22nd Anniversary Season!
Celebrate the 22nd season of The District’s Blues in the District Concert Series.
Join us for Blues in the District presented by Blessing Health System and The District!
Friday, July 12th, join us as welcome the Ivas John Band to the stage.
This is a free event in Washington park from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Free activities for children will be provided by Blessing Health System.
About the Artist:
If in the soul of a true artist, lay the marriage of opposites, then an exemplary artist does Ivas John make. A throwback and an innovator. A musician with local roots and worldly chops. A purist who can play the dirtiest blues. Ivas John is a musician’s musician. He has a style of effortless authenticity that is both a breath of fresh air and a link to days of yore, imbued with the same sense of timelessness as the shores of the Mississippi River he now calls home.
Ivas John’s story is as unique as his music. Born as a first generation Lithuanian American into a music-loving Chicago home, his earliest influences came from European folk dancing, melodies hammered out on the family piano, and playing trumpet in the school band.
His album, Good Days A Comin, was nominated for Blues Blast Magazine’s Acoustic Album of the Year, was used on an HGTV show, and climbed to number one on the folk radio charts. The momentum opened the door for Ivas to do more outside touring, and play many noteworthy venues and festivals around the Midwestern U.S., Canada and overseas in Ireland. It would seem that this was indeed his true niche, save for, the blistering club sets still delivered in earnest abundance by the Ivas John Band. Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about Ivas is his potential to keep adding new dimensions to his career and musical identity while wholeheartedly maintaining what’s already there. Whether in a homegrown pickin’ circle, or fronting his band under the big stage lights, his appetite for variety and ability to play many styles with convincing authenticity have earned him much praise and acceptance from blues, folk, and bluegrass communities, casual bar patrons, and scrutinizing critics alike. While continuing to draw inspiration from a deep well of the most time-tested music, his own original style of playing and singing, and warm stage persona are always at the center of what’s becoming Ivas John’s universal appeal.Washington Park from 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Free to the public
2nd and 4th Fridays | June. July. August
- June 14 | Harper and Midwest Kind
- June 28 | Amanda Fish
- July 12 | Ivas John
- July 26 | Mary Jo Curry
- August 9 | Brother Jefferson Band
- August 23 | Marquise Knox