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Deer Park Town Center Presents 8th Annual Jazz & Wine Festival

Deer Park Town Center Presents 8th Annual Jazz & Wine Festival

The eighth annual Deer Park Jazz and Wine Festival will be held August 3rd at Deer Park Town Center featuring a mixture of straight ahead jazz, R&B Jazz and one of the most sought after Latin Jazz groups in the Midwest. Admission is free and, in addition to the live performers, there will be food, drink and fun for the whole family.

The music kicks off at 1pm with vocalist Dan Ferris and his trio followed by local up-and-coming jazz guitarist and vocalist Francesca Castro and her quartet from 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Next up at 4:30 is a band lead by drummer George Fludas called “Pocket Change”. Fludas, who has toured with such notables as Ray Brown, Joey DeFrancesco, Diana Krall and many others, brings his group “Pocket Change” for the first time to the Deer Park Jazz & Wine Festival to perform their blend of jazz, R&B, Funk and contemporary styles.

The second to last slot starting at 6:15 showcases the unique, hard grooving, intense sounds of the Frank Russell Band. Lead by bassist Frank Russell, the group is made of some of top players on the scene in Chicago today performing R&B, Jazz and Funk with improvisational elements and intensity that will keep the audience grooving for the entire set.

After an overwhelming response last year they decided to bring back James Sanders and Conjunto at 8 p.m. to close out the festival again this year.

This high powered group incorporates Afro-Caribbean rhythms: rumba, son, danzón and other styles into their music which is why they have been featured at major Chicago music festivals for many years.

The Deer Park Jazz and Wine Festival is produced and programmed by Triple Crown Entertainment Group and Chicago Jazz Magazine and presented by the Village of Deer Park, College of Lake County and The Reserve at Deer Park. Event sponsors include Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, Bright Horizons Deer Park, Equilibrium Personal Training Studio, Deer Park Crossing, Daily Herald Media Group, and WDCB News.

The performance schedule is as follows:

  • 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. | Dan Ferris Quartet
  • 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Francesca Castro and her quartet
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. | George Fludas and Pocket Change
  • 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Frank Russell Band
  • 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | James Sander’s Conjunto

The festival takes place in the Gazebo area, near Yankee Candle, Evereve and Paper Source. Limited seating will be available and it is advised to bring your own chairs. Outside alcoholic beverages and coolers are not permitted in the shopping center and at the event. Food served by Biaggi’s, fine wine and craft beer sales open a Noon and will be available for purchase, cash only. There is no cost to attend the Jazz & Wine Festival. Open to all ages. Plus, bring the kids free face painting and balloon artist is available 1:30pm-4:30pm.

Located at the corner of Rand & Long Grove Roads in Deer Park, Illinois, Deer Park Town Center is a one-stop destination for shopping and dining that features 70 great shops and restaurants. With over 400,000 square feet of shopping, Deer Park Town Center offers a wide variety of retailers including Anthropologie, Apple, Crate & Barrel, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Pottery Barn and much more.

Deer Park Town Center also features a diverse mix of restaurants including Biaggi’s, California Pizza Kitchen, La Hacienda, Red Robin, Stoney River and Tokio Sake. Convenient, front-door parking allows easy access to favorite stores, while the open-air format provides an enhanced shopping experience. Learn more at

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