Summer Concert Series
Come out to Bulldog Park and enjoy the Sounds of Summer: Summer Concert Series!
Experience musicians and bands right in the heart of downtown Crown Point. Concerts will be held in the Franciscan Health Amphitheater on various Thursdays during the Car Cruise and Saturday nights throughout the summer.
2022 Summer Concert Series Lineup
Thursday, June 2 (Car Cruise)
- Opening Act (4:30-5:30 p.m.): Gunner Brightweiser (Rock)
- Headliner (6-8 p.m.): Bonfire (AC/DC tribute band)
Returning by popular demand this summer is to kick off the season in a very explosive and "high voltage" manner is Bonfire: A Tribute To AC/DC, who performs on June 2 with all the energy needed to fuel a solid two-hour show of AC/DC music. Bonfire, under the leadership of front man and vocalist Jim Hillegonds, has been together for a quarter century. While focusing heavily on the music from the early Bon Scott-era of AC/DC, they also include all the big hits fans love from the post-"Back In Black" Brian Johnson-era as well. Bonfire has become one of the most in demand hard rock tribute groups in Chicagoland, often selling out large venues with paid admissions. This 2022 season opener is of course is FREE to attend. Opening this night with a solo performance is guitarist/vocalist Gunner Brightweiser (of the band Flood Plain).
Thursday, June 23 (Car Cruise)
- Opening Act (4:15-5:15 p.m.): Lauren Dukes Duo (R&B)
- Headliner (5:30-8 p.m.): Soundz of Santana (Santana tribute)
Returning for another fiery performance this summer is Soundz of Santana featuring Dave Sanchez. This band does an amazing tribute to the music and legacy of Carlos Santana and his self-named band. Dave Sanchez performs on his guitar with all the passion and emotion one needs to pull off a night of Santana music ranging from the early Woodstock-era to selections from latter-day albums and everything in between. Sanchez shines, in part, due to the stellar musicians who comprise the Soundz band who add all the groove and soul needed to keep audiences dancing all night. Opening the show this night a solo performance of R&B/soul covers and originals by The Lauren Dukes Duo, featuring the remarkable presence of Dukes, who incorporates elements of jazz, soul and funk in her powerful vocal deliveries.
Thursday, July 7 (Car Cruise)
- Opening Act (4:15-5:15 p.m.): Eric & Char (Americana)
- Headliner (5:30-8 p.m.): Reggae Express (Reggae)
Songs of the island will fill the air across the pavilion on this night as the boys of Reggae Express bring to life sweet reggae music, including many classic songs by Bob Marley, The Wailers, Peter Tosh and other elder statesmen of the genre. The groove-centric sound of the chugging Express train of sound will have people dancing and twirling all over Bulldog Park. This is a great way to wrap up the final Thursday concert and the final Classic Car Cruise of the 2022 season. Opening this show will be acoustic Americana singer/songwriter LeAnn Stutler, performing a mix of popular covers in her unique style, along with songs from a trio of her own EPs and albums.
Friday, July 15 (Taste of Crown Point)
- Opening Act (5-6 p.m.): Kasim & Josh (Acoustic Rock)
- Second Act (6:30-7:30 p.m.): Mr. Funnyman (Classic Rock)
- Headliner (8-10:30 p.m.): Echoes of Pompeii (Pink Floyd tribute)
Returning by public demand to close out the first night of the Taste of Crown Point will be Pink Floyd Tribute group, Echoes of Pompeii, who have packed Bulldog Park in previous years. Not only does this nine-piece ensemble kill it musically as they deliver some of Floyd's most famous and complex musical pieces, but the tremendous lighting enhancements and stage show add greatly to the overall ECHOES experience. Mr. Funnyman — featuring some of the same musicians found in Echoes — will be the second band of the night. This group delivers a broad set of energized pop/rock songs that at any given show may include Bruno Mars, Elvis Presley, Prince, Rick Springfield, Bryan Adams and other popular hit-makers. Opening the Taste will be acoustic duo Kasim & Josh, who offer up two acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies.
Saturday, July 16 (Taste of Crown Point)
- Opening Act (4:30-6 p.m.): Zodiac (Party Rock)
- Second Act (6:30-7:45 p.m.): Nawty (Rock/Dance)
- Headliner (8:30-10:45 p.m.): Women of Motown (Motown/R&B)
The ladies get the chance to shine on this second day of the Taste with two returning headline favorites of previous years teaming up on one co-bill, and one group rocking Bulldog Park for the first time. Kicking things off will be a first-time Bulldog Park performance by party rock group Zodiac, featuring the charismatic and zany Jill Field singing lead. Next up, the return of dance rock group, Nawty, featuring powerful lead vocalist Mandayln delivering the goods with her multi-octave range on popular dance tunes and selected rock classics. Closing out the night will be The Women of Motown — three incredible ladies who pump out the best of Motown and other soul/R&B classics. Expect to hear plenty of hits by such dynamic female artists as Diana Ross, Martha Reeves, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin. The audience will also be treated to female treatments of male hits by The Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson, among others.
Thursday, July 21 (Car Cruise)
- Opening Act (4:15-5:15 p.m.): Mindi & Amber (Pop)
- Headliner (5:30-8 p.m.): The Crawpuppies (Classic Rock)
The Crawpuppies have been one of the most successful and best drawing regional Northwest Indiana bands of the last two decades because of the high energy of their live shows. The Crawpuppies' set list is filled with classic rock and pop covers that range from The Beatles, to hits made famous by Tom Petty, Electric Light Orchestra, Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin, Tears for Fears and many more blockbuster rock artists. Add to that, some of the hardcore fan favorites culled from the band's two original albums "Peaceful Amnesty" and "World's Much Bigger" and it makes for a night of incredible fun, dancing and singing along. Opening the show will be the amazing harmonies of the sister duo Mindi & Amber, who when not performing popular rock hits as a duo, can be found as the co-vocalists in NWI rock group High Street.
Saturday, Aug. 6 (Bulldog Daze of Summer Rock Bash) (Free Concert)
- Opening Act (4:30-6 p.m.): James & The Big Breakfast (Classic Rock/Blues)
- Second Act (6:30-8 p.m.): Geddy Trezak Band (Classic Rock)
- Headliner (8:45-10:45 p.m.): Gone 2 Paradise (Jimmy Buffett Tribute)
This is a special night in a variety of ways. Gone 2 Paradise will bring the ultimate Jimmy Buffet experience to Bulldog Park! Jimmy Buffett is internationally known for his fun & totally outrageous sold-out concerts worldwide. Gone 2 Paradise featuring Frank Paul, continues the party, bringing the ultimate Jimmy Buffett experience alive throughout the year! Gone 2 Paradise, entertains all age groups including the faithful followers of Jimmy Buffett known as “Parrot heads." Gone 2 Paradise has been featured on WGN and NBC TV and some of the places they have played include Navy Pier, US Cellular Field, Hawthorne Race Track , Northerly Island, and The Chicago Yacht Club. With Frank Paul’s voice and the island dressed band performing hit songs that span Jimmy Buffett’s entire career. Gone 2 Paradise is a crowd pleaser! Opening for Gone 2 Paradise in the second slot will be fast-rising teen rocker Geddy Trezak with his self-named band. They did such a good job last summer, they were invited back for this special concert date. Opening the day's music will be James Gedda & The Big Breakfast, an Americana roots-rock band anchored by singer/songwriter James Gedda, who has performed as a solo artist in previous years at Bulldog Park, but comes back this year with his full band.
Thursday, Aug. 11 (Car Cruise)
- Opening Act (4:15-5:15 p.m.): Jack Whittle (Blues)
- Headliner (5:30-8 p.m.): The Stoney Curtis Band (National Blues)
This is a very special concert performance by The Stoney Curtis Band, a national touring and recording trio who hail from Las Vegas, Nevada. Fate had this internationally known blues-rock power trio traveling through the Region this week, while on their U.S. summer tour. They had just enough time to stop and perform a rare, free, non-ticketed show at Bulldog Park. Formed in 1994, the trio has the distinction of being signed to Shrapnel Records and releasing six studio albums to critical acclaim. Many of their songs are regularly featured on Sirius XM Radio. Opening the show for this touring band will be the Region's own Jack Whittle, a blues guitarist/vocalist who pitches a real "wang-dang doodle" while playing acoustic, electric and slide guitar. Whittle mixes classic blues and country-blues covers with a few original songs from his forthcoming new album.
Thursday, Aug. 25 (Car Cruise)
- Opening Act (4:15-5:15 p.m.): Deuces Wild (Pop/Country)
- Headliner (5:30-8 p.m.): Mellencougar (John Mellencamp tribute)
Songs for and about blue collar America are the foundation of the John Mellencamp songbook and that's the foundation of live performances by Mellencougar & More, a national touring tribute to Indiana's famous rocker, founded and fronted by radio personality Don Wilson of 95 WIIL Rock. One of the longest-running John Mellencamp tribute groups, the Gurnee, Illinois-based Mellencougar, has performed shows many times in Mellencamp's home town of Seymour, Indiana, in front of Mellencamp family members. The band also has performed on stage many times with members of Mellencamp's own band, including several performances with Toby Myers and Moe Z M.D. as special guest band members. Along with dishing out all the popular Mellencamp songs one expects to sing along with — "Little Pink Houses," "Jack & Diane," "Cherry Bomb," "Small Town," "Hurts So Good," "Crumblin' Down," and others — Mellencougar peppers in some deep album cuts to the delight of its audience, like "Grandview," "Get A Leg Up," "Key West Intermezzo" and "What If I Came Knocking?" In recent years, the band took to billing its shows as Mellencougar & More, which reflect its penchant to slip in some songs by other kindred roots-rockers like John Fogerty, Tom Petty, Joe Cocker and a handful of others. Opening this show will be acoustic/electric duo Dueces Wild, featuring vocalist Jill Field and guitarist/vocalist Chris Bolint, both of the NWI rock group Zodiac.
Thursday, Sept. 29 (Car Cruise)
- Opening Act (4:15-5:15 p.m.): LeAnn Stutler (Americana)
- Headliner (5:30-8 p.m.): The Relics (Classic Rock/Oldies)
Saturday, Oct. 1 (Oktoberfest)
- Opening Act (4:15-5:45 p.m.): Dyllyngyr (Classic Rock)
- Second Act (6:15-7:45 p.m.): Derek Caruso & The Blues Fuse (Blues-Rock)
- Headliner (8:30-10 p.m.): Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute)
The Crown Point Oktoberfest happens a little earlier in the month than past years to hopefully avoid unsavory weather. Performing for the first year at Bulldog Park in their hometown of Crown Point will be Marrakesh Express, which as the name suggests, is a tribute to the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The large ensemble group performs all the popular CS&N and CSN&Y hits — "Our House," Suite Judy Blue Eyes," "Southern Cross," "Teach Your Children," Marrakesh Express" — and others. Also in the mix are some of the fan favorites from the group members' individual solo careers. Opening the show will be Derek Caruso & The Blues Fuse, a stellar blues-rock group that mixes a few original songs from Caruso's debut album with covers of great blues-rock artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robin Trower, Johnny Winter and Steve Winwood. Opening the final concert of the 2022 Bulldog Park Summer Concert Series will by Dyllyngr (pronounced as "Dillinger") whose name connects them to Crown Point. Formed in 1978, the classic rock quintet's typical set list often includes songs by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Angel City and Cheap Trick.
The 2022 Summer Concert Series is presented by the Crown Point PACE Department with assistance by Tom Lounges Entertainment, LLC, and the many vendors that take part in these shows.