Our list of St. Patrick's Day concerts doesn't change much from year to year. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Cleveland clubs and bars do a respectable job booking bands appropriate for the holiday. House of Blues throws a big, open-to-everyone bash that comes complete with green beer and Irish punk rock courtesy of the Prodigals. And local heroes the Boys from the County Hell hop from bar to bar as they do their thang and pay tribute to the Pogues like no one else can. Here's a rundown of some of the highlights.
When it comes to St. Patrick's Day, the local Pogues cover band Boys From the County Hell are the hardest working band in town. They get the party started early and play a warmup gig at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at the Happy Dog. They also play at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, at Stone Mad before starting St. Patty's Day off at 9 a.m. at House of Blues. You can then find them around the corner at Flannery's at 1 p.m. and they'll wrap things up at the Harp at 9 p.m. until closing. Whew!
P.J. McIntyre's, the Irish pub in Westpark, also gets the St. Patty's Day party started early. It plays host to Craic Brothers on Friday, March 13, and then has booked Mary's Lane to play "all day" on Tuesday, March 17. Doors open that day at 7 a.m. and the first 100 people who show up will get a free T-shirt. ESPN Cleveland's The Really Big Show broadcasts live from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will even be a Lucky Charms eating contest.
Great Lakes Brewing Company will open at 9 a.m. on St. Patty's Day, and it offers entertainment all day long. The Great Lakes Whiskey Ramblers perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Burke School of Irish Dance students perform at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and then Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes & Drums take the stage at 6 p.m.
Stamper's in Fairview Park celebrates four days of St. Patrick's Day. Dublin Irish Festival favorites the Drowsy Lads play at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, and a St. Pat's "Paddy-o Party" takes place on Saturday, March 14. Harp City takes the stage at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. Irish Cottage Boys and Harp City perform on Tuesday, March 17. Doors open at 9 a.m.
Over in Lakewood, Galen's Irish Band will play at Around the Corner starting at 6 p.m.
For the past 10 years, House of Blues has hosted a big St. Patrick's Day party and this year is no different. Acts will perform in both the Music Hall and the Cambridge Room, and admission is free. In the Music Hall, the Spazmatics perform from 9 a.m. to noon, DJ Sparky B performs from noon to 3 p.m. and the Prodigals play at 3 p.m. Over in the Cambridge Room, the Boys from the County Hell perform from 9 a.m. to noon, Mary's Lane performs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and DJ Gene spins from 2 to 5 p.m.
Per usual, "long time favorite" Donal O'Shaughnessy will perform at the Flat Iron. The music starts at noon. Just down the road on the East Bank of the Flats, the newly renovated Roc Bar hosts Ekoostik Hookah's Dave Katz and Sarge for a special St. Patty's Day show. That concert begins at 5 p.m.
New Barleycorn is back at Nighttown this year for St. Patrick's Day. They'll play at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The live music at Brothers Lounge starts at 6 p.m.; the local swing band Madison Crawl will play in the wine bar.
Loco Leprechaun in Westlake opens at 6 a.m.; it will have Irish music all day long and has booked the Westside Irish American Bagpipe Band to perform at 4 p.m.