parx_final_4C_

highresimagesFelix Cavaliere’s Rascals perform live at Parx Casino

Singing The Hits

Groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon

Lonely too long

Good love

It’s a beautiful morning

and many other favorites!

Saturday, March 19th

Showtime – 7:30pm at 360 nightclub in the casino

Open to the public – free admission

Standing room only

Must be 21 years of age to enter casino

visit www.parxcasino.com for more details

2999 Street Road – Bensalem, PA 19020

exit 37 off I-95. exit 351 (westbound)/

exit 352 (eastbound) off the pa turnpike.

1.888.588.parx (7279)

by | Categories: Casinos, Concerts & Events | Comments Off on Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals perform live at Parx Casino

By: Krista Doran

JamisonAs St. Patrick’s Day approaches many of us will want to enjoy the high spirited or teary ballads that only traditional Irish music offers. If you are like me however, after 5 or 6 songs, you are ready to move onto something else. After all, variety is the spice of life! There is an Irish band from the Philly area that has taken that into consideration and decided to mix Rock, Reggae, Pop and other styles with Irish tradition – and that band is Jamison.

When it comes to Irish music in this town, we all know that Jamison is one of the most beloved bands that come to mind. Apparently, this is not just a local love affair. Jamison entered an online Battle of the Bands contest, sponsored by the Strangford Lough Beer Company and won the title of Best Irish Band as voted by people all over the world. I spoke to Lead Vocalist and Guitar player, Frank Daly who explained “this was an international competition. Irish bands from all over the world sent in videos that were narrowed down to the best 30 and were then posted online for people to vote on”. Jamison came through on top and to celebrate, they will be flying out to Las Vegas in April to perform at McFadden’s in the Rio Hotel! Congrats to the band from The OOT and all its readers – this truly is a great accomplishment!
Great accomplishments are not new to Jamison, though. They have appeared on Fox Good Day Philadelphia’s promotion of the 2005 Penn’s Landing Irish Festival, they were also the Headline band for the Phoenixville Concert Series, The Philadelphia Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Cape May County’s Irish Fall Festival (Wildwood NJ), the Delmarva Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration, and Philadelphia’s Running of the Santa’s, just to name a few.
Jamison has had songs featured on Midwest Radio in Ireland and they were awarded “Best Band” in 2009 by the Mt Holly St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. More locally, you can find Jamison playing venues including The Electric Factory, Citizens Bank Park, and many festivals. Some of the smaller, more intimate venues you can see them play are Kildare’s, Brittingham’s, Paddy Whacks, and Finnegan’s Wake.
Jamison is a group of guys who wanted to perform Irish music with a twist. As Frank told me, “there are lots of Irish bands doing cover music, but not many Rock bands who do Irish music.” They perform a high energy show that mixes various types of song styles yet they never stray from their Irish roots. When you go to see Jamison, be prepared to dance from start to finish. Frank told me, “You will definitely work up a sweat at one of our shows!”
The members of Jamison are Frank Daly – Guitar, Mandolin, Tin Whistle and Lead Vocals; John O’Callaghan – Guitar, Tin Whistle, Banjo and Lead Vocals; Sean Callaghan – Drums and Percussion; Dave Lynd – Bass Guitar, Moog Pedals and Backup Vocals and C.J. Mills – Fiddle, Mandolin and Backup Vocals. You can read up on the band and view their schedule by visiting their website at www.jamisoncelticrock.com. On St. Patrick’s Day, Jamison will be appearing at Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Whitemarsh, PA during the day and then they will be at Kildare’s in West Chester from 9 pm – 1 am.
Jamison is definitely a band that can be appreciated all year long, not just this time of the year. If you are looking for a night of dancing to high energy cover songs with a mash-up of Irish and other styles, go check them out. You may want to bring an extra shirt though!

by | Categories: Bands | Comments Off on Jamison Celtic Rock.. Expect the Unexpected!

By John J. Ruppert

kiss-the-Blarney-stoneWith Saint Patrick’s Day upon us talk always turns to the folklore behind The Blarney Stone. There has been as many stories behind it’s origin as there has been in it’s meaning. One thing is certain, The Blarney Stone is one of the world’s most celebrated tourists attractions welcoming millions of visitors and their puckered up lips.

One of the more popular legends tells of rewarding each kisser with the gift of gab, eloquence or skill of flattery. Each year Ireland bares witness to all those who have come in search of such rewards or other powers The Blarney Stone may have to offer.

The Blarney Stone is located in the village of Blarney in Ireland. It is a block of bluestone that’s been built right into the battlements of Blarney Castle. To kiss the stone one must sit with their back towards the stone while someone else holds your feet. You then must lean far backward and downward into the abyss while grabbing the iron rails, you lower yourself until your head is even with the stone enough to kiss it.
So the next time someone asks you if you know about The Blarney Stone you can say yes… but do you really know? The only way to find out is to go to the village of Blarney and see it for yourself face to face or in this case Stone to Lips.

by | Categories: Features | Comments Off on ‘You Think You Know About The Blarney Stone’

By: Krista Doran

kildares_logoIf the many options of where to celebrate and honor the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day has your head spinning, you are not alone. Every bar, club and restaurant is offering some sort of event or specials that you can enjoy. But if you are looking for more than just your average drinking occasion, a true and authentic Irish experience awaits you at Kildare’s.

It all started back in 2003 with the Kildare’s West Chester location. Proprietor, Dr. Dave Magrogan had the idea to create an atmosphere for his patrons that would let them experience a real Irish Pub. That idea has turned into an extremely successful reality, now with 7 locations in the US!kildares_pic
All of Kildare’s Pubs have incredible architectural interiors and state-of-the-art bar & beer systems. I spoke with Director of marketing, Frank Daly who explained “we take a great deal of care into giving our customers a true Irish experience. Everything you see from the chairs, tables and bars to the art on the walls is shipped right from Ireland. We have a huge warehouse of all sorts of items that each owner can choose from while planning the décor with the architects.” But it doesn’t stop there. When they say Kildare’s offers a true Irish experience, they mean it. In Ireland, there are actually 5 types of pubs and they are more than just places to drink – they are social experiences. As you walk through the entrance of Kildare’s you will experience Ireland’s “Shop Pubs”, which can be found in somewhat rural areas of Ireland. This is where a lad or lass can purchase various items such as medicine, stamps and every day essentials in addition to a nice, refreshing pint of beer. As you pass through the Shop Pub, you will then enter the “Victorian Pub”, which is more of an upscale-type of pub that would be found in the capital city of Dublin where literary scholars would take refuge. The “Gaelic” is a tribute to Old World Pagan Ireland, with hand-hewn wooden log chairs and beautiful Celtic murals. The Pub, which in Ireland will be found in more remote areas, is an extension of the home. At Kildare’s, this area is represented by the “Cottage” dining room, where the owner of the home or “publican” would open his doors to friends and neighbors for cheerful hours of drinking, storytelling, conversations and music. Finally, the “Brew Pub” is homage to the Guinness Brewery.
Kildare’s certainly offers great options for drinking but it’s the food that is the main attraction. Kildare’s dishes are distinctly and authentically Irish while keeping American preferences in mind. The food is prepared fresh – nothing frozen. Kildare’s chefs have been training with the best in Ireland and now they are excited to be able to offer the freshest authentic Irish cuisines at all locations. A few of the staple appetizers are the BFG wings that are baked, fried & grilled with a tangy Jameson glaze and served with Bleu Cheese, celery and carrots. The Irish Craic Nachos (Craic is Irish for “Fun”) are actually house-made Potato chips topped with melted cheese, guacamole, salsa and sour cream and have the option to be served with pulled pork, chicken or seasoned beef. Another Kildare’s favorite are the Boxtys – a traditional dish, common in the Irish countryside, made from a potato pancake that is rolled and stuffed with delicious fillings of chicken, salmon, veggie and their very own Philly Cheesesteak. The dinner offerings are truly authentic. On a cold day, there’s nothing better than Kildare’s delicious Guinness Stew which is a helping of hearty meat & vegetables slowly simmered in a rich Guinness sauce and served over creamy mashed potatoes. Or maybe you will want to try their Bangers & Mash – Donnelly sausages over champ potatoes, served with a whiskey Demi glace and candied onions. There are so many delicious menu items to choose from…appetizers, salads and sandwiches to full entrees and all of them are reasonably priced. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day a special menu will be served for the entire month of March including starters of Colcannon soup and a smoked salmon salad. Entrees being offered are Jameson BBQ chicken tenders, BBQ Burger, Jameson Chicken & Shrimp, Guinness Poached Salmon and of course, Corned Beef and Cabbage. The perfect ending to any meal is Kildare’s creamy and velvety Bailey’s cheesecake YUMMM!
Kildare’s offers great entertainment as well. You can find some of the areas best live bands every Friday and Saturday night and if its DJ and dancing you prefer, every Thursday and Sunday you can shake your Shamrock on the dance floor to all your favorite music. The team at Kildare’s is very focused on their patrons having a good, social time so during the week, there is always something fun going on! On St. Patrick’s Day, the Celtic Rock band, Jamison will be performing at the West Chester location from 9 pm – 1 am. Jamison recently won the title of Best Irish Band at Strangford Lough Beer Company’s international competition! (Please see this story in the In The Spotlight section of the OOT!)

Whether it’s to partake in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities or just a night out with friends, Kildare’s offers authenticity, true Irish tradition and a warm & attentive staff that makes you feel very welcome. With 3 locations in PA: West Chester, Manayunk and Scranton, you will be able to celebrate in true Celtic style. For more information and a listing of other Kildare’s locations in the US, please visit their website at www.kildaresirishpub.com. Sláinte!

by | Categories: Bars & Clubs | Comments Off on Kildare’s…Get Ready for an Authentic Irish Experience

by Helene

downloadSince its the month of the Irish and St. Patty’s Day, OOT decided to feature one of the best Irish pubs around, Currans Irish Inn! Just a hop, skip and jump from Northeast Philly and you are there, located at 1909 Bristol Pike in Bensalem, PA! This place is off the hook; super friendly staff, great atmosphere and great food too. They have entertainment throughout the week, super drink and food specials that you won’t be able to resist! Every Monday is All-U-Can-Eat Snow Crabs for just $21.95, Every Tuesday its All-U-Can-Eat Mussels in White or Red Sauce for just $8.95. Wednesdays you can get “Pudgy’s Wings” for just 35 cents each-in Hot, Mild, Medium, Cajun, Garlic/Parmesan, Plain or with Barbeque! Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday you can order from their scrumptious Seafood Menu and Curran’s now offers a kid’s menu served with Skinny Fries-all under $4.00….can’t beat that!

I mentioned Pudgy, if you haven’t met, Pudgy is Curran’s Chef, the main guy-the guy with the special sauce! He is the creator of the menu and does his magic over at the Tacony location in Philly; then his creations are delivered to the other locations in Bensalem and in Palmyra, New Jersey. I met Line Cooks, Matt and Billy both have been with Currans for a long time and seem to really love what they do. You can tell, by the way they prepare the food and the taste….well…..its good, real good!
My guest and I were greeted by our Waitress, Shannon, who was spot on all night and handled all the diners on her own with ease and with a smile. We started off with a bowl of Spicy Crab Soup for $4.75 and the French Onion Soup for $4.95. The Spicy Crab Soup was very hearty with a touch of “hot”, filled with chunks of vegetables and chunks of Crabmeat. The French Onion Soup was made with a little wine, seasoned just right and topped with melted Provolone and Parmesan Cheese. Delicious and a great start to our meal. For an appetizer we shared “Pudgy’s Wing Sampler” for just $12.95 you get 10 wings with your choice of any 3 flavors! We choose the Medium Hot, the Garlic/Parmesan and the Cajun wings. The Garlic and Cajun wings were made with a dry rub and they were simply the best. Really! These wings were perfectly seasoned and you can also get them for Take-Out too from 10 to 100 Wings! No wonder they were voted “Best of Philly’s Wings” by the Philadelphia Magazine. For our entrees I choose the BBQ Baby Back Ribs. Now I know what “Pudgy’s Puttin on the Ribz” means! Homemade and Charboiled is definitely their specialty! They come with mashed potatoes or fries, a side of Baked Beans and a sample of their famous Cucumber Salad. The Ribs were so delicate the meat fell off the bone. The sauce of course is Secret but I will tell you it’s Sweet and Tangy all at once! You can get it with Extra Large Shrimp too. They come in a 1/2 Rack (Eve) $16.95, Full Rack (Adam) $20.95, or the Goliath which is 1 1/2 Racks for just $3.00 more! And my guest could not resist Curran’s fantastic sandwiches and ordered up the BBQ Pork Sandwich with French Fries for just $7.95. It was so big that she had to cut it just to take a bite! lol! Slowly simmered and cooked to perfection and in the same Sweet and Tangy sauce base as the ribs. YUMM! And for the first time ever, there was no room for dessert! We were stuffed and had leftovers to take home too! They do offer a dessert of cheesecake if you can fit it in!

For St. Patty’s Day-Get Your Irish On with the Syndi Raymond Band and order a Ham & Cabbage Platter and a Pint of Guiness for just $6.00! Check their website for other fun events and specials for all three locations at www.curransirishinn.com. Come on out and find out for yourself why Curran’s Irish Inn is HOT! HOT! HOT!

by | Categories: Dining Out | Comments Off on Dining Out at Curran’s Irish Inn Bensalem