We’ll be outside, physically distanced, on the Lemont Village Green, directly behind the Center for Well Being. Please see below for our pandemic safety policies and protections. Seating will be limited and while we are offering these concerts for free, tickets are required (limit, 4 per order), and we ask that make a donation if you are able. Click on the Reserve button to save your space.
Joe Jencks is an 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.
“If one can master a craft after investing 10,000 hours, Joe Jencks’ hours are showing! I am literally stunned by this new album. Poets, Philosopher, Workers & Wanders tells our stories, his story, and the untold stories, as an American folk master can &ndash with heart and unfettered perfection. Add this one to the folk canon! “ – Mary Sue Twohy, The Village SIRIUS XM Radio
Information about our Fall concerts and COVID-19 safety measures.We all miss our Acoustic Brew gatherings. We miss seeing familiar, friendly faces and we miss the uplifting experience of enjoying great live music together.
Since March, the crew of volunteers that run our Acoustic Brew Concert Series have been exploring ways to bring you the music that you love and keep you safe.
The Center for Well Being is a great place for music, but we cannot arrange the space to keep everyone safe. So, here is our plan:
- The Lemont Village Green is large enough for us to fit up to 72 people with social distancing.
- We are inviting all of our Acoustic Brew regulars (this email is your invitation), but will not advertise these concerts to the general public or on the radio until next week, if necessary. The shows will run 60-75 mins without an intermission. If it rains, we will cancel the show – there won’t be a rain date.
- There will be a few other changes to the way we do things. Since we are outside, you will need to provide your own chairs if you want them and you can bring food and drink if you’d like.
- Brew Volunteers, wearing Acoustic Brew t-shirts, will act as ushers to help everyone with social distance seating and the wearing of masks as we get settled in chairs or on blankets.
- There is a Port-o-Potty on site with hand sanitizer, but running the shows straight through will make it more feasible to use your restroom at home and to return home before you need a bathroom again!
- We are still paying the artists, plus the cost of the sound system and a donation to the Lemont Village Association for the use of the Green.
- Please order tickets in advance here. Our usual ticket prices are around $20, but we are offering these concerts for free. We ask you to click on the Add Donation button when you are checking out and make a tax-deductible contribution of whatever you can afford. If your income has been reduced, please pay what is appropriate for you. If your financial situation allows, and you can do a little extra to help cover expenses, we appreciate any contributions.
- We will let you know through the Brewlist if the concert is “sold out”. If you pay at the “door”, we will have donation baskets in several places around the Village Green the night of the concerts.