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Celebrate Monday the Irish way

by: COURTESY PHOTO - McMenamins Grand Lodge is hosting a St. Patricks Day celebration with drinks, food, music and dancing on March 17, including live music by Sky in the Road.Don’t let St. Patrick’s Day pass uncelebrated this year. With the party scheduled at McMenamins Grand Lodge, there’s no excuse.

The festivities start at 4 p.m. Monday, March 17, with Blarney Thursday, a Celtic music group, playing until 6 p.m. Irish dancers will perform in the Compass Room Theater from 6 to 7 p.m. before the ’80s and ’90s dance party takes over.

Father-son duet Dan and Keith Shannon make up Blarney Thursday, hailing from California. They blend Irish, Scottish and Celtic music with their harmonious voices and variety of instruments.

The Junebugs and Sky in the Road will play from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Junebugs are a high-energy folk pop trio, using many instruments. Their hometown is Vancouver, B.C., and they appeal to audiences who like old-time music as well as R. Kelly.

Daniel Rhiger and Rahmana Wiest, whose musical collaboration spans two decades, form Sky in the Road. They describe their music as “folk-based,” winding its way through Americana, country, Celtic, world folk, gypsy jazz, new age, rock and reggae. Known for tight, soaring vocal harmonies, they fill out their sound with a variety of instrumentation including six- and 12-string guitars, Irish bouzouki, banjo and East Indian harmonium.

Their songs have received honors in competitions locally and nationally, including Billboard Magazine’s National Songwriting Contest. Sky in the Road has released several CDs, including “Time Travels,” “Celtic Gypsy,” “Where Everything is Music” and their 1996 debut, “Sky in the Road.”

Throughout the evening, there will be bagpipers, McMenamins Irish Stout, Irish coffee cocktails and Irish food specials. There will also be a special release of a St. Patrick’s Day whiskey.

Experience the luck of the Irish next Monday with these free events.




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