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This weekend's concerts: Keep It Green (or not!)

March 14, 2012 - 12:42 PM
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You've probably already realized that this Saturday is St Patrick's Day. Depending on the stamina of your liver, you're either elated or annoyed by this holiday, but either way, we've got you covered. There are plenty of events this weekend that will feature green beer and rowdy sing-alongs-- as well as plenty more less Irish-influenced events. Whichever path you choose, though, don't blame us if you get pinched for wearing the wrong wardrobe.

Not Green: Hank3
Thursday, Mar. 15 at the 9:30 Club, $20

Hank3 is the grandson of Hank Williams, so there's understandably a large country influence to his music. His concerts always start out with about 90 minutes of traditional country tunes, both his own songs as well as those from his grandfather's era. But he's also a huge fan of punk and metal, and he'll perform a "hellbilly" set (punk music played with traditional country instruments) as well as a doom metal set (his project Attention Deficit Domination) and a so-called "cattlecore" set (a combination of death metal and thrash with cattle auctioneering on top-- and no, we couldn't make this up if we tried). There's also apparently a screening of the alien invasion film Tribulation 99. Bottom line: you'll get your money's worth, but be prepared for a long night.

Green: the Chieftains
Friday, Mar. 16 at the Kennedy Center, $28-$65

In music, you can't get much more Irish than the Chieftains, who started popularizing traditional Irish music back in 1962. This stop at the Kennedy Center is part of their 50th anniversary tour, so expect to hear many of their greatest hits.

Green: the Fighting Jamesons
Friday, Mar. 16 at the State Theatre, $12 advance/$15 day of show

The Fighting Jamesons are from Virginia Beach, but they've dedicated themselves to performing music inspired by traditional Irish tunes. This show, after all, is billed as "the Fighting Jamesons Performing Irish Rock's Greatest Hits". The band has barely been around for two years, but they've garnered quite a bit of attention, and many of the reviews of their debut album imply that you'll want to dance and drink while listening to their music. So wear your dancing shoes-- and come thirsty.

Somewhat Green: Vox Pop and Euphonism
Friday, Mar. 16 at the Mansion at Strathmore, $10 advance/$12 day of show

This show is billed as a "St. Patrick's Day A Cappella Celebration", but these two local a cappella groups don't usually perform Irish tunes. We've been told that they have a few special St. Patty's tunes for this show, but we're also expecting a heavy dose of American pop/rock hits as well. (Warning: Strathmore's site advertises green beer at this show.)

Green: O'Tasty
Saturday, Mar. 17 at IOTA, $12

DC's O'Tasty used to go by the name Potato Famine. Both are obvious nods to their Irish influences (the latter is a reference to the great famine in Ireland in the mid-1800s), but their current moniker certainly is less subtle. The Celtic punk septet won NYC's Irish Rhapsody Festival in 2005 and blends traditional Irish instruments (fiddle, acoustic guitar, accordion) with newer ones like the clarinet and trumpet.

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.

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