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Poguetry in Motion

Boys From the County Hell rev up for a busy week



When the Boys From the County Hell first got together in 2000 as a Pogues cover band, it was supposed to be just a one-night stand. But after selling out their first show at the Euclid Tavern, "it continued from there," says guitarist Chris Allen.

Now every St. Patrick's Day, the Boys play marathon shows, often starting before 10 a.m. and not stopping until the bars close. One year, they teamed up with Spider Stacy, an original Pogue, for a series of shows. Another year, they played a gig in Bangkok.

The guys kick things off this year with a pre-St. Patrick's Day party at 10 p.m. Friday at the Happy Dog. On Saturday, they'll play the East Side Irish American Club. Then it's off to a trio of St. Patrick's Day shows at House of Blues, Flannery's, and the Harp. Allen promises they'll play "until we drop." That includes frontman Doug McKean, who has moved out of town but will be back home for the big week.

Still can't get enough of the Boys From the County Hell? They're also playing a St. Patrick's Day Survivor's Party at Stone Mad at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18. Go to for more info about all these shows.

Metal band Forged in Flame just posted the first episode of a new video diary (at that documents the recording of their upcoming album. They play Now That's Class at 9 p.m. Thursday. The Great Sabatini, Purse Snatcher, and Dead Iron are also on the bill. Tickets are $5.

Self-described "spazzjazz spacepop bigbeat" group Cereal Banter unveil their new bass player at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Musica in Akron. Tess Riley & Yankee Bravo, Daniel Benjamin, and Nick Wilkinson also perform. Tickets are $8, available at

Singer-songwriter Ryan Humbert plays a special show at the Akron home of Chrissie Hynde at 5 p.m. Sunday. He's raising money to record his next album. Tickets are $75, $125 if you're a couple. Find more info at

Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band headline Friday's Rock & Reggae Festival, a benefit for the Free Clinic that starts at 8 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern. The TwistOffs, Outlaws I & I, Big Ship, and Jah Messengers round out the bill. Tickets are $10, available at

Goth/industrial rockers Lestat play a tribute concert for John A. DeFrasia, the Phantasy complex owner who passed away earlier this year. The show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Phantasy. Shadow Saints, Missile Command, and JMX also perform. DJs Nemesis and Cable spin between sets. Tickets are $6, available at

Rapper and DJ B-No-Good hosts a CD-release party at the Grog Shop at 11 p.m. Saturday. The Downtown Delinquents, Scenic Route, Ignatious, D Roof, Split Personality, the Antagonist, and Vigatron also perform. Tickets are $10, available at If you can't make it out, the concert will be broadcast live on WCSB 89.3 FM.

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