The Concerts at the Castle series will showcase six jazz and folk artists on Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m., at the historic Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr.
Performers will include Michael P. Smith, Larry Gray, Anne Hills, Jamie O’Reilly, John Devens and Julia Dusek-Devens.
Best known as a first-call bassist who has accompanied thousands of well-known jazz musicians throughout the world, Gray helped to make Ramsey Lewis and others sound and play to the best of their ability, according to Chicago Jazz Magazine.
A songwriter and guitar player, Smith has created songs for theater that range from uplifting and hilarious to downright heartbreaking. He composed the score for Steppenwolf Theatre’s Tony-winning production of “The Grapes of Wrath.”
Hills is a beloved voice in contemporary folk music, accompanied by her guitar, banjo and, sometimes, Tibetan bell. Her song, “Follow That Road,” the title cut of the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter Retreat, is considered a folk classic of the late 1990s.
O’Reilly uses her lilting voice to explore and interpret a wide range of music, from world cabaret and parlor songs to Celtic, gypsy and Americana ballads.
Husband and wife John Devens and Julia Dusek-Devens will perform original American folk songs and Irish melodies.
Wine, cheese and other refreshments will be provided at intermission.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A $35 donation is suggested, with proceeds going toward maintenance of the Givins Castle.
For more information or reservations, call (773) 466-9339 or visit the website concertsatthecastle.org.