Welcome to the Gin Palace Jesters' brand new website! It's been a long time comin' for sure and it's great to be in control again because....holy moly...HEADACHES with that old and dead website.  Browse around and thanks for stopping by.

Nashville Boogie 

We are making our way to the Nashville Boogie. So many great acts are playing this weekender we are delighted to be a part of it. Our set is on Saturday May 14 at 4:00pm at the Nashville Palace. Come on out and watch us do our "thang" and say "hello" to us will ya? Nashvilleboogie.com

Turkey Shoot  

Pat Keiner came to the band with a sweet instrumental idea for our latest and greatest CD "For Better Or For Worse" and we worked it up into something fun.  While it didn't have a working title at the time, Dave had an idea since he had picked up on of those wooden turkey call boxes at a hunting/sporting goods store in Washington, Pennsylvania off route 19 there.  He demonstrated his ability to perform clucks, gobbles, caws and calls and the name "Turkey Shoot" was given to the instrumental.  We have just made this sucker available for FREE DOWNLOAD and put it up on our site wide player. Grab it and steal if off us. Go ahead!

Hey we have some shows coming up and are working a new picker into the group featuring the work of Michael Henry Iwema on the "Stomach Steinway" aka the, Pleated Piano, the Waistline Wurlitzer, the Belly Baldwin... That's right we are talking a piano accordion so come on out and see him work his magic on that thing. We already have a Spider Mike in the band so we may have to go with the accordion man's middle name and call him Hank? 

Upcoming shows Saturday Jan 16th at Chef Shangri-La in North Riverside, IL  (Desplaines ave and 26th) and at the Chicago Irish Center Saturday Jan 23.  Hope to see you there!

New England Shake Up 

Someone alerted us to this little video of the core 4 Jesters gigging up at the New England Shake-Up we thought we'd share with you.  

We'd like to announce that we have download cards of the brand NEW CD available and if you wanted to give the gift of music to someone and enclose a download card in a Christmas stocking or Christmas card it can now happen!  Send us an email if you are interested. 

Jesters on the radio 

It's not often big time Rock and Roll radio gives us a spin but here in our home town we are fortunate enough to have a fan and supporter of local music in Richard Milne who is giving us some props on his Local Anesthetic program on WXRT FM 93.1 at 7:30pm Central Sunday November 1st.  It's also streamed on the internet so if you miss it we think you can catch it after the fact. Here's a link. http://wxrt.cbslocal.com/2015/10/29/new-chicago-music-on-this-sunday-nights-local-anesthetic-29/

CD AVAILABLE! Get 'em while they're HOT! 

WE ARE SO GLAD AND PROUD TO ANNOUNCE that today, Friday October 30th has arrived where we live and we are burnin' the midnight oil to make this thing long CD project available to you NOW! Get it while the goin's good!  14 brand new tracks recorded with a bunch of great and talented musicians and engineers. It was a long road but worthwhile.  We have physical CDs available for purchase. We have a brand new red vinyl 7 inch single NOW AVAILABLE on our Store page. Both items are priced individually and we have a discounted BUNDLE button if you want both.  We have DOWNLOADS of the new cd in both individual song form and a big of a discount for full album download.   This disc SHOULD be available if not this very second within 48 hours on iTunes, Spotify and CD Baby as well as others.  Dealers feel free to contact us as well.
1) Show Me Your Tears
2) Very Old Cecil Patch's Tennesee Blend
3) Turkey Shoot
4) With This Ring
5) Texas 12-Step
6) God Bless The Drinkin' Songs
7) Bottom Of The Bottle
8) Along The Trail Of Tears
9) Wherever You Are
10) Fell Off The Wagon
11) Diana If You Love Me
12) A Broken Heart (Like Mine)
13) Erin Is For Lovin'
14) Lo-Fi, Lo-Tech, Lo-Down

Musicians Featured On This Album
Pennsylvania Dave Sisson-Lead Vocals, Gretsch, Bender Telecaster & Silvertone Lead Electric guitars, Acoustic 6 and 12 string guitar & Baritone Guitar
Pat Keiner-Fender Steel Guitar, Sho-Bud Pedal Steel Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro and Electric Guitar & Vocals
Mayor Ken Mottet-Acoustic Martin D-28 Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Spider Mike Hobson-Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Tic Tac Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Greg Hirte-Fiddle and Vocals
Perry Lafine-Drums on 12 tracks
Billy Shaffer-Drums on 1 tracks
Ray Jacildo-Piano and Hammond B3
Alex Hall-Accordion
Tammy Ann Mader-Backing Vocals

Recorded, Engineered and Mixed with Mike Sharp at Sharp's Flat Recording Service with a few tracks recorded with Steve Gramith at Dwarf Door Studios. 


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Previous events

Red Hot and Blue Rockabilly Weekender

Brockville, Ontario

This weekender is Labor Day weekend from Thursday September 1-Sunday September 4. We are gigging here pretty late on the Saturday and really looking forward to it! It should be a great time! http://www.rockabillyjam.com/


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BrauerHouse, 1000 N.Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148

Honkytonk music and beer and hotrods... It's a re-occurring Thursday night theme at the BrauerHouse and we are happy to participate! FREE SHOW!!!!!


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Honkytonk Barbeque, 1800 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

We love this place! One of our regular Chicago locations to gig at. WIllie knows his stuff and supports local music so you should support HIM! NO CHARGE!!! FREE admission.


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Cigars and Stripes, 6715 W Ogden Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402

Back at Ronnie's in our home turf to keep our chops hot! Try the Habanero sausage sandwich or the hot wings. We hope we can somehow all fit on that tiny stage. A great intimate place to drink with the Gin Palace Jesters.

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HD Rockers, 203 Main Street, Maple Park, IL

Gin Palace Jesters knockin' out a few sets of Honkyonkin' Hillbilly Swing in DeKalb/Kane County, IL area. FREE! C'mon out!

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Honkytonk BBQ, 1800 S. Racine, Chicago, IL 60608

We head back to this Chicago bastion of live music and smoked meats! C'mon down and hang with us for some live music and revelry! Honkytonk BBQ (312) 226-7427


Gin Palace Jesters @ Private Event

Lake County, IL


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