Mike Blakley

Saturday, July 2nd, Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm,

Tickets are $20 in Advance and $25 at the door.

Mike Blakley - Singer/Songwriter & Author

As a singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely has released 13 albums, performed all over the U.S. and has made 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, John Arthur Martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Jon Chandler, Bill Barwick and others.

As an author, he has published 20 books with major New York City publishers. He won the Spur Award for Best Western Novel awarded by Western Writers of America. Mike is currently working on the sequel to A SINISTER SPLENDOR, which was released in February 2018.

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Kraig Kenning 

Saturday, July 9th, Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm,

Tickets are $15 in Advance and $20 at the door.

Kraig Kenning -  Singer/Songwriter

 

Call him Contemporary folk, Acoustic blues, Roots rock, or American fingerstyle. The fact is, Kraig has managed to merge a bit of all the above, while maintaining a close and personal connection with his audience. Kraig has played up to 200 dates a year touring the US for the last 3 decades, showcasing songs from his eight cds containing almost exclusively original material.

Kenning has shaped himself into one of the most capable performers on the planet. "There is an exchange at a spiritual level in a great performance. My goal is to journey with all my listeners to this magical place."

Kenning has inspired comparisons with Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Browne…to name a few. His finger picking often brings reminders of Kraig's long time hero Leo Kottke. "His overall performance and presentation stand equal with any of today's top singer/ songwriters", states Dave Glynn of the Fox Valley Blues Society. It's hard to be humble when elevated to the ranks of guitar gods and modern poets, but Kraig is quick to point out the logic behind such flattering comparisons: "Those are the guys I listened to, whose music I locked myself in my room with growing up. If I sound like any of them, it's because they were my inspiration and fueled my dreams."

A Kenning show is a guarantee. Chicago Tribune reviewer Dan Kenning (no relation) agrees, noting "Kenning's deft finger picking and slide work on acoustic and steel resonator guitar is truly impressive, but so is his flair for crafting intelligent, heartfelt lyrics and memorable melodies. Call his style laid-back music played with a burning passion." From his own perspective, a Kenning show is more like "a gift"…one that is both given and received. "What happens with an audience is like a little miracle. It's awesome to feel their appreciation. It's amazing, like a circle of energy and I'm a messenger or supplier."

 

Upcoming Shows

 

July 9 - Kraig Kenning

July 16 - Giulia Millanta & Vanessa Lively

July 22 - Leah Grams Johnson

August 13 - Jon Chandler

August 20 - Bill Hearne

September 16, 17, 18 - Society Hall Annual Celebration