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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.

 

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.
 

Exit147

Exit 147 began as a simple idea during a dinner in 2007. Jim and Matt had played together in a band that had recently split up. Jim somehow managed to talk Matt into moving from behind the drums to the front of the stage as a lead vocalist. Jim and Matt then approached Mike and TJ, whom they had played with before, about joining the band, Both Mike and TJ agreed to give it a shot. Jim moved from bass to lead guitar and Mike took over on bass.

Exit 147 is now rocking out local bars, parties, and festivals, and quickly gaining fans from their fun, fan inclusive shows. With their song catalog including some of the most popular songs from the 60’s—current hits, you will be singing along before you know 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."

 

BigLeagueBoys

The Big League Boys are a cover band from Chicago, Illinois.  We perform a catalog of songs ranging from the 50s to today in every genre you can imagine.  We pride ourselves on playing a wide variety of covers and are sure we can meet any song selections you desire for your event.

We have played music our entire lives and love the thrill of performing live, whether at a crowded Chicago pub or providing all the dance music for the guests at your wedding or corporate event. We’ll play anywhere from house parties to concert halls and everything in between

 

Mike and Joe

Mike and Joe is a modern rock cover band widely regarded by its peers and the industry as one of the very best sounding cover bands in the nation.  The set list is a smile inducing mix of rock-pop songs from the 90’s, 2000’s, and 2010’s with a proven audience pleasing track record.

Some of the artists Mike and Joe cover are:  The Foo Fighters, Maroon 5, Fallout Boy, U2, Blink 182, Mumford and Sons, Sublime, Ed Sheeran, Dave Matthews Band, Florida Georgia Line, Fun, Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World and many, many more!

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