The Michigan Irish Music Festival annual St. Patrick’s Party will be held this weekend March 16 and 17 at the Bella Maria Ristorante & Event Center, 513 West Pontaluna Road, Norton Shores, MI.
The party will feature live entertainment both nights. Headliners Jimmy Keane and Dennis Cahill have played together for over 30 years and are considered two of the most inventive musicians in iris music today. Keane is an all-Ireland star on the piano accordion, and Cahill has been recognized as one of the finest guitarists in traditional Irish music.
Other highlights of the event include performances by Brother Crowe, a Detroit-based duo who plays Indie folk music in a traditional Celtic style, and traditional Irish dance performances from the Ardan Academy of Dance. Additionally, a silent auction will be held each night with a variety of items that guests will not want to miss!
Back by popular demand is McGovern’s Corned Beef and Irish fare, plus Irish soda bread and soft pretzels from the Village Baker. Pigeon Hill Brewing Company’s MI Irish Stout, Magner's Irish Cider, Irish cream, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Budweiser products will also be served. Doors open at 5:30 pm both nights with music starting at 6pm. Tickets are available at the door for $8, and kids 12 and under get in for free.
The mission of the Michigan Irish Music Festival is to produce a quality Midwest Irish Music Festival that promotes Irish culture and heritage while enhancing the community through entertainment, tourism, education and philanthropy. The festival is proud to support Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and Kids’ Foot Basket with gifts of non-perishable food items and cash donations. In 2017, due to the success of the St. Pat’s Party and the Festival, the Michigan Irish Music Festival was able to donate 4,620 pounds of food and over $49,000 back to the community. The Michigan Irish Music Festival will return this fall, September 13-16, 2018, at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon. The festival kicks off with a Pub Party on Thursday, September 13th.
The festival and the St. Patrick’s Party are sponsored by G&L, Budweiser, Van's Car Wash & Quick Lube, and Family Financial Credit Union. For complete festival information, visit www.michiganirish.org.
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