Plenty of shows to talk about this St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, so let's get right down to it.
The main event, most Irish of shows this Paddy's day, must go to The Tossers at Metro. The Tossers hail from Chicago's South Side Irish neighborhoods and have been blending punk, rockabilly, and Irish folk since the early '90s. Mentioning them with the bands they've played alongside—Pogues, Flogging Molly, the Dropkick Murphy's—is easy, as is saying their live shows are fueled by whiskey in the blood and blood and sweat on their instruments. And it's just as easy to have a great time rocking along with them. Tickets are $17, the doors open at 7 PM to anyone 18+, and the show starts at 8 PM.
The Bottom Lounge's St. Patrick's Day Drunken Bash promises to be a classic, punk rock slugfest. The bill is headlined by Chicago punk staples Johnny Vomit and Donkey Punch. Coming to the stage before these two heavyweights will be Voice of Addiction, After the Fight, and The Burninators. If banging your head and other people around is your pitch perfect Paddy's day, this seems to be the spot. Show starts at 7 PM and is 17+.
As far as traditional St. Patrick's Day shows go, the last one I'll mention is The Thin Man at Quenchers. These guys don't necessarily bring the constant, pummeling energy of the aforementioned shows, but their deployment of dynamics make for enthralling live sets to the last song. The Thin Man will hit the stage at 10ish PM. Candy Apples & The Buddies follow them at about 11ish PM. Quenchers (Fullerton & Western) asks for a $5 donation and is always 21+.
There are a couple other quality shows this Wednesday that bare mentioning. The Clientele bring their beautiful pop sounds to Lincoln Hall, with Field Music and Liam Hayes (Plush) playing in support. Show starts at 9 PM and requires $15 and at least 21 years on this earth to enter. And over at the Empty Bottle the Blue Ribbon Glee Club bring their quirky take to popular (indie) tunes to the stage along with The Dust Bunnies, Covered Wagons, and more. Show starts at 8 PM and runs you $5 and is, as always, 21+.
The Tossers — "Good Mornin, 'Da" music video
The Thin Man myspace page.
Music videos from The Clientele.
Videos showing you what the Blue Ribbon Glee Club is all about—well sung fun.