Get green with great grooves
This Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, so there really is no excuse not to celebrate. They say that everybody is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, and I like to believe that’s true. How a day celebrating the patron saint of Ireland turned into an excuse to get hammered and pinch people who don’t wear green clothing I don’t know, but it’s still fun and a better reason to drink than most. Along with the celebration comes the typical Irish dishes and beverages, singing and dancing, and above all, good times and laughter. As always, music will be playing a huge part in the festivities, so put your drinking cap on and get ready to “River Dance.”Big-man reggaeReggae legend Eek-A-Mouse will perform at 8150 tonight. For over 25 years, Eek has been captivating audiences with his audacious style and bombastic appearance, along with powerful lyrics that cover topics as far apart as love and politics. He is an innovator of “sing-jaying,” which is singing while dee-jaying, and his unique voice and off-the-cuff approach to singing sometimes make for an odd sounding delivery. Fans of reggae and dance-hall won’t want to miss this Eeksperience.
Jazz-linguistsOn-The-One has emerged on the San Diego music scene in a big way as of late, and now this ambitious quartet is set to take on the Sandbar tonight. If jazz is a language, than On-The-One speaks it fluently. Assembled by master drummer John Staten (formerly of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), this super talented group of musicians has crafted some of the finest soul jazz around. Staten lays down heavy hip-hop beats, while Jesse Molloy and Matt Schumacher wrap groovy sax and bass lines around them, creating a very fresh, fluent sound. On-The-One will be joined by Charlie Hitchcock of Particle for a night of tasty jams.St. Paddy’s kick-offTonight, Finnegan’s Wake will be kicking off it’s big St. Paddy’s weekend celebration. Vail’s favorite slope side entertainer, Jonny Mogambo, will be on tap for some acoustic energy and drinking encouragement. Closing out the night will be Little Hercules, jam band extraordinaire.Almost as good as U2
U2 is probably the most recognizable Irish band to come out of the last quarter century, but since they seem to keep finding reasons not to play anywhere near Vail, “you can finally find what your looking for” when Under a Blood Red Sky plays 8150 Friday night. The ultimate in U2 tribute bands, UABRS recreates the now legendary “Live at Red Rocks” concert from 1983. You get to hear all of the classics without the $2,000 price tag. The attention to detail is astonishing and U2 fans will not be disappointed. I love it when you call me …Over at Finnegan’s Wake the celebration continues Friday with the Irish duo Big Paddy. Big Paddy got thir start in 1999, and they have been playing all over Colorado ever since. Sean Gaughan is the voice of Paddy while Jon Sherman plays various instruments such as the mandolin and guitar. Together these two have taken the traditional Irish folk sound and combined it with a rock and roll flavor.Jams that swim
Saturday night Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon will be playing at 8150. The fun is in seeing what special guest show up to play with Vince and his new band. The new erratic style of Cajun American music and improvised lyrics means you really don’t know what your getting until it’s too late. Don’t miss this party.Dancing chiDJ Greyboy and MC Jud Nestor have teamed up for Funk Shui this Saturday night at Samana lounge. Greyboy has been busy DJ’ing all over the world to very large crowds, and he is no stranger to rocking the house. Basing his music selection off of the vibe of each crowd he plays, Greyboy custom fits each party to the audience for maximum enjoyment and dancing pleasure.All-day musicMeanwhile, back at Finnegan’s Wake Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day will be in full swing, with festivities starting early in the morning and going until the law says the fun is over. Some of the musical highlights include Dave Perron of Laughing Bones playing a mid-afternoon set, a live radio broadcast from the Zephyr, and Jonny Mogambo. Helping you make that last toast of the night will be Big Paddy.