St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, meaning you really have no excuse to not go out and drink copious amounts of green beer and take in some live music. If you’re looking for a night that will have you drinking Bushmills and singing along, I have taken the liberty of rounding out the must see shows for this 17th of March. Read More It should be no surprise that Bell’s will be hosting a night of musical magic on St. Patty’s Day. Ann Arbor sextet Dragon Wagon hits the stage of the Eccentric Cafe this Saturday at 9:30pm with what they call “bluegrass folk rock with a shot of Irish whiskey.” Bring along $6 for the cover and a pocket full of cash for beer because, hey, Bell’s beer. And everybody likes Bell’s beer (if you don’t, we are no longer friends).
Also with a more traditional Irish feel, The Alabama Spanking Machines will be laying down their “old time celtabilly bluesgrass” at a show in Allegan at the Rock Bottom, located in the lower level of The Grill House restaurant, made famous by its appearance on the Travel Channel’s Steak Paradise. This is a free show, so have an extra couple of beers. Show starts at 7:00pm.
Old Dog Tavern will begin its festivities at 5:00pm, complete with corned beef and cabbage on the menu. The lineup will include The Real Fantastics, The Hex Bombs and Branden Mann and The Reprimand. Don’t worry Branden, I won’t get completely blasted and invite myself on stage during your set so that I can drunkenly bang on a tambourine this time. Probably.
If hip hop is more your thing, swing on over to The Globe Theatre for their St. Patty’s Extravaganza, which is being presented by WIDR. A slew of artists will be performing, beginning at 2:00pm, including DJ RX78, Coop The Kut Keeper, the Young Heavy Souls Crew, Dayda, Ty Beat, Nunca Duerma, Shadow Attack, Jaws That Bite, Alexander Roelandt, Gord.ie and Close Duktap. And for all of you country fans, Nob Hill will be hosting The Dani Jamerson Band, while the M89 Sports Bar & Grill in Otsego welcomes Copper Run.
So celebrate this shamrock-filled night of debauchery by going out and supporting local music. Besides, if you stay in to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day you run the very real risk of waking up to find your pants on the roof. And while the culprits could be mischievous leprechauns, it’s probably just your smartass friends. True story.