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.
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.
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.
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