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red clay strays
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The Red Clay Strays play Callaghan’s Irish Social Club March 16. Yeah, Probably will play O’Daly’s Irish Pub March 16 and Manci’s Antique Club March 17.
Just as the somber air of the Lenten season arrives, St. Patrick’s Day barrels into the area for a couple more days of festivities.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around Mobile Bay seem to get bigger with each passing year. When it comes to making a decision on where to spend it, some seek out the best Irish food. Others prefer to visit an establishment serving green beer. Knowing the overabundance of music lovers in Mobile, many will be looking for a St. Patrick’s Day with a great soundtrack.
Each year, many look to Lagniappe Weekly to help them set up a game plan for maximum musical enjoyment on St. Patrick’s Day, and we have got all of the information you need.
Callaghan’s Irish Social Club
For 73 years, Callaghan’s Irish Social Club has remained the centerpiece of local St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This OGD pub’s St. Paddy’s celebration is so big that owners John Thompson and Richie Sherer have expanded it to a two-day street party that will begin early on March 16.
Callaghan’s will begin each day with a set of live traditional Irish music. On Saturday, the Red Clay Strays will energize the crowd with their edgy brand of Southern rock and country. The Strays will give the crowd a preview of their upcoming set at Hangout Fest. The Vegabonds will keep the Southern fried vibe going with their St. Paddy’s performance. These Southern rockers will be entertaining the crowd with tracks from their latest album, “V.” Mississippi’s Blackwater Brass will conclude the first day. This group of new school brass enthusiasts should be still riding high after several electrifying regional performances over Mardi Gras.
Johnny Hayes will introduce the crowd to day two of Callaghan’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Party. This veteran of the NBC vocal talent competition “The Voice” will give the crowd a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ soul. The Modern Eldorados will close the second day. This group specializes in classic rock and country accented by an energetic live show.
O’Daly’s Irish Pub
O’Daly’s Irish Pub will be downtown Mobile’s source for all things St. Paddy’s. This establishment’s two-day celebration begins Saturday, March 16, with “Green Kegs & Eggs” at 6 a.m. Phil & Foster will kick off this celebration’s music lineup. The popular duo will provide a set of originals that should provide a smooth foundation for the madness to follow. Johnny Hayes will be stopping by to perform a set.
Fly-By Radio will also be making an appearance. Featuring Dale Drinkard and Tim Stanton, longtime fixtures in the local scene, Fly-By Radio’s set list of party favorites should keep spirits high. Yeah, Probably will headline the evening. This band’s new-school soul and R&B should be a great conclusion to the day’s events.
O’Daly’s will open at noon on St. Patrick’s Day with Symone French Band performing at 3 p.m. This Azalea City diva could be considered one of the city’s best voices. Bag of Donuts will conclude St. Patrick’s Day weekend at O’Daly’s. This costumed “New Orleans Party Band” will use a seemingly endless set of crowd favorites to become a personified jukebox.
Lucky Irish Pub & Grill
When Mobile’s beloved Irish pub Paddy O’Toole’s closed, Lucky Irish Pub & Grill took its place and continued the St. Patrick’s Day tradition of holding a party so big that it pours out into the parking lot. This Irish pub’s success led to the opening of a Lucky Irish Pub & Grill in Saraland. Now, what is now known as Lucky Fest expands across the county.
On March 17, Delta Smoke will start the party at noon at Lucky’s Mobile location. This country duo’s big sound should get things rowdy from the beginning. The Sideliners will follow with a set of blues-based originals and crowd-pleasers. This will be the perfect time to sample the band’s original songs, such as the single “Move On.”
Disciples of the Crow will gather to set the evening’s tone. The crowd can expect no mercy with this band’s catalog of fiery rock anthems.
Scene veteran Brett LaGrave will bring his Midnight Transaction project to Lucky Fest in Mobile. From Phish to the Allman Brothers Band, LaGrave is guaranteed to dish out tasty jams for the Lucky Fest crowd.
Meanwhile in Saraland, Lucky Fest will begin with a set from guitarist/singer-songwriter Tim Kinsey. Kinsey’s honest, lighthearted country will be the perfect way to ease into Lucky Fest in Saraland.
Afterward, bassist Quintin Berry will get the funk out for the Lucky Fest crowd. Whether solo or with a backing band, Berry’s live shows are always memorable.
Fat Lip will then take the stage for a set of party hits. The crowd can expect a versatile set of hits from artists ranging from Green Day to Black Crowes. Finally, blues rockers Johnny No will headline Lucky Fest in Saraland. This roughneck band will perform its take on blues, soul and Southern rock classics as well as original cuts from its three-album catalog.
O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub
In West Mobile, Tim O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub will be holding its first St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This “day full of music, tasty drinks and dancing” will begin at 11 a.m. Texas Truck will be pulling in at 3 p.m. to entertain the crowd. Featuring Bryant Gilley (guitar/vocals), Cliff McClure (bass) and Jimbo Bearden (drums), Texas Truck promises to deliver a “soulful and contemporary spin on everybody’s favorite classics.” DJ Tev will mix and mash a cornucopia of sounds for the beat-hungry crowd.
Manci’s Antique Club
Manci’s Antique Club will be establishing itself as the Eastern Shore’s source for St. Patrick’s Day revelry. The Olde Towne Daphne institution hold a two-day street party in honor of St. Patrick. On March 16, Delta Smoke will bring its country sounds to Manci’s. Afterward, The Tip-Tops will carry the audience into the evening. This group’s mix of soul, funk and R&B from across the decades has made them one of the region’s most sought-after bands.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Manci’s will start the day at 11 a.m. with Karl & Brandon. This acoustic duo’s organic set of mellow grooves and jams should be a hit with the brunch crowd.
Magnolia Bayou will also be making an appearance. This group thrilled local Mardi Gras revelers with a Black Sabbath tribute show mixed with new-school blues rock originals. The soul/R&B sounds of Yeah, Probably will conclude Manci’s first St. Patrick’s Day excursion.
McSharry’s Irish Pub
Those looking for an authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration should look no further than McSharry’s Irish Pub in Fairhope.
At 11 a.m., McSharry’s will be serving patrons green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and plenty of shenanigans. The musical entertainment will consist of a live session of traditional Irish music.
For those wanting to get their “green on” beachside, The Hangout’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with live music throughout the day.
The Kilted Kings will keeps things traditional, as they fuel the celebration with Celtic music. The party will continue with sets from the Magic Johnsons and Pop Fiction. The late night party will feature a live DJ keeping things fresh with a batch of club anthems.
Big Beach Brewing
Big Beach Brewing Co. is the last stop for beachside St. Paddy’s festivities. This craft brewery will have its unique lineup of beers for the crowd’s enjoyment. This establishment will also feature the Alabama supergroup The Selma Boys. This band features Rick Carter (Telluride, Rollin’ in the Hay), Mike Estep (Rock Bottom), Stan Robertson (Cowboy, Scott Boyer, Full Tilt Boogie) and Richard Tabor (AC Apple, The Symbols).
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