As Chris Castaneda recruited performers for the Beverly Art Walk Music Stage this year, he had a unique pitch.
“Would you like to play near a castle?”
Five artists accepted the invitation, and they will entertain guests on an outdoor stage at the Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., during the sixth edition of the Beverly Art Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21, from noon to 6 p.m.
Castaneda, who is a member of the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, which coordinates the walk, selected the Givins Castle to host the music stage this year as a way to support an ongoing restoration campaign to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the local landmark built in the 1880s.
He also coordinated the music stage last year, when it was held at another location.
“I feel like this year I got a nice blend of neighborhood talent and just overall Chicago talent,” Castaneda said. “I learned a lot from last year, then just kind of wanted to see if I could mix it up this year. Having a different venue this time made things interesting in terms of envisioning a different style of music.”
The music stage will host a DJ and acoustic performances, Castaneda said, after last year’s edition featured folk and rock.
The musicians will be part of the walk that has drawn thousands of visitors each year since it started in 2014.
Ayana Contreras, a DJ who is also a producer for the WBEZ-FM show “Sound Opinions,” will perform from noon to 1:45 p.m., and The Flips, a local band, will play from 2 to 4 p.m.
Gina Bloom and Chuck Sansone, of the Chicago rock and soul band The Congregation, will play from 3 to 3:40 p.m.
Jon Langford, whom Castaneda described as “a punk legend from England,” will perform from 4 to 4:45 p.m., and he will also display his art, which includes paintings of music.
PCGB, a quartet with local roots, will finish the day with a performance from 5:15 to 6 p.m.
Castaneda, of Morgan Park, said he hopes the weather cooperates, and he’s confident the performers will attract new fans.
“I trust the musicians I’ve booked this year,” he said. “They’ll translate well on stage, and I think they’ll turn a few ears.”
Also on site will be representatives of the Chicago White Sox, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, who provide pro bono work for artists, GrooveSafe, which promotes awareness about sexual assaults at concerts, and the Givins Castle Restoration Task Force, which is leading the effort to raise funds for structural repairs to the building’s turrets and roof.
A photo collection featuring rock legends Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens on the night they died will also be on display.
Featured at Beverly Records in recent weeks, the photos show the musicians performing in Clear Lake, Iowa, hours before they died in a plane crash on Feb. 2, 1959, popularly known as “the day the music died.”
Castaneda has helped host concerts around the city, but he said last year’s art walk music stage “was kind of trial by fire for me.”
He said this year’s stage will have something for just about everyone.
“This year, being year two of what I’ve been able to do, I’m just happy there’s a bit more variety in the music that’s being presented to attendees.”
The Beverly Art Walk will feature over 150 artists and over 40 venues. Art will be for sale at every location, with food and music available for purchase at selected locations.
An after-party will be held on the business corridor at 99th Street and Walden Parkway from 6 to 10:30 p.m.
For a Beverly Art Walk program, visit the Beverly Area Arts Alliance website at beverlyarts.org.