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Pull up a chair and take in a concert in the park in McHenry County

Assistant conductor Chris Keyes leads the Crystal Lake City Band during the first Concert in the Park of the season June 5 at Main Beach in Crystal Lake.
Assistant conductor Chris Keyes leads the Crystal Lake City Band during the first Concert in the Park of the season June 5 at Main Beach in Crystal Lake.

Frank Canino prides his band on being sticklers for fine detail, making sure that every single component of their band is accurate to the time period they’re trying to portray. From the lead singer, Christine’s, pin-up hair and long satin gloves, to the vintage ribbon microphones and old-school guitars the band performs with, Canino aims to offer a true blast from the past no matter what stage they perform on.

And the July 17 concert in Crystal Lake is no exception. Performing hits from musical greats such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and The Beatles, Rosie and the Rivets are excited to bring the 1950s and 1960s rock ’n’ roll experience to Main Beach.

“We want it to be what it was like, not what people think it was like,” Canino said. “We’re willing to go the extra distance to show that [the 1950s] was cool, fun and dance-able.”

The band performs at about 70 park concerts a year in addition to casino gigs and private parties. Canino, who serves as the band’s manager and lead guitar, believes park concerts in particular like the ones in Crystal Lake are the ideal setting for them to put on a high-energy show that’s fun for all ages.

“The music we perform appeals to a broad age range of people,” Canino said. “Park concert shows are more interactive and kid-friendly. It’s more of a family affair.”

Rosie and the Rivets are one of eight area bands that comprise this year’s summer lineup for the Crystal Lake Concerts in the Park series. The popular summer tradition is back for its third year, and will feature acts from an array of genres, including country, pop and Motown.

Following is this summer’s guide to area concerts in the park:

CRYSTAL LAKE CONCERTS IN THE PARK, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, June through August, Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake. Hosted by the Crystal Lake Park District. Schedule: June 19, Billy Croft and the 5 Alarm Band (country); June 26, 1976 (classic rock); July 3, Voices in Harmony; July 10, Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band (Caribbean); July 17 Rosie and the Rivets (’50s-’60s rock); July 24, R-Gang (R&B, Motown); July 31, Crystal Lake Community Band; Aug. 7, Feel Good Party Band (top 40). Information: 815-459-0680 or www.crystallakeparks.org.

WOODSTOCK CITY BAND CONCERTS, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through July 25, on the Square, Woodstock. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. The concert is free. Information: 815-338-5300 or www.woodstockil.gov.

CARY PARK DISTRICT SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK, 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 14 through July 19, Lions Park Bandshell, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Schedule: June 14, Whiskeyfist (country/rock); June 21, Sway Chicago (swing, rock, Motown); July 5, Spoken Four (’60s through today); July 12, The Stingrays (rock); July 19, 2018 Teen Battle of the Bands winners will perform. Free. Information: 847-639-6100 or www.carypark.org

BATTLE OF THE BANDS COMPETITION, 1 p.m. June 20, Lions Park Bandshell stage, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Local teen rock bands perform in Cary Park District’s local competition. The winning band will be featured at the July 19 concert in the park and also joins the battle in the regional competition for a chance to advance to the state finals. Free. Information: 847-639-6100 or www.carypark.com

ALGONQUIN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, June 21 through Aug. 9, Riverfront Park, 201 N. Harrison St., Algonquin. Outdoor concerts hosted by the village of Algonquin. All concerts 7:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park unless otherwise noted. Schedule: June 21, Rhythm Rockets; June 28, Soul 2 the Bone; July 5, Ear Candy; July 12, Black Diamond; July 19, Saturday June Band, July 26, Pirates Over 40 (at Founders’ Days Festival); Aug. 2, Nashville Electric Company; Aug. 9, Spoken Four. Free. Information: 847-658-2716 or www.algonquin.org/recreation.

OPEN MIC NIGHTS WITH McHENRY COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT, 7 to 9 p.m. June 22, July 20 and Aug. 17, Lost Valley Visitor Center patio in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Come as spectator or performer. No registration required. Free. Information: 815-479-5779 or www.mccdistrict.org/rvvms/special-events

FIRST FRIDAYS CONCERT SERIES, 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 6, Aug. 3 and Sept. 7, Lost Valley Visitor Center patio at Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. McHenry County Conservation District hosts an evening of music and nature. Bring a picnic dinner and hear regional musicians: July 6, The Stingrays; Aug. 3, Lara Bell; Sept. 7, Hurricane Saxophone Quartet. Free. Information: 815-479-5779 or www.mccdistrict.org.

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