We are honored to host, once again, The Sons of the Never Wrong - a trio whose harmonies, vocal range, and expert instrumental accompaniment has entertained, indeed astounded, audiences for years. You will definitely find yourself wanting more, and wondering how three musicians can pull off such a beautiful and full sound.
(Suggested Donation: $30)
Please help us welcome John Williams and Dennis Cahill to the Castle for an evening of Celtic Music. Williams and Cahill delight audiences with unique and engaging instrumentation and modern arrangements to traditional Irish tunes. Don't miss this opportunity to hear them together, on one stage, in an intimate concert setting.
(Suggested Donation: $32.50
"Michael Peter Smith is simply one of the best songwriters on the planet... He's written dozens of brilliant songs, from the heartbreaking to the hilarious, and created whole suites of songs for the theater... Tom McNamee, Chicago Sun Times.
"Anne Hills is ... an exquisite singer [and compose]... She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”
— Tom Paxton
(Suggested Donation: $32.50)
Last year's Castle audience was absolutely riveted by their performance. Jazz fans will NOT want to miss this concert!
(Suggested Donation: $25.00)
"The beauty of Anne' Harris's ability to play the violin while dancing as gracefully as a swan and as powerfully as a shaman, moved me to joyful tears. Bearing witness to her performance left me completely awestruck and mesmerized. At times, she moves with a gentle ease, and then with sudden and wild abandon. Surely, it follows suit that she has had extensive training, but it appears to just spring naturally from her solar plexus. To watch her perform is hypnotizing. It was pretty much all I could talk about for several days." Julie Jenkins, Golden Gate Grooves.
(Suggested Donation: $27.50)
"Hitting his pace like the writer of book you just can't put down, Boyle crafts his stories from vivid, sensory observations of the details that make an ordinary experience memorable. Boyle's tales reveal a well-developed discipline of structure that would hold up to even the driest analysis. Though to an audience, they just seem fascinating." —The Elgin Review
"I was raised Catholic so the stories and songs from the Catholic tradition felt familiar to me, but whatever your tradition, these well-told stories will move you, tickle your funny bone, and make you wonder at the accidentals of this thing called life." Cherryandspoon.com
"At turns hilarious, thought-provoking and touching, he is a wonderful story-teller who showed his mettle even before he got into the meat of the show... The audience hung on every word...--Pioneer Press, Minneapolis
(Suggested Donation: $20.00)
Gypsy jazz (also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz) is a style of jazz music generally accepted to have been started by the Romani guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt in and around Paris in the 1930s. Because its origins are in France and Django was from the Manouche Roma clan it is often called by the French name, "jazz manouche", or alternatively, "manouche jazz", even in English language sources. The term is now commonly used for this style of music.
Kevin Rush -- Guitar
Kevin Rush began playing guitar at the age of 13. Influenced originally by rock and roll guitar greats at an early age he quickly became aware of other styles: classical with Andres Segovia, blues via BB King, and ultimately jazz with Django Reinhardt and Les Paul. Kevin played in various bands throughout High School and College and majored in Classical Guitar Performance at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Steve Kelly -- Guitar
Started playing guitar in high school and into college inspired by contemporary rock music eventually he became involved in the Chicago Django scene initially through classes ate The Old Town School of Folk Music and then expanded to the Django in June Festival, resulting in opportunities to perform in Europe, and this last year at the Django Festival in Samois, France.He continues to be deeply involved in the Gypsy jazz community in Chicago playing in several groups as well as hosting house concerts for touring Artists.
Teri Foster -- Clarinet
Kelly studied music at Bowling Green State and DePaul Universities. In her early career, she played with many Chicago area orchestras and classical ensembles as a freelance clarinetist. Teri found her entry point to gypsy swing in 2013 thanks to Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and the “Django in June” festival held annually in Northampton, MA. She currently plays with several gypsy swing groups in the Chicago community.
Ed Sullivan -- Upright Bass
Ed started his musical life while in high school playing electric bass in rock and blues groups, studying privately with a local jazz artist. He joined the U.S.Army Band and toured Europe, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. as a musical ambassador. In 2000 Ed retired and returned home to Chicago where continues to study and perform music around the city. Hire the Vet!!
(Suggested Donation: $27.50)