), is an alternative rock hybrid of Dave Grohl meets Bruce Springsteen. He draws on a solid crop of influences that have helped him learn the art of writing a pop song while keeping a foot in rock and roll.

Drink ticket sales from the night will benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society.



August 12thWedding Banned is an 80’s cover band who officially calls Chicago “home.” Voted ‘best dance band’ by Rocker magazine, the group originated in Gas City, Indiana, but took their show on the road after being dubbed “too wild and crazy” by their hometown. Wedding Banned now plays over 100 shows a year in front of thousands of fans.  

Drink ticket sales from the night will benefit I AM ALS.



August 19thThe Boy Band Night (TBBN) bring a musical and visual experience with note-for-note representations of all of your favorite songs accompanied by the signature choreography from the music videos we remember. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this nationally touring act from Chicago!




August 26thMike & Joe is modern rock band widely regarded by its peers and the industry to be one of the best cover bands in the country. The bulk of the setlist includes popular rock from the 90’s through today, but occasionally some 70’s and 80’s tunes as well.