“Americana rock and roots” is the way Jimmy describes the music that he plays.
He started playing guitar at age 19 and immediately fell in love with the instrument. He began by teaching himself songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan and acoustic music of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Over the next several years, he played in various types of bands including folk, bluegrass, country and rock and roll. As he began to listen to swing and jazz, he developed more interest in songwriting, especially the music from the American Songbook by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and the Gershwins.
In recent years, Jimmy has fallen back in love with the blues and plays songs by many of the great blues legends such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton. From simple folk, to Beatles-influenced rock, delta blues, Motown-flavored R&B, country or Swing Jazz, his music reflects elements from all these styles of music. Jimmy now lives in St. Joseph Michigan where he performs at various venues throughout Southwest Michigan and the Michiana area.
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 four 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. Masks will be required when leaving tables to turn in answer sheets and single-use pencils will be issued.
1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card
2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card
3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card
Total Request Night featuring Party Guys Dueling Pianos. It's a request only night - submit your favorite songs and hear them live at Kankakee Live.
Chris Behre was born in New Rochelle, N.Y. because of his father’s work was raised in Brussels Belgium until age 10, then moved to South Bend. He had begun playing guitar at age 8, writing songs by 11, inspired by the amazing music of the 60’s and 70’s, especially the singer/songwriters. He has played live from age 15, and educated at Berklee College Of Music While in school, sang an original song at the famous Berklee Performance Center.
The Matt Kotinek Trio is a top-tier power trio from Granger, IN. The trio plays a fusion of modern blues, r&b, rock, and jazz. The group features adept guitarist Matt Kotinek whose unique playing style is somewhere between Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Scofield. The rhythm section features the talented Johnny Slone on the Bass guitar and the steady Aaron Villanueva on the drums. The trio can be found turning heads and melting hearts at various venues across the Midwest. It's all about beautiful sounds, funky grooves, and howling solos. You won't want to miss this band!