Top o' the Evening!

Rollin' in the green at Dog & Duck, Opal Divine's, and more

Magic Christian
Magic Christian

What better way to bring in St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday than at the Dog & Duck’s annual bash? The beloved UT-area pub boasts a canny lineup for the day with trad Celtic acts – Black Irish, Capitol City Highlanders, Ed Miller and Rich Brotherton – then turns charmingly kick-ass eclectic with the all-star Magic Christian, the original Reivers (who were originally Zeitgeist) now playing as Right or Happy, 20/20, local buzz band T Bird & the Breaks, plus Sean Orr & Black Dagger, Band of Brothers, and Ian McLagan & the Bump Band. A most appropriate bill that starts out St. Pat’s and ends up South by Southwest.

The Dog & Duck has been around so long that its English pub atmosphere feels as authentic as the last pub I visited in London, which happened to be the utterly delightful Duke of Kendall pub with its weekly singalongs. Only when I think hard do I remember the D&D in previous incarnations, such as Mrs. Robinson’s around 1974. The rest of the memories are warm and perhaps a tad beer-goggled. I’ve always had a fondness for its nooks and cute waiters and proximity to Hunter Darby (who booked this killer lineup with Kent Benjamin). Free!

Besides the Dog & Duck, Ed Miller and Rich Brotherton also perform at all three Opal Divine’s on Tuesday, for those wishing for something a little Scottish among the shamrocks (and for the thrifty, it’s free). If it’s authentic Irish you want, hie thee to Fiddler’s Hearth for an evening of traditional folk fiddle music. This isn’t just local folks like Jeff Moore and the wonderful Johnny Gimble – Kevin Burke & Cal Scott and Brian Conway & Brendan Dolan bring the real thing to the heart of Texas. Also on hand are the Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums, the Clickety Cloggers, and the Irish Dance Center. All brought to you by the Celtic Cultural Center, natch. $10

Some of you don’t want to leave SXSW madness and that’s okay! B.D. Riley’s features music starting at 11am with Joe Gee. Performers that day include the almighty Spot with Albert, the Strayaways, the Irish Music Rights Showcase (7pm), and the Barley Guild at 9pm. Free!

On the Western end, Mother Egan’s hosts the Outlawed Pipers and the Emergency Services Pipes and Drums plus the Lost and Nameless Orchestra alternating sets throughout the day with a performance from the Irish Dance Center, plus the St. Baldrick’s Head-Shaving Showoff at 7:30pm. $5.

Still not enough for ya? Hang loose – the Blaggards hit Fiddler’s Hearth on Friday, and if that doesn’t kick yer pot o’ gold into gear, nothing will.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More St. Patrick's Day
Does Beer Dilute St. Patrick's Day?
Does Beer Dilute St. Patrick's Day?
Let's be offended

Ivy Le, March 19, 2013

More by Margaret Moser
Did I Know Bruce Springsteen Was Going to Play 2012?
Did I Know Bruce Springsteen Was Going to Play 2012?

March 3, 2017

Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
A look back at illustrated album covers old and new

July 29, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

St. Patrick's Day

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle