By Ken Trainor
By DAVID HAMMOND
This Saturday from 4 till 10 p.m., Downtown Oak Park's Jazz Thaw will showcase a number of musicians performing at six Downtown Oak Park restaurants.
Etruscans, who lived in the Italian peninsula before there were such things as Italians, left us a number of murals, many depicting the consumption of food and the playing of music. Since the beginnings of recorded history, music and food seem to have gone together, naturally.
Softer music tends to increase dining satisfaction while louder music tends to reduce dining satisfaction. That was the finding of the Journal Culinary Science and Technology [http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15428052.2010.535756#.VO98Mek5Clg].
It just kind of makes sense. Do you think you'd want to eat more while listening to mellow jazz or Death Metal?
You can assess the effect of music on your appetite on March 7 in Downtown Oak Park.
The music is free. Deal is, you can drop in and out of restaurants, order food and drink if you want, or just groove to the tunes. There are a series of concerts starting at 4 p.m. and going to 7, and then another series starts at 7 and goes until 10 p.m.
Here's the 4-7 p.m. schedule of concerts with their locations:
• Rose Colella Duo, Mancini's Italian Bistro, 1111 Lake St.
• Barry Winograd Duo, Lake St. Kitchen + Bar, 1101 Lake St.
• Paulinho Garcia, The Little Gem Cafe, 189 N. Marion St.
• Juli Wood Trio, Sushi House, 1107 Lake St.
• Peter Lerner Trio, Khyber Pass, 1031 Lake St.
• Roy McGrath Latin Jazz Quintet, Bar Louie, 1122 Lake St.
And here's the 7-10 p.m. schedule:
• Signature Concerts, Bobby Broom Trio, Sushi House, 1107 Lake St.
• Scott Burns Quartet, Khyber Pass, 1031 Lake St.
• Tony do Rosario Organ Trio, Bar Louie, 1122 Lake St.
It's cool that restaurants are making themselves available as venues for music. It may also be a smart business move. In 2006, Appetite [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666306003849] research suggested that listening to music encourages people to eat more over a longer period of time.
So listen up and, if you feel like it, eat up (you probably will).