A Night of Irish Traditional Music and Song with Mark Dignam Music & Friends. Friday, March 15th, Leah, Nicholas, and Mark join Friend-of-the-Band Mark Dignam and this amazing group of performers...
Leslie Anne McIlroy
Ben Shannon Music
Alexis Marie Thompson
...for the eighth annual Calm Before the Storm, a Night of Irish Culture. The Calm is a project that Mark organizes each year around St. Patrick's Day, in part in rebuttal to our own cultural misappropriation of his native culture, with its green beer, its plastic derbies, and its "Kiss me, I'm Irish" t-shirts (our misappropriation's, not his culture's).
Mark curates this show by assigning specific, traditional Irish tunes to each of the musical performers. We learn them from scratch in the month or so leading up to the show, and then perform the hell out of them the night of the show. Last year was a blast. This year we expect even better. Every one of those names in that list is worth crossing a couple rivers to see, and you get them all in one place.
The Calm Before the Storm is at Club Cafe on Friday, March 15th. Doors open at 7:00. The show is from 8:00 until past midnight. Advance tickets are $15 at http://www.ticketweb.com/clubcafe. This show has sold out the past couple years, so if you are interested I suggest you act fast.
Club Cafe is at 56-58 South 12th Street on the South Side (15203).