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GortonPalooza: Local Artists Music Jam Friday, July 24

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GortonPalooza: Local Artists Music Jam

  • Date: July 24, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Location: Gorton Community Center
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045 + Google Map


Join us at our very own GortonPalooza, Ravinia-style!

Friday, July 24th at 7PM in Gorton’s Parking Lot

“Lawn seats”  will be sectioned off in our parking lot facing the stage.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy local talent under the stars!  We will also be selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic concessions in pre-packaged, unopened containers. Seating for this event is limited in order to comply with Illinois guidelines.  We  will have designated circles for your party that can accommodate parties of 2 to up to 6 people.

YOU MUST CHECK-IN WHEN YOU ARRIVE!  Please find the check-in table on the sidewalk in front of our building when you arrive.  Due to contact tracing, it is imperative everyone checks in. We will direct you to your assigned space when you arrive.

Parking: You may park in our upper lot, across the street at the train station, and along the north side of Illinois Road.

Gates open at 6:30pm / show is at 7!
Cash bar/concessions will be available for sale during the show.

Local Artist Jam featuring:  Ally Ahern, Looking for Jane, Sylvia Kollasch, and Ali Jackson

Ally Ahern

Ally Ahern is a 22-year-old singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (drums, piano, and guitar), raised in Chicago and adopted by Los Angeles. She is a shapeshifter of song, breathing new life into the forgotten sounds of the 50s and 60s while leaping off the edge of the present – no parachute – and into the future. While laughter and tears don’t often mix, Ally is an emotional creature from another planet that shocks the human experience with unvarnished vulnerability. Sonically, her music has the energy of a tween on a sugar rush with the perspective of a Jenny who has been around the block. Her look and loud outfits stop traffic and invite those willing to risk normalcy and embrace their inner misfit. Not one to be loud for the sake of being heard, Ally sings for those who feel silenced. Her own battles shape the stories that she tells, giving a piece of her diary to the public. Yet, taking listeners by surprise, these stories are wrapped up in lyrical humor, melodic fun, and a larger-than-life personality. Having recently signed a publishing deal with Honua Music, Ally’s songwriting talents have also given her an opportunity to write for others. You will hear from her soon.

Looking for Jane

Sisters Martha and Kay Clifford started performing together in 2015. Their soulful two-part harmonies evoke folk and Americana music at its best, while integrating several other genres. They have been performing at local music festivals in Chicago, Wisconsin and Ohio, mainly covering some of their favorite musicians such as Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, and Aretha Franklin. In 2018, Ryan McFadden joined them to accompany on drums and diversifying their sound.


Sylvia Kollasch

Kollasch goes above and beyond with her music; she does not just sing covers, but she writes her own music. Currently, Kollasch is working on her own album, including some songs already published on her SoundCloud. Some of her beloved songs include “Sunset Hair,” and “Nothing Like You.”  Kollasch has been writing songs for years, but in the past few years she has been partaking in the competitive songwriting program at Interlochen Center for the Arts, a nonprofit arts education institution in Michigan.

Ali Jackson
Ali is an 18 year old singer-songwriter and a guitarist based in Madison, WI. Her stirring vocals and arpeggio style of guitar playing convey the honesty of emotion found in her music; it draws on a varied set of influences, from Brandi Carlisle to the Lumineers, and the Arctic Monkeys (among others).  In her own songs, Ali draws on life experiences, whether fond memories of her childhood home in Texas, or the challenges of opening oneself up to trust in a relationship.  For Ali, life is a “work in progress”, and songwriting is her way of capturing life’s unique moments. In addition, she believes that life is about being open to new experiences and seeing the world through different lenses which is part of the reason why she moonlights as a ski instructor and ice hockey player in her spare time. She has performed at the City Winery in Chicago, Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia, Madame ZuZu’s in Highland Park, the John and Nancy Hughes Theater in Lake Forest, IL and the Elbo Room in Chicago to name a few.

Protocol during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Seating areas in our parking lot will be clearly designated and safely spaced.

All employees/volunteers have been educated and trained on the need for personal sanitation and hygiene as well as the sanitation of our facility and all employees/volunteers will be wearing PPE at the event.

Concessions are available for purchase.

Our restrooms in the building will be open.  Use your mask when heading to the restroom. There will be plenty of hand soap and sanitizer on hand.

Pets are not allowed at this event.

Please park in our upper lot, across the street at the train station, or on the north side of Illinois road.

Gorton Community Center will take and may use photos and videos from this event for its promotional purposes. Your attendance indicates your consent to the above.

Film and Event Refund and Cancellation Policy: There is no refund given for unused film or event tickets.

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