Friday, May 28, 2010

Have a Safe & Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Bring your family and join in on events that commemorate the true meaning of Memorial Day.

On Monday, May 31 at 9:45 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park - adjacent to Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue, the Elgin Navy Club and the Marine Corps League will host a Memorial Day ceremony.

The program will feature the Elgin Choral Union and honor those who lost their lives at sea. Service ends with the the strewing of flowers into the Fox River, rifle salute, and Taps.

Use Eastbound Kimball St. from Rt. 31 to reach the area because of street closings related to the Elgin Fox Trot.

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The Downtown Neighborhood Association hopes you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and please celebrate safely and responsibly!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Downtown Live Music and Entertainment Scene - May 26-May 30

So much to do in Downtown Elgin this weekend, so little time! Wait a's a three-day weekend! There's plenty of time to get out and enjoy the Elgin Wine Festival, the Fox Trot and all the great live music and entertainment happening around Downtown! Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend but don't forget to celebrate responsibly. Here's the low-down on this week's live performances:

Mad Maggies
51 S. Grove

Wednesday, May 26
Milosny with Belie My Burial - 6:00pm

Thursday, May 27
The Bled with The Color Morale, Of Mice and Men & In Fear and Faith - 6:00pm
Friday, May 28
Fight Fair with Romance on a Rocketship and Kill Paradise - 6:30pm

Saturday, May 29
From the Sun - 10:30pm

Douglas Street Sports Bar & Grill
231 Douglas Avenue

Friday, May 28
The Reverends with Blue Tulip Wranglers

This year's Blue Alley Party that normally takes place in the Douglas Street neighborhood has been moved to Douglas Street Sports Bar & Grill! Come join the party as The Reverends with special guests Blue Tulip Wranglers rock the house!

The Gasthaus
15 N. Grove Avenue

Friday, May 28-Sunday, May 30
Metal Fest - 3 Nights of Great Metal Music!

Some of the best local metal bands around including Dedlock, Disorder, Westbury, Pooch Carver, Dead Man's Hand & more! Come see Larry's new band Old School Metal's debut performance on Saturday night. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Elgin Public House/Pub 217
219 E. Chicago Street

Friday, May 28

Saturday, May 29

The Roadhouse/Main Event
200 Prairie Street

Friday, May 28
Jimmie's Chicken Shack
Cover Gurl

Saturday, May 29
U.F.C. Band- First Band 9:00pm, Headliner 10:00pm

Don't forget to check out Janus Theater's presentation of the first annual Elgin Short Play Festival, featuring the short plays of award-winning playwright, Theresa Rebeck. The festival opens Friday, May 28 at the Elgin Art Showcase on the Eighth Floor of the Professional Building at 164 Division Street, and runs through Sunday, May 30. Friday and Saturday showtimes are at 8:00 pm and Sunday showtime is at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $12 (cash/check). For reservations call 847.841.1713

Remember that bands, ticket prices and performance times are subject to change so we ask that you please call or visit each venue's website for ticket information, performance times or for any applicable cover charges.