Chicago Fun With a Greek Touch

Karaoke Thursdays at Rocky's American Grill - Prospect Heights
Thurs Nights

Rocky's American Grill in Prospect Heights invites everyone to enjoy John Coyne's extreme karaoke every Thursday in the lounge.

Come out and enjoy delicious food items from Rocky's famous menu including calamari, mozzarella sticks, specialty pizzas, hand-packed burgers, pulled pork and more.

Great drink specials are also available including beer buckets (5 domestics for $15), or (5 imports for $20).

Guests can also enjoy all the latest sports action on one of Rocky's 35 flat screen tv's.

No cover.

Event Hours:

Thursdays (10pm)

Event Location:

Rocky's American Grill • 698 N. Milwaukee Ave • Prospect Heights IL 60070 • (847) 459-9678

Rocky's American Grill is Prospect Height's favorite sports bar serving their famous appetizers, char-grilled burgers, salads, barbecued ribs, sandwiches, specialty pizzas and more. Great live entertainment and various special events are also offered late nights throughout the week.

Masada Friday Party featuring Greek belly dancer Dimitra in Chicago
Fri Nights

Masada Restaurant in Chicago presents the World Tour Friday Party, a fun celebration of great Arabic, Latin and Reggae music also featuring Dimitra, Chicago's favorite Greek belly dancer.

Come and enjoy great music, food and dancing while DJ EdLO provides live entertainment all night long.

The lovely Dimitra is known for providing quality entertainment while dancing to traditional Greek music and has performed at a variety of venues around Chicagoland.

Masada is Chicago’s newest and best Middle Eastern dining establishment serving a wide variety of traditional dishes. The eclectic restaurant was inspired by the magic and mystery of the Middle East and boasts beautiful relics and paintings plus a spectacular courtyard for outdoor dining.

Event Hours:

Fri Nights (9pm-2am)

Event Location:

Masada Restaurant • 2206 N. California Ave • Chicago IL 60647 • (773) 697-8397

Beth Haines Live at Jameson's Charhouse in Arlington Heights
Fri Dec 14

Beth Haines is a multi-octave singer bringing her impressive vocal range to Jameson's Charhouse in Arlington Heights.

Specializing in jazz, classical, broadway, country and pop, her diverse performances are sure to please a wide range of musical tastes.

Growing up in Wisconsin, Beth would learn of her natural vocal talents by singing to cows as she groomed them on her family's farm.

She began her career as the lead vocalist for the Seawind Cruise Line and performed extensively in the Caribbean. Beth would eventually move to Nashville and sing for Opryland before being asked to be the featured singer for The Grand Ole Opry.

Soon after, she began touring nationally with multi-platinum country star Doug Stone. She has also been a featured dancer in several music videos including Tanya Tucker's "Find Out What's Happening," and Alan Jackson's "Chattahoochie."

Today, Beth is a proud member of one of Chicago's premier bands, High Society Orchestra, and sings independently throughout the Chicagoland area.

Jameson's Charhouse has been providing quality steaks, chops, burgers, Athenian chicken, seafood and other house favorites for over 26 years in the restaurant that the Daily Herald called "The best steakhouse in Arlington Heights in 2014." Jameson's is proud to feature live entertainment in their cozy lounge area like Beth Haines and other talented artists.

Event Hours:

Fri Dec 14 - 7:30pm to 11:30pm

Event Location:

Jameson's Charhouse • 1331 W. Dundee Rd • Arlington Heights IL 60004 • (847) 392-7100

People, fun, and great food at Taste of Greektown in Chicago 2016-2018

August 2018

Everybody was “Greek” for the weekend at the 29th annual Taste of Greektown Aug 24, 25 and 26 (2018).

Once again, Halsted Street was closed between Madison and Van Buren to allow for all the fun and festivities.

Thousands of happy visitors sampled food from Greektown’s best restaurants while enjoying Greek music, dancing, games for the entire family and even a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers!

Popular food items included roasted lamb, gyros, pastitsio, dolmades, spanakopita (spinach pie), souvlaki, loukaniko (greek sausage), and more. Guests also enjoyed wonderful Greek pastries and desserts including loukoumades, baklava, kourambiedes and other treats.

Live entertainment was provided by Hellas 2000 (south stage), The Linardakis band (north stage) plus Greek dance performances by The Orpheus Dance Troop.

This year also featured the popular Gyros eating contest sponsored by Devanco Foods.

The Mediterranean Love Plan by Stephen and Misty Arterburn

What’s the secret to a long, happy marriage? How can couples keep the passion and romance alive for the long haul?

The Mediterranean Love Plan shares the seven secrets of passion from some of the most romantic countries in the world: France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Israel while helping couples enjoy everything their marriage was designed to be.

Authors Stephen and Misty Arterburn provide plenty of research, fascinating stories and personal examples that will help motivate couples to achieve a “grande amour” (great love) in their marriage.

Among the concepts addressed are “triggers to ecstatic experiences” that include the enjoyment of good food, laughter, art, music, nature and rhythmic movement. As couples learn to actively incorporate these and other “triggers” mentioned in the book, intimate soul-satisfying connection can be enjoyed at deeper levels.

The Mediterranean Love Plan also encourages couples to be aware of the fragility of the marital bond. In the real world, even the strongest marriages can unfortunately go off the rails, sometimes rather quickly. Other couples find themselves settling into comfortable routines that end up resembling business relationships where mundane projects just "need to get done."

In today’s fast paced culture, achieving and sustaining the “fairy-tale” can seem impossible. Can two flawed people learn to keep the marriage flame burning hot in the face of work schedules, mortgage payments and everything associated with raising a well balanced family?

Stephen and Misty Arterburn would whole-heartedly answer, yes! If both parties are proactive about making desire a top priority in their relationship, each can certainly experience the fairy-tale marriage that so easily eludes many couples.

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Yanni in Chicago for Live at the Acropolis 25th Anniversary Tour

January 2018

As one of the world’s leading musical composers, for Yanni, it’s always been about the passion. His name has become synonymous with beautifully prepared orchestral music tinged with jazz, classical, and rock influences. His live performances are legendary and feature an impressive array of world class musicians and vocalists. Fans have even declared that Yanni’s music goes well beyond entertainment, effecting them at a deep spiritual level.

Yanni began playing the piano at age six in his hometown of Kalamata, Greece. His parents took notice of his enthusiasm for the keyboards and encouraged him to develop his own style at his own pace. Yanni would actually teach himself “musical shorthand,” bypassing at a young age conventional musical rotation methods. Even today, Yanni continues to utilize his own personal technique.

Before music became Yanni’s primary vision, he won a 50-meter swimming competition at age 14 and considered becoming an Olympic swimmer. He would move to the United States a few years later, settling in Minneapolis where he attended the University of Minnesota as a psychology major.

As Yanni pursued his studies, he would earn money as a dishwasher eventually earning a B.A degree in Psychology. After graduating, Yanni decided to commit the next year of his life exclusively to music. It was during this time that Yanni was his happiest and decided to devote the rest of his life to his childhood passion.

In 1976, Yanni joined the Minneapolis based rock group Chameleon while also working with choreographer Loyce Houlton on creating music for dance works that would be produced by the Minnesota Dance Theater. After 4 years of touring with Chameleon, he moved to California to pursue his gaining interest of composing movie soundtracks.

Yanni would release several albums in the 80’s touring with such well known musicians as John Tesh and drummer Charlie Adams. One tour included an amazing performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra that was described by a local music critic as “exhilirating, moving and inspiring.” The review acknowledged Yanni as a bona fide superstar and helped Yanni gain national recognition.

A few years later, Yanni released “Dare to Dream,” his first grammy nominated album that included “Aria,” a song that was featured prominently in a British Airways commercial. His next album, “In My Time,” followed one year later and was also nominated for a grammy.

But Yanni’s landmark achievement occured in 1993 when he performed live at the 2,ooo year old Herodes Atticus Theater at the Acropolis of Athens. So ambitious in scale, it was a concert event his own record company advised against and predicted would fail. So without any financial backing, Yanni would risk $2 million of his own money to make “Live At The Acropolis” a reality. The concert featured Yanni’s core band and the 60-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra arranged and conducted by the renowned Shahrdad Rohani. The resulting video would become the second best selling music concert video of all time (after Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”).

Yanni has often said that psychology is actually the catalyst of all his songwriting. The music he creates is a reflection of his soul and a direct result of life experiences, relationships and interactions with other cultures. They are present in almost every creative thought he has and they continue to inspire and entertain everyone who attends a Yanni show.

Find the Live At The Acropolis DVD on Amazon