March 25, 2017
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Music Matters: St. Patrick’s Day weekend kicks off with music


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COMMENTARY BY PADDY FINERAN


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KENOSHA NEWS CORRESPONDENT

So, the opening weekend of the Big Dance and St. Patrick’s Day both happen tomorrow. I have a feeling that people will be out and about. Hopefully they will catch some live music between slam dunks and corned beef and cabbage leftovers.

Dillweeds at tg’s

One of the places that is having a band Friday (March 17) is tg’s. Wisconsin bluegrass band The Dillweeds will be entertaining the crowd starting at 9 p.m. Now, if you are like me and just can’t handle “Tura Lura Lura” or “Irish Rover” (at least done traditional style) all day and night, don’t worry. Bluegrass music, while bearing strong resemblances to Irish music, can soar and entertain quite a bit more in my humble Irish opinion. This is especially true when it is bluegrass ala The Dillweeds. In addition to the bluegrass base you may hear bits of Americana, outlaw country, jam and maybe even some good old fashioned rock ’n’ roll. Perfect for St. Paddy’s Day. Also on the bill is Kenosha music legend Larry Hinds and Sarah Sorensen. Have a Guinness and a Jamo if you have someone to drive you home. When the Irish toasts begin, feel free to offer up my favorite: “May the worst day ahead of ye be better than the best day behind ye.” Think about it.

The Dillweeds with guests Larry Hinds and Sarah Sorensen perform starting 9 p.m. Friday at tg’s, 4120 Seventh Ave.

The playin’ o’ the pipes

There are not too many days that I will tolerate bagpipes. Sorry, all you pipers out there, but it’s just not me. On St. Patrick’s Day though, bring on the bagpipes and the uilleann pipes. You can get plenty of that, along with folks in kilts, throughout the day Friday (March 17) all around town. The Kenosha Area Pipes & Drums Association will be having its annual KAPDA St. Patty’s Day Pub Krawl Friday with 11 bar stops from 1:15 to 10 p.m. Scheduled stops include Cheers (1:15), Pete’s Place (2:00), Mason’s Eatery & Pub (2:45), Uncle Mike’s Highway Pub (3:30), tg’s (4:15), Bartley House (5:00), Circa On Seventh (7:00), Boathouse Pub (7:45), Spanky’s (8:30), Mike’s Chicken & Donuts (9:15) and finishing at 10 p.m. at Ashling on the Lough. These folks are legit. Be a dear and pay attention. The mission of the Kenosha Area Pipes & Drums Association is to honor fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters who have given their lives in service to the community, promote relations between the protective services and the public, preserve cultural heritage and enrich the community by providing traditional music of the bagpipes and drums.

The Summit at Brat Stop

Whether you know him by Blondie Presents, Jeff Noise or from Fowlmouth, whenever he curates a show, it is top notch. You see, not only is Jeff Moody a charismatic frontman of a popular rock band, he also has a great ear for other bands. But the magic happens when he pulls many bands from Kenosha, Milwaukee, Chicago and other places together for a sonic communal experience. Well, Moody is at it again Saturday (March 18) with a mega-show at the Brat Stop called The Summit. For this 10-hour show (3 p.m. to close), Moody has pulled together 16 bands to perform for a mere $8 entrance fee. There will be familiar Kenosha acts like Moody’s own Fowlmouth and local legends Ash Can School. Regular visitors to the area such as Milwaukee’s IFIHADAHIFI and Heavy Hand, Chicago’s The Columbines and The Cell Phones and Madison’s Tyranny is Tyranny are all scheduled to perform. Toss in another nine Midwestern acts and you have something pretty special. While all of these bands are unique unto themselves, they share an aggressive, fearless indie-rock vibe. This is a show worth catching. For the full lineup, go to bratstopentertainment.com.

The Summit runs 3 p.m. to close Saturday at the Brat Stop, 12304 75th St.

Be Exposed takes on Keno

It’s time again for Be Exposed to the Arts — this time with photography and music. The theme for Friday’s event is “Taking on Kenosha” presented by Kenosha Creative Space. It will again be held at Fusion, which is great because the room looks fantastic as an art gallery and sounds and looks fantastic as a cozy live music venue. The photographer is Michelle Eckert. She will be displaying her work on how she views Kenosha. The musical guest is Dayna Renée. You may know her from the band Inbound. She will be doing an acoustic set from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. (time subject to change). The event is free to the public. There is a cash bar there in case you’re looking for a more low-key St. Paddy’s night.

Taking on Kenosha runs 6-10 p.m. Friday at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave.

Email me at pjfineran@gmail.com or drop off information at the Kenosha News marked to my attention.


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