Bands and Dancers

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Friday's Lineup

 

Jimmy Keane

Jimmy’s accomplishments are far reaching. He has achieved astonishing and unprecedented success in competitive playing, having won five consecutive All-Ireland titles on the piano accordion. He has always been an avid collector and arranger of old tunes and is becoming increasingly known for his original compositions, many of which have become part of the mainstream of traditional Irish music around the world.

Many regard Keane as the premier exponent of traditional Irish music on the piano accordion. Noted University of Limerick Professor, composer, and musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin praised Keane as the "savior of the piano accordion. "In 2010, Jimmy was named "Male Musician of the Year" by the Irish American News. In 2011, Jimmy was honored with the "Male Musician of the Decade" award by Live Ireland and by the Irish American News.
 

TrinityDancers

This summer, dancers from the most well-known Irish dance program, the Trinity Irish Dancers, will leap onto stages throughout Wisconsin and the Chicago metropolitan area.   The unprecedented 14 time world champions of Irish dance, currently celebrating their 30th anniversary, will thrill audiences with their unique showmanship.  While Trinity’s most advanced dancers “lay down the thunder”, showcasing heart-thumping acapella hard shoe numbers with feet that move with both precision and mind-boggling speed, their youngest dancers will melt hearts as they perform traditional Irish jigs.  Dancers range in age from 4 to 19 and from beginners to world champions.

 

ModernDayRomeos

The musical selection of MDR is about as wide as it gets. The spectrum includes motown classics, classic rock treasures, metal anthems, 80's favorites, 90's gems, and the top hits of the 2000's. We alter most of the songs to our own style and add a lot of comedy and medleys to make your favorite songs new to you again. Our fan base ranges from 21 to 61 on a regular basis and we want to make sure we have something for everyone. 

Put on your partici-pants!! MDR strives to be the most entertaining band you will see. Jim is in the crowd half of the time, separating them and assigning singing parts and leading a "bad dancing" competition, while Justin is showing off his majestic cowbell moves. Even if you attend by yourself, we will make sure that you meet the people next to you and high five and cheers the rest. We don't want you to come see a show, we want you to be a part of it.

Saturday's Lineup

 

McNultyDancers

From humble beginnings in Naperville Illinois, the McNulty School of Irish Dance has grown into one of the largest, most active dance schools in the Midwest.  We offer Irish dance lessons throughout the Chicago suburban area, in Bloomington, and Rockford Illinois, Dubuque Iowa and Twin Lakes Wisconsin.

Our program is designed to challenge each dancer to achieve his or her personal best - both on and off the dance floor.  Students develop concentration skills, coordination, and self-confidence that serve them well in all facets of life.  Whether you have ambitions to compete in Irish dance, perform publicly, or simply to dance for the fun of it, we will help you reach your goals.

 

SmallPotatoes

The Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as "Celtic to Cowboy." Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, "one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit."

 

MulliganStew

Mulligan Stew has been a fixture in the Irish/Celtic Music Scene in Chicago since 1978. They got their start playing in several nostalgic locations such as Durty Dicks, Kilkenny Castle Inn, Glenshesk Public House, O’Sullivans, Callahans, Irish Mill Inn & Irish Eyes. More recently you will have seen them playing at  many local venues like Abbey Pub, Andys, Claddagh Pub, Curragh, Moher, Celtic Knot, Bridie McKennas, Johnny O’Hagens, Carraig Pub at Gaelic Park, Fifth Province Pub at Irish American Heritage Center and many others as well as Chicago Irish Fest, Gaelic Park Irish Festival and Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Their song selections come from Traditional Irish Music, Irish Drinking Songs, Folk, Rock, Bluegrass & Country Music.  Mark is the last remaining original member of the band. The original instrumentation of the group was Vocals, Guitars & Bass.  Since then, they have added a fiddle/mandolin player and more recently, percussion.
 

EpicRocks-band

Epic was formed in 2004 in the south suburbs of Chicagoland. The goal was to try to play some of the greatest songs from the greatest bands of the 1980's, along with a few current hits. Epic puts their all into giving a great show each night they play. We play some of the best 80's rock from bands such as: Journey, Prince, Whitesnake, Loverboy, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, Billy Idol, and more.

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