Many of the traditions that surround St. Patrick's Day - the green beer, the river dying, the parades - while fun, are not exactly authentically Irish; these are American traditions created to celebrate the Irish holiday. If you're looking for a way to celebrate this year while staying true to the culture, look no further than a solid combination of good music and strong drinks! Here are three St. Patrick's Day concerts you should conside.
The Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace St)
You can always count on The Abbey Pub for a top notch St. Pat's party. After all, the bar and music venue's owner are indeed from Ireland. This year, per tradition, The Abbey will offer a trolley to the downtown parade on Saturday, March 15. The trolley actually rides in the parade as well, so if you've always wanted to put you're Chirish pride on display, here's your chance.
Following the morning festivities, The Abbey's party goes late into the evening with performances from authentic Irish dancers, local Irish music connoisseur Larry Nugent and a handful of Irish-inspired bands like Fitz & the Celts and the Bag Pipers. Tickets to ride on the trolley are $15 and entry into The Abbey is $10. It's the pub's 40th St. Patrick's Day celebration, so you know they're not taking it lightly!
The Tossers at The Metro (3730 N. Clark St)
Chicago can't claim ownership of Celtic punk but we sure can claim The Tossers as our own. Celebrating more than twenty years as a band, this six piece is always down for a party so you can only imagine how much they look forward to St. Patrick's Day every year. Traditional Celtic instruments like the tin whistle and fiddle will ring out loud in the Metro on Saturday, March 15, when The Tossers take the stage. Tickets are on sale now for $18.
Ike Reilley at Double Door (1551 N. Damen Ave)
If it's a whiskey-influence sing-a-longs you're craving this March, Ike Reilley is your man. The Libertyville, Ill., native brings his Irish heritage and whimsical songwriting style to the Double Door's stage on Saturday, March 15. While the majority of Reilley's songs don't have much of an Irish flair to them, in a recent interview he promised to mix things up with a couple of covers from legendary Celtic band The Pogues as well as live renditions of some of his originals like "When Irish Eyes Are Burning." Catch the Ike Reilley Assassination live in concert this Saturday at the Double Door for just $20. Buy tickets here.