There are many great outdoor concert venues in Illinois along with plenty of beautiful gardens but when you combine them it's the ultimate live music experience.

Anderson Japanese Gardens Announce Summer 2024 Concert Series

I love going to see my favorite bands in concert. The best way to experience them live is during the summer at outdoor music venues. Luckily, we have some really good ones throughout the state of Illinois.

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Rockford sometimes gets a bad rap. With places like Anderson Japanese Gardens, our city is special. It's one of the most beautiful places in our whole country and it's here. The best part is everyone can enjoy it. Plus, they host many fun events.

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Anderson Japanese Gardens hosts one of my favorite Rockford summer events. That's their annual concert series. It happens on Tuesday nights. You couldn't ask for a cooler vibe for live music. They recently released the 2024 schedule and it looks good.

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May 28th Paul McDonald (Nashville) & Tae and the Neighborly (Green Bay)

June 4th Alysha Brilla (Toronto) & The Danhattans (Rockford)

June 11th The Verve Pipe (Lansing) & Brett Newski Trio (Milwaukee)

June 18th Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts (Rockford) & Laney Jones (Nashville)

June 25th Kaleta and Super Yamba Band (New York) & Big Wade and Black Swan Theory (Omaha)

July 2nd Lola Kirke (Nashville) & Frank Bush and The Names (Madison)

July 9th AJ Lee and Blue Summit (Santa Cruz) & Gerald Dowd (Chicago)

July 16th Bee Taylor (Nashville) & Emily Hurd (Rockford)

July 23rd The Cactus Blossoms (Minneapolis) & Whisky Farm (Madison)

July 30th William Elliot Whitmore (Lee County) & Edward David Anderson (Bloomington)

August 6th The Sensations (Rockford) & Rollin’ Whiskey (Rockford)

August 13th Henhouse Prowlers (Chicago) & Swing Billy RFD (Rockford)

August 20th Laura Stevenson (New York) & Josh Caterer (Aurora)

August 29 WheelHouse (Madison) & Longshot (Rockford)

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