Two Dinner on the Dock seasons were cut short by the pandemic, but now it’s time to come together again full force on Thursday nights for live regional music, good food and tasty craft beer made onsite at Prairie Street Brewing Co.
An exciting lineup of regional bands features both returning favorites and some that are new to the venue.
“‘Come Together’ is our theme this year,” says Reed Sjostrom, chief brand and products officer. “It’s a nod to the Beatles song, but it’s also our way of saying we want people to come relax with us and just enjoy being together again.”
Three Good Men will perform the Beatles classic on May 19, the opening of the 2022 Dinner on the Dock season.
New this year is an expanded number of tables that can be reserved online up to 48 hours before the event. While reserving, you can pre-order appetizers not otherwise available.
“You select the date, pick the table you want, choose your appetizer and find it delivered to your table at the selected time,” explains Sjostrom. “It’s nice to offer this convenience to folks. Maybe you want to be right next to the band or maybe a little further away so it’s easier to talk.”
The cost is $40 for a table for four, $60 for a table of six. For larger parties, call the events team to book a private room that overlooks the excitement.
Another change is the addition of the Sizz N Fizz food truck on Thursdays, which will ease lines at the walk-up hot food tent.
“It should be operating by mid to late June,” says Sjostrom.
Walk-up bar service from the Pub, Dockside Taproom and Ice Cellar bar will be available as in previous years.
Among the most popular returning bands on the 2022 lineup are Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, The Jimmys, The Trippin Billies (a Dave Matthews cover band) and Unity the Band. Some acts new to the Dock lineup are Blackberry Jam, Gavin Arnold Music, Minimal, Student Body and Zac Matthews.
Live music and food aren’t limited to Thursdays. Monday night Dockside Live, which began in 2017, features all-local bands from 6-9 p.m. and is presented in partnership with WNIJ radio. The new Dockside season opens May 23 with musician Lief Sjostrom. Admission is free.
“It’s a lower-key, more relaxed, intimate night,” says Sjostrom. “We offer our normal service with first-come, first-served seating, and it’s more of a listening experience than the ‘I just have to get up and dance’ vibe of Thursday nights.”
The Prairie Street Brewing Co. building was erected by British immigrant and brewer Jonathan Peacock in 1849, the inspiration behind the company’s green peacock logo.
Learn more or make reservations at psbrewingco.com. ❚