Oak Park Arms

Valentine’s Day Ballroom Dance

Oak Park Arms

musical noteThe Dick Elliot Quartet will host a Valentine’s Day ballroom dance from 7 – 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 in the Grand Ballroom of the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

The Dick Elliot Band will provide standards from the Big Band era. The public is invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day dancing the night away, and light refreshments will be served.

When Dick Elliot was in a fraternity at Wright Junior College in the 1960s, he formed a band to entertain for a frat party one night. The band was a hit and quickly became a Friday night staple for fraternity and sorority parties at the college. They even started playing for other schools such as Northwestern University, and weddings.

“I’ve always had the bug, because music runs in my family,” Elliot said. “My father played the piano and my grandfather played the fiddle. Both of them played professionally.”

Only two of the original members are still in the band, one of which played an opening act for Elvis Presley in 1966. The other is Elliot, who plays the bass. They welcomed their newest member just last week. While the band has always incorporated some rock along with the Big Band selections, the newest member brings with him talented vocals and skill in pop music as well.

Currently the band plays at events with four, six or 10 members, depending on the size of the venue. A performance comprised of four members is common at the Arms and features the keyboard, bass, drums and saxophone.

Since the band’s humble beginnings in a garage more than 50 years ago, the group now regularly performs all around the Midwest in locales such as the Civic Center, Hobart Elks, Dekalb College and Chevy Chase Country Club, as well as prestigious venues like the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The dance is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.