Jazz Thaw This Weekend

Listen up and, if you feel like it, eat up (you probably will).

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By David Hammond

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.

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 affect of music on your appetite this coming Saturday, March 7, when from 4-10,  Downtown Oak Park's Jazz Thaw will showcase a number of musicians performing at six Downtown Oak Park restaurants.

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 4pm and going to 7, and then another series starts at 7 and goes until 10pm.

Here's the 4-7pm schedule of concerts with their locations:

  • Rose Colella Duo, Mancini's Italian Bistro, 1111 Lake Street 
  • Barry Winograd Duo, Lake Street Kitchen + Bar, 1101 Lake Street
  • Paulinho Garcia, The Little Gem Cafe, 189 N. Marion Street
  • Juli Wood Trio, Sushi House, 1107 Lake Street 
  • Peter Lerner Trio, Khyber Pass, 1031 Lake Street 
  • Roy McGrath Latin Jazz Quintet, Bar Louie, 1122 Lake Street 

And here's the 7-10pm schedule: 

  • Signature Concerts Bobby Broom Trio, Sushi House, 1107 Lake Street 
  • Scott Burns Quartet, Khyber Pass, 1031 Lake Street 
  • Tony do Rosario Organ Trio, Bar Louie, 1122 Lake Street

It's cool that restaurants are making themselves available as venues for music. It may also be a smart business move. In 2006, Appetite research suggests 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).

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