Arranmore's Live Music, Art Events Continue to Grow
Jun 27, 2016 10:55PM ● Published by Shannon Antinori
(Photo provided by Shannon Greene Robb)
A grassroots effort to bring something a little different to the suburbs has taken on a life of its own, bringing art, music and even public polo to the Oswego area.
Founder Shannon Greene Robb said she launched ArranmoreArts in 2006 as a local venue for music and the arts. For her, it was an opportunity to bring some culture to the area.
“We’re so sports heavy, and that’s a great thing,” Greene Robb said – but she believed residents were yearning for a different kind of outdoor venue. “We’ve kind of missed culture,” she said.
Greene Robb’s family farm, Arranmore Farm and Polo Club, filled that niche. The farm is located at 34 Rance Road in Oswego, just west of south Naperville.
ArranmoreArts started off hosting just a handful of events in its early years. But since annexing into the Village of Oswego and securing a liquor license, the venue has been able to expand its offerings to more than 35 annual events.
“We’ve been able to expand to weddings and corporate events,” and even began hosting the area’s only public polo matches, Greene Robb said.
One of Arranmore’s more popular events is “Cab Cab,” short for “Cabernet Cabaret.” Each BOYB live music event features a group of eclectic performers gathered specifically for Cab Cab.
“We have a theme each night,” Greene Robb said. Cab Cab’s fifth season opener, set for Saturday, July 16, will have a “Say My Name” theme, featuring songs from “Jack & Diane” to “Roxanne” and “Mrs. Robinson.”
“Cab Cab has really become kind of a family event, which surprised me,” Greene Robb said. “What I love about it is, everybody dances,” she said. “Kids are dancing with their moms and their grandmas.”
Cab Cab is also a “Bring Your Own Party” event, and attendees are invited to bring their own food and drinks, blankets, chairs or even tables. While Cab Cab is geared toward all ages, Arranmore’s Moonlight Mixer is perfect for a parents’ night out.
The ages-21-and-over event features specialty cocktails and, although no outside food or drinks are permitted, a selection of food trucks. The next Moonlight Mixer on Friday, July 15, will feature ’80s cover band Part Time Lovers.
Arranmore Farm and Polo Club also hosts public polo matches, including Wednesday night polo with a discount price of $10 per carload. Things get a little more upscale on Sundays, which offer a range of options from $10 general admission tickets to $70 packages including champagne and hors d'oeuvres.
“For the Sunday games, people get dressed up,” Greene Robb said. “It’s a fun opportunity to do that.”
The scenic venue will also host Soul LOVE Fest, a two-day yoga retreat, on Sept. 17 and 18.
“It’s just a magical place,” said Greene Robb.
She attributes Arranmore’s growth to being attuned to what residents in the area want.
“We just kind of listened to the people,” she said. “We never thought that Cab Cab would be anything,” Greene Robb said. “After the first year, people were like, ‘Can you do it again?’”
Arranmore’s programs took off from there, she added.
“It’s like Ravinia, but it’s in our backyard.”
For a calendar of events and tickets, visit the Arranmore Farm and Polo Club website.