Piping up for St. Patrick
St. Patrick's Day
No one truly knows if one man single-handedly rid Ireland of its
snake population, but most folks know what to do with the boisterous
celebration that honors him.
Here are the only rules:
1. do not make a significantly bigger deal of your Irish heritage than you would on any other day 2. do not, under any circumstances, effect an Irish brogue and 3. do not allow the oddly hued beer or Irish whiskey to make you do anything you'll regret later. Otherwise, all bets are off.
Several local establishments will fire up eagerly awaited tent parties, gigantic green-tinged lovefests that feature vibrant live music, dancing, bagpipers and, yes, plenty of, uh, cheer. Behave yourself. And have fun.
- Eric Bartels
Paddy's Bar and Grill
New Orleans funk kings Walter 'Wolfman' Washington and the
Roadmasters headline a robust musical roster that also includes the party- ready sounds of the Insomniacs and locals Lloyd Jones and Janice Scroggins.
Cover proceeds benefit the River Network.
2 p.m. Saturday, 65 S.W. Yamhill St., 503-224-5626, $10
Jake's Famous Crawfish
Every year, this Portland giant shuts down a stretch of Southwest Stark Street and puts up its big tent.
Music and merriment will be in order. One suspects seafood could be involved as well.
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 401 S.W. 12th Ave., 503-226-1419, $10
Promising to pour a perfect pint no matter what, Biddy unspools a daylong celebration that includes the music of St. James's Gate, Casey Neill and the Texecutioners, local purveyors of a polished brand of authentic honky-tonk.
Noon Saturday, 6000 N.E. Glisan St., 503-233-1178, $5 until 2 p.m., $10 after 2 p.m.
Moon and Sixpence Pub
This Hollywood District favorite will weatherproof its immense patio and crank up the live music right after lunch.
The Foghorn Stringband, Seamus Egan and Johnny Connelly are on the bill.
Noon Saturday, 2014 N.E. 42nd Ave., 503-288-7802, $5 until 3 p.m., $10 from 3 p.m. to midnight
The west-side place with 59 beers on tap gets it rolling at midday with a full slate of live music.
Noon Saturday, 6821 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, 503-297-2889, $10 until 5 p.m.
All across the land, McMenamins establishments will host free public events in celebration of all things Irish.
Irish dancers, Celtic music, bagpipers, world music, harp guitar, storytelling, belly dancers and specials on food and beverages will take place throughout the McMenamins empire, from Edgefield in Troutdale to Hotel Oregon in McMinnville to the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove and all points in between.
Most of the events are open to all ages.
- Suzie Ridgway
Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, various locations, schedule at
Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub
Kells features live entertainment all weekend on three stages in the pub, outside under tents and upstairs.
Friday and Saturday nights are for the 21 and over crowd. Sunday is Family Day, with free activities including Irish step-dancing troupes, dance lessons, eight live bands, face painting, caricature drawings and the popular Valentine's Performing Pigs.
A portion of the proceeds benefits Providence Child Center.
5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., noon to midnight Sunday, Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub, 112 S.W. Second Ave., 503-227-4057, www.kellsirish.com, $10-$20, no cover on Family Day; Kells will give away T-shirts with cover on Friday and Saturday while supplies last
While they're not a traditional Gaelic band, the Clumsy Lovers combine Celtic influences with country, rock and pop to come up with infectiously good crowd-pleasers that should make them an excellent choice for anyone looking for a rollicking, rambunctious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Though they're just one element of Kells' three-day St. Paddy's celebration, the Vancouver, British Columbia, combo - known for energetic live shows - should be enough to lure you down for a Guinness and some great music.
- Barbara Mitchell
10:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Kells,
112 S.W. Second Ave., 503-227-4057, $10 Friday, $20 Saturday
St. Patrick's Day Dance
Cascade Zydeco will honor St. Pat's by blocking off the street in front of the Norse Hall to offer Irish bowling and Irish dancing demonstrations, corned beef and cabbage, Cajun
Creole dance lessons and a giant party inside.
Evening dance lessons will include Louisiana zydeco and Cajun waltz as well as swing blues. Participants will have a chance to practice those moves to the live band, Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers, playing until midnight.
12:45 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave.,
503-236-3401, www.cascade-zydeco.com, $17-$26 lessons, $16 evening dance, $39 class and dance package