St. Patrick's Day isn't just about drinking till you puke and cramming your face with corned beef and cabbage. It's also about ... well, yes, that is what it's all about. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't have some music to go along with all that drinking and eating. Here now is your rambling guide to the sounds emanating around town. — Michael Gallucci
House of Blues kicks off its daylong party at 9 a.m. with the Pogues cover band Boys From the County Hell in the Cambridge Room and the Endorsements in the main Music Hall. Plaid Sabbath, the Prodigals, and DJ Sparky B will keep both rooms rocking all day long.
Sullivan's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Lakewood will also have a bunch of Irish musicians playing throughout the day, including sets by Guinness Bill Band and Lake Erie Isle.
Green Blossom Special play traditional Irish tunes at the Barley House starting at 10:30 a.m. Vegas Baby rocks a little harder at 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, traditional bagpipe music will ring through the Flat Iron Cafe courtesy of Donald O'Shaughnessy starting at noon.
Great Lakes Brewing Company also turns up the volume at noon, first with Ceud Mile Failte, who'll play old-school Irish tunes, then with Celtic punks Craic at 5:30 p.m. Things get a little more traditional as the night wears on, with the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drum band taking over at 8:30 p.m.
The Boys From the County Hell keep up their busy St. Pat's schedule by putting in seven straight hours at Flannery's Pub, starting at 1 p.m., before heading over to the Harp at 9:30 p.m., where they'll cap their long day with a tidy two-and-a-half-hour set.
Right after the parade, around 2 p.m or so, Old Angle Tavern will bring in the rowdy Whiskey Island Ramblers for a beer-spilling good time.
Local folk-rockers Oldboy dress up as Irish heavyweights U2 for cover songs at the Grog Shop at 7:30 p.m.
On the west side of town, Galen's Irish Band and Pop Rocks will play at Around the Corner in Lakewood starting at 4 p.m.
Morrison & McCarthy will inject some Irish into their classic-rock tunes at the Savannah in Westlake at 5:30 p.m.
And on the East Side, Claddagh starts its musical festivities at 2:30 p.m. with the Richard Brentar Band. Forsythe Special takes over the stage at 6:30 p.m.
There's a little more refined St. Paddy's celebration happening at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights with New Barleycorn, who'll play at 5:30 and 8 p.m.
Elsewhere in the suburbs:
The Lampliter in Parma Heights has a whole bunch of music by bagpipers and Bob & Shelley at 3:30 p.m.
Steve Jochum performs at 5 p.m. at Trivs in Strongsville
Bagpipers and the Billy Donato Show play at Playmakers in Garfield Heights at 9 p.m.
Zach and the Bright Lights follow bagpipers at 8 p.m. at Blue Rock Cafe in Hudson.
The Maple Grove in Maple Heights has some – why not? – reggae by Outlaws I & II starting around 8 p.m.
Or if you just want to skip the Irish music altogether but don't want to pass up an opportunity to have a St. Paddy's blast, the indie-pop and hip-hop outfit iPhonic will perform Saturday morning at Peabody's, followed in the evening by rapper Bizzy Bone. 10,000 Cadillacs – featuring Jason Popson and Skinny from Mushroomhead – will open the show around 6:30 p.m.
Otis & the Shoreway Saints play Brothers Lounge at 7 p.m. Prisoners, Shitbox Jimmy, and Tinko will help the Happy Dog celebrate at 8 p.m. And the Beachland has Santana tribute band Evil Ways at 9 p.m.
And just in case you want to keep the party going almost a week after the big day (and we don't blame you if you do), the Saw Doctors will be at House of Blues on March 23.