One of the best shows I ever saw at Kirkland Fine Arts Center was one of its most sparsely attended.
On St. Patricks’ Day 2004, Eileen Ivers – a past Ireland violin champion – headlined a show at the Millikin entertainment center. There were about 300 people in attendance.
They were the happiest people in town that night, I’m guessing. Instead of phoning in a performance, Ivers ripped it up. And even though the extent of my exposure to her prior to that night was a cursory listen of a CD her publicist had sent, I left the concert a fan.
We all get another chance next year.
Millikin has announced its Kirkland lineup for 2010-11. I’ll have a story in Friday’s paper, but Ivers returns next March. Single tickets won’t go on sale until close to the end of the year, but keep an eye out. She’s more than worth the cost of admission.