Summer ends w/ a few festivals & a shaved head!

Hopstring Fest returned this August for it’s third installment & proved itself a powerhouse event for roots music & craft beer lovers from all over  the Midwest! John, Tom, Don & Pat turned in a fantastically high energy performance! The band was joined onstage this year by Bill Aldridge & Matt Doherty who added some brilliant horn accompaniment to the final two numbers of the set, which received an overwhelming response from the crowd! A period of heavy rain couldn’t dissuade the record breaking attendees & a blistering set by Cracker, to headline the day’s bill, capped off one of the finest music festivals of it’s kind anywhere! Special thanks to all the organizers & volunteers who helped the day run smoothly!

Saturday, Sept. 6th. the full band will again take the stage @ the 4th annual Will County Celtic Fest. The lineup includes such notable acts as Colm O’Brien, Allison Flood, The Ploughboys, Cutthroat Shamrock & Whiskey of the Damned! The Old Gang Orchestra performs @ 5pm! This year John was asked to participate in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation campaign to raise money for childhood cancer research @ the festival. John will have his head shaved @ 12 noon, along with a few other participants to show support for these young people & to help raise money for this amazing cause. Donations are being accepted @ the link below & anything that can be done to help spread the word is greatly appreciated!

Donate to St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Thanks for stopping by & please check back regularly for updates & news!


A weekend of music & community!

The summer has been amazing on many levels & there’s no sign of it letting up anytime soon! A string of performances w/ friends & in support of the local original music community kicks off this Friday evening @ Mojoe’s Red Lounge where The Old Gang Orchestra will share the bill w/ our good friend Alex Hoffer & his band. We’ll be joined for the performance by mandolin virtuoso & Leadfoot Band front man Steven Haberichter! Saturday night, it’s back to our local for a show to benefit Chicago Street Pub’s unending support for local music & a grassroots movement by the artists who perform there to update the sound equipment & thank the owners for their massive contribution over the years! If you’re in the area, stop down & be counted!

Live @ Mojoe’s Red Lounge
Live @ Chicago Street Pub

Summer…so far!

It’s been a busy kick off to Summer & performances, both solo & w/ The O.G.O. have been plentiful & very well received! New venues on the schedule & return trips to Festivals in various parts of the country have made for a fantastic way to meet new friends & spread the word; with highlights so far including the full band @ Summerfest in Milwaukee WI & a trip w/ new Flipside label mate Allison Flood to the 35th annual Festival for the Eno in Durham NC as well as upcoming performances in Champaign, Chicago, WI, MO & at the 3rd Annual Hopstring Fest in IL, it’s looking to be the best Summer stretch yet! Please check back for details & updates & continue to have a safe & music filled Summer!

Flipside @ Cabin Creek!

The annual gathering of Flipside artists & fans @ Cabin Creek in Black Mountain, NC. was a huge success this year. Special thanks to all who made it out to this year’s weekend festivities! Beautiful weather, wonderful company & some amazing sets turned in by the likes of Davey Ramone Morrison, Colm O’Brien, Allison Flood & Cutthroat Shamrock, not to mention all of the after hours sessions, made these few days in the mountains an unforgettable experienceJohn & Flipside president Eric Johnson…See you all next year

Looking Ahead!

Out of the Winter imposed hiatus that the last few months have been, has come a number of wonderful projects & a look ahead to the warmth of a Spring & Summer festival season that can not get here fast enough! The O.G.O. has had a number of successful regional appearances this season & have been hard @ work on a wealth of new material written over the course of the winter months. In addition to writing & prepping for the next phase of touring, John has been busy working on a number of other Flipside projects & is currently in the final production stages of a new Flipside artist’s recording (To be announced soon). With a number of performances lined up & many more in the works, the coming year looks to be the most busy to date, including highly anticipated return appearances to both the Cabin Creek (April,NC) & Hopstring (August,IL)Festivals. Check back for details & updates as they are confirmed, as well as some very exciting announcements in the coming weeks!

Hopstring & Cabin Creek Confirmed!

Here’s hoping that the year has started out well for all of you & that the cold weather we’ve been getting around the country hasn’t dampened your spirits! The good people @ Flipside are currently working very hard on the 2014 schedule for solo & full band shows & we’ve already confirmed return performances @ Cabin Creek 4/25 & 26(NC) & Hopstring Fest 8/23 with many club dates & additional festivals currently awaiting confirmation…Please check back for updates! Thanks for all the support & kindness! Looking forward to seeing you all in your cities, towns, & villages in the coming months! Stay warm & keep singing & dancing!

New “Merch” available NOW!!

 Merchandise  bearing the brand new “John Condron & The Old Gang Orchestra” logo is now available from the Flipside label’s homepage! Three new styles to choose from…Tshirts, Ladies Tshirts, & “Brewers” work shirts are all being offered at a special discount & in “bundles” for the holidays! Click the link below to browse all of the music & wear-ables that Flipside has to offer!


Live @ Third City w/ Vaudevileins

Live @ Third City details

On Saturday 12/14, John & The Old Gang Orchestra will perform w/ Vaudevileins  @ their home away from home & the scene of many a recording session, Third City Sound! Please join us if you’re in the area for a special, “genre hopping” night of music & camaraderie! Help us celebrate a fantastic year & the promise of things to come. Click the link for all the details!