March 15, 16, 17

Erin Go Party

It’s that time of year again, when Portland bars and pubs go all green to mark St. Patrick’s Day:

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 S.W. Second Ave., will host the biggest Irish party in town, Friday through Sunday, March 15-17. Highlights include music in both the pub and a gigantic tent. You can catch U.S.A. vs. Ireland boxing in the big tent starting at 5 p.m. Friday. Admission is $25. If you prefer to wait for the end of the fights, come for the 21-and-older party starting at 8 p.m. $5 admission.

Then on Saturday, the pub opens at 8 a.m. At 4 p.m. you’ll be charged a $25 cover. The tent is open to minors until 4 p.m., and will feature plenty of family friendly activities.

On Sunday, festivities begin at 7 a.m. in the pub (no minors) and 9 a.m. in the tent (minors welcome till noon). At noon, the cover is $25 again. Performers during the weekend include Cronin, Crazy Folkers, Liam O’Riordan, Pass the Whiskey, the Kells Pipers and Sami. Plenty of local Irish dancers also will perform. You also can hear music at Kells Brewery Pub, 210 N.W. 21st Ave., all weekend. Info: 503-227-4057,

Biddy McGraws, 6000 N.E. Glisan St., will have plenty of great music from noon to closing time on Sunday, March 17. Performers include The Stomptowners, Felim Egan, Anton Emery, the Bob Soper Trio, The Old Yellers and The Chancers. Info: 503-233-1178,

The All-Ireland Cultural Societys Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the The Ambridge Event Center, aka Rosary Hall, 376 N.E. Clackamas Ave. Admission is $10 for 21 and older; $5 for 12-20; 11 and younger, with paying adult, free. Performers include TVF&R Pipes and Drums Band, Tir Eoghain Ceili, Mikey Beglan and the County Cavan Ceili Band, An Daire Irish Dance Performance, Peter Yeates and the Molly Malone Irish Dancers.

For more information, call 503-286-4812, or 503-691-2078, or visit

Non-Irish activity

A year ago, several Portland musicians collaborated on a show to benefit singer Candye Kane, who is battling cancer. Out of that show emerged “Tell Mama Etta James Tribute” CD. A concert marking the CD’s release takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, in Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Performers include Duffy Bishop, LaRhonda Steele, Lady Kat, Amy Keys, Rae Gordon, the DK Stewart Sextet, Chris Carlson, Bobby Torres and Louis Pain. $15 general admission, $25 front center reserved. Info: 503-764-4131,

Seattle pop-party rockers Ben Union combine synthesizer and techno beats, Euro-pop, folk, jam and guitar rock, and mark the release of their sophomore CD “This Blessed Union” with an 8 p.m. show Sunday, March 17, at Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10 in advance or $17 gets you a copy of the record.

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