With St. Patrick’s Day falling on parade-day Saturday this year, there are tons of ways to get down and party for Irish pride with live music and dancing around town.
Here are a few suggestions.
Patrick Dwyer with Mark Ward
Saturday at 8 p.m. at Scout, 1001 W. First Ave.
California-born, Montana-bred singer-songwriter Patrick Dwyer was quickly embraced by fans when he returned to the West Coast. Shortly thereafter, he was playing a plethora of high-profile shows and getting nods from industry bigwigs at Warner Bros. and Interscope Records.
His mix of grit and glitz blends happiness and heartbreak into a distinct blend of complex arrangements and lilting pop sensibilities. Local singer-songwriter favorite and instrumentalist Mark Ward opens the show.
Real Life Rockaz with Skillet Jones and Mick Croon
Saturday at 4 p.m. at The Red Room Lounge, 521 W. Sprague Ave.
Cost: $5 after 7 p.m.
Spokane’s premiere reggae outfit Real Life Rockaz are joining forces with hip-hop-reggae-soul group Skillet Jones for a Jamaican-style Irish Day throw down at The Red Room (dubbed The Green Room for the night). Soulful pop-singer-songwriter Mick Croon opens the show.
Shea Tea Folkin’ Irish Band
Friday at O’Doherty’s Irish Grille, 525 W. Spokane Falls, Blvd.; and Saturday at Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard
With more than 60 songs in their repertoire, the seventh annual Shea Tea Folkin’ Irish Band’s St. Patrick’s weekend bash promises to be a jigged-up jam-packed party with reels.
Saturday at 11 a.m. at Whiskey Dick’s Irish Pub & Grille, 3027 E. Liberty Ave.
Whiskey’s Dick’s fourth annual Pitch-A-Tent Parking Lot Party features a 1,600-square-foot heated tent providing cover for bag pipers, dancers, beer and food specials and live music by cover band Phoenix, playing everything from classic rock tunes to modern-day hits.
DJ Fusion, Meshane and Jake Schreiber
Saturday at 11 a.m. at The Vault, 120 N. Wall St.
Cost: No cover before 10 p.m., for table reservations, VIP and bottle service, contact Leigh Fox at (509) 993-4092
Dance to thumping DJ selections by Fusion and his crew with music pumping on the loud speakers all day Saturday while Haute Pink Photography captures candid shots of the action. Special Irish food service available.
Saturday at 9 p.m. at Bigfoot Pub & Eatery, 9115 N. Division St.
Even if you’re not Irish, the edgy classic rock tunes that will be sounding out of the Bigfoot Pub with local band Mistaken Identity might be your four-leaf clover. And if that’s not enough, the party is rounded out with green Jell-O shots, and $5 Rubens in addition to various food and drink specials.
DJ M.E., DJ 3D, and DJ Theology
Saturday at 6 p.m. at A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave.
Cost: $5, women get in free
Boasting two rooms with dancing and DJs from 104.5 FM spinning the jams, A Club’s St. Paddy’s party is highlighted by a tattoo contest, where the best decorated body wins $100 of tattoo work from Design Studio 13.
Horse Thieves and Cathedral Pearls
Saturday at 9 p.m. at Jones Radiator, 120 W. Sprague Ave.
Local all-country standout Marshall McLean and his Horse Thieves team up with longtime alt-country darling Karli Ingersoll (formerly Karli Fairbanks) and her Cathedral Pearls for a mellow evening of music at a free St. Patrick’s Day show with guest, pop-rocker Ampersand.
BVK, Zdub, Glitch and Swagga, Felon, Beauflexx, Inua, Daethstar, Mammoth, Shauk, SFD, Thumper, Dementia, Crave, Dirty Panda, Stich Jones, Slick Rick, Bassline GoGo
The Hop, 706 N. Monroe St.
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $35 for 21-and-older VIP; $3 re-entry, available through www.brownpapertickets.
With 17 different DJ acts on two stages, the Shamwow party brings together nearly the entire local dubstep scene under one roof for an all-ages St. Patrick’s Day party. And as if there weren’t enough names on the bill, Lucked Out has relocated from its show at The Grail in Coeur’d Alene.
Diamond Speedboat and Team Growl
Saturday at 10 p.m. at Mootsy’s, 406 W. Sprague Ave.
Local alt-rock band Diamond Speedboat is fresh out of the recording studio with a new album. Coming off their short performance hiatus, DS combines with acoustic rogues Matthew Winters and Matthew Sonntag in Team Growl. Expect a night of rowdy music and spirited company, much like any evening hotspot in and around Spokane.
St. Patrick’s at O’Shay’s
North Idaho Scottish Fiddlers, 7 p.m. today; Coeur d’Alene Fire Fighter Pipe and Drum Corp, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday at O’Shay’s Irish Pub and Eatery, 313 Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive in Coeur d’Alene.
Food and drink specials as well as traditional music are on tap at O’Shay’s.