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Homewood Arts Council’s March 23 event opens 2024 season

Homewood Arts Council (HAC) invites the community to its 2024 season with the first program featuring Miles Nielsen and former Flossmoor resident Mark Watson on Saturday, March 23.

The program will be from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Senior Hall at Izaak Walton Preserve, 1100 W. Ridge Road in Homewood.

Chris Castenada, HAC’s director, said, “Having had a small break from December to the new year, I wanted to start on a good foot for the first event in 2024.”

Castenada said Miles Nielsen of Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts, accompanied by opening act Mark Watson, will excite HAC guests.


“I was specific in wanting two quality musicians with a body of songs that will make everyone’s evening, given the history of that cabin and what the perserve is doing, the location, and being in that small setting with musicians, their voice, and an acoustic guitar, I wanted to come back with the same energy,” he said.

“Mark’s sound and music is very power pop, lots of rock from the ’70s, 80’s, a few ’90s.” Castenada added, “Miles, he has a wide musical palette, which makes it fun to see him and the band play; he’s different; you’ll get Stevie Ray Vaughn kinda vibes.”

Seating is limited to 80 people. Castenada said it will be an intimate concert.

“I love the space, and the chance to do a small, intimate musical concert is ideal,” he said. “It’s a unique place and in a city like Homewood with community enriched in music and arts, it’s a great opportunity for music lovers and musicians both, in a setting where you are face-to-face with musicians, my hope is for the music, the performance (to) create the vibe of the room. And with our musician lineup I have no doubt.”

To purchase tickets for the Homewood Arts Council’s Miles Nielsen event, visit here

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