September 28, 2021

5 things to do in DeKalb County: Live music, comedy night at Rochelle distillery and more

1. Music at the Mansion presents “Juke Box at the Mansion” featuring “The Elderly Brothers” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14 concert series outside on the lawn at Ellwood House, 420 Linden Place in DeKalb.

The Elderly Brothers showcase unique soaring harmonies and instrumentation bring the old songs in a modern yet traditional style, songs which are easy to song along with and dance to. Members includes: Ron Lofton, Guitar, Ukulele; Jason Shreeram, Bass Guitar; Chris Cochran, Guitar, Hamanoic; Oz Amaro, Drums.

Opening Act starts at 6:30 p.m. and will feature The Apollo Strings Quartet from Sugar Grove. The ensemble includes: Caleb Hwang (cello), a senior at Kaneland High School and a former member of the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra. The other 2 family members are Aeryn Hwang (violin), a sophomore at Kaneland High, and Vienna Hwang (viola), an eighth-grade student at Kaneland Middle School. The fourth member of the group is Emma Fredericks (violin), a junior at Sycamore High School and current member of both the Sinfonia and Suzuki programs at NIU. There will also be a mini ‘Classic Car Show’, featuring some 50s and 60s car show winners.

These concerts offer some of northern Illinois’ best entertainment, Ravinia style without the drive. There will be refreshments available to purchase. A nice selection of craft beers and wines to purchase hosted by Fatty’s Pub and Grille in DeKalb. There will be an opportunity to purchase food from Big D’s Hotdogs.

These concerts are free and are family-friendly. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show. Parking is available near the Ellwood Mansion (off Linden Place) as well as the Clinton Rosette school and Congregational United Church of Christ parking lots.

The July 14th concert will be honoring the DeKalb American Legion, the DeKalb Police Department, and the DeKalb Fire Department.

Music at the Mansion summer concert series is sponsored by: ‘The Irving Family Foundation’. The July 14th concert is sponsored in-part by: DeKalb IL Firefighters Local 1263. Music at the Mansion is a community entertainment project and is supported by DeKalb Park District, Ellwood House Association, City of DeKalb, and FunME Events

2. The Distillery Comedy Tour at Kennay Farms on Thursday, July 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Kennay Farms Distilling, 416 Lincoln Highway in Rochelle.

Laughs are on tap for this nationwide tour that has already hit 1500 breweries across the U.S. More than a dozen New York and L.A. stand-ups are currently on the road, sampling the local fare, local brews and providing the finest and funniest in comedy entertainment. This stop is set to feature a lineup whose credits include top festivals, TV and major club appearances. This comedy tour takes top comedians who you’ve seen on TV and sends them out on the road to perform at breweries throughout the country. Find out which local beers pair best with hysterical laughter when The Brewery Comedy Tour comes to your town.

Tickets start at $13 a person and can be found at

3. Family Storytime at Sycamore Lake from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10at Sycamore Lake Rotary Park, 400 N. Cross St. in Sycamore

Join the staff at Sycamore Public Library for a story time in the park for the whole family.

Pack your sunscreen and a blanket and gather at the Rotary Park Shelter at Sycamore Lake for camping and nature stories.

Register at Participation is free.

4. The Warehouse on Park (TWOP) welcomes Fuzzlove with food by Kirkland Lions Club at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 10 at 662 Park Avenue in Genoa.

Enjoy live music at The Warehouse on Park, 662 Park Avenue in Genoa.

Genoa and Kirkland Lions Club is back offering delicious fare and raffles. Event is for those 16 and over, with tables available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no reservations. Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets. No outside food or drinks allowed. Bags will be checked at the gate, which opens at 6 p.m.

The event is free to attend.

5. NIU STEM Café: The Physics of the Olympics at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14. Event is free and open to the public.

This is a virtual event and free to attend.

Why do high jumpers cross horizontal bars backward? How does Simone Biles fly higher than other gymnasts? And how does Megan Rapinoe score on free kicks with so many players in the way? There’s a huge amount of interesting physics that will take place during the summer Olympics, and it can all be understood without using any complicated mathematics.

Join NIU Physics professors Jahred Adelman and Mike Eads to find out what happens when a diver jumps off a platform, when a gymnast performs a set or when soccer player kicks a ball. You’ll never watch the Olympics in quite the same way again.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Cafés aim to be fun, casual gatherings where adults can eat, drink and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. These events are free and open to the public. Usually, attendees meet in a local restaurant, but for now STEM Cafés are online, so bring your own food and drink and join us for the next virtual STEM Café. Interested in accessing our previous STEM Café recordings? Find them all - including our series of cafés related to COVID-19 - on our YouTube channel.

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