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Sundays on the Square Features Joe Filisko & Eric Noden

August 6 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm CDT

Sundays on the Square features Joe Filisko & Eric Noden. This is a series that began in June and continues 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!

We will enjoy these concerts in AUGUST:

  • August 6 | Joe Filisko & Eric Noden
  • August 13 | Dave Rudolf
  • August 20 | The Lucky Pickers
  • August 27 | Jonas Friddle Trio 

August 6 | Joe Filisko & Eric Noden

About Joe Filisko & Eric Noden

Joe Filisko and Eric Noden are an American roots duo from Chicago Illinois.
Joe Filisko and Eric Noden are an American roots duo from Chicago Illinois.

Joe Filisko and Eric Noden are an American roots duo from Chicago Illinois. They have been performing and recording music together for 20 years. Their original blues songs, train imitations and harmony singing are reminiscent of the 1920s and 30s when acoustic music was prevalent. Joe and Eric use their virtuosity and song writing skills to illustrate nearly forgotten styles of American Music.

The blues and roots music duo— Joe Filisko and Eric Noden — make an unforgettable impression. Their jaw-dropping virtuosity enables them to create more layers of sound and feeling than most full bands can summon. Both are high-energy, ultra-rhythmic performers. The collective result — in both live shows and recordings— is charged, dramatic performances that are simultaneously powerful and sublty sophisticated.

Worldwide performers

Just a few short years after their first meeting, Filisko and Noden display their compelling musicality on the world stage. They performed at the legendary Chicago Blues Festival and the Paramount Blues Festival in Grafton, Wisconsin (where some of the greatest of the early blues recordings were made). They’ve also performed at Sweden’s Eslov Blues Festival and the Festival Ecaussines in Belgium.

The duo recorded the theme song for the “Sweet Folk Chicago” on the legendary Chicago radio station WFMT.

Unique early blues harmonica and guitar styles

Joe and Eric are expert practitioners of harmonica and guitar styles that defined the blues in its earliest days but are now all too rarely heard. Both of these standout performers also teach and make it a point to share the insights they’ve gained from two lifetimes of deep research into the history of the music. German harmonica master Steve Baker invited the roots duo to teach and perform at the Harmonica Masters Workshops in Trossingen, Germany (home of the harmonica manufacturer Hohner), in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014-16 The pair has also offered joint workshops and performances at Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival, the Harmonicales Festival in France, and at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

What Folks Say About Joe Filisko & Eric Noden

“Two marvelous musicians who have captured not only the sounds but the emotional spirit of some of the richest bloodlines of American music.” ~ Kim Field, author of Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers

“Joe Filisko and Eric Noden make a thoroughly convincing case that this music is the real deal and their spirited performances make it sound both fresh and contemporary.” ~ Dirty Linen

“Eric and Joe are possessed by the spirits of Howlin Wolf, Sonny Terry, Robert Johnson, Johnny Woods, Sonny Boy Williamson, Gwen Foster and transported listeners back to the 1920’s Delta.. We love Eric and Joe. Please send them back. ~ Mickey Raphael, harmonica player for Willie Nelson


Sundays on the Square – celebrate music & summer outdoors

Sundays on the Square in 2023 run every Sunday, June 25 – Sept 3, except for July 16 (the Woodstock Folk Festival is always scheduled the third Sunday in July).

Enjoy some great bands from 5:00 – 7:00 pm CDT. 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 upcoming performers:

  • August 13 | Dave Rudolf
  • August 20 | The Lucky Pickers
  • August 27 | Jonas Friddle Trio 
  • September 3 | Hot Lagarto 

For the entire Summer 2023 Schedule, check HERE.

Donations cheerfully accepted

We appreciate your contributions in support of music in Woodstock. You may contribute to Off Square Music and also to specific performers using the buttons in the left column of most pages on this site.

Brought to you by…

These FREE summer concerts are brought to you by Off Square Music, the Woodstock Opera House, the City of Woodstock, and the Woodstock Hotel/Motel Tax Grants to the Arts — 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).

Cass & Van Buren Sts.
Woodstock, Illinois 60098 United States
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