Sundays on the Square 2022 continues in August with weekly concerts into September. Plan to get together with your friends on the historic Woodstock Town Square for an evening (5-7 pm CDT) to celebrate music, summer, fun, and friends. Read more below about Sundays on the Square, one of the best things about summer — and it’s FREE!
The August 2022 Schedule follows.
August 7 | Honey Cellar
Honey Cellar is a folk rock band born out of a border town, where fiddle tunes, folk punk, and Midsummer brought them together. They are based in Chicago and have played at venues all around the Midwest. Their rich vocal harmony, vibrant instrumentals, and earnest lyrics make each show an intimate yet electrifying experience.
Their debut album, In Our Time, plays like an oasis of gentle melodies and nostalgic lyrics in a tumultuous year. Nine original songs showcase the band’s folk roots built on a backbone of rock rhythm and introspective lyrics. The lead singers’ dynamic vocal harmonies rise to the powerhouse wail of the Civil Wars and soften to the haunting duet of Better Oblivion Community Center. Alongside these voices the Irish-inspired mandolin and violin soar, weaving in and out of center stage like a third voice.
Honey Cellar Band Members
Honey Cellar includes these band members:
- Catherine Krol: vocals, bass
- Danny Connolly: vocals, guitar
- Lucy Holden: vocals, violin, mandolin
- Tariq Shihadah: vocals, guitar, flute
- Joey Buttlar: drums, percussion
Read more about HONEY CELLAR HERE.
August 14 | | Ashley & Simpson | John Derado & Anne McIntyre
About Ashley & Simpson
Comprised of Jennifer Ashley and Joel Simpson, Ashley & Simpson are quickly becoming folk scene favorites. This folk duo blends traditional songs and instrumentation along with beautiful vocal harmonies reminiscent of famous duos such as Ian & Silvia and The Everly Brothers.
With their sophomore release “Off To Here Land,” they have pushed the art of folk to a new sound with an all traditional track list that will delight fans new and old. Both bringing a classical perspective to their duo, Jennifer Ashley & Joel Simpson have reached a new level with incorporating elements of jazz, popular music and other modern styles in their arrangements. READ MORE ABOUT ASHLEY & SIMPSON HERE.
About John Derado & Anne McIntyre
Originally from East of Gary, John Derado plays fingerstyle guitar and bottleneck slide. His roots are firmly planted in traditional pre-war blues with a strong inclination towards the Americana singer/songwriter. He has played throughout the contiguous 48 states, Canada and Mexico.
Anne McIntyre plays keyboards and is originally from Michigan. Her father was a jazz musician who taught her to play the blues when she was just a little girl and she has been playing them ever since. She was a teaching artist at Homespun Music in Kalamazoo, Michigan and has performed in Michigan and the Chicagoland area.
August 21 | Albion West | Wildered
About Albion West
The Albion West Group includes Katie Swierk, Jeremiah de la Pena, Marissa Weston, and Linnea Scott.
Kacie is the founding and leading member of Albion West. She created this group with the hopes of forming a musical community that wouldn’t just “write to write” or “play to play” but instead push to create original music that digs into the heart of storytelling.
August 28 | The Corner Boys
About The Corner Boys
Featuring outstanding guitarwork, wonderful harmonies, and the original music of Kris Nichols.
Dave Kunzweiler, Paul Hilderbrand and Michael Rothstein, aka Corner Boys, together bring their lifelong passion for music to the stage. The name Corner Boys comes from an east coast tradition of late night harmonies sung on the street corner.
Not your typical acoustic cover band, the Corner Boys playlist runs from Lyle Lovett, to Michael Jackson to our own Kris Nichols. The attention to detail, dynamics and nuance makes for an evening of fabulous music. Their goal is to touch people with their music and to share the joy that they get from their art.
READ MORE ABOUT THE CORNER BOYS HERE – AND LISTEN TO A SAMPLE.
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 CDT (noon – 7:00 pm CDT 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 our last Sunday on the Square this season, September 4
September 4 | Hot Lagarto
Donations cheerfully accepted here (left column)
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).