Like birthdays or Halloween, we’re always bummed when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday. But if you’re ready to turn this year’s Monday blues into Kelly greens, we recommend starting the fun a few days early with some killer performances coming to a city near you.
We’ve pulled together a sampler of events happening the weekend before—and the day of—March 17 in three major cities from coast to coast. Whether your goal is to go out and get your Irish on or sit back and have a good time, check out the following shows that’ll help kick-start your Saint Paddy’s Day plans.
Dropkick Murphys will be playing all weekend (and twice on Saturday!) at the House of Blues in Boston. There’s little else to get you in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day than seeing this American Celtic punk band rock out in good ol’ Boston. You can find tickets to these shows at ticketsnow.com*.
English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding will also be performing at the Agganis Arena in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day. Fans of sweet-sounding vocals like that of Enya should definitely check this show out.
Meanwhile, West Coast band Flogging Molly will be taking over Las Vegas on March 15. While singing along to hits like Drunken Lullabies and Salty Dog, this show will make it feel like you’ve left the Mojave Desert and ended up in the middle of a rowdy Dublin pub.
If Irish punk music isn’t your scene, there’s an event happening the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas for every type fan. We recommend checking out the shows for Boys II Men , Bone Thugs-N-Harmony or Meatloaf.
If you’re looking for music that hearkens back to the old country, look no further than the Celtic Woman show happening on March 16th at the Chicago Theater. This all-female Irish ensemble performs soothing songs that mix the old-world with the new.
Looking to check out a completely new sound? Delhi 2 Dublin will be performing on March 17th at the Live Wire Lounge in Chicago. You’ll get exactly what you’d expect from a band named after these two Indian and Irish cities—a mix of Bhangra (a form of Punjabi pop-music) blended with Celtic music. Blurring the lines between these two different genres seems like an impossible feat, but this band does so flawlessly, creating an unique musical experience you won’t forget.
Whichever show you choose, remember: may the wind be ever at your back and the luck o’ the Irish be with you!
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