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EVENTS AROUND HOUSTON MARCH-APRIL 2019

March 16 – April 7, 2019 it’s “The Weir” by Irish playwright Conor McPherson at Main Street Theater in Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd, Houston TX. In a bar in rural Ireland, the local men swap spooky stories in an attempt to impress a young woman from Dublin who recently moved into a nearby “haunted” house. However, the tables are soon turned when she spins a yarn of her own.  “You shed all sense of time at this beautiful and devious play.” — NY Times

“A spellbinder that transfixes you.” — Guardian

“Sheer theatrical magic…a modern classic. Tremendous.” — London Daily Telegraph

For tickets and more information go to http://www.mainstreettheater.com/

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Sunday March 24, 2019 from 4-9pm it’s KPFT’s Birthday Party at the Heights Theater. Help us celebrate our 49th birthday with great performances by: Ruthie Foster, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Rosie Flores, Charlie Faye and the Fayettes and more. Proceeds benefit KPFT Houston! Go to KPFT.org to find out the music schedule and the amazing Silent Auction items, including VIP tickets, guitars signed by Lyle Lovett and other big names, boots handmade just for you and more!  There’s lots of food and drink also! The Heights Theater is located at 339 W. 19th Street in the Heights. Note: 19th Street will be closed to traffic from N. Shepherd Drive to Yale Street from noon-4 PM Sunday afternoon for a family-friendly pedestrian street festival. So during the festival, you can park on side streets and on 18th Street and 20th Street.

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Friday March 29, 2019 it’s Blaggards at Stuttgarden Tavern on the Strand, 7:00 PM 111 23rd St, Galveston, TX No Cover, 21+ As always, we urge you to visit Blaggards.com as the boys are always playing somewhere and schedules are subject to change.

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Friday April 5, 2019 it’s Blaggards again, starting at 7pm at T-Bone Tom’s Steakhouse, 707 Texas 146, Kemah, TX No Cover, ALL AGES 281-334-2133

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Saturday April 6, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm at EQ Heights, join in the craic as Constant Billy welcomes in the spring! We’ll be breaking out some great songs, and you can sing along! EQ Heights is located at 1030 Heights Boulevard in Houston. They have great food and coffee, and now serve beer and wine also. Details: go to constantbilly.com. Sláinte mhaith!

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Saturday April 13, 2019 starting at 8:30pm it’s Blaggards once more, this time at Mo’s Irish Pub – 138 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX. No Cover, Kid Friendly show. 281-251-0715

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Saturday April 20, 2019 The Dead Rabbits perform with several other acts at Texas Bowl Party at North Houston Skate Park, Kuykendahl Rd at W Rankin Rd, Houston, Texas. It’s a showcase showdown jam session.  Music runs 5:30-9pm. – for details email genandrade212@gmail.com.

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ALSO Saturday, April 20, 2019 starting at 7pm it’s singer-songwriter Pat Byrne from Ireland at the Mucky Duck. An Irish singer and recording artist, Pat Byrne hails from Borris, County Carlow.  Byrne’s early influences were Johnny Cash and Elvis. Pat continues to tour Ireland, the UK and Europe, as a solo artist. The Duck is located at 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, Texas 77098. Go to http://www.mcgonigels.com/ for tickets and more info.

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Friday April 26th, 2019 starting at 7:30pm it’s Celtic Woman appearing at Smart Financial Centre Sugarland performing songs from their new cd ‘ANCIENT LAND’ and other Irish favorites. Celtic Woman has sold more than ten million CDs and DVDs, making it the only all-female act to achieve multi-platinum success in the classical crossover and world music genres during the past decade.  Named Billboard’s #1 World Music Artist of the Year six times and regularly at #1 on Billboard’s World Album chart.  Celtic Woman has also scored two Top 10 debuts on Billboard’s album chart and five Top Five DVDs on Billboard’s Top Video chart, as well as achieving platinum-level sales in nine countries. Tickets and album available at http://www.celticwoman.com or call box office 281-207-6278.

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Events for March 2019 in and around Houston

2019 ST. PATRICK’S SEASON EVENTS
There are a gazillion events in the Houston area leading up to and including St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve tried to organize them by date, by entertainers and by all-day events. 
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EVENTS BY DATE

Friday, March 8th, 2019 it’s Beer, Booze, Babes, and Balls at Griff’s 27th Annual Greater Houston Irish Open Golf Tournament located at Wildcat Golf Course. Individuals, Teams, and Sponsors are welcome! For details call Griff’s Irish Pub at (713) 528-9912.
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​Saturday March 9, 2019 from 12 PM – 7 PM it’s Griff’s 22nd Annual Irish Cook-Off and Music Festival at 3416 Roseland St, Houston, Texas 77006. Come join us for our 22nd Annual Irish Cook-off which includes categories for Irish Stew, Chili, Chicken, Desserts, and an Open Dish all while listening to the Great Music of Snit’s Dog and Pony Show and Spin Cycle day and night! So come hungry and ready to have a great time.
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Sunday March 10, 2019 from 2pm-6pm it’s the Grand Marshal Reception at Hugh O’Connor’s Pub, 7620 Katy Freeway in the Marq*e Entertainment Center. Music by Godfrey’s Rangers; Irish dancing by Clan Kelly Irish Dancers. Cash bar, light buffet. RSVP to irishmkk@aol.com
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:30pm until 8:30pm it’s Dan’s House of Hope St. Patrick’s Fete, at St. Arnold’s Brewery, 2000 Lyons Avenue. Join us for a relaxing evening with friends and neighbors. You get to have a wonderful time and help support the DHOH mission making a difference in the lives of Young Adult Cancer Fighters! Tickets only $40 ($70 per Couple) Enjoy light buffet and great Irish music by a talented troupe of acoustic musicians.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019 beginning at 10:30am, it’s the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Mass celebrated by Rev. Sean P. Horrigan at Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum Blvd. on the UST Campus. Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Father Sean P. Horrigan will once again celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick at the University of St. Thomas’ Chapel of St. Basil. After Mass, stay for brunch and feast on many traditional Irish and Irish-American favorites with your family and friends. In appreciation of your faithful support of the Center, the brunch is on us! Please RSVP by March 4th! irishstudies@stthom.edu
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Friday March 15 starting at 8:30 PM Blaggards are back at Mo’s Irish Pub – 138 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX. This is a Kid Friendly performance. For details call 281-251-0715 
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Also Friday March 15th The Dead Rabbits kick off Punk Rock Paddy’s Day weekend over at the Satellite Bar, 6922 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011. Along with the Rabbits a bunch of other bands are playing- call (832) 638-9723 for details.
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Saturday March 16, 2019 at noon, RAIN OR SHINE it’s the 60th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade. We have a new route this year: Market Square Park, Historic District in Downtown Houston, 301 Milam St. Houston, TX 77002. The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade is a two-hour parade that has historically been one of the largest in the U.S. and each year includes over 100 entries to delight the Irish and Irish-at-heart. Visit our Parade Information page to be a part of the parade, to personally support or become a member of our Irish 100 Club. The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade is presented by the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Commission. More information athttp://hsppc.org/ 
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Saturday March 16, 2019 at 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM it’s the St Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl Proceeds Benefit Parade. It’s Official!! Crawling for charity is more fun. Come celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Downtown with us. Downtown is the most walk-able crawl-able neighborhood in Houston one of the most bar dense in the South. If your goal is to check out a few bars each with their own parties there is no other place to do it. And with a pub crawl there is no better way to do it!! The best part is it starts right after the parade. Proceeds from tickets go directly to hsppc (non profit who puts on the parade). That’s right you can crawl for charity!! Downtown District has multiple events in and around Market Square Park. Downtownfest, a collection of downtown establishment, are planning their neighborhood block party with events at over 40 establishments within walking distance. Join our mailing list ticket or share this event with the hashtag #stpatricksdowntown for a chance to WIN 4 passes.
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY Sunday March 17, 2019 at 2pm-5pm it’s the 41st Annual Cypress Creek Saint Patrick’s Parade, 5603 Farm to Market 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX. The Annual FM 1960 Saint Patrick’s Parade raises funds for the Cypress Creek EMS Education and Scholarships Fund to educate the Medics of Tomorrow. It costs $3700 to put a student through the year-old paramedic program. The fund also helps keep educational equipment up to date in Cypress Creek’s Accredited Paramedic Academy. The three-mile parade features more than 100 elements including floats, fire trucks, police vehicles, rescue boats, high profile flood vehicles, horses, and performing groups. At the midpoint of the parade across from the judges is a vendor market with all kinds of food, drinks, snacks, desserts, and unique merchandise.
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ENTERTAINERS

BLAGGARDS Friday March 15, 2019 starting at 8:30pm, it’s Blaggards Mo’s Irish Pub – 138 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX. 281-251-0715. This is a Kid Friendly show.
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MURDER THE STOUT Saturday March 16, 2019 starting at 2:30pm, it’s Murder the Stout at Market Square Park in downtown Houston. SAME DAY- MTS performs at Mo’s Irish Pub- Katy from 9pm-12:30.

Sunday March 17, 2019 it’s Murder the Stout from noon-1pm at St. Arnold’s Brewery. Then MTS is off to Griff’s Irish Pub where they’ll play starting at 2:30. Finally, MTS will be at the Bull & Bear from 8-11pm.

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THE DEAD RABBITS Friday March 15th The Dead Rabbits kick off Punk Rock Paddy’s Day weekend over at the Satellite Bar, 6922 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011. Along with the Rabbits a bunch of other bands are playing- call (832) 638-9723 for details.
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THE JIG IS UP! Saturday March 16, 2019 starting at 2pm it’s The Jig is Up! Houston, TX Hugh O’Connor’s, 7620 Katy. All Ages. SAME DAY at 7pm The Jig is Up! is at the Shamrock Shindig, Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Dr. The Woodlands, TX. All Ages. Venue phone: (281) 210-3900. Two hour show.

Sunday March 17, 2019 starting at 8:45am, it’s The Jig is Up! at the Memorial Hermann Half Marathon, Sugar Land Town Square, 2277 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Venue phone: 281-242-7700. All Ages. We will fill Sugar Land Town Square with traditional Irish music from 9 to 11 am, speeding the finishers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day half-marathon. This year it’s actually run ON St. Patrick’s Day! No cover charge. Public invited.
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TOMFOOLIGANS Saturday March 16th, 2019 from 5:30-6:30pm it’s Tomfooligans at the Shamrock Shindig in the Woodlands.

Sunday March 17th, 2019 from 1:15-2:15 it’s Tomfooligans at Saint Arnold Brewery.
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WYLDE MEADE Sunday March 17, 2019 at 1 PM – 3 PM You’re in LUCK! Wylde Meade brings a variety of Irish acoustic songs and tunes to Bean’s Café. No cover- tipping is better than a pot o’ gold. Beans features delicious coffee & eats. 1127 Eldridge Parkway #100, Houston, Texas 77077.
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ALL DAY EVENTS- MARCH 15-17, 2019

HUGH O’CONNOR’S PUB Friday March 15, 2019 from 3-7pm at Hugh O’Connors, it’s St. Patrick’s weekend at Hugh O’Connors Enjoy Happy Hour from 3 – 7pm, and jam out to the rousing songs and lively tunes of Godfrey’s Rangers Celtic Folk Band from 6 – 9pm. 7620 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. More info at (832) 430-4961, www.hughoconnors.com

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PIMLICO IRISH PUB Saturday March 16, 2019 from 10am-March 18 at 2am it’s the St. Patrick’s Green Festival hosted by Pimlico Irish Pub, 810 Waugh Drive, #100, Houston, Texas 77019. The coolest party of the year gets 2 full days in 2019! Bands, Award-Winning BBQ, green beer, Bagpipes, tons of free stuff thrown! Details will keep coming, so like, follow & find us on IG @pimlicopub!
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL 2019 – AT LUCKY’S PUB DOWNTOWN Sunday March 17, 2019 starting at 9:00 AM it’s the St. Patrick’s Day Festival DOWNTOWN 2019 at Lucky’s Pub, 801 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX. Over 100,000 sq. ft. of party space with 94.5 The Buzz broadcasting live all day. The Rod Ryan Show Live from 10am-2pm! 3 Stages, Tons of Live Music! Green Beer, green beer, and more green beer. Leprechauns & Bagpipers, Breakfast at 9am – Lucky Charms and Breakfast Tacos. Bar opens at 9am. No Cover before Noon for General Admission Downtown! Parking available in Astros Lot B&C! VIP Parking passes available!

FOOD LINEUP: 6 of Houston’s best food trucks! The Burger Joint, Happy Endings, Sticky’s Chicken, The Waffle Bus, Lucky Dawg Hot Dog Stand, The Burger Joint #2

STAGE LINEUP: Over 15 Bands and DJ’s Bud Light Houston. Booth Pimps spinning live all day! And between every set! Reservations: luckyspub.comPhone: (713) 522-2010.
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY –AT ST. ARNOLD BREWERY Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 11am-6pm it’s the annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Admission to St. Patrick’s Day Party is FREE! We’re going all out again this year for our annual celebration of our two favorite saints. For 2019, that means an all-day St. Patrick’s Day Party throughout our campus featuring live music, beer games, special stout beers, commemorative glassware, food, and our annual Donegal Beard Growing Competition. Best of all, admission is free, free, free!

We’ll have a stage in front our our Downtown skyline view featuring live music from Murder the Stout, The Real McCoys, Tomfooligans, and Dead Rabbits. Our Stout Tent will be set up with Winter Stout and other special release stouts on draft. Our regular beer lineup and commemorative St. Patrick’s Day pint glass will also be available throughout our Beer Garden & Restaurant, Beer Hall, and our outside spaces.

To commemorate the holiday, we’ll be serving Corned Beef & Cabbage, Beef Stew in Bread Bowls, and a limited food menu at our Beer Garden & Restaurant. In addition, we’ll again be hosting the World Elevated Beer Pouring Championship. That means you and a friend could pour beer from a scissor lift into a bucket on the other person’s head. Just like you’ve always wanted. Email josh_nelson@saintarnold.com to enter the competition. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Saint Arnold St. Patrick’s Day Party without our Donegal Beard Growing Competition. 2000 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020 713.686.9494
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SAINT PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION-AT MCGONIGEL’S MUCKY DUCK Saturday, March 16th & Sunday, March 17th, 2019 it’s the Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. Two days of traditional Irish music, dance, Irish food & drink for two days of Irish craic (fun)!

Be sure to buy our special two day ticket if you plan to attend both days. Our famous fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, beef Guinness, corned beef and cabbage, and of course, homemade bread pudding with Jameson’s Irish Whiskey Sauce will be served up festival style under the big top.

Award winning piper EJ Jones has assembled world class players to bring you an authentic Irish experience. Two stages with music from 11am until 10pm featuring Piper Jones Band, Clann Kelly Irish Dancers, Ed Miller and Rich Brotherton, Kristin Coyle and the Black Swans, Clandestine, Andrew Finn Magill, Frances Cunningham, Drake Irish Dancers, Pat Byrne, Jim Mackenzie, and Martin Burniston’s Irish Singalong. The Duck is located at 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, Texas 77098, P: (713) 528-5999. Tickets are available online at https://www.mcgonigels.com/
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GRIFF’S IRISH PUB EVENTS Saturday, March 16th, 2019 it’s Griff’s 1st Annual Irish Crawfish and Shrimp Boil. Come join us in getting St. Paddy’s weekend started off right with some green beer, irish whiskey, irish crawfish and shrimp. Of course we will have great Zydeco Music to kick-off the party. The Zydeco Creole is playing from 2 to 6, followed by the Green Brothers Band (perfect for St. Patrick’s eve and closing out the evening with the Velostacks! And of course it wouldn’t be a crawfish boil without the one and only Tony Fontenot boiling up the crawfish and Shrimp! What better way to start the St. Patrick’s day celebrations! Enjoy the best Irish crawfish and shrimp in town while partying to live music throughout the day and night! Enjoy 3 bands playing on the big stage! 3416 Roseland Street Houston, Texas 77006, (713) 528-9912.

​Sunday, March 17th, 2019 it’s Houston’s Original St. Patty’s Day Party at Griff’s Irish Pub. Griff’s 54th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. 3416 Roseland. 77006. The Music starts at Noon and goes on into the night on the Big Stage with 5 bands playing on the big stage and two DJ’s mixing on the back patio and the inside bar too! Of course we will have Lots of Green Beer and other Irish libations, Irish Dancers and Face Painting and plenty of Corn Beef and Cabbage along with Griff’s other great food! It’s World Famous because you make it World Famous. Get you pre-sale tickets for only $5.00 at http://www.griffsirishpub.com Pre-sale tickets end at noon on the 16th. Let’s get sham-rocked! (713) 528-9912
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BULL & BEAR We will have our full St. Patrick’s Day menu available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 15-17. This will include Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Stew, Steak & Stout Pie, Guinness Fish & Chips and a few others like Irish Car Bomb and Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecakes. As usual our Guinness pints will only be $4.00 and we will have Murder The Stout from 8pm to 11 pm on the 17th. The Bull and Bear Tavern and Eatery, 11980 Westheimer Suite A, Houston, TX 77077 Tel: 281-496-6655
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HENDERSON HEIGHTS PUB SAINT PADDY’S DAY PARTY!!!! Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 11 AM, 908 Henderson St, Houston, TX. Live music noon-9pm and food & drink specials all day. No cover.
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION AT MO’S IRISH PUB-KATY Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 Mo’s starts out the day the Irish way with a traditional Irish breakfast supplemented by a few American classics. Throughout the day, enjoy a green beer while watching live music, Irish dancers and bag pipers. It is recommended that tickets be bought in advance at https://kegsandeggskaty.eventbrite.com to ensure a seat is available. Breakfast: 9:30-11 a.m. Celebration continues until Sunday 2 a.m. $10.99 adults. $4.99 children. 23511 I-10, Katy. 281.665.3535. http://mosirishpub.com/katy/

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March Happenings

Saturday March 2nd 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm at EQ Heights, the one and only Constant Billy will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early! We’ll be breaking out a bit o’ the blarney for yuz. EQ Heights is located at 1030 Heights Boulevard in Houston. They have great food and coffee, and now serve beer and wine also. No cover charge, (we’ll pass the hat). Call (713) 434-6923 fo mo info. Come on out and sing along!
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Tuesday March 4 from 7:30-9pm there are three workshops planned for Houston with the highly esteemed trio Open The Door For Three. All three workshops are at different locations on Tuesday March 4 from 7:30-9pm and there is a fee to attend. The workshops are: Irish Flute Workshop with Kieran O’Hare, Irish Fiddle Workshop with Liz Knowles and an Irish Bouzouki and Cittern Workshop with Pat Broaders. All three musicians are top musicians on their instruments. For details, email Larry Mallette at larry_mallette42@yahoo.com Workshops may fill up quickly so contact Larry ASAP.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM it’s a house concert featuring Open The Door For Three. An evening of traditional Irish music and song by this internationally famous trio. Doors open 6:30 pm, Music at 7:30 pm. If you wish, BYOB and/or a healthful snack – to go with our coffee and tea. Likely to be a sell-out, so reserve your seats early. There is a suggested donation. Donation and location details can be gotten from Larry Mallette larry_mallette42@yahoo.com
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ALSO Tuesday March 5 it’s Blaggards at Drunken Monkeyz, 7:00 PM 202 20th St in Galveston, TX No Cover, 21+ show. For details call 409-443-5533
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This Years Theme: Sharing Irish Memories for 60 years!
Honoring 2019 Grand Marshal: Pat Duane
The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade has always been a FREE event. The two-hour parade has historically been one of the largest in the U.S. and each year includes over 100 entries to delight the Irish and Irish-at-heart.. Be there or Be Square
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Saturday March 16th…Griff’s, 3416 Roseland..in the heart of the Montrose…Come join us in getting St. Paddy’s weekend started off right with some green beer, irish whiskey, irish crawfish and shrimp. Of course we will have great Zydeco Music to kick-off the party. The Zydeco Creole is playing from 2 to 6, followed by the Green Brothers Band (perfect for St. Patrick’s eve and closing out the evening with the Velostacks! And of course it wouldn’t be a crawfish boil without the one and only Tony Fontenot boiling up the crawfish and Shrimp! What better way to start the St. Patrick’s day celebrations!
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Sunday March 17th….Griff’s 54th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. 3416 Roseland. 77006…The Music starts at Noon on the Big Stage with 5 bands playing on the big stage and two DJ’s mixing on the back patio and the inside bar too! Of course we will have Lots of Green Beer and other Irish libations, Irish Dancers and Face Painting and plenty of Corn Beef and Cabbage along with Griff’s other great food! It’s World Famous because you make it World Famous. Get you pre-sale tickets for only $5.00 at http://www.griffsirishpub.com or Eventbrite. Pre-sale tickets end at noon on the 16th. Let’s get sham-rocked!

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Passing of Jeannie Kearns

With sadness we report the passing of Jeannie Kearnes the Grand Dame of the Houston St Patrick’s Day Parade. Jeannie and her husband , the late Doc Kearns, started working the parade almost 60 years ago and have continued with daughter Mary and Grandson Sean. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Summer Irish dance camps

Some local Irish dance camps will take place this summer.  If you are an Irish dance teacher and want your information here, email me at rttew@yahoo.com.

Schedule camps today are Tew Academy of Irish Dance June 4-8 1.2 P.M. Ages three through adult always welcome.  Email rttew@yahoo.com for more information.

 

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New Irish dance podcast coming in June

By Richard Tew

Former Riverdance/Lord of the Dance performer and Irish dance judge Martin Percival is set to launch his new podcast which will discuss a wide range of topics related to Irish dance.

Irish dance history,  its current state and its future will be discussed by the art form’s top exponents and historians each week starting in June.

To listen, click here.

To listen to my interview with Martin, click here. 

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Events for March 2018 in and around Houston

MARCH 2018 ENTERTAINMENT IN AND AROUND HOUSTON

Every Thursday February 8-March 8: St. Patrick’s Parade Weekly Happy Hour at Platypus Brewery!  Come out and enjoy happy hour with your friends and donate to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Irish Dancers and music every Thursday February 8-March 8 starting at 5pm! Platypus Brewery is located at 1902 Washington Ave, Suite E, Houston, Texas 77007.

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Saturday March 10 at 8pm it’s The Celtic Tenors at Cypress Creek FACE in Spring, TX.  The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors will give you a night to remember. An evening with the tenors means a professional, sparkling and most of all, good humoured performance. They genuinely love what they do and you’ll see that shine through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs, exhilarating classics, a capellas and popular contemporary songs. Tickets available at cypresscreeekface.org or call (281) 440-4850.

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Sunday Afternoon, March 11,2018 from 1-5pm The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Commission invites you to The Grand Marshal Reception, Honoring The 2018 Grand Marshals Kent Hargett And Michael Martin of Godfrey’s Rangers at The Gorgeous Gael 5555 Morningside In Rice Village.  Featuring Irish Music and Dancing with a Light Buffet And Drink Specials.  This is a good time to relax before parade week starts. Come congratulate Kent And Michael for all the years of service to the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade.

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Sunday March 11 @ 2 p.m. it’s the Spring, TX Annual FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held in Spring, just outside of Houston.  The entire family will enjoy the floats, dance troupes, antique cars, marchers,  local businesses and more.

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Sunday March 11 @ 4:00pm until 6:00pm at St. Arnold’s Brewery, 2000 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020 Tickets $40 ($45 at the door).  Join us for our 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fête for a relaxing evening with friends and neighbors! You get to have a wonderful time and help support the DHOH mission making a difference in the lives of Young Adult Cancer Fighters! Enjoy Shepard’s Pie, courtesy of the Bull & Bear Irish Pub, while listening to traditional Irish music by a talented troupe of acoustic musicians.

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Friday March 16 at 7pm The Jig is Up! at American Legon Post 49011702 Old Galveston Rd Houston, TX  Age restrictions: All Ages. 281-481-1179. We are proud to be sharing our music with the veterans of South Houston American Legion Post 490 again this year.

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BLAGGARDS EVENTS BEFORE MARCH 17

  • Saturday March 10 it’s Blaggards back in Houston, TX at Molly’s Pub Downtown. Sat Mar 10 Pimlico Irish Pub, 2:00 PM 810 Waugh Dr Ste 100, Houston, TX 281-974-4038. FREE, ALL AGES
  • ALSO Sat March 10 at 10pm Blaggards will be in a No Cover, 21+ show at Molly’s Pub 509 Main St, Downtown Houston 713-222-1033
  • Sunday March 11 Blaggards at a FREE, ALL AGES show at Canned Acoustica at Discovery Green, 5:00 PM, 1500 McKinney St Houston, TX. Several bands are playing; BLAGGARDS GO ON 8:30-9pm
  • Thursday Mar 15 Blaggards in a 21+ show at Kenneally’s Irish Pub, 7:00 PM 2111 S Shepherd Dr Houston, TX713-630-0486

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY EVENTS SATURDAY MARCH 17, 2018

March 17 from 8am Sunday March 18 at 2pm it’s the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Lucky’s Pub – Downtown, 801 Saint Emanuel, Houston, TX 77003.  Lucky’s Pub will close the streets to host the area’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Party, which is where the winners of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade floats contest will be announced at Lucky Pub Downtown. The event will feature Irish music, bagpipers, leprechauns, dancing, food and drinks. General admission will be free until noon.

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Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: University of St. Thomas Annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass and Brunch open to the Public · Hosted by Center for Irish Studies  at the Chapel of St. Basil 1018 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006

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St. Patrick’s Day Party at Saint Arnold 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Admission is free, free, free! We’ll have a stage in our front parking lot featuring live music from Murder the Stout, The Real McCoys, Tomfooligans, and Dead Rabbits. Throughout the day, we’ll be releasing special stout beers. Food will be available from food trucks Happy Endings, Sticky’s Chicken, and Oh My Gogi. Our regular beer lineup and commemorative St. Patrick’s Day glassware will also be available. Entertainment includes the World Elevated Beer Pouring Championship and the Donegal Beard Growing Competition. Email josh_nelson@saintarnold.com to enter the competition. 2000 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020

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Saturday March 17, St. Patrick’s Day from 11am-4pm it’s  The Jig is Up! at The Gorgeous Gael 5555 Morningside Dr. Houston TX Age restrictions: All Ages.832-667-8321. Come out and hear some great traditional Irish tunes and songs.

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11am-2am St. Patrick’s Day at the Duck!  2018 will be McGonigel’s Mucky Duck’s 29th year as Houston’s home for family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Food and drink booths outside under a big top tent with fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, beef Guinness, corned beef and cabbage, and, homemade bread pudding with Jameson’s Irish Whiskey Sauce. Entertainment includes Piper Jones Band, Clann Kelly Irish Dancers, Kristin Coyle & The Black Swans, Clandestine, The Here And Now, Frances Cunningham, Drake Irish Dancers, Martin Burniston and more.

There will be two seating times for the reserved area, 11am-4pm and 4:30pm until closing.  For those who purchase the second seating at 4:30pm, your Emerald Reserve Tickets allows for General Admission at 11:00am, your reserved seating will be available at 4:30pm. You must be over 21 for entrance to the Emerald Reserve seating area. http://www.mcgonigels.com/

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March 17 @ 12 p.m. 59th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade, 1800 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77003  The 59th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade will step off at the Clock Tower at MinuteMaid Park on Texas. This year’s parade will be a two-hour event themed “Houston Strong. Irish Proud.” Take the family to enjoy the spectacle of the parade, which will include over 100 entries, including marching bands, graceful Irish step dancers, floats, colorful characters and maybe even a green leprechaun or two. FREE

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Griff’s Shenanigans bar brings Music, Beer & Friends. All day & night. Get your tickets early. 3416 Roseland St Houston, TX 77006    p 713.528.9912

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1:00 p.m. Houston St Patrick’s Day Weekend Pub Crawl 2018 at 2811 Travis, Houston, TX  77006 $12.95.

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Starting at noon: PIMLICO IRISH PUB The St. Patrick’s Day celebration will have live music, real longhorns for photos, bagpipes, green beer, and lots of party favors.  Pimlico Irish Pub is known for the best pint of Guinness in Houston. 810 Waugh Dr | Houston, TX 77019

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Saturday March 17th, 2018 from 6:00-8:30pm (Please note the early hour!) Constant Billy joins with our good friends Wylde Meade to bring you the best darn St. Patrick’s Day ever! The mayhem begins at 6pm at our favorite living room, EQ Heights. Will we do some Irish standards? Probably! Will we sing a song or two with Wylde Meade? It is possible! EQ Heights is located at 1030 Heights Boulevard in Houston. They have great food and coffee, and now serve beer and wine also. Call (713) 434-6923 fo mo info. Come get in on the craic!  No cover charge- we’ll pass the hat. Free parking! http://www.constantbilly.com

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The Dead Rabbits are also playing March 17-18 at Houston Undrgrnd at Punk Rock Paddy’s Day!  Houston Undrgrnd, 850 McKee, Houston, Texas 77002

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There are other events going on in the Houston area, some of which actually have a connection to Ireland or Irish Culture.  A random sample: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/tx–houston/st-patrick-day-parade/

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EVENTS AFTER ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN MARCH 2018

Sunday March 18 at 8:45am  The Jig is Up!  at the Memorial Hermann Half Marathon 2277 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479. No Cover. All Ages. 281-242-7700. Annual St. Patrick’s Day Half-Marathon sponsored by Finish Line Sports. We will serenade the runners and their support staff and fans as they finish the race and assemble for their awards.

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Friday March 23 it’s Blaggards at 10:00 at 2-A-Days Sports Bar, 10555 Pearland Pkwy G Houston, TX (713) 991-0453. Age: 21+ .

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Thursday March 29th 2018 from 7-8pm Constant Billy returns to Platypus Brewing! Platypus Brewing is located at 1902 Washington Ave Houston TX 77007. They brew terrific beer and have great food also. This is an Irish Social, and it’s a lot of fun. Come have a fresh-brewed beer with Constant Billy! http://www.constantbilly.com

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ALSO Thursday, March 29 from 8 PM – 10 PM it’s Hugh Morrison – at the Retrospect Coffee Bar Singer/Songwriter Showcase. Open to the public.  3709 La Branch St, Houston, Texas 77004

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Friday March 30 at 8:30 it’s Blaggards again at Mo’s Irish Pub – 14102 Mueschke Rd in Cypress, TX 281-251-0715.  No Cover, Kid Friendly.

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Frank Kelly’s Christmas Countdown

For those of you who enjoy our annual playing of Frank Kelly”s Christmas Countdown…I am putting a download , which is lifted from You Tube, and the written lyrics as well
Happy Christmas from the Irish Aires Crew
https://www.google.com/search?q=frank+kelly+12+days+of+christmas&rlz=1C1RNKB_enUS534US535&oq=frank+kelly&aqs=chrome.4.69i59j69i57j0l4.7733j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Christmas Countdown
Frank Kelly
Day One
Dear Nuala,
Thank you very much for your lovely present of a partridge in a pear-tree
We’re getting the hang of feeding the partridge now,
Although it was difficult at first to win its confidence
It bit the mother rather badly on the hand
But they’re good friends now and we’re keeping the pear-tree indoors in a bucket
Thank you again
Yours affectionately, Gobnait O’Lúnasa
Day Two
Dear Nuala,
I cannot tell you how surprised we were to hear from you so soon again and to receive your lovely present of two turtle doves
You really are too kind
At first the partridge was very jealous
And suspicious of the doves and they had a terrible row the night the doves arrived
We had to send for the vet but the birds are okay again
And the stitches are due to some out in a week or two
The vet’s bill was 8 but the mother is over her annoyance now
And the doves and the partridge are watching the telly from the pear-tree as I write Yours ever, Gobnait
Day Three
Dear Nuala,
We must be foremost in your thoughts
I had only posted my letter when the three French hens arrived
There was another sort-out between the hens and the doves,
Who sided with the partridge, and the vet had to be sent for again
The mother was raging because the bill was 16 this time
But she has almost cooled down
However, the fact that the birds’ droppings keep falling down
On her hair whilen she’s watching the telly, doesn’t help matters
Thanking you for your kindness
I remain, your Gobnait
Day Four
Dear Nuala,
You mustn’t have received my last letter when you were sending us the four calling birds There was pandemonium in the pear-tree again last night and the vet’s bill was 32
The mother is on sedation as I write
I know you meant no harm and remain your close friend
Gobnauit
Day Five
Nuala,
Your generosity knows no bounds
Five gold rings! When the parcel arrived I was scared stiff that it might be more birds, because the smell in the living-room is atrocious
However, I don’t want to seem ungrateful for the beautiful rings
Your affectionate friend, Gobnait
Day Six
Nuala,
What are you trying to do to us? It isn’t that we don’t appreciate your generosity
But the six geese have not alone nearly murdered the calling birds
But they laid their eggs on top of the vet’s head
From the pear-tree and his bill was 68 in cash !
My mother is munching 60 grains of Valium a day
And talking to herself in a most alarming way
You must keep your feelings for me in check
Gobnait
Day Seven
Nuala,
We are not amused by your little joke
Seven swans-a-swimming is a most romantic idea but not in the bath of a private house
We cannot use the bathroom now because they’ve gone completely savage
And rush the door every time we try to enter
If things go on this way, the mother and I will smell as bad as the living-room carpet Please lay off It is not fair
Gobnait
Day Eight
Nuala,
Who the hell do you think gave you the right to send eight,
Hefty maids-a-milking here, to eat us out of house and home?
Their cattle are all over the front lawn
And have trampled the hell out of the mother’s rose-beds
The swans invaded the living-room in a sneak attack
And the ensuing battle between them and the calling birds,
Turtle doves, French hens and partridge make the battle
Of the Somme seem like Wanderly Wagon
The mother is on a bottle of whiskey a day, as well as the sixty grains of Valium
I’m very annoyed with you
Gobnait
Day Nine
Listen you looser!
There’s enough pandemonium in this place night and day without nine drummers drumming, while the eight flaming maids-a-milking are beating my poor, old alcoholic mother out of her own kitchen and gobbling everything in sight
I’m warning you, you’re making an enemy of me
Gobnait
Day Ten
Listen manure-face,
I hope you’ll be haunted by the strains of ten pipers piping
Which you sent to torment us last night
They were aided in their evil work by those maniac drummers
And it wasn’t a pleasant sight to look out the window
And see eight hefty maids-a-milking pogo-ing around with the ensuing punk-rock uproar
My mother has just finished her third bottle of whiskey,
On top of a hundred and twenty four grains of Valium
You’ll get yours!
Gobnait O’Lúnasa
Day Eleven
You have scandalized my mother, you dirty Jezebel,
It was bad enough to have eight maids-a-milking dancing to punk music on the front lawn but they’ve now been joined by your friends the eleven Lords-a-leaping
And the antics of the whole lot of them would leave
The most decadent days of the Roman Empire looking like Outlook
I’ll get you yet, you loud bag!
Day Twelve
Listen slurry head,
You have ruined our lives
The twelve maidens dancing turned up last night
And beat the living daylights out of the eight maids-a-milking,
‘Cause they found them carrying on with the eleven Lords-a-leaping
Meanwhile, the swans got out of the living-room,
Where they’d been hiding since the big battle,
And savaged hell out of the Lords and all the Maids
There were eight ambulances here last night, and the local Civil Defence as well
The mother is in a home for the bewildered
And I’m sitting here, up to my neck in birds’ droppings, empty whiskey
And Valium bottles, birds’ blood and feathers,
While the flaming cows eat the leaves off the pear-tree
I’m a broken man
Songwriters: Frank Kelly / Jim Doherty

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Tew Academy’s Becca Bryan brings home World medals

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Sunday, April 23, Becca Bryan, a dancer and assistant instructor at the Tew Academy of Irish Dance, competed at the 2017 World Irish Dance Championships in Killarney, Ireland and brought home medals and a 15th place finish out of a large pool of very talented dancers.

Congratulations to her on a great performance!

For more about the Tew Academy of Irish Dance, visit their website at http://www.tewacademy.org.

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