Off Square Music ... This Is Our Story

Off Square Music ... This Is Our Story

Off Square Music is the heart and soul of the Woodstock music scene and the center of musical energy in McHenry County, Illinois. From all of its year-round indoor live music venues to outdoor special events and the award winning Woodstock Farmers Market, musicians and non-musicians alike travel to Woodstock to learn, hear and play music of many genres. Read more about our history in "About."

Sundays On The Square presents …

August 1, 2021

Dave Ramont 5-6PM

Robin & Jenny Bienemann 6-7PM

Dave Ramont 5-6PM; Robin & Jenny Bienemann 6-7PM

Big Fish | Stage Left Open Mic | August Feature

Stage Left Open Mics meet second Friday of every month, Woodstock, Illinois.

Big Fish is the featured performing group for our August 13 Stage Left Open Mic.

Stage Left Open Mics are held on the 2nd Friday of every month from 7 – 11 p.m. at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St. on the historic Woodstock Square.

Off Square Music invites musicians, singers, poets and other performers to participate in the Open Mic Nights. Whether you’re just starting out as a performer or are a seasoned veteran, Open Mic Night offers a supportive atmosphere with an exceptional performance space and sound system.

Would You Like to Perform?

Big Fish is the featured group for the August 11 Stage Left Open Mic (L to R, Marty Brunkalla, Kent Fishburn, Deb Firak, Al Fife).
Big Fish is the featured group for the August 11 Stage Left Open Mic (L to R, Marty Brunkalla, Kent Fishburn, Deb Firak, Al Fife). – see them on Facebook @ BigFishtuneshttps://www.facebook.com/BigFishtunes/

Performing slots are 15 minutes or three songs, whichever comes first. In addition, there will be a featured performer taking the stage for a 30-minute set.

As we get underway with live events, be sure you’re on our email list for information about all our upcoming events! Sign up in the left column of any page on the site. Send your music-loving friends and family to sign up too.

You don’t have to perform to enjoy Open Mic Nights. Just come on out for the live music and Woodstock’s charming atmosphere. Off Square requests a $5.00/pp donation to support our many music activities, including Open Mic Nights.

To sign up to perform, email Mike Breen at offsquaremusic@gmail.com, Subject: Stage Left Open Mics. If you stop by an Open Mic Night early in the evening, there might even be an available slot that same night.

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Open Mic nights are:

  • August 13 – Featured performing group: Big Fish
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12

If you would like to contribute to Off Square Music, please use the Donate button in the left column of every page of this site. We look forward to seeing you in August.

Music at the Market – July

  • Saturday, July 4
    • Kishwaukee Ramblers – 9-10:00
    • Guyz with Bad Eyez – 10-12:30
  • Tuesday, July 7
    • Courtney & Chris – 9-12:30
  • Saturday, July 11
    • Big Fish – 9-12:30
  • Tuesday, July 14
    • Thingamajig – 9-11:00
    • Lara Bell – 11-12:30
  • Saturday, July 18
    • Stage Leftovers – 9-12:30
  • Tuesday, July 21
    • Cheryl and the Down Home Boys – 9-12:30
  • Saturday, July 25
    • Rachel and Jori 9-12:30
  • Tuesday, July 28
    • Mike Breen – 9-10:00
    • Sharon Arnold – 10-11:00
    • Mark Lyons – 11-12:30

Sundays On The Square

We’re finishing off the month of June in a truly spectacular way this Sunday 6/27. The Last Word is a celebration of collaboration, in many surprising and wonderful ways. Joined by Tricia Alexander and Diana Laffey, this will be a unique and wonderful show. Get there early for the best view. Show begins at 5 PM. Tips are cheerfully accepted at the Virtual Tip Jar signs posted around the bandstand, or in the Tip Bucket in front of the bandstand. All tips go directly to the performers. See you there!

Sundays on the Square June 27, 5-7 pm - come on out to enjoy The Last Word with Tricia Alexander and Diana Laffey.
The Last Word Quintet
with Special Guests
Tricia Alexander & Diana Laffey
The Last Word Quintet is a collaboration between four of Chicago’s best musicians and songwriters with Marc Kelly Smith, performance poet, founder of the Uptown Poetry Slam and a leader of the worldwide poetry slam movement. Marc’s performance of original and classic poetry meshes seamlessly with Al Day’s vocals and lyrics to illustrate multi-dimensional tales of urban life. With pianist Bob Long, bassist Doug Lofstrom and saxophonist Brian Gephart, the Last Word creates new worlds to be explored. As Robert Rodi wrote in New City, “it’s apparent we’re hearing an entirely new kind of poetic conversation, and it’s thrilling.” Tricia Alexander:  Award winning Performing & Healing Artist
Exquisite voice, powerful performance poet & harmonica player. Tricia’s vibrant performance style is joy-filled, uplifting & inspiring!
Diana Laffey, Vocalist Extraordinaire, Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter & Percussionist Folk, Blues, Rock, Kid’s Music – Diana’s got a little piece of it all in her heart! Together these two make musical magic!Sundays on the Square June 27, 5-7 pm – come on out to enjoy
The Last Word with Tricia Alexander and Diana Laffey.

SUNDAYS ON THE SQUARE: TODAY’S CONCERT ON THE SQUARE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER!

Please stay tuned for new dates!

Sundays On The Square

brought to you by Off Square Music and the Woodstock Opera House.

Click here to see the full schedule!

TODAY! Sundays On The Square with The LeftOvers

Sundays on the Square features The LeftOvers in the first free concert of the season.

Sundays On The Square kicks off this season’s FREE concerts with The LeftOvers. Bring your chair and a snack! Relax in the beautiful Woodstock Square with The LeftOvers Sunday, June 6th, 5-7 pm. Off Square Music and the Woodstock Opera House bring you this free concert.

Band members are Joe Pesz, Rich Prezioso, Brian Murphy, Pete Jonsson, Les Urban, Laurel Palma and Jim Seidel.

Woodstock Opera House Spotlight Series and Off Square Music Present –

We’re Happy to be co-presenting some fine music in conjunction with the Woodstock Opera House. Streaming Live from the stage along with some subscriber interactive events along the way. https://www.woodstockoperahouse.com/operahouse/page/woh-spotlight-series


TICKETS: $20.00 Livestream Package (Includes all four Spotlight Performances)
OR $10.00 per performance

Get your tickets now!

First show Friday 2/12 at 8 PM- LIVE on your screen. See you there.

Jack Williams Show, Friday, May 28th!

Final “Live From Their House” concert this Friday,5/28/21. This time it’s a Zoom show with the incomparable Jack Williams, so it might be tough to get a re-broadcast. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!!! It’s free, but we’re trying to cut down on the gate-crashers. Doors open at 7 PM Central, show starts at 7:30 PM. All donations to Off Square Music go directly to the performers. Thank you for your generosity. See you there! https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZwrfuuvrj8tHdVLxRImMBAhQck4H..

Stage Left Open Mics June-November 2021

Stage Left Open Mics meet second Friday of every month, Woodstock, Illinois.

Stage Left Open Mics are held on the 2nd Friday of every month from 7 – 11 p.m. at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St. on the historic Woodstock Square. As we get underway with live events, be sure you’re on our email list for information about all our upcoming events! Sign up in the left column of any page on the site. Send your music-loving friends and family to sign up too.

Off Square Music invites musicians, singers, poets and other performers to participate in the Open Mic Nights. Whether you’re just starting out as a performer or are a seasoned veteran, Open Mic Night offers a supportive atmosphere with an exceptional performance space and sound system.

Performing slots are 15 minutes or three songs, whichever comes first. In addition, there will be a featured performer taking the stage for a 30-minute set.

You don’t have to perform to enjoy Open Mic Nights. Just come on out for the live music and Woodstock’s charming atmosphere. Off Square requests a $5.00/pp donation to support our many music activities, including Open Mic Nights.

To sign up to perform, email Mike Breen at offsquaremusic@gmail.com, Subject: Stage Left Open Mics. If you stop by an Open Mic Night early in the evening, there might even be an available slot that same night.

Upcoming Open Mic nights are:

  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12