I experienced one St. Patrick's Day while I was in Ireland for a semester, and the holiday is very simple: good Guinness, good music, good craic. That's it. Nothing is dyed green. There was supposed to be a big parade, but I was there during the big foot and mouth disease epidemic of 2001 and everything was canceled so the rural farmers wouldn't bring it into Galway. Wipe your feet, stay in the bars. And so we did. It was grand.
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be one big gathering place for traditional music and people who don't want to drink green beer from Das Boot. Here are the events I have found going on in the area. Since St. Pat's Day is during the week, the events span both the weekend before and the weekend after. Some of the concerts are from The Central Missouri Celtic Arts website, so you can find links to the artists there.
Saturday March 12:
Jefferson City Irish Parade, 2:00
The headquarters is Paddy Malone's pub, a cozy pub just across the bridge.
The pub opens at noon. Irish Stew, Bacon & Cabbage served for lunch along with our regular menu items. All are welcome to join the parade or watch along the way. Live music with drinking songs and ballads after the parade.
One part flash mob, one part pub crawl, & eight parts debauchery you will likely forget before this train-wreck comes completely off the tracks! The order and location of the pubs will be posted on the Facebook page, so you can join in at your leisure. Oh, and it's FREE. Pace yourself.
Wednesday March 16th, 7:30PM
Concert: The Mairtin de Cogain Project
Songs and stories from County Cork, with award winning singer/songwriter/storyteller, Mairtin de Cogain of Carrigaline, County Cork! at Scene One Theatre, 121 East High Street. Advance tickets available at Paddy Malone's Pub. 700 W. Main St. Jefferson City
44 Stone Pub: Traditional Irish music session, 6 to 9
No description required...just come on in to 44 Stone for house corned beef, colcannon and other traditional fare with contemporary American insight. We might also serve a few beers and whiskeys....We'll have live music all night as well to play some classic tunes. 44 Stone will have the classiest (but not necessarily the calmest) St Patty's Day in town. See you then.
Hooten Hallers St. Paddy's Day at Blue Fugue, 10:00
Join us and The Three Tree Crew for a St. Patrick's day you wish you could remember!! 4 bands, no cover, and more beers on tap than you can shake a Blarney Stone at! So don your finest green, stretch out your cheers-ing arm, and ramble on down for a night packed with great FREE live music! St. Patty's Day Brew Ha Ha feat. Holyfield (playing a full set of Irish Drinking Songs!!), Sunifyde, A Perfect Fifth, Baboonz - FREE!! / 8:30 pm
Enjoy Traditional Irish Specials paired with craft brews all week long.
Sycamore Restaurant: Schlafly beer dinner is almost sold out, so you may be out of luck. However, after the dinner, there may still be kegs of barrel-aged Imperial Stout, and Irish Extra Stout; and bottles of several vintages of Reserve Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barley Wine.
St. Patrick's Day at Paddy Malone's Pub
Raffle drawings, party favors, etc. etc. Corned Beef and Cabbage beginning at 11am and served until it is gone! Live music beginning at 4pm with the reunion of THE BOW & THE BARDS (Rick Stokes, Allen Tatman, and Tom Schultz). Come raise a toast to Dear auld Ireland!
March 25, 2011, 8 p.m.
Concert with Bruce Molsky
Fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice. Old-Time American and Celtic music.
Location: Unity Center, 1600 W. Broadway
Don't forget in the middle of all this that Firestone Walker beer is making its debut in Columbia at Sycamore! If I missed any events, let me know!