Singer and Salonnière Jamie O’Reilly launches 4th year of Roots Salon at North Park’s
Tre Kronor Swedish Bistro, with midwinter, post-Valentine and St. Patrick’s Day events
“It was a beautiful evening - you are a true artist and magicmaker.”
- Patty Rasmussen, Tre Kronor
On Sunday, February 25, at 6:30 PM, Jamie O’Reilly will host the midwinter salon Woman’s Heart: Exploring Love, from Eros to Agape. Jamie will sing with triple-threat musician Jimmy Conway on guitar, harmonica and tin whistle, who will also perform solo. Celebrated author Donna Urbikas (My Sister’s Mother) reads from her original work. Salon regular Judi Heikes also reads. The event is presented dinner theater style. Restaurant owner Patty Rasmussen will create a special seasonal menu with small plates of savories and sweets. BYOB for alcohol. Food and drink are separate from $25. admission. Handicapped accessible. Street parking. Reservations are required.ListingSun Feb 25 at 6:30 PMRoots Midwinter SalonWoman’s Heart: Exploring LoveTre Kronor Swedish Bistro3258 W Foster Ave Chicago, Il$25 (food & drink are separate)Guest musical artist Jimmy ConwayGuest author Donna Urbikas, Reader Judi HeikesReservations: https://www.jamieoreilly.com/events/2024-02-25/On Sunday, March 17 at 6:30 PM, Jamie will host an old-world style St. Patty’s Day dinner concert featuring signature ballads and sing-a-longs, with John Erickson on piano. The event marks Jamie’s 44th year performing Irish music programs, and honors the Tre Kronor’s late matriarch Patricia Murphy Rasmussen, who passed away last August at the age of 95. Special guests Cecilie O’Reilly and Judi Heikes read Irish poetry. Menu features holiday fare. BYOB for alcohol. Food and drink are separate from $25. admission. Handicapped accessible. Street parking. Reservations are required.ListingSun March at 6:30 PMRoots St. Patrick’s Day SalonTre Kronor Swedish Bistro3258 W Foster AveChicago, Il$25 (food & drink are separate)Guest musical artist John B. EricksonGuest writer/readers Cecilie O’Reilly, Judi HeikesReservations: https://www.jamieoreilly.com/events/gig-16426/ABOUT JAMIE O’REILLY & ROOTS SALONJamie O’Reilly is a singer, writer, and arts producer with a 40 year-plus history as an arts activist in the vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago and its neighboring communities. The Roots Salon and the Roots Legacy Projects are programs of her cultural arts business J. O’Reilly Productions. Jamie hosts soirees and curates the Roots Salon, a century old family tradition of presenting art, performance and conversation. (See Rick Kogan’s Chicago Tribune feature about her here.) Read about In Old Chicago, Jamie’s show about her Irish-American relatives. Next In Old Chicago program is March 14 at Cliff Dwellers Arts Club: https://www.jamieoreilly.com/projects/in-old-chicago-songs-stories-of-a-beloved-city/ Jamie O’Reilly’s Roots Salon began in 1995 with a performance series hosted by Jamie, answering the need of Chicago artists seeking an intimate venue. Located in her Lincoln Square home, events at Roots were word-of-mouth happenings presenting music, visual art, poetry and theater. Over the next several decades, Jamie expanded her role as the Salonnière for the Salons, hosting soirees and a monthly women’s salon, membership events that included a master speaker series, workshops, caroling at Christmas, and Rootsfest, a summer music festival. With the onset of Covid 19 and its brutal effect on indoor performance venues, Jamie sought opportunities to sing outdoors. In summer of 2021, she began Roots in the Garden at Tre Kronor Swedish Bistro, a beloved family business in Chicago’s North Park neighborhood that remained open with out-of-doors seating during the worst of the pandemic. Over the next several years, the events continued bi-monthly, eventually moving indoors and are now in the main dining room. In their latest home of Tre Kronor, as they begin their 4th year there, Jamie and company will keep the treasured family salon tradition alive. Roots Salon 2024 Subscriber Series will include at least six events: Midwinter, St Patrick’s Day, April poetry month, Mother’s Day, MidSummer, an autumn salon and more. Roots will continue to present a broad array of intimate, enlightened evenings, with gifted professionals: folk, jazz, and classical musicians, poets, actors and authors, while welcoming regulars and building a new audience of people seeking intimate, community-oriented gatherings.
For more information visit Jamie’s event pages and blogs at jamieoreilly.com