Rockin' with Ronnie: Kids Concerts in the Park

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road

Select Tuesdays this summer at the Hopkins Park Bandshell! FREE

June 13 – Istvan & His Imaginary Band

When Istvan starts rocking, kids can’t help but join in, sometimes on stage, while their moms and dads cheer them on and enjoy the original tunes, an irresistible mix of interactive rock ‘n’ roll, country, pop punk, and sing-alongs that get heads bobbing.

A longtime member of Chicago’s alternative music scene, Istvan started penning children’s tunes after the birth of his daughter, Evie — who often accompanies him on stage.

“When my daughter was 2, she loved puppets,” says Istvan. “While we played, she would always demand that I ‘talk ’em!’ One day, I ran out of things to say, so I had a frog puppet pluck the E string of my guitar and sing what became my first children’s song. Before I knew it, I had a bunch.”

In-person, Istvan brings those songs to life and always tries to involve the crowd, whether it’s playing freeze dance mid-song, inviting them up to sing along, or having them ring out the rhythm on a tambourine.

When it comes to the band, there is nothing imaginary about its possibilities. No matter the venue or gathering size, Istvan tailors the group to almost any situation or show, from the strumming solo on the acoustic guitar to dynamic duos and trios or to the full five-piece rocking band. It's not surprising why Istvan & His Imaginary Band have become kid and family music favorites.

See and hear what the fuss is about!