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Kennedy’s Kitchen – Irish Music, March 11

February 10, 2018

Sleder’s Family Tavern is pleased to announce Kennedy’s Kitchen will be performing On the Porch!

The On the Porch concert series is a monthly showcase featuring performers singing their original work in a club atmosphere.  It is a commitment to allow artists to perform their music in a concert setting, and the series focuses on performers who write/sing/perform their own material.  

This performance by Kennedy’s Kitchen is set for Sunday March 11th, 2018 at 4 p.m. at Sleder’s Tavern which is located at 717 Randolph Street. Traverse City, Michigan.

About the Band

Kennedy’s Kitchen has been making Irish music together since 1998, averaging about 80 shows per year playing everything from backyard parties and weddings to pubs, concert halls, and national festivals.  From their home in South Bend, Indiana, they have traveled as far as New York and Naples, Florida, recording five CDs along the way (they are working on their sixth).

They are family and friends, gathering every Thursday evening for dinner, laughter, and music rooted in traditional Irish Music, jigs, reels, hornpipes, aires, recitations, stories, and songs, adding their own compositions along the way.  It’s a mix of all things Irish from traditional to pub songs, from toe-tapping to deeply moving, and it’s always fun.

The band is led by joHn Kennedy, award winning singer and guitar player.  It’s Kitchen Music from the home, the hearth, and the heart.  Joining in is joHn’s nephew Liam Ladewski, then Theresa Kubiak, Chris O’Brien, Rob Weber, and Jacob Turner.  Liam, Theresa, and Jacob are award winners themselves having competed in the All-Ireland Fleadh on their respective instruments.  They play fiddle, flutes, whistles, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, tenor banjo, harmonica, bodhran, and bass.  They love to sing.

Over the years, They have performed at numerous festivals and music halls.  Among them have been the Michigan Irish  Music Festival, Great American Irish Festival,  LaCrosse Irish Festival, Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center Irish Fest, Milwaukee Irish Fest,The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks Michigan.The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center – University of Notre Dame,Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield, Iowa, The Schauer Arts and Activities Center in Hartford, Wisconsin, The Riveria Theater in Three Rivers, Michigan,Muskifest in Bethlehem, PA, Norris Community Center in Naples, Florida, The Majestic Theater in Gettysburgh, PA, and the Kranert Center for the Arts at The University of Illinois.

Sleder’s is delighted to be bringing this bit of Celtic magic to the Porch.  It will be a great way to kick off St. Paddy’s Day week.  Why even the leprechauns will be dancing! 

What Others are Saying

“To hear Kennedy’s Kitchen is to experience the heart of music, the culture of the songs being handed from musician to musician, the beauty of melody untouched by gimmick and the magic of this group of musicians coming together with one aim – to leave you, and them, breathless.  Then, on the the next song, they’ll have you partying and dancing as never before.  One of America’s best!”  Tom Schaub, Entertainment Director, Muskegon Irish Festival 

“Kennedy’s Kitchen delivered as promised!  They were one of the nicest groups we have ever hosted.  The concert was wonderful; the stories were entertaining, and the musicians were gracious. Who would have thought that a Sunday afternoon in the Kitchen could be so much fun!”  -Mary Jane Ormerod, Music Series Coordinator, First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne IN

In September 2006, The Kitchen shared equal billing with Tommy Makem at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame: “Kennedy’s Kitchen, was excellent.  They have a lovely traditional flavor, relaxed attitude, and a fantastic sound.”  -A Tommy Makem fan, taken from the Makem guest site.

Ticket Information

Performance Date:  Sunday March 11, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Venue: Sleder’s Family Tavern 717 Randolph Street in Traverse City

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door

Outlets:  Sleder’s Tavern, Oryana Food Cooperative, Brilliant Books

For Tickets/more info call: 947-9213

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