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Kankakee Live

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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

Valentine's Special Dinner
February 12 - February 14
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Make Your significant other feel special with an intimate dinner when you indulge in a Land & Sea three-course feature for only $85 per couple.

Visit OpenTable or call 1-866-494-6371 to make reservations at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo or Kankakee Grille South Bend.


AD3 Acoustic Trio
January 22
7:00 pm
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AD3 Acoustic Trio is comprised of Adam Domain on vocals, featuring guest musicians on acoustic guitar and cajón, playing covers from varied genres.

Gemini
January 23
3:00 pm
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The band, Gemini combine original music, interesting covers with an easy going attitude to create serious music that makes you smile and want more!

CheckMark Sallie
January 23
7:00 pm
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Checkmark Sallie an acoustics duo featuring Sallie Pierpont on vocals and Mark Tavallali on acoustic guitars and vocals. Sallie and Mark also are band members in the some of the area's top bands in the Michiana club scene for many years. Checkmark Sallie plays it all from Classic Rock, Soul, Blues, Country, Pop, Alternative, and everything in between. They put their own acoustic twist on songs to make them sound new and fresh and you'll fall in love with these songs all over again.

Jason Murphy
January 24
5:00 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.  

Decker Ridout Duo
January 29
7:00 pm
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Paul Decker (aka: Small Paul) has had a musical career spanning some four plus decades. He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (acoustic/electric guitars, bass, all types of keyboards) and is
an extremely stylish and diverse vocalist. Current part of three regional bands, The Hipposonics (Funk, Classic Rock, Country), REAL DEAL (everything from Louis Armstrong to Motown), and The Remnants (Rock, Country, Funk), along with excellent solo and duet pairings.
Craig Ridout has over fifty years of musical experience as an accomplished saxophonist. Playing Tenor, Alto, and Soprano Saxes along with harmonica, Craig adds class and fabulous technique to all
His performances. Paul and Craig have been performing seamlessly together for 20 years. Their song list spans everything from Billy Joel and Elton John to bluesy renditions of Pop favorites.

Love & Rock Unplugged
January 30
7:00 pm
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We now bring you “Love & Rock- Unplugged”, first of its kind! Music stripped and unplugged from ICONIC females throughout time spanning from the 60’s thru today in genres of: Rock, POP, R&B, Country, Musicals, and Movie Soundtracks. “Love & Rock- Unplugged” takes you through a non-stop ride of the most popular and memorable songs throughout our time.

Eli Kahn
January 31
5:00 pm
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Eli Kahn is a guitarist, beat-maker, & improviser from South Bend, IN. Having performed for over 10 years with his original projects such as sobriquet, The B.E.A.T. & After Ours, he has honed his craft with layers & composition to create a unique instrumental sound. Through the use of looping, beat machines, & a custom 7-string hybrid guitar, he is able to paint landscapes with head-nod inducing rhythms, grooving bass lines & melodic guitar parts that blend together seamlessly.

The Juniors
February 5
7:00 pm
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The Juniors are an acoustic duo consisting of Chris Bolint and Billy Cox. Performing a wide array of your favorite covers from The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Aersosmith, Blink 182, Florida Georgia Line, Billy Idol, The Cars, The Eagles, etc…

Imphormal
February 6
3:00 pm
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Mike DeHays is Imphormal, playing electric cello covers of pop and classic rock hits and more.

Sk8er Boyz
February 6
7:00 pm
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t’s Total Request Live Night at Kankakee Live!

 

The request lines are back open and Sk8er Boyz has you covered. We’re bringing you a lively acoustic show full of your favorite pop-punk, rock, and alternative hits from the 90s & 2000s, plus YOUR REQUESTS! Challenge us to play your favorite songs from any genre. If we think we can sing it, play it, or just give you a taste of it, then you’ll hear it!  Who knows what the ten most requested songs will be, but you gotta show up to see.  Grab your friends and check it out!

Mike Talbot
February 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.

Zydeco Ziggie and Deux Blue
February 12
7:00 pm
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Get in the Mardi Gras spirit with this Zydeco and Blues trio from Saginaw, Michigan. Having performed world-wide, Zydeco Ziggie brings his love for southern cajun and soul to every performance.

Chad Clifford
February 13
3:00 pm
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Chad Clifford is not new to the stage. You can find him performing currently with The Crawpuppies or giving a thrilling acoustic performance. Chad has perfected over 500 songs, so it will definitely be a night to remember filled with the greatest hits.

The 1985
February 13
7:00 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!

Chad Thompson
February 14
5:00 pm
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Adding smooth jazz vocal stylings to a variety of genres, Chad Thompson enjoys an interactive crowd which often finds itself singing along to covers of Garth Brooks, Zac Brown Band, Neil Diamond & Billy Joel. Previously leading up the original country music bands The Road Home and Local Motive, he shared the stage with bands Exile, Highway 101, Ronnie McDowell & The Eli Young Band. Now playing solo acoustic venues, Chad enjoys free-forming on keyboard and guitar, and most of all, bringing people together.

Mike Struwin Band
February 19
7:00 pm
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Incorporating a myriad of genres, including Americana/Blues & Bluegrass/Roots/Folk/Soul and even Reggae, Mike Struwin Band has forged a truly unique style all their own.

Mike Struwin, who began playing music at the age of 13, has long been a force in the regional music scenes of Southwest Michigan, for lyrics and music imbued with a sense of honesty, empathy and authenticity. The St. Joseph, Mich., native released his first CD at age 17 and hasn’t looked back since, putting out eight albums to date and performing for audiences (young and old) for over 20 years.

Teaming up with members from the Sypian Family Band; Matt Sypian (drums) and Mike Nelson (bass) and enlisting long-time friend Mike Kinney to play lead guitar, Struwin has finally found a group that truly reflects his vision, versatility and style. Connected by their common goal of delivering handcrafted quality music to anyone with open ears and an open mind, Mike Struwin Band slips and slides through various genres, presenting their own original music to crowds while also paying tribute to musical greats like Paul Simon, Bill Withers, The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and the Eagles. On the heels of a crazy year, The Mike Struwin Band is building their reputation as one of Midwest’s fresh and new “up-and-coming” live acts. Whether you like to dance or kick back and listen, Mike Struwin Band has a little something for everyone!

Linz & Cello
February 20
3:00 pm
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Linsay Kelly And Mike Cello have been playing together for several years. They both currently live in the South Bend area and play in several different bands like “The LowLifes” And “Get It Back”. 

AD3 Acoustic Trio
February 20
7:00 pm
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AD3 Acoustic Trio is comprised of Adam Domain on vocals, featuring guest musicians on acoustic guitar and cajón, playing covers from varied genres.

Mike Talbot
February 21
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.

Sk8er Boyz
February 26
7:00 pm
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t’s Total Request Live Night at Kankakee Live!

 

The request lines are back open and Sk8er Boyz has you covered. We’re bringing you a lively acoustic show full of your favorite pop-punk, rock, and alternative hits from the 90s & 2000s, plus YOUR REQUESTS! Challenge us to play your favorite songs from any genre. If we think we can sing it, play it, or just give you a taste of it, then you’ll hear it!  Who knows what the ten most requested songs will be, but you gotta show up to see.  Grab your friends and check it out!

Love & Rock Unplugged
February 27
7:00 pm
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We now bring you “Love & Rock- Unplugged”, first of its kind! Music stripped and unplugged from ICONIC females throughout time spanning from the 60’s thru today in genres of: Rock, POP, R&B, Country, Musicals, and Movie Soundtracks. “Love & Rock- Unplugged” takes you through a non-stop ride of the most popular and memorable songs throughout our time.

Darryl Buchanan
February 28
5:00 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”.

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