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Shamrocking in the USA

Celebrate Saint Pat's this year with rowdy expat musicians, a band of Catholic patriots, or the woman who gave the world Pat.


U2 tribute band Unforgettable Fire performs at B.B. King’s.  

The Pogues
Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St., nr. Broadway; 212-247-0200
Get rowdy with the quintessential Irish rockers, still going strong with hard-living front man Shane McGowan (and his rotten teeth and bionic liver).
• March 14–16, 6:45 p.m.
• $55

The Commitments
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-997-4144
Ditch your DVD for the real deal when the tireless spinoff band from the eponymous 1991 film blaze through American soul classics like “Mustang Sally” and “Try a Little Tenderness.”
• March 15, 8 p.m.
• $25.50–$28

The Wolfe Tones
Connolly's Pub & Restaurant, 14 E. 47th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-867-3767
Open up your arms for the rascally Irish radicals who were once banned in their homeland for their outspoken political beliefs.
• March 16, 9:30 p.m.
• $25

Joe Hurley’s Irish All Star Rock Revue
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., nr. Bowery; 212-533-2111
Party hearty with Joe Hurley, the ubiquitous local rocker whose annual booze bash features Clash co-conspirator Ellen Foley, Television's Richard Lloyd, and Steve Conte of the New York Dolls.
• March 17, 6:30 p.m.
• $20

Julia Sweeney and Jill Sobule
Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., nr. Astor Pl.; 212-539-8777
Do your brain cells a favor and check out thought-provoking SNL vet Julia Sweeney (of gender-neutral Pat fame) as she teams up with folkie tunesmith Jill Sobule for a night of songs and spoken word.
• March 17, noon and 7 p.m.
• $25

Black 47
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-997-4144
Ramp up your righteousness with the politically conscious edge of Black 47, Irish expats who, after seventeen years, officially qualify as a New York Saint Patrick's Day institution.
• March 17, 7:30 p.m.
• $25

Unforgettable Fire
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-997-4144
Cure your Bono backlash with the U2 tribute act Unforgettable Fire who will (we hope) stick to the band’s golden era—from 1983’s War to 1991’s Achtung Baby.
• March 17, 11:30 p.m.
• $20–$25


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