Nothing goes together quite like food and music, except maybe food, music and beer. If you’re looking to get your eat, drink and merry on this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, here are seven of your best bets:
The fifth annual Whiskey Dick’s Pitch-A-Tent St. Patrick’s Day Celebration kicks off tonight and runs all weekend long at Whiskey Dick’s Irish Pub & Grille, 3027 E. Liberty Ave.
Throughout the weekend there will be live music, DJs, bagpipers, dancers, pub pong, prizes and giveaways, all underneath a 2,400-square-foot heated tent.
Tonight’s main event is the pub pong tournament with DJ Joe Shmoey, who restarts the party on Saturday at 11 a.m. Then Karma’s Circle takes the stage at 3 p.m. before late-night headliner Nixon Rodeo.
A Charmed Life: St. Patty’s Party is hosted by resident DJ MC Squared, who holds it down on the ones and twos at Marquee Lounge, 522 W. Riverside Ave.
The party starts at 10 a.m. but bagpipers and Irish dancers appear at the Marquee at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Shamrocks and Shenanigans brings the ruckus to The Grail Venue and Restaurant, 4720 Seltice Way, in Coeur d’Alene. With local and regional bands GMS, The Sky Turns Red, and Lust For Glory, expect a packed mosh pit when the music starts on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
St. Paddy’s at The Swamp fuses traditional Irish music with good old fashioned funk on Saturday night at The Swamp, 1904 W. Fifth Ave. The Angus Scott Pipe band starts at 8 p.m. After that prepare to be thoroughly funked up by the sounds of B Radicals.
Lucky You is attracting local, regional and national talent for the Pussycat Productions event on Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Northwest Event Center, 6452 N. Lidgerwood St. More than 13 electronic musicians and DJs are scheduled to perform, including Oakland, Calif., DJ Prana; Channel Surfer, DJ Chaos, and Protocall7 from Seattle; and Tri-Cities crew SFD. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 if you wear green.
The Green Party boasts a deep roster of local hip-hop at Carr’s Corner Lounge & Night Club, 230 S. Washington St., with a bill that includes Purpose, True Justice, Pest, So Sicc NW, Soundcast, Kagah, Krown Royal, DLogic and Spindle.
Rehydrate on St. Patrick’s Day proper at Zola with local rock quintet Troubadour. The pop-rock and cover band features twin brothers Curran and Riley Long, from the musically talented O’Neill Family (Annie O’Neill, Brandon O’Neill, Patrick O’Neill and Kevin Long, etc.), along with Michael Gerety and singer/trumpeter and keyboardist Megan Wedel. Doors open at 1 p.m. at Zola, 22 W. Main Ave.
Celtic and pipes
Kelly’s Irish Pub in Coeur d’Alene will wrap up its Week of Green with a St. Patrick’s Day party Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m. The music lineup will feature The Powell Brothers, Arvid, and the Hot Punch Pipe Band. Kelly’s is in Midtown at 726 N. Fourth St.