Friday March 31
No Cover, 6:30 – 10:00PM
Mackenzie O’Brien is a rising performer who has performed at over 40 different venues since going professional only 8 months ago. She frequents wine bars, breweries, and clubs in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin and has performed in the downtown areas of Chicago, Madison Wisconsin, Austin Texas and Nashville Tennessee. Mackenzie reports secretly desiring to sing professionally since the young age of 8 but kept her thoughts secret for fear of being steered towards her studies. As Mackenzie grew up, it became apparent to her that music was the only possible career path. Mackenzie quotes the old adage “I didn’t choose music, music chose me”. When she picked up a guitar at the age of 14, she felt as if part of her was unlocked and the clouds parted. Mackenzie learned to play by ear before learning theory and expanding her instrumental work to the ukulele and banjo. At the age of 17 strange circumstances led to Mackenzie being “discovered” by a former opera star and instructor who set up a meeting between Mackenzie and her current opera teacher Bruce Hall, former head of opera and voice at Northwestern University. At this time, her musical journey is moving her in varying directions as she continues to perform as a folk singer and train in operatic voice.