There’s sure to be a computer overload on Saturday, April 21st when Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale at 10am. Then, fanatics will anxiously hang out in the virtual waiting rooms as they clamor for the chance to see “The Boss” play at Wrigley Field.
The musical icon from New Jersey might have his legions of devoted fans, but he can’t touch Roselle’s own Richie Shep in one respect. Ever since the singer turned professional in 2010, he’s had a rabid following. It starts with his redheaded wife, Bridget, and extends down to his six siblings, their offspring, in-laws, cousins, and wide circle of friends.
While Shep’s brother, Bob, might get props for cruising down from Wisconsin in his gas-guzzling Lincoln, no one can match the devotion exhibited by the singer’s 83-year-old mother, Pat, and her sister, “Aunt Peggy” Stafford, who turns 90 in October, although you’d never know it. On any given night, these Irish sisters might be seen kicking it up with their canes as Shep belts out “New York, New York” before segueing into some more current crowd-pleaser.
Pat Shepherd has only missed one show due to a bad bout of pink eye. She said she “loves it and it keeps the family together. The kids can come when they can but Peg and I have nothing better to do.” In a way, it’s just like old times when Shep’s late father, Bob Senior, was regaling the crowd with his rendition of “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” at weddings and other family functions
Pat points out that her son turned professional shortly after her husband’s death, and is very proud that Shep is now booked most every weekend. But his increasing popularity comes at a cost, as the sisters must buy dinner and drinks at every gig. With her trademark big smile, Pat jokes that she might need to get a second job as Shep’s musical calendar continues to fill up.
Luckily, on Saturday, April 21st, Shep will be returning to Casey’s Restaurant and Bar in west suburban Lombard where there’s a tasty 15% off meal deal on their website. Just visit http://www.caseysrestaurant.com/food/ and click on the coupon link for more details on this appetizing offer as well bar specials, fish fries, and other budget-friendly options.
This popular eatery has a large and varied menu so there’s sure to be something for every member of Shep’s entourage. Casey’s features homemade French Onion soup, hearty steaks, healthy salads, wrap sandwiches, and other offerings. Diners can put their 15% off coupon to good use and try one of Casey’s house specialties like prime rib, barbecue, or a delectable combo.
When Shep sets up shop in the nearby lounge, you’ll see his mom and aunt holding court at a ringside table. It’s something they feel they need to do especially after they both received hand-written notes from the singer saying he feels his father’s spirit when he sees the two of them sitting in the audience.
And while a case of mistaken identity has kept Shep from using his given name of Rich Shepherd, there’s no doubt that he’s carrying on Pops Shepherd’s legacy of entertaining a crowd with song and good cheer.
Richie Shep will be appearing in the lounge from 8pm until 12pm on Saturday, April 21. There’s no cover charge and this affable singer stands ready to take audience requests from his extensive playlist. Casey’s is located at 419 E. North Avenue in Lombard, IL. The phone number is 630-932-4777.