Music at the Market | August 2022 Schedule

Music at the Market on the historic Woodstock Square with the Woodstock Farmers Market.
Music at the Market on the historic Woodstock Square with the Woodstock Farmers Market.

MUSIC AT THE MARKET AUGUST 2022

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, brought to you by Off Square Music, is a parade of wonderful performers at the Woodstock Farmers Market.

Music at the Market (August 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 August

Bummed because you missed a favorite performer due to a rain cancellation? Don’t worry! Whenever possible, we reschedule. Watch THIS SECTION of our website for updates.

  • Tuesday, August 2 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Courtney & Chris
Courtney & Chris
Courtney & Chris are an acoustic guitar duo featuring Courtney Sullivan on vocals and rhythm guitar and
Chris Kalkbrenner on lead guitar.
Chicagoland's Largest Steelpan Organization
Potts & Pans Steelband is Chicagoland’s Largest Steelpan Organization. Internationally acclaimed steelband comprised mainly of Northern Illinois University graduates that were a part of the NIU Steelband. A steelband that is comprised of experienced musicians that strive for playing difficult music, arranging their own music, and commissioning new works. Potts & Pans Steelband is not about playing “beach” music, it is about showing the diversity of the instrument and educating audiences.
  • Tuesday, August 9
    • 9:00 am – 11:00 am | ThingamaJig
    • 11:00 am – 1:00 am | Mary Lai
Group 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.
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.
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.
  • Saturday, August 13
    • 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.
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. Music from the 60s, acoustic country, folk and Americana, featuring pedal steel guitar and three-part harmonies.
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, August 16
    • 9:00 am – 10:00 am | Sharon Arnold
    • 10:00 am – 11:00 am | Jim Allen
    • 11:00 am – 1:00 am | Lara Bell
Sharon Arnold's beautiful voice and guitar playing (sometimes ukulele) bring grace to the Folk, Americana, Pop music she performs.
Sharon Arnold‘s beautiful voice and guitar playing bring grace to Folk, Americana, and Pop music. She performs solo, in duos & country bands for 35 years in the Chicagoland area.
Jim Allen works solo playing acoustic guitar and singing. Currently he also performs with Chicago-based band, Second Time Around (https://www.secondtimearoundmusic.com/home)
Country artist Lara Bell is a singer/songwriter from the northern Illinois area. She was born and raised with southern inspired roots, and since she was 16 years old, has performed hundreds of live shows between Chicagoland and Southern WI at various well known venues.
Country artist Lara Bell is a singer/songwriter from the northern Illinois area. She was born and raised with southern inspired roots, and since she was 16 years old, has performed hundreds of live shows between Chicagoland and Southern WI at various well known venues.
  • Saturday, August 20
    • 9:00 am – 10:45 am | Kishwaukee Ramblers
    • 10:45 am – 12:00 noon | Julie Gibson
    • 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm | Jim Gary
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.
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.
Julie and the Gems
Julie and the Gems
Jim Gary recently released a new CD of original music, "Big Door... Little Wonder" as well as a John Denver tribute.
Jim Gary writes, performs, and records music. He has released several albums and EPs including a CD of Michael Smith songs (“I Wanna Be Like Mike”). He recently released a new CD of original music, “Big Door… Little Wonder” as well as a John Denver tribute.
  • Tuesday, August 23
    • 9:00 am – 10:00 am | Tom Stevens
    • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm | Suzy Schwartz
Tom Stevens is an experienced professional composer, pianist and teacher based in the Chicago area.
Tom Stevens is an experienced professional composer, pianist and teacher based in the Chicago area.
Suzy Schwartz is a guitarist and vocalist, well-known to our community.
Suzy Schwartz is a guitarist and vocalist, well-known to our community.
  • Saturday, August 27
    • 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.
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.
  • Tuesday, August 30
    • 9:00 am | Kent Fishburn
    • 11:00 am | Rich Prezioso
Kent Fishburn plays guitar (occasionally with harmonica mixed in) and sings acoustic folk rock, blues and jazz.
Kent Fishburn plays guitar (occasionally with harmonica mixed in) and sings acoustic folk rock, blues and jazz.
Rich 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.
Rich 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.

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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