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St. Patrick’s Day Event Round Up: Free Tattoos, Green Beer, Sword Swallowers and Giveaways; Make Plans Soon


March 15, 2012. St. Patrick’s Day is always one of the favorite nightlife holidays in the High Country. Check our listing of events to celebrateIreland’s favorite saint. Area establishments are offering a litany of Irish-themed deals such as free tattoos, green beer, discounts on Irish drinks and more on Saturday, March 17. 


The Major Sevens

Pepper’s Restaurant Hosts The Major Sevens, $3 Pints of Foothills Irish Red 

Pepper’s Restaurant hosts The Major Sevens, one of the premiere bands in the High Country, at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night. Also, pints of Foothills Irish Red is on tap for $3 all night long. Reach Pepper’s at 828-262-1250. For more information about The Major Sevens, click here


Captain Stab 'Tuggo will perform at Boone Saloon



Speakeasy Tattoo Presents Tattoos For Schools, A Crazy Show with Sword-Swallowers, Live Music, Irish Car Bombs and more; Free Tattoos All Day Before the Show

Boone Saloon hosts and Speakeasy Tattoo presents the fourth annual Tattoos for Schools on St. Patrick’s Day at the Boone Saloon. The Tremors, Captain Stab-Tuggo and The Drawstrings will perform the benefit show. The show starts at 10:00 p.m. and costs $5, though a $10 donation is suggested. All proceeds from the free tattoos mentioned later in the post and proceeds from the door benefit local art students in elementary school.

The Tremors are a trio that features an upright bass, drums and a guitar. The band’s website states “through passionate research and exploration into rock’n’roll history, the band has created their own unique blend of style by combining classic Sun Records-era rockabilly with the reckless abandon of late 70’s punk rock.” For more information about this band, click to www.tremorsrockabilly.com.

Captain Stab-Tuggo is a body piercer who performs a sideshow on the side. Among other acts, he has mastered the art of sword swallowing, and he can pick up a keg with his ear lobes. For more information about this insane act, click to www.stab-tuggo.com.

The Drawlstrings performs “garage blues rock” and its sound resembles the “Avett Brothers jacked up,” according to band members. Their Facebook page states that “the first 43 people in get to do Irish car bombs with Chad & Liam [of the Drawlstrings]. For more information about this band, click to www.thedrawlstrings.com.

For more information about the show, click to www.boonesaloon.com or call 828-264-1811. 

To watch YouTube videos of the artists performing including Captain Stab-Tuggo, click to our nightlife story from a few days ago.

Also with a $10 donation to Tattoos for Schools, Speakeasy Tattoos, located on King Street, will offer free shamrock tattoos on a first come, first serve basis from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Saturday, March 17. For more info, call 828-355-9595.


Mountain Laurels

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Galileo’s on Saturday, March 17; Mountain Laurels to Perform/CD Release Party

The Mountain Laurels are performing their “Irish tunes and bad accents” at Galileo’s on Saturday, March 17. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. The Mountain Laurels is a local group of ladies that have performed in the High Country since 2009.

The evening will also serve has the Mountain Laurel’s CD release party for their debut Highland Bloom, which presents a “flowering fusion of Celtic, folk and Americana music.”

Also to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Galileo’s will serve Irish entrees that include Guinness Beef Stew, Corned Beef and Irish Soda Bread. For more information about the menu or show, click to www.galileosboone.com or call 828-865-9591. For more information about the band, click to http://marblefeathermusic.com/mountainlaurels.html.

The Smokey Breeze blows through Canyons on St. Patrick’s Day; No Cover Charge for Golden Oldies and Soft Rock Group

Canyons hosts the Smokey Breeze on St. Patrick’s Day for both the lunch JAM from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the night show that starts at 9:00 p.m. Both shows feature no cover charge.

The Smokey Breeze has been described as a soft rock group that plays golden oldies and folk favorites. For more information about the show, click to www.canyonsbr.com or call 828-295-7661.


St. Patrick’s Day Blast at Murphy’s with Dopapod and Lost Ridge Band; A Traditional & Progressive Get Down
St. Patrick’s Day at Murphy’s is always a blast. This year, New York-based Dopapod and local bluegrass favorites Lost Ridge are playing. Doors open at 9:00 p.m., and the show costs $5. 
Dopapod bassist Chuck Jones dubbed his band’s sound as progressive electronic funk rock and said the band’s collective influences include Medeski Martin & Wood, Lettuce, GWAR, Primus and Emerson Lake & Palmer. Most of the band’s songs are original instrumentals, though it does cover some songs that feature vocals. “We haven’t really figured out a solid genre. We get along well with the jam band crowd,” Jones said. “It sounds a lot like what all of us grew up listening to—a little bit of everything thrown in there.” 
For more information about the bands click to www.dopapod.com and www.myspace.com/lostridgeband. For more information about the show, call Murphy’s at 828-264-5117.

To watch YouTube videos of the bands, click to our nightlife story we published a few days ago.

Char Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with DJ Dance Party, Freebies and Green Beer

Char celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with giveaways, discounts on drinks such as Guinness, Jamison, Baileys and more. Also, Char will serve green beer. The cover charge is $2 for gentlemen over 21, and women over 21 get in free.

For more information, click to www.char179.com or call 828-266-2179.


Mountain Home Music Presents St. Patrick’s Day Concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Press release from Mountain Home Music:

David Johnson (fiddle, guitar, banjo) is a member of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. He has twice been named National Studio Musician of the Year (in gospel music), and has recorded with Ralph Stanley, Tony Rice, Author Smith, and many others.
Scott Freeman (mandolin, fiddle, guitar) won the 2005 mandolin championship at the Wayne Henderson Festival. He is a member of the old-time band, Skeeter and the Skidmarks, and is the founder of The Fiddle & Plow, a concert series on Virginia’s Heritage Trail, The Crooked Road.
Mary Greene (piano, guitar, dulcimer) is a graduate of Appalachian Studies at ASU. She teaches music in Ashe County, and in 2011 she toured Ireland with a group from Mountain Home Music.
Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham (flute, penny whistle) teaches flute at ASU. She also teaches each summer in Ireland, and is a founder of the Celtic group Celtic Well.
Jacquelyn Bartlett (harp) has performed with The New York Philharmonic, The Rotterdam Philharmonic, The North Carolina Symphony, and many other orchestras and symphonies. She currently tours with The Pink Fire Trio.
Joe Shannon (hammer dulcimer, harmonica, concertina) is the founder and host of Mountain Home Music. 
Performance will be Saturday, March 17, 7:30 pm, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Boone, which is located on at 170 Councill Street in Boone. For more information, click to www.mountainhomemusic.com or call 828-964-3392.

Crossroads Pub Features Wizard’s DJ/Karaoke Road Show with Irish Drink Specials, Green Beer and Food

The Crossroads Pub and Neighborhood Grill features the Wizard’s Road Show with live DJ spinning karaoke tunes. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and lasts until 1:00 a.m and has no cover charge. Corned beef with cabbage, green beer and, according to owner Greg Metcalfe, Boone’s biggest dance floor. For more information, call 828-266-9190 or click to http://www.crossroadspub.net.

Cafe Portofino Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Giveaways and Specials 

One of Boone’s favorite bars, Cafe Portifino will celebrate St. Patrick’s day with freebies and giveaways and food and drink specials. Stop by to see what’s happening at Cafe Portofino on one of the favorite holiday’s of the year. For more information, call 828-264-7772 or click to http://www.cafeportofino.net.