Tonight is the night that you get out of the City for both dinner and entertainment.

But you’re not going that far.

Head just out of the city limits to Mulligan’s on Union Deposit Road for dinner. While Mulligan’s could be considered nothing more than an average sports bar, it’s a great place to stop for a quick bite to eat before heading to hear live music because today starts the 18th Annual Millennium Music Conference.

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Mulligan’s is my typical go-to spot for drinks out with friends. The atmosphere is calm yet exciting. We usually stay on the outdoor deck, which has a few fire pits, and heat lamps, but in the winter it’s fun to grab a high-top table and hangout. If you’re a sports lover, Mulligan’s has a lot of big-screen TV’s to watch the big game.

Luckily, one of my friends used to be a server there and she gave me a few suggestions. She swears by starting with the Buffalo Chicken Dip. It’s creamy and spicy at the same time. For an entrée she recommends the Black & Bleu Burger, but if you don’t like bleu cheese, any burger is delicious. Finally, for dessert try the fried Oreos. While this is the only dessert on the menu, I agree that they are very tasty and an excellent way to end to any meal, if you have a sweet tooth. Mulligans also has a large selection of beer on tap and mixed drinks.

Mulligan’s also has $9.99 New York strip steaks and $9.99 pound of crab legs daily. To see a full menu click here.

After your dinner at Mulligans all you have to do is drive around the corner for the next part of your evening—entertainment. The 18th Annual Millennium Music Conference and Showcase has once again come to Harrisburg from February 20th—23rd. New music and budding artists are highlighted at this three-night showcase, which started in 1997 and is held at venues throughout the City of Harrisburg and its surrounding areas.

Tonight the annual happening starts with a Kick Off Party at 8pm at O’Reilly’s Tap Room at the Best Western Premier. Three bands will perform—The Great SOCIO, Music From Another Room, and The Speedbumps.

Anyone can attend the live music events that will be occurring over the next three nights. Over 300 original acts are featured at 30 different venues. Almost every concert is free and open to those who are 21 and over, depending on the time and place of the concert.

Live music is one part of the Millennium Music Conference and Showcase. The other part is the conference, which consists of two days of panels, clinics, networking, one-on-one mentoring and demo listening for those working in and interested in the music industry. Topics include legal issues for independent artists, music business, branding and marketing, and publishing and copyrighting.MMC2014-HEADER

The conference will be held at the Best Western Premier, 800 East Park Drive, 17111. You must have tickets to attend the conference. For more information on that, click here.

Information on Thursday night’s Kick Off Party and the bands that are playing:
Doors open at 8:00pm 8pm at O’Reilly’s Tap Room, Best Western Premier.

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9:30pm—Music From Another Room
10:30pm—The Speedbumps

The Great SOCIO started in 2010 from Philadelphia and is classified as a ‘Groove Rock’ band. The four-member band is a guitarless band, but not bassless. Members play instruments such as the trumpet, organ and synthesizers. The Great SOCIO has performed at venues all throughout the area and surrounding states including New York, Maryland, Ohio and the Carolinas.

To learn more about The Great SOCIO find them on Facebook or visit their website.

Music From Another Room is an alternative and pop-rock band started in 2007 in Pittsburgh. The band consists of four members, two of which are brothers. Early on, their song, “Arson,” became a popular play on local and college radio stations. In 2011 they joined Studio 344 to record Departures, which was released in 2012. The band also released a cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”—I’ve had it on repeat all night. Music From Another Room has shared the stage with bands such as Big Time Rush, Action Item and Honor Society.

To learn more about Music From Another Room check out their Facebook and website.

The Speedbumps started in Ohio and has won many awards, such as Best Original Band by Cleveland Magazine and an Independent Music Award for their song, “I Come From A Town.” In 2012, the band was also invited to collaborate with The Canton Symphony Orchestra. The Speedbumps have four members, but have multiple other performers, too, that sit in with them. They released their third album in 2013, entitled The Harbors We Speak. The album received coverage in many media outlets such as CMT Edge, American Songwriter, and Relix Magazine.

To learn more about The Speedbumps visit their Facebook and website.

If you can’t get out of the city tonight but still want to see the bands above, luckily they’re playing in the city on Friday, February 21st. Here’s where:

The Great SOCIO—11:30pm at Stage on Herr @ HMAC – 21 & over
Music From Another Room—Midnight at Ceoltas Irish Pub – 21 & over
The Speedbumps—8pm at the Midtown Scholar – this event is open to all ages

If you want view a complete list of all 300 shows throughout the 30 venues, click here. Take advantage of them, go out and have fun this weekend!

Check out what’s happening in the City of Harrisburg this weekend:

Friday, February 21st:

Saturday, February 22nd:

Sunday, February 23rd: