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FBTF ft. Kennedy’s Kitchen
Kennedy’s Kitchen has been making Irish music together since 1998, averaging about 80 shows per year playing everything from backyard parties and weddings to pubs, concert halls, and national festivals. From their home in South Bend, Indiana, they have travelled as far as New York and Naples, Florida, recording five CDs along the way (they are working on their sixth). They are family and friends, gathering every Thursday evening for dinner, laughter, and music rooted in traditional Irish Music, jigs, reels, hornpipes, aires, recitations, stories, and songs…..adding their own compositions along the way. It’s a mix of all things Irish from traditional to pub songs, from toe-tapping to deeply moving….and it’s always fun. The band is led by joHn Kennedy, award winning singer and guitar player. It’s Kitchen Music from the home, the hearth, and the heart. Joining in is joHn’s nephew Liam Ladewski, then Theresa Kubiak, Chris O’Brien, Rob Weber, and Jacob Turner. Liam, Theresa, and Jacob are award winners themselves having competed in the All-Ireland Fleadh on their respective instruments. They play fiddle, flutes, whistles, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, tenor banjo, harmonica, bodhran, and bass. They love to sing.
NOTE: Construction has begun in front of the MPAC on sidewalks and streets. Access for vehicles dropping off patrons is restricted. Please instead use the corner of Colfax and Michigan. Use caution when entering the area and give extra time for parking and entry.
Fridays by the Fountain
An outdoor lunch-time concert series, Fridays by the Fountain on the Jon R. Hunt Plaza is a summertime tradition in downtown South Bend! Each summer between the months of June and August, the concert series runs every Friday and features live entertainment from local Blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk, and Country bands. The concerts are free and run from 11:45am – 1:15pm.
Food vendors are available and they offer a variety of lunchtime favorites including pizza, sandwiches, salads and smoothies, or you may choose to bring your own! Tables are set in and around the plaza to give concertgoers a space to eat – or bring a blanket and relax on the lawn.
*Any ticket purchase made on the internet or by phone will be refunded, if a show is cancelled, less the non-refundable convenience fees.
Convenient event parking is available at the public garage on the corner of Main and Colfax and at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel/1st Source Bank Complex. Parking is also available on the streets within walking distance of the Morris and also at the Leighton Center on Washington Street between Main and Michigan Streets. PLEASE NOTE: The surface parking lots immediately to the north of the Morris Performing Arts Center are private lots. No public parking is permitted in the Hoffman or LaSalle Building lots. Vehicles risk being towed.