Music and romance on Valentine's Day at Waukegan Public Library

Enjoy the romantic sounds of 1920s jazz with a special Valentine’s Day concert on Friday, February 14 in the Bradbury Room of the Waukegan Public Library. The West End Jazz Band takes the stage at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a special showing of the 1926 romantic silent film “Don Juan”.

From Chicago, the West End Jazz Band has recreated the nostalgic sounds of the 1920s and 1930s for 34 years. With music that ranges from beautiful ballads to zany, nonsense songs to straight dance medleys, the West End reflects the romantic and sweet side of the golden age. West End has been invited to some of the most prestigious jazz festivals, played concerts throughout the United States, and toured Europe twice. The band has seven CDs and has regularly played the Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Milk Pail near Elgin for the past twelve years.

Directly following the performance, everyone is invited to stay and watch the silent film “Don Juan” at 2:30 p.m. Premiering on August 6, 1926, and starring John Barrymore, “Don Juan” was the first feature-length film with synchronized Vitaphone sound effects and musical soundtrack, though it has no spoken dialogue. It holds the record for the film with the most kisses in film history, with Don Juan planting 191 kisses on various females during the course of the film, an average of one every 53 seconds.

Drinks and baked goods will be available for purchase by the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library and popcorn will be served during the film. Waukegan Public Library concerts are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library.

To listen to a clip of the West End Jazz Band, visit www.waukeganpl.org.  For questions about library concerts, call Rena Morrow, Marketing and Exhibits Manager, at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.