Off Square Music ... This Is Our Story

Off Square Music ... This Is Our Story

Off Square Music is the heart and soul of the Woodstock music scene and the center of musical energy in McHenry County, Illinois. From all of its year-round indoor live music venues to outdoor special events and the award winning Woodstock Farmers Market, musicians and non-musicians alike travel to Woodstock to learn, hear and play music of many genres. Read more about our history in "About."

New Year’s Eve Party 12/31/2020

This year has presented challenges to many musicians to stay connected in virtual ways. Off Square’s New Year’s Eve parties have historically been held at Stage Left Cafe for a number of years. But this year……Small Potatoes and Off Square Music want to welcome a brand new year and would love for you to join in and help us do just that!

A Zoom New Year’s Eve party will be set up for Thursday, December 31, 2020 from 8-10:00 pm.

There will be spots for 12 performers @ 10 minutes each. For the last 10 minutes the Spuds will welcome the new year. If you would like a slot, sign up:

  • use the “Contact” button on the menu above by selecting “Other” and inserting your name in the form that follows;
  • send an email to and use New Year’s Eve in the Subject line; or
  • send a message to Off Square Music on Facebook.

Each performer will have 10 minutes.

This is a free event. We would like to thank all those of you who support our venue, both live and virtual, throughout the year. We happily welcome any donation you would like to give. Use the Donate button on our site.

See it also on Facebook –

Sundays on the Square with

The Last Word

with Tricia Alexander and Diana Laffey

September 27, 2020

This Sunday, September 27th, we will have the final outdoor Sundays on the Square concert of the 2020 summer season from 5 to 7 pm. We will be presenting “The Last Word” Concert with Tricia Alexander, Diana Laffey, Al Day and a fine support band from Chicago. Please bring your lawn chair. All donations go to the performers. Please stay tuned for future events. We have some tentative plans for the fall and winter.

Every Saturday Zoom Open Mic-9/19/2020

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Off Square Music “Every Saturday” Open Mic this Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This week’s performers are:

Andy Andrick Paul ‘Barney’ Barnicle Norm Siegel Les Urban Cheryl Niemo Randy Anderson

  • Andy Andrick
  • Paul “Barney” Barnicle
  • Norm Siegel
  • Les Urban
  • Cheryl Niemo
  • Randy Anderson

Sounds like another great line-up. See you there!

Just in case you missed it, click this link to listen!

Sundays on the Square with the Leftovers – 9/20

Show runs 5-7 pm, it’s FREE, and the weather looks to be superb. Bring a lawn chair and your masks, and we’ll see you there! Joe Pesz, Rich Prezioso, Brian Murphy, Jim Seidel, Pete Jonsson, Laurel Palma and Les Urban.

Sundays on the Square with Rob Anderlik and Josh McPartland

September 13, 2020

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Corner Boys will not be appearing on 9/13. In their place we are pleased to present Dobro and guitarist Rob Anderlik and mandolinist Josh McPartland. Weather looks great! See you there.

Music at the Market-September & October 2020

It’s always a beautiful day at the market!

  • Tuesday, September 1st
    • Courtney & Chris 9-12:30
  • Saturday, September 5th
    • Stage LeftOvers 9-12:30
  • Tuesday, September 8th
    • ThingamaJig 9-11:00
    • Mark Hobbs 11-12:30
  • Saturday, September 12th
    • Big Fish 9-11:00
    • Mary Lai 11-12:30
  • Tuesday, September 15th
    • Steve Firak 9-10:00
    • Mike Breen 10-11:00
    • Tricia Alexander 11-12:3
  • Saturday, September 19th
    • Rachel and Jori 9-11:00
    • Mark Hobbs 11-12:30
  • Tuesday, September 22nd
    • Sharon Arnold 9:00
    • Rich Prezioso 10:00
    • Lara Bell 11:00
  • Saturday, September 26th
    • Kishwaukee Ramblers 9-10:30
    • Mark and Jean 10:30-12:30
  • Tuesday, September 29th
    • ThingamaJig 9-11:00
    • Pete Jonsson 11:00-12:30
  • Saturday, October 3, 2020
    • Guyz with Bad Eyez 9-11:00
    • Moriyah and McCoo 11-12:30
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020
    • Courtney and Chris 9-11:00
    • Tricia Alexander 11-12:30
  • Saturday, October 10 – No music due to train show
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    • ThingamaJig 9-11:00
    • Lara Bell 11-12:30
  • Saturday, October 17, 2020
    • Bad Penny – 9-12:30

Sundays on the Square Info

Off Square Music is committed to bringing live music to the community. These free concerts are being held from 5-7 p.m. every Sunday through September. Check our website and our Facebook page to see who’s performing each week.

Sunday, September 27th will be our final outdoor concert in the series. Stay tuned for future events. We have some tentative plans for the fall and winter.

Tips are cheerfully accepted for the performers. There are two ways to tip them – by depositing cash into the tip bucket located on the ground in front of the bandstand; or by swiping the QR code with your phone. These are posted on several lamp posts around the park and also by the tip bucket. All tips go directly to the musicians.

Off Square Music thanks you for supporting live music.

Sundays on the Square August 30, 2020 with Rachel & Jori

In a world where many forms of entertainment continue to be replaced by modern technology, Rachel and Jori feel live music adds a unique element that will make your event unforgettable.

They want to share their love of music with you!