Great Music and Outstanding Food: Don’t Miss These Events!  



Fest Offers Tacos, Tequila and Live Music 

Americano’s presents the 2nd Annual Up in Smoke music festival featuring tacos, tequila and live music, Sat., Aug. 28, 12 to 10 p.m., and Sun., Aug 29, 12 to 8 p.m., at the restaurant, 11060 S. Western.  

This year’s festival features some rockin’ local bands and headliner Charley Crockett. On the menu are smoke infused tacos and margaritas.   

Performing are: Saturday — Charley Crockett, American Grizzly, The Dead Bolts, Motel Breakfast and Shannon Baker; Sunday — Railway Gamblers, South City Revival, Harlem Natural and The Second Winds. 

Saturday wristbands are $25, Sunday wristbands are $15 and two-day wristbands are $30. Tickets and info at  



Free Jazz and BBQ at Summer Picnic  

The Jazz-N-Q summer concert and picnic returns to Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, Sun., Aug. 25, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Headlining is the Dibs Brass Band (LDB) led by former church music director, Lance Loiselle.   

Dibs deftly synthesizes the gritty sounds of Chicago with the high energy street beat of New Orleans with a powerful brass frontline of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, and a funky backline of drums and sousaphone. Musicians will perform a tribute to New Orleans music as well as some standards, Lowdown Brass Band original music, and a few hymns in the NoLa Style. 

A delicious summer BBQ will be served free and feature grilled burgers and franks and New Orleans-inspired summer dishes. 

Free will donations will be welcome during the event, and will benefit the church’s Community Outreach Ministries including the Teen Cooking Class, Esmond Elementary School Support, Garden Ministry and Free Store.  

Jaxx-N-Q will be held in the church parking lot, 11056 S. Longwood Dr. Bring a chair or a blanket; sun protection is suggested. 



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