A CONCERT AT JANE ADDAMS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

As so often happens in the writing of this blog, one thing leads to another.  In the past week a commenter very graciously added another band to the list of famous individuals or groups who have appeared at Woodfield.  He commented on an earlier posting that was titled Appearing Then at Woodfield Mall.  After a bit of research I discovered the band dropped in at the House of Lewis clothing store.  It wasn’t too surprising.  They were, after all, a Chicago area band who had produced a couple of albums in the early 1970s and were clearly searching for venues to promote their music. What was surprising was when I discovered that they played a concert at Jane Addams Junior High School on August 1, 1973.  The name of the band?  Styx.

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The five-member band had begun playing together in 1970 and officially became Styx when they signed with Wooden Nickel Records in 1972.  Their album, Styx I, came out the same year and Styx II was released the following year in July 1973.  This album launched “Lady,” one of their biggest hits.  Less than a month later, the Schaumburg Park District had hired Styx and Leviathan, another local band, to perform at a 3-hour concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.  It was time for Styx to highlight the new songs from the new album.Styx

Leviathan was scheduled to begin at 7:45 and play until 8:45.  After a short intermission, Styx would take over and play until 10:30.  All participants were encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for seating.  Some bleachers were available but, for the most part, it was more of a fireworks setting.  Best part of it all?  It was free!

Jane Addams opened in 1969 and was the sight of a number of events early in the growth of Schaumburg.  The Park District held their annual Christmas Show, the Hoffman Hallmark Chorus performed concerts, free films were shown and a host of other activities.  Maybe you remember some of them or maybe you were there for the Styx/Leviathan concert?  If so, I encourage you to add a comment.  You never know where those comments might go…

Details on the concert were obtained from an article in the August 1, 1973 issue of The Herald.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

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8 Responses to “A CONCERT AT JANE ADDAMS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL”

  1. Sean Kwirant Says:

    What year was Jane Addams closed?

    • jrozek Says:

      Jane Addams is still in operation on Springinsguth Road–one of four junior highs in use by Schaumburg Township District 54.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  2. Keith Nelms Says:

    Styx, and REO Speedwagon played at Addison Trail, (at different times), in the early 70’s, performing in the cafeteria, if I’m not mistaken, I also worked with original Styx guitarist John Curulewski at B’Ginnings, in late1976,,

    • jrozek Says:

      This is a neat comment, Keith, that applies to this post AND the one about B’ginnings. It’s always fascinating to realize how these big bands took every opportunity they had to appear anywhere they could in their early days. That and radio were the only ways to get their sound heard. Thank you.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  3. Hermann Schneider Says:

    Jane
    I was there as a member of Leviathan. Playing for family, friends and community. Leviathan was a 7 piece band which was madeup of Conant and Schaumburg HS grads. We went to share the stage with Styx as well as others like Rufus multiple times. That evening was the start of many special memories.
    Thanks for sharing

  4. Steve Polecastro Says:

    I remember that day, I was the bass player in Leviathan. Styx was set-up by the pool and Leviathan was set-up next to Jane Addams.
    Leviathan also played at one of the first September Fests.

  5. edh Says:

    My oldest brother met his future wife that night. I wish I could go back in time and save him.

  6. Tim moran Says:

    I moved to Schaumburg in May of 1973. I attended this concert with my old brothers and sister at the age of 3! I don’t remember much of it lol.

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