DOWNERS GROVE – Because lockdown orders have disrupted many of the area's regularly scheduled outdoor summer concerts, Brian McDonnell notes his band, The Wayouts, will be going virtual in Downers Grove.
The band is working in partnership with the Downers Grove Park District to enable music fans to "stay in and rock out" as the community's summer concert series goes virtual, McDonnell stated in a news release.
The popular free series moves online, streaming live every other Tuesday from May 26 to Aug. 18.
The "Virtual Summer Concert Series" kicks off with The Wayouts playing their authentic 1960s garage rock at 7 p.m. May 26.
Downers Grove residents and music fans everywhere are invited to watch the performance from the comfort of their laptops, smart TVs or mobile devices, he said.
A variety of partnerships with local restaurants and breweries will offer a unique community experience for Downers Grove area residents through special offers on curbside pickup and delivery.
In recognition of the challenges facing all communities during the COVID-19 lockdowns, The Wayouts will donate a portion of their fee to Downers Grove's FISH food pantry, the release stated.
"The Wayouts and booking agents Bass-Schuler Entertainment have worked closely with the Downers Grove Park District on preparation for this inaugural online concert in hopes of continuing to bring communities a taste of the live music experience during lockdown," McDonnell said. "Downers Grove is leading the pack here with their online approach and community experience.
"We're honored to be the first act in the virtual format and hope it can serve as a blueprint for other communities to follow until we can all congregate safely in person," he said.
The Wayouts concert will stream live from an undisclosed location in Downers Grove at www.facebook.com/DownersGroveParks.