Lemont Village Green concerts ‘bring the community together’

A small crowd of people were already setting up their blankets and chairs at the village green about a half-hour before the band began to play Friday night at the Village Green.

For Linda and John Bicker, it was a calm night out without the kids and the worry of work.

He and Linda have made it every Friday to the Village Green in Lemont during the summer for the past three years during the annual summer concerts series hosted by the Lemont Village Association.

“Sometimes we need to just chill out and hang together, just the two of us,” John Bicker said. “We see some friends here and there, and listen to a few good local bands. ... It’s kind of stress relieving.”

Association member Sue Smith said the concerts were set up 13 years ago as a way to encourage community involvement and raise money for village projects.

The concerts are free, but a basket is passed for those who want to help support the Granary renovation project, Smith said. The association also holds additional fundraising events on the Village Green during concerts.

“We think this is a nice way to bring the community together,” she said.

On Friday night, August Room played for a crowd of about 100 — the average crowd these concerts attract, according to Smith.

August Room, a Bellefonte band, is a mix of indie cabaret-rock with a hint of reggae, and plays original music written by lead singer and guitarist Judson Mantz.

Mantz said Friday’s performance was the band’s first as part of the concert series and he was glad to be a part of it.

“It really turned out to be a perfect night,” Mantz said.

The concerts will continue from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Friday night this month.

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