Pat McKillen at Peach Barn in Sister Bay

Pat McKillen’s style isn’t right for your Friday-night rager, but on the lawn or on stage in the taproom at Peach Barn, he’s perfect. 

During more than 10 years of performing, writing and seeking, Chicago-based singer-songwriter McKillen has put out eight independent releases, written hundreds of songs and grown comfortable with where he fits. 

“At the end of the day, I just love songwriting. I love performing,” he said. “I’m pretty damn good at it and growing every day. But I also know there are millions of bands and songs out there. Maybe I’m not your style if you’re looking to go out dancing, but there’s a time and a place for everything. If you carve out a little space for my songs, I think you’ll be glad you did – especially if you’re going through a breakup.”

But McKillen isn’t all sad songs. He has a way of keeping his shows light and fun, with a great mix of covers and his own originals. Check him out at

Performance: July 8, 3-6 pm, Peach Barn Farmhouse & Brewery, 2450 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay