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Kankakee Live

It’s live entertainment reimagined!

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 11 - 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 to make reservations at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo or Kankakee Grille South Bend.


Jessi & The Fizz
January 28
10:00 pm
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Jessi & The Fizz is NWI/Chicagoland's newest and hottest Pop Hits cover band that is "out of this world". A stellar group of musicians who have been playing in and around Chicagoland for over 15 years have come together to form the ultimate party atmosphere band. Strong male and female vocals, drums,  keys, guitar, and bass performing songs that are sure to get you to sing and dance along, Jessi & The Fizz fills the room with energy and effervescent fun!

HiFi Superstar
January 29
10:00 pm
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With a fresh crunchy, modern, pop-rock energy, HIFI Superstar has established themselves as a notable presence among Chicago's musical skyline.

Matt Martino
January 30
5:00 pm
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Those of you who already know Matt Martino from his days in Music City are familiar with his catchy, blue-eyed soul playing style and engaging personality. For those of you who are just discovering Mr. Martino, you've found him at the right time.  After cutting his teeth in Nashville amongst some of the best musicians in the country, Matt is now moving forward as a solo artist who can grab the attention of any crowd in any room and not let go.

Main Street Dueling Pianos
February 3
6:00 pm
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The request lines are open with the best in the business, Main Street Dueling Pianos. 

FoCo
February 4
10:00 pm
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FoCo was formed in 2018 by 6 gents that all shared the same love and respect for the music of Foreigner, Bad Company and Badfinger.

Performing at premier venues in the Chicagoland area and various tribute band festivals in neighboring states, FoCo has gained a reputation for executing the Grammy Nominated hits with the same energy and passion as the bands themselves.

Sushi Roll
February 5
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
February 6
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
February 7
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
February 10
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!

Ultrafab
February 12
10:00 pm
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Ultrafab is the area’s hottest dance and party band, playing your favorite dance tunes from Stevie Wonder, to Lady Gaga, to Avicci, to Luke Bryan, to Pitbull.

Live Trivia
February 14
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

Darryl Buchanan
February 17
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”.

Top Secret
February 18
10:00 pm
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Since 2007, Top Secret has brought a wide variety of danceable music from the past several decades to venues throughout Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Chicago. There's a little bit for everybody in the audience!

BBI
February 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.

Mike Struwin
February 20
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
February 21
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

Whiskey Highway
February 25
10:00 pm
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Comprised of amazing and weird musicians, Whiskey Highway is a must see! All the best hits in a thrilling performance, plus some tambourine every once in a while. It’s current hits and country favorites. We’ll see you for Whiskey Highway.

Craig Turner
February 26
6:00 pm
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Craig Turner is a singer/songwriter from Northern Indiana that writes and performs songs from acoustic ballads to hard driven rock and blues. Craig attended Music Tech in Minneapolis, MN and  is an accomplished guitarist. He currently plays in a local area favorite cover band and acoustic duo projects in the area. He also teaches part time between shows. Craig has a vast catalog of songs he covers from 70s 80s 90s rock to music of today.

The 1985
February 26
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!

Jimmy Fastiggi
February 27
5:00 pm
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“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.

Live Trivia
February 28
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

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