YMCA and Northbrook Arts Commission to Host “Gig at the Y” Series

August concerts rock on in new location.

The following press release was provided by the .

With an expansive lawn, party tent with picnic tables, an accessible playground for children and plenty of free parking, the North Suburban YMCA has been named the new home for the August concert series, “Gig at the Y”, sponsored by the Northbrook Arts Commission. The popular music and food events will be held on three consecutive Tuesday nights at the Y, located at 2705 Techny Road in Northbrook.

The first Gig concert, on August 7, will feature the Top 40 band Out of Control, with food available from . On August 14, the Nightcrawlers blues band will perform and will provide the food. Finally, the People of Swing will entertain concertgoers on August 21, with dinner from . Each event begins at 6:30 p.m. Due to construction on Techny Road, visitors approaching from Pfingsten Road are encouraged to turn east on Koepke Road (two blocks north of Techny), and then south on Birch Road. The Y driveway is directly across from Birch Road on the south side of Techny.

In past years, the August “Gig at the Green” concerts were held at the Northbrook Village Green. According to Northbrook Arts Commission Chair Julia Miller, the Northbrook Park District declined to host the concerts there this year due to the strain of other summer events taking place on the Green, including the Park Fest concerts, Art in the Park, and Northbrook Days.

“There are so many big events taking place at the Village Green during the summer, it’s understandable that the lawn needs a chance to recover. We began searching for an alternative site, but nothing was working out,” commented Miller. A conversation with YMCA Visual Arts Director Cathie Winnie, who also serves on the Arts Commission board, raised the possibility of the Y as the new concert venue. “We’ve been working closely with the Y’s leadership, and are so excited with the development of this new partnership.”

“We’re very happy to welcome the whole community to the Y for this great concert series,” commented Howard Schultz, Executive Director/CEO of the NSYMCA. He noted that the visitors will be welcome to come inside the Y to see the extensive renovations underway in the building, including a new Welcome Center, restrooms, locker rooms, and other significant improvements. “We hope lots of people will turn out for the music and food, and also use the opportunity to find out more about Y’s excellent programs and facilities.”

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