Nick Galik is no stranger to the local music scene, and he's making another go at it playing his original music.
Galik, 26, first started his own band with some high school classmates back in 2009 while he was living in Bradley. He's again fronting his own band, Nick Galik & The Gamblers, which formed about eight months ago.
Nick Galik & The Gamblers will be part of St. Patrick's Half Paddy Festival on Friday at the church grounds at 428 S. Indiana Ave. in Kankakee.
"I'm a full-time musician," said Galik when reached by phone on Tuesday. "Right now, we have a 3-track demo on our Facebook page, and we're going to go into the studio. That's going to happen very soon once we've stopped gigging. We're going to record a full-length album."
The Gamblers have been playing at clubs around the Kankakee area, including the Looney Bin, BreakAway Bar and The Spot in Bradley, and at this past summer's Bourbonnais Friendship Festival.
"We're booked up through October," Galik said.
The band also is set to play next year's Friendship Festival and has been doing some shows in bars up north in the South Suburbs and in Chicago.
"We're new but keeping busy," Galik said.
The Gamblers also consist of Adam Lundgren, formerly of local band Sneaky Gene, on bass and Robert Smith on drums. Galik lives in Monee now, and Lundgren and Smith live in Kankakee.
Nick Galik & The Gamblers are committed to playing original music, and the band's name, The Gamblers, is derived from one of Galik's songs, "Graveyard Gamblers." The band was going to be Nick Galik & The Graveyard Gamblers, but they decided to shorten the name as it was a bit more catchy and would fit on the marquee at clubs that it plays.
"We've just started to branch out of the Kankakee, Bradley area," Galik said.
He classifies his music as funk and soul with some rock 'n' roll. The band wants to make a go of it as a legitimate band that stays true to playing and recording original music.
"We'll be together for a very long time," Galik said. "I guarantee that."
It should be a great weekend for live music at the Half Paddy. The Ploughboys opens the festival at 5 p.m. Friday and plays until 6:15 p.m. Nick Galik & The Gamblers play from 6:35 to 7:45 p.m. before Iron Horse takes the stage from 8:05 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Nick Lynch closes out Friday's lineup, playing from 9:35 to 11 p.m.
The beer tent will open at 5 p.m. Friday and food will be served until 9 p.m., which includes hot dogs, burgers and pork chop sandwiches.
DJ Charlie will be spinning tunes from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Blue Mass Procession for all first responders is from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The children's game tent opens at noon on Saturday, closing at 3:30 p.m. for the Blue Mass and then reopens at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
The Hatfield Sisters take the music stage from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, while Beyond the Pale plays from 6:40 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. The Chancy Bros close the music portion of the festival, playing from 8 to 9 p.m.
A corned beef dinner and Irish chicken will also be available, and there's an adults' jello eating contest and cake walk. For more information, visit halfpaddy.com or call 815-932-6716.