Music at the Market on the historic Woodstock Square with the Woodstock Farmers Market.
MUSIC AT THE MARKET
Music at the Market, brought to you by Off Square Music, is a parade of wonderful performers at the Woodstock Farmers Market.
Music at the Market (July 2022), brought to you by Off Square Music, is a parade of wonderful performers at the Woodstock Farmers Market. What a great way to shop for local seasonal produce and locally crafted items, enjoying the music while you greet friends.
Every week we feature musical performances from local artists. The music styles range from country to pop to jazz. Many are solo performances but we also have several full bands. We’ve had performers from as far away as Germany play for us at the Square.
For all upcoming Music at the Market dates, see our Off Square Music calendar
. on this site Music at the Market Performance Schedule in July
Bummed because you missed a favorite performer due to a rain cancellation? Don’t worry! We reschedule whenever possible. Watch this section of our website for updates- https://offsquaremusic.org/category/music-at-the-market/.
Saturday, July 2
9:00 am – 10:30 am | Amy Dixon Kolar 10:45 am – 12:00 pm | Mark Hobbs 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Mary Lai
Chicago singer-songwriter Amy Dixon-Kolar incorporates Celtic, traditional, blues and folk influences into her contemporary acoustic style. Recognized enthusiastically by reviewers, listeners and organizations globally, her honest lyrics, distinctive vocals and fluid guitar stylings come together in a fresh expressive mix. Amy’s inspiration for songwriting comes from her work as a performer, teacher, social activist, ASL interpreter and mother. Her award-winning single, came out as a single in January, 2009, has had over 300,000 views on YouTube, has been scored for choruses, and is being sung all over the world. Rosa Sat, which
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: , YouTube , ReverbNation , Spotify , You can also find him on Apple Music . Facebook
Singer-songwriter Mary Lai has performed for over a thousand music events throughout the Chicago suburbs and into Wisconsin since she was a teenager, both as a solo artist and as a lead singer for several bands and acoustic groups. Covering folk, rock, country, and pop music from the 60s to today, Lai delivers fresh renditions of familiar songs, as well as memorable originals, with passionate vocals and guitar. One of her favorite experiences includes recording and singing with Emmy-nominated musician Roger Adler, partnering with him in the acoustic duo VINTAGE, and appearing as a guest performer with his Blues Deluxe Band.
Tuesday, July 5
9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Courtney & Chris
Acoustic guitar duo features Courtney Sullivan on vocals and rhythm guitar and Chris Kalkbrenner on lead guitar.
Saturday, July 9
9:00 am – 10:30 am | Big Fish 10:45 am – 1:00 pm | Northwest Highway
Big Fish includes Marty Brunkalla, Deb Firak, Kent Fishburn, and Al Fyfe. They play Swing to Blues with a little Bluegrass in between.
Northwest Highway includes Andy Andrick, Gloria Burchfield, and Les Urban. Music from the 60s, acoustic country, folk and Americana, featuring pedal steel guitar and three-part harmonies.
Tuesday, July 12
9:00 am – 11:00 am | ThingamaJig 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Norm Siegel 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | George Klingelhofer
ThingamaJig includes Neal Brown with acoustic guitars, vocals; Gary Lee Phillips on concert flute, alto flute, Irish bouzouki, tenor banjo, ukuleles, vocals; and Gary Plazyk on hammered dulcimer, Anglo concertinas, hurdy gurdy, didgeridoo, jaw harp, exotic percussion, vocals. Play a variety of music, including American and Celtic, traditional Folk, and classic Jazz.
Norm Siegel is a veteran of the Great Chicago Folk Scare (1967-1981). He’s played with some of Chicago’s best singer/songwriters. Actively engaged with Off Square Music, Norm performs for Music at the Market, Sundays on the Square, 1st Wednesday Concert Series (formerly 4th Fridays), the Stage Left Cafe Open Mic, and Every Saturday Virtual Open Mic. Norm Siegel plays guitar, 12 string guitar, and bass. Many of the songs he presents, he learned from the people who wrote them. Over the past 60 years, he has seen them at their best…and sometimes at their worst. Many, however, have been lasting lifelong friends.
George Klingelhofer is a singer-songwriter and ukulele player specializing in Contemporary Island Ukulele and pop music. George fell in love with contemporary Hawaiian music in 1988, influenced by the likes of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, and the Ka’au Crater Boys. In 2004 George picked up the uke for the first time and has not put it down since. His easy-going vocal style and intricate harmonies transport you to the beach on a warm and sunny summer‘s day. He has composed 17 original songs and recorded over 100 songs. George plays regularly at Every Saturday Virtual Open Mics and now at the Stage Left Open Mic.
Saturday, July 16
9:00 am – 10:30 am | Suzy Schwartz 10:45 am – 1:00 pm | Cheryl & the Down Home Boys
Suzy Schwartz, guitarist, vocalist.
Cheryl and the Down Home Boys include Cheryl Niemo, Pete Jonsson, and Marty Brunkalla. They perform Americana, a blend of Roots music including: Old Time County, Folk, Standards, Blue Grass and Blues.
Tuesday, July 19
9:00 am – 10:00 am | Mike Breen 10:00 am – 11:30 am | Sharon Arnold 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Dave Martin
As a well-traveled military child, Mike Breen has been singing songs from the radio from Biloxi to Chicago. He started playing guitar at ten…gospel, folk, jazz, blues, rock, covers, and parody.
Sharon Arnold‘s beautiful voice and guitar playing (sometimes ukulele) bring grace to the Folk, Americana, Pop music she performs.
Dave Martin is a University of Iowa Journalism graduate who is etching a songwriting sensibility that lies at the wry musical crossroads somewhere near where Jimmy Buffett and Greg Brown meet…
Saturday, July 23
9:00 am – 10:30 am | Kishwaukee Ramblers 10:45 am – 12:00 pm | Mark & Jean 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Group Therapy Brass
The Kishwaukee Ramblers include Neal Brown, Gary Plazyk, and Amy Beth (L to R). They play traditional American and Celtic folk music and children’s songs using guitar, fiddle, cello, banjo, autoharp, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, Anglo concertinas, hurdy gurdy, didgeridoo, jaw harp, and other musical toys.
Mark and Jean deliver a rollicking musical montage with a high-energy performance that’s sure to please both young and old alike! With Jean on guitar and Mark on guitar, ukulele, washboard, and kazoo, these two will leave you and your children with a song in your heart, laughter in your belly, and a smile on your face!
Boasting a big sound, crisp harmonies and potent brass attack, Group Therapy has built a devoted Metrowest following over the past 10 years. Vocal talent is spread throughout this band of seasoned musicians, 4 of whom sing lead on a given night. Electric, acoustic guitar and keyboards provide the melodic foundation. Congas and timbales add spice to the mix. With these ingredients, Group Therapy covers a wide range of genres and eras, from Woodstock, 70’s soul, New Orleans funk, country rock, 80’s pop to contemporary hits. The band covers popular, danceable hits from Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Average White Band, Joss Stone, C. Lo Green and many more.
Tuesday, July 26
9:00 am – 11:00 am | Pete Jonsson 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | Rich Prezioso
Pete Jonsson has performed in bands and as a solo artist since the ice age. Pete grew up in a house where relatives gathered and played music. It was then that he began learning some old standards, popular music of the early 1900s. Pete is also fond of folk, blues, country, and pop. He plays guitar in various styles, fingerpicking, flatpicking, and slide. He also has a wide range of wonderful original tunes.
Rich Prezioso grew up in Fort Lee, N.J. He believes he may be the only person in his home town who can yodel. He says he wore out a lot of records and a few turntables listening and learning anything from Bill Monroe to the Allman Brothers. He has played blues, country, folk, and rock in no particular order as a solo and in both acoustic and electric bands. He studied classical guitar and composition, and worked for five years as a jingle writer in Chicago, writing music for Cap’n Crunch Cereal, Gatorade, and Domino’s Pizza, among others. He has gained a reputation as a songwriter and as a “guitar whiz” for his multi-styled approach to the instrument (a label he says he’ll only accept when the endorsements start rolling in) and has participated in workshops with players like Steve Kaufmann and Pat Kirtley, and Stephen Bennett. Saturday, July 30 – Celebrating 40 years of the award-winning Woodstock Farmers Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Bad Penny
Bad Penny is an acoustic trio based in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. They have fast become one of the most popular performing groups at the Woodstock Farmers Market.
Woodstock Farmers Market summer season
The Woodstock Farmers Market has vendors surrounding the Historic Woodstock Square on all four sides as well as throughout the park in the center of the Square. Saturday market runs from April-October, and Tuesday market runs from June-September. Market hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. We are a Producers Only Market, meaning everything you purchase is grown or produced directly by the vendor you are purchasing from. Woodstock Farmers Market winter season
The Woodstock Farmers Market winter market is held in Building “D” at the McHenry County Fairgrounds. Along with our usual farm market offerings, we will have several Artisans at each market. The market runs mid-October through April on select Saturdays. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The winter market gathers on select Saturdays in Building “D” at the McHenry County Fairgrounds.
There was not live music at the indoor market during the 2021-22 winter season due to COVID-19 concerns.
Hope to see you at the Market!
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