Friday, March 13, 2015

A Feast For Your Smiling Eyes


Photo from WXRT’s Facebook page.

Slumgullion was posted earlier today. This is a bonus Friday post.

Here’s hoping everyone stays safe and happy during the various St. Patrick’s Day celebrations starting tomorrow and running through Tuesday. Chicago has its official parade tomorrow, and the South Side version takes place on Sunday. WXRT’s afternoon drive-time air personality Jason Thomas is hosting an after parade party on the south side from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Sunday at the Horse Thief Hollow bar at 10426 S. Western. The radio station will feature Irish rock and roll on the air all day Tuesday, and will host the XRT Miller Lite Sham Rock and Roll Live Broadcast with the Freddy Jones Band at Mystic Celt on Southport from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Tuesday night.

There will be a full day’s worth of festivities in my hometown of Palatine tomorrow, including a parade, and live entertainment at Durty Nellie’s that includes Scottish bagpipes, the Trinity Irish Dancers and five rock bands. There’s no cover charge at the bar/restaurant up until 3:00 PM.

The Abbey Pub on Chicago’s northwest side has a series of St. Patrick’s Day related events coming up. Laurence Nugent, Frank Quinn, Fitz and The Celts, Kevin Flynn and The Avondale Ramblers, Bag Pipers (I’m assuming that’s a band), and Fonn Morr will be on hand tomorrow, March 14th, and there will be a traditional Irish jam session on Sunday. Laurence Nugent and Frank Quinn return for the festivities on the actual St. Patrick’s Day; joining Mulligan Stew, The Great Whiskey Project, and the O’Hare Irish Dancers.

Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue will have a St. Patrick’s Day Bash tomorrow, with Tin Lynott and Paddy Melt. On Tuesday, March 17th, the club will present Muck Bros.

St. Patrick’s Day is a good time to lift a toast to all the bands that have sprung from the Emerald Isle. Acts like U2, Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison, Them, Snow Patrol, The Frames, Damien Rice, The Undertones, Little Green Cars, Stiff Little Fingers, Hothouse Flowers, The Urges, Horslips, Thin Lizzy, The Boomtown Rats, The Pogues, The Cranberries, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Sinead O’Connor, My Bloody Valentine, and probably a lot of others I’m forgetting.

If you’re looking for more traditional Celtic music, I would recommend a mix of Irish and American acts, including Cherish The Ladies, Rising Gael, Aoife Clancy, Navan, Baal Tinne, The Chieftans, James Galway and Robbie O’Connell.

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