130. Good Vibes: B.B. King – Indianola Mississippi Seeds & King’s Special, 1970

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 Blues icon B.B. King is inspiring today’s Good Vibes post to kick of the weekend. The legendary blues singer, songwriter and guitarist passed away in Las Vegas last night after a long illness. He was 89. Known as the “King of the Blues”, B.B. King’s influence spans generations and will reverberate for years to come. … Read more…

115. Good Vibes: Green Onions – Booker T. & the M.G.s, 1962

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 Barrington’s forecast calls for sunny skies and highs in the seventies on Saturday so I think we need a little music to set the mood for sunshine.  This song brings me back to the days when I hosted a blues radio show while at the University of Illinois at WEFT 90.1 fm, the community radio … Read more…

106. Good Vibes: A Message to You Rudy – The Specials, 1979

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 It’s Friday after what’s been a long week! Things have been so crazy around here, I actually googled whether Mercury is in retrograde. Anyway, now that the weekend is here, things are looking up. A little rain in Saturday’s forecast is no match for a pep in your step, right? So I think it’s time … Read more…

Petra van Nuis Quartet featuring Guitarist Andy Brown

On the second Friday of each month, the Barrington Area Library features live music performances by a wide variety of talented individuals and groups. Jazz chanteuse Petra van Nuis and guitarist Andy Brown make a rare and soulful combination, infusing familiar standards with intimacy and romance. Both are favorite on the Chicago jazz scene, but … Read more…

45. Travel the World at Barrington International Fest

International Fest in Barrington, Illinois

We just spent Fourth of July weekend celebrating our country’s independence, but today’s a day to celebrate all countries and cultures without leaving Barrington. The first ever Barrington International Fest is happening today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and we’re all invited to share a sampling of dance, food and music from around the world.

International Fest in Barrington, Illinois

International Fest will be a day full of fun for all ages with vendors, performers and attendees from far beyond the Barrington area. There are activities planned for kids, teens and adults along with music from around the world.

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43. Fire it Up with the Smokin Gunz

Smokin Gunz Band will Perform at the Barrington Brat Tent Tonight

Be sure you’re cocked, locked and ready to rock when you head to the Barrington Brat Tent today.  There’ll be lots of Country heat on hand tonight when Smokin Gunz takes the stage.  The band will be tonight’s finale performance after a full day of family fun at the Barrington 4th of July Weekend festivities.

Smokin Gunz Band will Perform at the Barrington Brat Tent Tonight

Smokin Gunz are otherwise known as “Chicago’s Hardest Working Country Band”. They’re a Top 40 Country band from the suburbs of Chicago, they have a reputation for getting the audience on their feet and you can learn more about them at SmokinGunz.net.

But the Smokin Gunz are just one of many great activities scheduled for the Brat Tent today…

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41. July 4th Barrington Brat Tent Returns with a Bang

Barrington Fourth of July Brat Tent Festivities

The Brat Tent entrance will blast open today to celebrate four days of July 4th festivities in downtown Barrington. The 27th Annual Barrington Fourth of July celebration will feature a packed schedule of entertainment for kids, families AND adults. We’ll be sharing fun details and the full events schedule in the coming days here at 365Barrington.com, but one of today’s highlights will be the festival’s opening performance this afternoon by OD TAPO IMI.

Barrington Fourth of July Brat Tent Festivities
OD TAPO IMI - Photo Courtesy of Rob Dicker

OD TAPO IMI is a Chicagoland band whose name is an acronym for “Oil Drums That Are Pounded Out Into Musical Instruments”.  They’re known for their Caribbean-style beats and best described as “Jimmy Buffet Meets Blue Man Group.”

OD TAPO IMI will light up the Barrington Brat Tent stage at 12:30 this afternoon with a powerful mix of vocals, steel drums, percussion, guitars and horns playing all genres of popular music with a unique tropical twist. But they’re just a delicious appetizer for a great list of highlights planned for Barrington’s Fourth Festivities this year.

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22. Get Artsy Outdoors at Art in the Park

Citizen's Park Art in the Park Festival

If you love art and you love the outdoors, you don’t want to miss the FREE “Art in the Park” art and music festival coming up in Barrington this weekend.  The third annual event kicks off the outdoor festival season and is happening all day this upcoming Sunday, May 22nd.  You can expect to find more artists displaying their works this year, along with more musicians, more children’s activities, more food AND more people gathered for a day of art and inspiration at Barrington’s Citizen’s Park.

Citizen's Park Art in the Park Festival
Photo Courtesy of Barrington Cutural Arts Center

There will be close to 60 area artists displaying their works for sale from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at this Sunday’s event, there will be eight musical acts performing live on the stage, you’ll find live art demonstrations happening throughout the park and just wait until you hear what’s planned for kids this year…

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7. "Sing" to Win $5,000 at Deer Park Town Center

Vocal Competion at Deer Park Towne Center

The prizes are sweet and the stakes are high in a cool national singing competition just getting underway at Deer Park Town Center. The “Sing!” vocal talent competition will shine the spotlight on choirs, choruses, gospel singers, glee clubs and vocal groups right here in the Barrington area and throughout the country.  The groups must consist of 3 to 25 performers, with at least two vocalists.  They’ll compete to win $5,000 along with a singing, songwriting and recording session with a two-time Emmy Award Winner.  Now that’s something to sing about!

Vocal Competion at Deer Park Towne Center

Deer Park Marketing Director, Konda Dees, says, “Sing! combines the growing trend of online, viral performances with the thrill of live music to create an opportunity for groups in our community to showcase their talents…..And who knows, we may provide a “big break” to a talented, undiscovered group!”  They’re accepting group entries online now through May 31st, so here are the details…

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3. Audition for the First Barrington Community Follies

Community Follies Auditions in Barrington, Illinois

Do you like to sing in the shower? Do your toes start tapping when you hear a snappy tune? Does your car become your stage when you sit down in the driver’s seat? Don’t waste all of that untapped talent by performing for yourself! Why not share it with the world in the first ever Barrington Community Follies?  That’s right, the Follies are coming to Barrington High School this summer and the sign-up and auditions begin this weekend.  How cool is that!!!

Community Follies Auditions in Barrington, Illinois

If you’re a singer, dancer, musician, comedian, writer or if you want to be part of the tech or costume crews, come on out to sign-up or audition for the ALL-AGES Barrington Community Follies this weekend.

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