Eight Must-See Concerts Over St. Patrick's Weekend in Metro Phoenix
Local bands and musicians of a Celtic bent have plenty of reasons for their Irish eyes to be smiling right now, as this weekend is pretty much the biggest of the entire calendar year. St. Pat's lands on a Sunday this year, which means three straight days of partying and performing for rowdy, drunken crowds at countless local pubs and watering holes, which is certain to nab them plenty of green.
Celtic croonings aren't the only sort of musical stylings afoot, as everyone from rappers to rockers have gigs scheduled from Friday, March 15, until the big day on Sunday, March 17. Here's spitball list of eight of the must-see concerts and gigs worthy of your time and money. Hell, a few are even free, which should leave plenty of scrilla for Smithwick's.
Smoke Phatties Day at Arizona Vapor Lounge
If getting in some green on St. Patrick's Day involves substances more of the leafy and skunky variety, then by all means head for this West Valley smokers lounge on the evening of Saturday, March 16. The annual Smoke Phatties Day concert and block party will be kicking off at 8 p.m. Rock and rap will be on tap via performances from such acts as Property Six, local hip-hoppers as Lucky D., Kan9ne, and S.P.A.D.E. The lounge itself also has video game consoles available for play and a slew of snacks for sale, so those who might happen to be enjoying some can satisfy all their jonesings at once. Tickets are $13 and are available via econcertlive.com. -- Benjamin Leatherman
BroLoaf at Yucca Tap Room
Speaking of things connected with lighting up some chiba, the punks of BroLoaf will be raffling off a "bitchin" water pipe during their St. Patty's Pre-Game party starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, as well as a test pressing of their most recent seven-inch and tickets to the next day's Flogging Molly concert. Besides a headlining set by the band, locals The Plainfield Butchers and Scorpion vs. Tarantula will also go hard, and DJ Johnny Volume will spin between sets. As always with a Yucca gig, there's no cover.-- Benjamin Leatherman