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St. Patrick’s Day comes but once a year, but the Bach & Beethoven
Ensemble (BBE) is giving those who enjoy Irish, Scottish, English and Welsh music the
chance to extend their “luck affair” into the summer at the BBE’s Gaelic Summer Pub
Crawl.
The party begins at the Red Lion Pub , 2446 N. Lincoln, on Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00
pm; followed by Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln, on Thursday, June 15 at 8:30 pm; and
concludes with a VIP evening at Big Bricks, 3832 N. Lincoln on Friday, June 16 at 7:30
pm. Prices for each evening are $20, $20/$25 door, and $75, respectively. Buy tickets
at: BBE Gaelic Summer
The BBE brings a mix of traditional, folk, and classical music out of the concert hall
and into area pubs for three consecutive evenings of Gaelic whimsy. Choose your bar,
choose your booze and come sing, dance, and drink along with the BBE’s favorite
mascot, BBEaver the Gaelic Beaver. There will be food, special drinks, open-mic
storytelling and karaoke, sing-a-longs, dancing and who knows what else. We promise
we won’t tell!! Wear your kilts, your tams and bring your clogging shoes – because the
one thing we know is – anything can happen!!
“Each evening will offer BBE fans a bit of a different experience – Red Lion is open to
families and so we’re thinking about this as our pre-game show, a bit on the light side
but plenty of fun,” says BBE’s Executive Director, Thomas Alaan.
Brandi Berry, the BBE’s Artistic Director continues, “Martys’ is our night for the big
game – this will be all out Gaelic gala of an evening and we’re expecting a packed
house. Bring your best drinking story — or drinking pictures — and be prepared for an
evening of music, laughter and surprises. Finally, Big Bricks is our VIP event where our
biggest fans can be a bit low key in an intimate setting where we’ll offer our thanks
for their on-going support.”
In addition to the three venues, the Gaelic Summer Pub Crawl is sponsored by Chicago
Scots, Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers, The Cambrian Benevolent Society of
Chicago, the Chicago Tafia Welsh Society, and Chicago’s UK Consolate. Other For those
who can’t join us for our pub crawl, fans can also catch an abbreviated Gaelic
Summer in Oak Park at the Church of Beethoven, 10:30 am on June 16; and a full
performance at the Baroque on Beaver Festival, Beaver Island, MI on July 29 at 7:30
pm. Information and tickets at: BBE Gaelic Summer
About BBE
The Bach and Beethoven Ensemble (BBE) brings artists from different traditions
together to collaborate on cross-genre, multidisciplinary projects. We combine
tradition and innovation: something old, something new.
Founded in 2009 by young musicians new to Chicago, today the BBE makes classical
music accessible through projects that are relevant, meaningful and engaging to
communities. They collaborate with artists across multiple disciplines (dancer,
actors, visual artists) and traditions (musical traditions, classical, folk, popular) into
communities. The BBE is funded through numerous grants by area arts foundations,
raving fans, and area businesses. Complete BBE information at: http://
www.bbensemble.org
Contact:
Thomas Alaan, Executive Director
304.481.6638 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or
Brandi Berry, Artistic Director
979.777.1625 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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