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Rock out at the final weekend of Naper Nights

Aug 10, 2017 09:47AM ● By Ben Scott

Naperville, IL — Experience the final weekend of the 2017 Naper Nights Community Concert Series with a line-up that will have everyone dancing to the most beloved classics of the 70s and 80s. Bring friends and family to enjoy two beautiful summer nights with cold drinks, delicious food and great tribute acts. The concert series will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, August 18 and 19 at Naper Settlement located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Admission is $15 adults, $10 youth 4-12, members and children under 4 are free. No outside food or beverages are permitted. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

“Naper Nights over the years has definitely become a celebrated Naperville tradition,” said Special Events and Large Scale Rentals Coordinator, Adison Glick. “The event has grown in many ways this year, and this month we’re bringing in new acts like Bruce in the USA and Synchronicity. The event has truly become a great night out on the town that is engaging for the whole family.”

Kicking off Friday, August 18 will be two bands that jumpstart Naper Nights into the classics of rock and roll. Guests will enjoy a high energy show featuring many popular radio and video hits of the 80s with Synchronicity, a tribute to the music of The Police. Combining a variety of genres that includes rock, reggae, punk and jazz, Synchronicity recreates some of the new wave era’s most important music.

Headlining Friday, will be a Naper Nights’ favorite, Landslide, a tribute band to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Fleetwood Mac. Guests are certain to have a great time singing along to all the hits, including “Go Your Own Way,” “Rhiannon” and “Tusk.”

“My favorite song to perform is Gold Dust Woman,” said Freddie Francis, Landslide’s guitar player. “We truly enjoy playing every song we play, but I love Gold Dust Woman because we play it differently every time. When we play on stage, we believe it becomes evident of how much we all enjoy performing these great songs."

Come rock out at the last night of the series on Saturday, Aug. 19 showcasing some tribute powerhouses. Opening will be Simply Billy, a tribute to Billy Joel’s incredible songwriting, vocal and pianistic virtuosity. Bruce in the USA, deemed one of the World’s Greatest Tribute bands by AXS TV, will end the night and showcase their high-energy, spot-on musical performance and accurate recreation of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. 

Lead singer Matt Ryan began performing as “The Boss” at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for the popular show “Legends in Concert.” Fast forward 14 years, Ryan has had an “incredible journey” touring the world and is thrilled to come to Naperville.

“It’s all about happiness and love and connections when you’re playing for Bruce Springsteen fans,” said Ryan. “There are some incredible fans in the Chicago area, so we’re very excited to come to Naperville.”

Be sure to show up early to catch performances from School of Rock’s local musicians as they welcome guests to Naper Nights both evenings.

There will be plenty of family-friendly activities in the children’s activities area. Budding artists can paint a masterpiece courtesy of Pinot’s Palette, learn how to break a board with PRO Martial Arts, or practice their hula hooping skills with Lil J’s Bohemia. Naper Settlement will also have old fashioned games available for kids to play, and LEGOLAND will be testing kid’s creativity each night.

This month, Naper Settlement is proud to partner with Naperville Junior Woman’s Club. Proceeds from the tip jars at the beverage tent will benefit this great organization.

Beverage sponsors are Bell’s Brewery, Rodney Strong Vineyards and Schamberger Brothers Inc. Our August concert food vendors include Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken, John’s Rib House, Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Thank you to our sponsors Woody Buick GMC, Advanced Data Technologies, Andersen, Bell’s Brewery, BMO Harris Bank, LEGOLAND, Lil J’s Bohemia, Naperville Development Partnership, Naperville Magazine, Pinot’s Palette, Positively Naperville, PRO Martial Arts, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Springhill Suites, Unilock, USG and Wight & Co.