The Joel Paterson Trio kicks off the Sundays on the Square 2022 season on June 26. With four other performers and performing groups, the music plays from noon to 7:00 pm. This special afternoon and evening is part of Woodstock’s Summer in the Park:
- 12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm | Lara Bell
- 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm | Mark Hobbs
- 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Guyz with Bad Eyez
- 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm | Tricia Alexander & Alpha Stewart Jr.
- 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Joel Paterson Trio
Get together with your friends on the historic Woodstock Town Square for an afternoon and evening to celebrate music, summer, fun, and friends. Read more below about Sundays on the Square and Woodstock’s Summer in the Park, some of the best things about summer.
The Joel Paterson Trio headlines the June 26 event. Guitar wizard Joel Paterson and his band of Chicago’s finest brings you the best in jazz, blues, Western swing and everything in between!
The Joel Paterson Trio and our other June 26 performers
One of the very bright lights in the world of American roots music is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter out of Chicago, Joel Paterson.
Paterson started playing guitar in the mid 80s. As he said : “I borrowed a guitar from somebody and tried to teach myself by ear and immediately got into the blues. My mom actually had a Lightnin’ Hopkins LP, The Best of Lightnin’ Hopkins on the Tradition/Everest label. I put that record on when I first started playing guitar. You know everything was in ‘E’. I’m like, ‘“I’ve got to learn this.’ I…learned all the songs on that record. I just wanted to play country blues.
“Then I got obsessed with Blind Blake. That taught me the thumb patterns right away. There was this record store in Madison that had all the Yazoo LPs. I started buying everything I could get my hands on.” at 14 in the 80s, Joel was unique in his obsession. Not many were listening to the “old stuff” then, but he was “kind of obsessed with this music and ignored the 80s music scene completely.”
Joel Paterson — from blues to jazz to swing and rockabilly
Originally from Madison, at age 15, Paterson met a street performer named Catfish, who introduced him to country blues, “a lot of Robert Johnson stuff.” That music influenced Joel, who continued to play country blues through college. Throughout those years, he connected with blues performers from Chicago who came to the bars in Madison.
Of himself and the music he plays, Paterson says, “I make my living playing blues, jazz, swing and rockabilly in Chicago. The blues people can’t figure me out. The jazz people can’t figure me out. I’m lucky though to have my own little niche because I play with really great musicians. We can kind of create our own little genre.”
Joel plays with a number of groups including Devil In A Woodpile, Jim Liban & The Joel Paterson Trio, The Four Charms, The Jim Liban Blues Combo, The Jonathan Doyle Swingtet, The Modern Sounds (3), The Western Elstons, and Wee Hairy Beasties.
Discography lists seven CD/albums to Joel Paterson’s credit, most on the Ventrella Records label: Down At The Depot, Go Lightnin’, Steel Is Real, Handful Of Strings, Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar, Let It Be Guitar, and Let It Be Acoustic Guitar! – and two more with others: Jonathan Doyle and Joel Paterson – Another Someday Blues Acoustic Duets From Chicago and Joel Paterson & Lester Peabody – Biscuitboardin’.
The Joel Paterson Trio
The Joel Paterson Trio plays Chicago’s finest blend of jazz, swing and blues, featuring the crack rhythm section of Beau Sample on bass and Alex Hall on drums.
Other June 26 Sundays on the Square performers
Country artist Lara Bell is a singer/songwriter from the northern Illinois area. She was born and raised with southern inspired roots. Since she was 16 years old, she has performed hundreds of live shows between Chicagoland and Southern Wisconsin at various well known venues.
Lara is an accomplished musician of classical piano, acoustic guitar, and ukulele. Her genre diversity always captures the crowds attention. From country, to rock, to folk, to pop, she can do just about anything to please an audience. Fans have compared Lara’s voice to the queen of country music herself, Miss Dolly Parton, along with Miranda Lambert, Jewel, Ingrid Michaeslon, Brandi Carlile, Alanis Morissette, and Joni Mitchell.
Find out more about Lara Bell in these locations:
A singer-songwriter, Mark Hobbs has a passion for real music about real life. A bus or a train or a break up. A county fair or a trailer park….inspiration comes in from every direction. Enjoy.
You can find Mark’s music on these sites:
You can also find him on Facebook.
So come on out to enjoy the summer and a great afternoon and evening at this Sundays on the Square kick off event, part of Woodstock’s Summer in the Park – Sunday, June 26, noon – 7 pm.
Guyz with Bad Eyez
Guyz With Bad Eyez is Merv Collins and Don Humbertson. Merv dazzles audiences with his masterful fingerstyle acoustic guitar, and Don adds soaring vocals and great guitar playing. Together they are Guyz With Bad Eyez.
Guyz With Bad Eyez are well-known to Woodstock audiences. If you haven’t had a chance to hear them yet, make this your moment!
For more information and maybe even a sample of their music, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GuyzwithBadEyez/.
The Folk Music Source Book places Tricia’s “intelligent contemporary writing” in the same league as Holly Near, Cheryl Wheeler, Anne Hills, and Christine Lavin.
Joy-filled, uplifting, and inspiring are just some of the words used to describe Tricia’s music and performance.
Tricia Alexander & Alpha Stewart, Jr. started playing music together over 40 years ago. 40+ years of creating amazing music and sharing incredible adventures – concerts, recordings, festivals, church services – even a little theater touring in the U.K.
People say that Tricia and Alpha move and flow together like veteran dance partners. Individually, they are both powerful musicians and performers. Together they make musical magic!
Read more HERE.
Sundays on the Square – celebrate music & summer outdoors
Sundays on the Square in 2022 run every Sunday, June 26 – Sept 4, except for July 17 (the Woodstock Folk Festival is always scheduled the third Sunday in July).
Enjoy some great bands from 5:00 – 7:00 pm (noon – 7:00 pm on the opening Sunday, June 26). We gather on the historic Woodstock Square, Cass & Van Buren Streets, Woodstock IL 60098. Shows vary, some with one and some with two acts, featuring local, regional, and national talent.
Restaurants on the Square are usually open on these evenings with carry-out items, but please confirm with specific places. Of course you can bring your own food items and picnic on the Square. Also, be sure to bring chairs!
Sunday evenings on the Square are always a memorable part of summer in the Woodstock area. Watch this website for updates and specifics on the bands. Better yet, subscribe to our email list if you aren’t already on it!
Watch our website for details about the Sundays on the Square July schedule
- July 3 – Sons of the Never Wrong
- July 10 – Courtney and Chris/Lia Nicine McCoo
- July 17 – Woodstock Folk Fest
- July 24 – TBA
- July 31 – Arranmore
Summer in the Park
Woodstock’s signature event, Summer in the Park, will be held June 22-26, 2022 throughout Woodstock. Sponsored by the City of Woodstock, this five-day festival has something for everyone…music and concerts, children’s entertainment, food court, carnival rides and other children’s activities, pool party, bags tournament, Movie in the Park, and much more!
Brought to you by…
These FREE summer concerts are brought to you by Off Square Music, the Woodstock Opera House, grants with support from the Illinois Arts Council, Arts & Culture for Woodstock and Hotel/Motel Use Fund — as well as your generous donations. It truly takes a village (and a state, and a few cities, a couple of guys with wagons and an ice cream vendor).