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Concerts

Sounds on the Street to celebrate end of summer in Glen Ellyn

Downtown event to feature band Semple with Glen Ellyn drummer

The band Semple will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 as part of Sounds on the Street, which will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Main Street between Hillside Avenue and Duane Street in Glen Ellyn. The event is presented by the Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn.
The band Semple will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 as part of Sounds on the Street, which will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Main Street between Hillside Avenue and Duane Street in Glen Ellyn. The event is presented by the Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn.

GLEN ELLYN – Semple drummer Johnny Jannotti won't have to travel far when the band performs Aug. 31 in Glen Ellyn as part of the eighth annual Sounds on the Street event to celebrate the end of summer.

Jannotti lives on Main Street in downtown Glen Ellyn, above Blackberry Market. The show will take place literally down the street from his front door.

"I'm thinking about being late just to get a good laugh," he said. "It should be a pretty fun gig. I can't wait to do it."

Semple will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 as part of Sounds on the Street, which will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Main Street between Hillside Avenue and Duane Street. The free event is presented by the Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn.

The band was founded by Keith Semple, who is originally from Northern Ireland. His vocal power has earned rave reviews, including finishing in the top 24 on the ninth season of "The Voice."

The band performs both original songs and covers. Those who come out to the show should be prepared for a lot of energy, Jannotti said.

"You're going to see a high-energy show," he said. "We just have fun. People see that and gravitate towards it. And everybody ends up winning."

Jannotti has been in the band since it formed. Keith Semple formed the band after leaving the band 7th Heaven in 2012.

He first met Semple after the band he was in opened for 7th Heaven.

"What he liked about my playing is that I can literally mimic every drummer," Jannotti said.

But this is not the first time he has performed with a high-caliber singer.

"I did some work with Leslie Hunt, who was on 'American Idol,' " Jannotti said.

Hunt grew up in St. Charles, and Jannotti is originally from West Chicago.

"It's a nice little [music] cooperative we have out here in the western suburbs," he said.

Jannotti grew up in a family of musicians. His dad played guitar.

"I grew up with that as my influence," he said. "The rest of my family were musicians as well."

Along with being a drummer, Jannotti also is a string shop manager at Ellman's Music Center in Naperville.

"Anything with strings on it, I can fix it," he said.

The band Semple recently released a new four-song EP, "Five O'Clock." The title track is a Irish party song.

"It's a fun Irish drinking tune," Jannotti said. "Every summer we kind of expect to do an EP. We won't be doing full albums because who really listens to full albums anymore in this day and age."

The band attempts to keep things interesting for themselves and their fans by trying to put on a different show every time the members go on stage.

"I think anybody who does the same thing every day wants something else kind of thrown in there just to keep things exciting," Jannotti said.

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If you go

WHAT: Sounds on the Street

WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 31

WHERE: Main Street between Hillside Avenue and Duane Street, Glen Ellyn

COST: Free

INFO: downtownglenellyn.com/events/sounds-on-the-street

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