Milwaukeeans clearly don’t need an excuse to party. By the time March 17 finally rolls around, St. Patrick’s Day has been enjoyed a few times over—as well as some other beverages, too. The festivities unofficially started more than two weeks ago when scores of intoxicated day drinkers stumbled their way down Water Street and Old World 3rd Street and Brady Street and North Avenue as part of the Shamrock Shuffle. Things were much tamer at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday (especially opposed to its Chicago counterpart), which ambled through Downtown as the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin celebrated the 50th anniversary of putting on the parade.
But don’t let a hangover brought upon by Miller Lite and green food dye hinder you from reveling in the actual holiday. Luckily, Milwaukee offers some worthwhile events to make it easier to party. Here are seven ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Thursday. Sláinte!
Gaelic Storm at The Pabst Theater
Get your fix of Celtic music with Irish rockers Gaelic Storm. The five-piece group has made quite the career since performing as the steerage band in the 1997 film Titanic, releasing 12 albums (the latest, 2014’s Matching Sweaters, reaching to No. 60 on the Billboard charts) and playing countless gigs at Summerfest and Irish Fest. There’s no better day than St. Patrick’s Day to see them.
Here Come the Mummies with Whiskey of the Damned at Turner Hall Ballroom
Some St. Paddy’s Day fun for those who would rather dye their beer red than green comes in the form of elusive funk group, Here Come the Mummies. Their identities remain a secret and the band seems to have some fun with that fact. The bio on their website builds the myth: “Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face.”
Hawthorne Heights, Mest and The Ataris with Handguns and London Falling at The Rave
Heavy nights of drinking usually conclude with revisiting of the past. Don’t wait until bar close to fall into nostalgia. The Rave has got you covered with a triple bill of turn-of-the-century pop punk bands of Hawthorne Heights, Mest and The Ataris for The Three-Headed Monstour. (Seriously, what’s with these Halloween-themed shows?)
Druids, Growing Pains and The Rashita Joneses at High Dive
Free pizza? No cover? Need I say more?
Riverwest Public House 5-year anniversary with Squeezettes and Thistledown Thunders
The Riverwest Public House Cooperative celebrates its 5th year in business with a potluck and music from Squeezettes and Thistledown Thunders. This one is for co-op members only. (You can become a member here)
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones and Sarah Borges at Shank Hall
Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin started California-based roots rock band The Blasters in 1979, but Dave didn’t stick around for long, quitting to join up with punk rockers X in 1986 and later embark on a solo career. The two recently reconvened after Phil experienced a near-death experience and they recorded their first album together in 30 years, Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy and followed that Grammy-nominated record with 2015’s Lost Time.
U2 Zoo at The Metal Grill
If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, why not catch a set from Milwaukee-based U2 tribute act? They’ll still be going on with or without you.
For a more detailed listing of Thursday’s St. Patrick’s Day events, see the weekly calendar below.
Stream of the Week
Fresh off last month’s four-song EP Gatorade, Brat Sounds return with two new cuts on a split with Seven Costanza. While the lo-fi recording is wrapped firmly in fuzz, the melodies are elevated above all the noise.
This Week in Live Music
Tuesday, March 15: Ed Kowalczyk at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($29.50) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: David Cook with Tony Lucca at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($25) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Wednesday, March 16: Rick Springfield at the Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($39.50-$59.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Thursday, March 17: Gaelic Storm at the Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($29.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Here Come The Mummies with Whiskey of the Damned at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($22.50) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
And: Hawthorne Heights with Mest, The Ataris, Handguns and London Falling at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($20) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
And: Druids with Growing Pains and The Rashita Joneses at High Dive, 9 p.m. (FREE) – (7001 E. Center St.)
And: Riverwest Public House 5-year anniversary with Squeezettes and Thistledown Thunders at Riverwest Public House, 6 p.m. (members only, FREE) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
And: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones and Sarah Borges at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($25) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
And: U2 Zoo at The Metal Grill, 8 p.m. ($8) – (5036 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy)
Friday, March 18: Greensky Bluegrass with Shook Twins at the Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($17 advance; $20 door) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Brian Fallon & the Crowes with Austin Plaine and Jared Hart at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($22.50) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
And: Nineteen Thirteen at Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee, 9 p.m. ($5) – (224 W. Bruce St., AnodyneCoffee.com)
Saturday, March 19: Jose Gonzalez with yMusic at the Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($32.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: They Might Be Giants at Turner Hall Ballroom, 9 p.m. ($27.50) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
And: Melanie Martinez with Alvarez Kings at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($25) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
And: Blax with Mike Regal, Lucien Parker and Chakara Blu at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($7) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)
And: Body Futures with CONTROL and Pink Trilliums at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: Soul Low vs. D’Amato at Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee, 9 p.m. ($5 advance; $7 door) – (224 W. Bruce St., AnodyneCoffee.com)
Sunday, March 20: Present Music: Equinox: Light and Dark at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($15-$35) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)