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Coming at Bill's Blues

  Bill's is family friendly and completely smoke-free. Questions: 312-371-2284.
 Visit Bills Website for the current schedule

The LilFest Sunday Evening Concert
7 – 9:30PM
(with some exceptions specified below)

at Bill’s Blues, 1029 Davis St., Evanston, IL 60201 

Info at:  , , 312-471-2284 & 847-424-9800 



Sunday, April 5 - Jonathan Byrd

 Sunday, April 12 - Emily Kurn

Sunday, April 19 - Amy Speace

 Sunday, April 26 - Maria Dunn

Sunday, May 3 - Claudia Nygaard

 Sunday, May 10 - Craig Carothers

THURSDAY, May 14 - Danny Schmidt

 Sunday, May 17 - James Lee Stanley


Open Mike Sunday Evening Folk Concert Series Youth Music Program
Bill's Blues Bar, 1029 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201 : 847-424-9800 :

On Sundays, Bill’s morphs into a Folk Club.

The afternoon begins with the LilFest "Your Turn" Open Mike.  Come for the 3:45 PM sign-up.  It is a first-come, first-served sign-up for a fifteen minute performing slot (includes your set-up time). The room is smoke-free and family friendly all day. Every genre of music, spoken word and performance is welcome. This mike is particularly entertaining fun to watch, from Irish a cappella singing to drum soloists, cover bands to trad singer-songwriter guitarists, student jugglers to storytellers.  Nancy Emrichcreated the LilFest “Your Turn” Open Mike at Bill’s Blues, to showcase the depth and breadth of talent in and around Evanston, Chicago and the Midwest.  Along the way it’s become a stopping point for musician and performing travelers from points as far flung as Italy, Montana, Massachusetts, and Texas to name a few.

The Open Mike is held on most every Sunday. Periodic "LilFest Selects" Sunday Night Folk Concerts feature top Open Mike performers at the 7:00 Sunday Night Folk Concerts. Some Open Mikes feature touring guest hosts, and bands may sign-up by making an appointment.  The band slot will be first, with set-up at 3:30 pm, and then the equipment stays and is available to others until 6:30. The Open Mike usually ends at 6:30 as the set up and sound checks begin for the Sunday Evening Folk Concert Series.


The Sunday Evening Folk Concert Series  was founded along with Bill’s Blues. This is a smoke-free, family friendly evening and the volume levels are a lot lower than the rest of the week. Bill's Blues has hosted some of the top and up-and-coming roots, Americana, singer-songwriter and folk artists in the country, including Tricia Alexander, Ray Bonneville, Andrew Calhoun, Bill Camplin, Cooper, Nelson and Early, Jim Craig, Bianca De Leon, Tom Dundee, Mark Dvorak, Kat Eggleston, Bill Isles, Radoslav Lorkovic, Buddy Mondlock, Pete Morton, Dave Moore, Lee Murdock, Jamie O’Reilly, Claudia Schmitt, Barb Silverman, Chris Walz and Andy White. Hosted by Nancy Emrich, the Sunday Evening Folk Concert Series at Bill's Blues provides a unique experience - marvelous voices lifted in song, a fine glass (or two or three) of wine, a warm community of live folk and roots music enthusiasts all in a great listening room.


On Sunday afternoons, by appointment, Nancy Emrich has specially designed  a performance time for youthful musicians  .  The goal of the Unsigned Monkeys (named by a high school freshman!) on Saturdays is to provide a great sound system, a professional music room experience, and a short consultancy in music marketing to students of all kinds of music  . Email Nancy Emrichif you, your student, your son or daughter, or your young friend has a 30 minute or more repertoire  and professional aspirations, even just beginning to.  We’ll open up for your friends, design a poster and a session to learn about marketing and everyone will have fun and a great learning experience.