Irish Rose hosts live music again

The Irish Rose, 519 E. State St., is having regular live music again, and it’s about time. As of Nov. 30, the Rose will be host to various solo artists and bands every Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. for a $3 cover, and will be offering Maxwell Street Polish sausages for sale since the kitchen will be closed for any other dinners.

The first Sunday will have Sarah Abrahmowitz as the musical guest, a.k.a. “Sarah A.” With her deep and sultry voice, she will perform anything from jazz and blues to American folk and traditional Irish tunes. Accompanied by her own keyboard, she’s the perfect fit for a casual evening of beer, brats and “boogying” as owner Mike Leifheit put it.

You might know Abrahmowitz from past performances with Doug Furze (Boulas), with whom she performed at this past On The Waterfront on the Left Bank Stage. She also plays regularly at The Rockford Chophouse every Saturday night, and occasionally at Cannova’s.

Abrahmowitz has a warm and colorful personality that shines through on stage and is carried through her voice to the audience. She has also adopted the wonderful smoky growl reminiscent of Janis Joplin before her voice was completely whiskey-soaked and ruined (a brief period in the late singer’s life). This young woman should be the thing to grab Rockfordians out of their couches on a Sunday night and inspire them to do something. And hey, there’s also sausages and beer!

The Maxwell Street Polish sausages will be $2.50, with a special on Bloody Marys for the same price.

Sarah A. will perform from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30. Keep your eyes peeled for the following Sundays’ performers in the Vibe Music Calendars. Info: 964-0480.

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