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Kankakee Live

It’s live entertainment reimagined!

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See the best regional and local acts, from alluring acoustics to full band performances each weekend on the Kankakee Live stage. Experience the excitement all around you at Kankakee Live when celebrating with friends while listening to vibrant, live entertainment, sipping on specialty drinks, and enjoying a whole lot of fun. Kankakee Live is the hot new spot in New Buffalo, Michigan for all things entertainment.

Hours

Sun - Wed
4 pm – 9 pm

Thu
Noon - 9 pm

Fri & Sat 
Noon – 10 pm

Sun
Noon - 9 pm

Promotions / Events

High Life
October 29
10:00 pm
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High Life will entertain you with some of the best Rock, Country and Pop music from the past! Come and enjoy the show!

PS Dump Your Boyfriend
October 30
10:00 pm
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PS Dump Your Boyfriend (aka Pfreak Show) has been knocking the socks, shoes, pants and halter-tops off midwest club goers for the past 5 years with no real end in sight. This multimedia show is woven into a rambunctious cocktail shaker of psychedelic rock, spaced-out funk, hardcore rock, freestyle disco rap and everything else under the sun up to, and including the proverbial kitchen sink.

Tim Velez
October 31
5:00 pm
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Tim was born and raised in SW Michigan. As a young boy he was greatly influenced by two of his uncles who played flamenco guitar. He would listen for hours as they played the old Spanish ballads from Puerto Rico. His uncle gave him a guitar at 13 years old and Tim was hooked.


From age 15 on, Tim played solo and with various rock bands. He has attended the Front Porch Music school in Valparaiso, Indiana as well as a number of classes ranging from piano and theory to vocal studies and master guitar.


Tim plays different shows from festivals, concerts, supper clubs, pubs and cafes. He is known for his 70's & 80's style and features the music of various artists, like: Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, America, Poco, Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, Cat Stevens, CSNY, Van Morrison, Jim Croce, John Denver, Paul Simon, John Fogerty, etc.

Live Trivia
November 1
7:00 pm
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Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Main Street Dueling Pianos
November 4
6:00 pm
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The request lines are open with the best in the business, Main Street Dueling Pianos. 

Union Guns
November 5
10:00 pm
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Union Guns is a country steam roller, leaving the crowd wondering what just ran them over. Offering an eclectic country mix, this band of gifted musicians are true-blue country boys with a pop edge. Comprised of mostly West Michigan natives, Union Guns brings some heavy hitters to the line up.

Union Guns’ songs are a well-rounded mix of blue collar attitude. Their unique sound flows from the member’s influences, half of the band come from a rock background while the other half is country born and raised.

Overall, Union Guns brings beer-drinkin’ attitude to the stage mixed with pop sensibility, but in the end it’s all just in your face country

Sushi Roll
November 6
10:00 pm
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Formed in early 2012, Sushi Roll quickly perfected their unique blend of high-energy dance music and rock 'n' roll swagger and topped it off with memorable stage costumes! Founded by music industry vets and fronted by two of the most mesmerizing young lead singers in Chicago, they easily transition between revved-up versions of your favorite pop/rock hits by artists like Bruno Mars, Rick Springfield, Lady Gaga, Nelly, AC/DC, Pink, Neon Trees and the Jackson 5-connecting them into a non-stop musical journey that is perfect for casinos, private events, fundraisers and showcase venues. Sushi Roll’s mass appeal crosses all genres and appeals to all ages.

Mike Talbot
November 7
5:00 pm
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Mike has played over 1,000 live shows, including opening for “Styx” and “Kansas”. Mike is known for having one of the most extensive "covers" repertoires spanning over six decades of some of the best loved classics. From Louis Armstrong to Coldplay, Johnny Cash to Pearl Jam, Mike's energy and love of music transcends style or genre. Mike is a finely seasoned performer who delivers an unforgettable performance each and every time he takes the stage.

Live Trivia
November 8
7:00 pm
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Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Live Band Karaoke
November 11
6:00 pm
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Our Live Band Karaoke night is a bit different than a regular karaoke night. We stray away from the cheesy traditional karaoke songs and focus on more of a rocking high energy show. We have a growing list of songs that you can choose from. All you need to bring to the gig is your talent and good vibes. We have everything else covered. If you are nervous and forget the words we've got our lyrics monitor that rolls along as the song is performed.

We play many different genres of music from current radio hits as well as 80’s, 90’s, Rock, Reggae, Country, Hip Hop and some old standards.

We encourage you to sign up a for a few songs, and bring your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and entire crew down for support. It’s going to be a blast.  You’re going to rock it!

Just The 80's
November 12
10:00 pm
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We are JUST THE 80’s! A female/male fronted ALL LIVE cover band playing all the best of the 80’S including Pat Benatar, The B-52’s, Huey Lewis, Kenny Loggins, Simple Minds, Guns n’ Roses, Journey, Loverboy, The Romantics, Toni Basil, Bryan Adams, Joan Jett, Van Halen, The Outfield, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Duran, Duran, Tiffany, Rick Springfield, Tommy Tutone, Tina Turner, Eddie Money, and MORE!

Mike Struwin
November 14
5:00 pm
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Incorporating myriad genres, including Alt-country/Americana/Roots/Rock/Memphis Soul and even Reggae, this Michigan born artist has forged a truly unique style all his own.

With eight self-produced all original CD’s under his belt, Mike Struwin proves to be a gifted and prolific songwriter. Struwin’s music has received national acclaim, with soundtrack placement in two independent features.

Live Trivia
November 15
7:00 pm
Get Details

Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Tim Velez
November 18
6:00 pm
Get Details

Tim was born and raised in SW Michigan. As a young boy he was greatly influenced by two of his uncles who played flamenco guitar. He would listen for hours as they played the old Spanish ballads from Puerto Rico. His uncle gave him a guitar at 13 years old and Tim was hooked.


From age 15 on, Tim played solo and with various rock bands. He has attended the Front Porch Music school in Valparaiso, Indiana as well as a number of classes ranging from piano and theory to vocal studies and master guitar.


Tim plays different shows from festivals, concerts, supper clubs, pubs and cafes. He is known for his 70's & 80's style and features the music of various artists, like: Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, America, Poco, Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, Cat Stevens, CSNY, Van Morrison, Jim Croce, John Denver, Paul Simon, John Fogerty, etc.

BBI
November 19
10:00 pm
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BBI is a five member band that plays old school to hip hop, from 60's to today's hits. BBI is an innovator in the true meaning of variety in music.

The Hipposonics
November 20
10:00 pm
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The Hipposonics deliver music with a full dose of energy and passion making each song a tribute to the original artist.  Covering music from bands including Foreigner, Bruno Mars, Loverboy, and so many more, this band will keep you asking "What's Next?"

Imphormal
November 21
5:00 pm
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Mike DeHays is Imphormal, playing electric cello covers of pop and classic rock hits and more.

Live Trivia
November 22
7:00 pm
Get Details

Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Dick Diamond And The Dusters
November 26
10:00 pm
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Dick Diamond And The Dusters give you a retro inspired performance spanning 5 decades of the greatest hits. 

Please note: Entertainment location is subject to change to the Hard Rock Cafe stage during inclement weather.

The Crawpuppies
November 27
10:00 pm
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No, The Crawpuppies are not a cajun band or anything like it. They are one of the most solid original / cover pop rock bands you'll ever come across. Hailing from Northwest Indiana, these veteran rockers have been entertaining audiences of all ages, sizes, and tastes since 1995. From festivals, to weddings, to bar gigs, these guys can do something for everyone.

Please note: Entertainment location is subject to change to the Kankakee Live stage during inclement weather.

Live Trivia
November 29
7:00 pm
Get Details

Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Main Street Dueling Pianos
December 2
6:00 pm
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The request lines are open with the best in the business, Main Street Dueling Pianos. 

SmartyPants
December 4
10:00 pm
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SmartyPants is a high-energy party band playing the top dance hits of today.

Mike Talbot
December 5
5:00 pm
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Mike has played over 1,000 live shows, including opening for “Styx” and “Kansas”. Mike is known for having one of the most extensive "covers" repertoires spanning over six decades of some of the best loved classics. From Louis Armstrong to Coldplay, Johnny Cash to Pearl Jam, Mike's energy and love of music transcends style or genre. Mike is a finely seasoned performer who delivers an unforgettable performance each and every time he takes the stage.

Live Trivia
December 6
7:00 pm
Get Details

Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Live Band Karaoke
December 9
6:00 pm
Get Details

Our Live Band Karaoke night is a bit different than a regular karaoke night. We stray away from the cheesy traditional karaoke songs and focus on more of a rocking high energy show. We have a growing list of songs that you can choose from. All you need to bring to the gig is your talent and good vibes. We have everything else covered. If you are nervous and forget the words we've got our lyrics monitor that rolls along as the song is performed.

We play many different genres of music from current radio hits as well as 80’s, 90’s, Rock, Reggae, Country, Hip Hop and some old standards.

We encourage you to sign up a for a few songs, and bring your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and entire crew down for support. It’s going to be a blast.  You’re going to rock it!

The 1985
December 10
10:00 pm
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The 1985 is a five-member band from South Bend, IN. Featuring the best of retro rock, pop, new wave and metal from the 1980’s, these guys bring an immersive TOTALLY 80’s experience!

One Night Band
December 11
10:00 pm
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One Night Band creates a high energy evening to remember.  With a diverse repertoire of Top 40's hits spanning over six decades, the band truly has something for everyone.  You’ll find yourself shaking it to decades of Rock, cutting a rug to Motown's finest, busting a move to some Hip Hop, gettin’ down with a lil' Country, and singing your heart out to a Pop Rock guilty pleasure.  From Sinatra to Snoop Dogg, One Night Band has you covered.

Mike Struwin
December 12
5:00 pm
Get Details

Incorporating myriad genres, including Alt-country/Americana/Roots/Rock/Memphis Soul and even Reggae, this Michigan born artist has forged a truly unique style all his own.

With eight self-produced all original CD’s under his belt, Mike Struwin proves to be a gifted and prolific songwriter. Struwin’s music has received national acclaim, with soundtrack placement in two independent features.

Live Trivia
December 13
7:00 pm
Get Details

Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Tim Velez
December 16
6:00 pm
Get Details

Tim was born and raised in SW Michigan. As a young boy he was greatly influenced by two of his uncles who played flamenco guitar. He would listen for hours as they played the old Spanish ballads from Puerto Rico. His uncle gave him a guitar at 13 years old and Tim was hooked.


From age 15 on, Tim played solo and with various rock bands. He has attended the Front Porch Music school in Valparaiso, Indiana as well as a number of classes ranging from piano and theory to vocal studies and master guitar.


Tim plays different shows from festivals, concerts, supper clubs, pubs and cafes. He is known for his 70's & 80's style and features the music of various artists, like: Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, America, Poco, Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, Cat Stevens, CSNY, Van Morrison, Jim Croce, John Denver, Paul Simon, John Fogerty, etc.

Poison'd Crue
December 17
10:00 pm
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Poison'd Crue is an 80's Hair Cover Band that covers the best of Poison, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, plus many more!

Nawty
December 18
10:00 pm
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NAWTY is a Band that will rock your socks off while you dance the night away. With a continually changing setlist of over 150 songs ranging from Motown on up to current chart toppers and everything in between,  Nawty can Easily accommodate your night out with a Fun Energetic Vibe!

Imphormal
December 19
5:00 pm
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Mike DeHays is Imphormal, playing electric cello covers of pop and classic rock hits and more.

Live Trivia
December 20
7:00 pm
Get Details

Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Mike Talbot
December 24
6:00 pm
Get Details

Mike has played over 1,000 live shows, including opening for “Styx” and “Kansas”. Mike is known for having one of the most extensive "covers" repertoires spanning over six decades of some of the best loved classics. From Louis Armstrong to Coldplay, Johnny Cash to Pearl Jam, Mike's energy and love of music transcends style or genre. Mike is a finely seasoned performer who delivers an unforgettable performance each and every time he takes the stage.

Jason Murphy
December 25
6:00 pm
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Covering a wide range of musical genres including rock, classic rock, pop rock, country, and soul, Jason Murphy blends his talent and passion into each performance.  

Live Trivia
December 27
7:00 pm
Get Details

Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Darryl Buchanan
December 30
6:00 pm
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Darryl Buchanan toured the globe for over 20 years as a musician. While growing up in South Bend, IN, at age 17 he was discovered by the legendary Motown recording artist Jr. “Shotgun” Walker and started doing world tours in the early 1980’s. Throughout his musical career he toured with many legendary groups including, The Temptations, Grammy Award winner Richard Street, former legendary James Brown band director Trombonist Fred Wesley of the JB’s, and the Motown Revue. In 1993 while a member of the Jr. Walker's band, Darryl had the honor to perform at President Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Ball.

Darryl has also performed on numerous TV shows including NBC’s Saturday Night Live and has performed at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY. Growing up in a family of talented singers and musicians, Darryl first started playing the bass and guitar at age 12. Years later Darryl also advanced his musical skills to the keyboards. Influenced by musician legends like George Benson, James Jamerson and Carlos Santana, Darryl’s explosive bass and guitar solos are always a crowd pleaser! His musical gifts and stage persona has earned him popularity with diverse crowds.

His smooth vocal style fits the legendary sounds of artist like Smokey Robinson and Al Green. Darryl Buchanan is currently producing R&B, Pop and Gospel music with various artist. On August 29, 2009 Darryl was awarded the certificate of recognition by then city of South Bend, IN, Mayor Stephen J Lueke, for his 30 years in music and his accomplishments. Darryl Buchanan also continues to perform with his talented music group "Darryl Buchanan's Soul Motown Allstars”.

Shock Roxy
December 31
10:00 pm
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The perfect blend of pop, rock, and funk, Shock Roxy has a sound that is turning heads and capturing listeners everywhere. Anyone that has seen Shock Roxy can attest to their amazing live show. Superb musicianship, explosive stage presence, and concert style performance are securing Shock Roxy a place in the music scene. Thoughtful guitar riffs, irresistible melodies, and a tight rhythm section contribute to this bands broad appeal.

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