Music at the Mansion Returns in 2020


The Ellwood Association and the DeKalb Park District are proud to announce the return of the very successful Music at the Mansion-Music Under the Stars program. Throughout the summer, Music at the Mansion will present eight different concerts that are free to the public, with events located on the front lawn of the beautiful and historic Ellwood Mansion in downtown DeKalb, IL. The first concert will be on Wednesday, June 17, and continue on Wednesday nights throughout the summer.

Each week will feature a different genre of music with top name groups from that field of music.  This list of bands and entertainers will be published in the next couple of weeks. There are two dates open for different groups to apply. For information please contact Event Coordinator Michael Embrey at or call 815-756-1263.

All concerts are sponsored in part by local organizations, businesses, and individuals. If anyone would like to sponsor one of the concerts please contact Michael Embrey. Without community financial support, this project cannot continue. This Ravinia-esque series has become a mainstay entertainment attraction for the City of DeKalb.

Each concert will also feature an opening act of local musicians, groups, or soloist. These groups will perform a live 30 minutes concerts before the main act. Previous groups have included jazz ensembles, church choirs, flute ensembles, entertainers from Stage Coach, solo acts and dance groups. Any entertainment group should contact Ron Loften (Associate Event Coordinator for Music at the Mansion) for an application. For application or info contact Ron at

There is also an opening for food vendors to support this event. To apply please request an application from Michael Embrey at or call 815-756-1263. Each evening will also honor a local organization or group that has made DeKalb this little paradise in the country. The Music at the Mansion team would like to feature your business, organization, civic club or activity.

The Ellwood House Museum reflects the central role of Isaac Ellwood in the development of the barbed wire industry in America. The magnificent estate testifies to his aptitude for business and the breadth of his vision. It also reflects the tastes of multiple generations of the Ellwood family who guided the evolution of the grounds and structures.

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