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."

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!

Music at the Market – August 2020

  • Saturday, August 1st
    • Bad Penny – 9-12:30
  • Tuesday, August 4th
    • Courtney & Chris – 9-12:30
  • Saturday, August 8th
    • Kishwaukee Ramblers – 9-10:30
    • Lara Bell – 10:30-12:30
  • Tuesday, August 11th
    • Thingamajig – 9-11:00
    • Suzy Schwartz – 11-12:30
  • Saturday, August 15th
    • Big Fish – 9-12:30
  • Tuesday, August 18th
    • Rich Prezioso and Pete Jonsson – 9-12:30
  • Saturday, August 22nd
    • (Jazz Festival pending) TBD
  • Tuesday, August 25th
    • Guyz with Bad Eyez – 9-11:00
    • Lara Bell – 11-12:30
  • Saturday, August 29th
    • Bad Penny

Music at the Market – July

  • Saturday, July 4
    • Kishwaukee Ramblers – 9-10:00
    • Guyz with Bad Eyez – 10-12:30
  • Tuesday, July 7
    • Courtney & Chris – 9-12:30
  • Saturday, July 11
    • Big Fish – 9-12:30
  • Tuesday, July 14
    • Thingamajig – 9-11:00
    • Lara Bell – 11-12:30
  • Saturday, July 18
    • Stage Leftovers – 9-12:30
  • Tuesday, July 21
    • Cheryl and the Down Home Boys – 9-12:30
  • Saturday, July 25
    • Rachel and Jori 9-12:30
  • Tuesday, July 28
    • Mike Breen – 9-10:00
    • Sharon Arnold – 10-11:00
    • Mark Lyons – 11-12:30

NEW! Sundays on the Square

Cheryl & the Down Home Boys and Big Fish kick off Sundays on the Square on July 26, 2020 from 5-7 pm on the Bandstand.

Off Square Music is dedicated to bringing you quality entertainment every Sunday. Just download the PayPal App to your phone and scan the QR code to “virtually tip” the bands.

Enter the amount you would like to tip/donate and that’s it!

Check back here and on our Facebook Page for the scheduled performers.

“Every Saturday” Zoom Open Mic

Weekly Zoom Open Mic – July 11, 2020

Doors open at 6:30 pm – Come on in, get settled, and visit with your friends. You can also use this time to locate your Mic control, Gallery/Speaker View switch, and (Text) Chat button. Once the music begins, the host will mute all microphones. The host will still be available by text chat, as will your fellow listeners and performers. Music begins at 7:00.

How to receive an invitation to join: If you are already on the Off Square Music Open Mic mailing list, you don’t have to do anything. If you would like to be added to that mailing list, please send an email via offsquaremusic@gmail.com so you can be added to it. You will receive a weekly reminder email with the information to join “Every Saturday.”

Optimize your Zoom experience by making a couple of changes in your setup. Here are current best-practices: https://offsquaremusic.org/2020/05/set-up-for-zoom-open-mics/

Performers:

  • Dave Ashby
  • Paul “Barney” Barnicle
  • Randy Anderson
  • Stuart Thiel
  • Kent and Deb
  • Steve and Sylvia

If you would like to perform, please email offsquaremusic@gmail.com no later than noon on the Thursday before the event.  Andy Andrick will contact you when we receive your email. Please be sure to check out the Instructions for Performers on our website: https://offsquaremusic.org/2020/05/set-up-for-zoom-open-mics/

We look forward to your participation. This is a work in progress and suggestions are always welcome. 

Music at the Market is back!

Here’s the June line-up:

  • Tuesday, June 9th
    • Suzy Schwartz – 9-12:30
  • Saturday, June 13th
    • Big Fish – 9-12:30
  • Tuesday, June 16th
    • Courtney & Chris – 9:00
    • Tricia Alexander – 11:00
  • Saturday, June 20th
    • Cheryl and the Down Home Boys – 9-11:00
    • Sue Fink – 11-12:30
  • Tuesday, June 23rd
    • Courtney & Chris – 9-12:30
  • Saturday, June 27th
    • Bad Penny – 9-12:30
  • Tuesday, June 30th
    • Mark Hobbs – 9-11:00
    • Moriyah and McCoo – 11:00-12:30