What to do in Lincoln for St. Patrick's Day

2010-03-17T10:30:00Z What to do in Lincoln for St. Patrick's DayBy NATASHA RICHARDSON / For the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Those in a pinch about their St. Patrick's Day plans need not worry: There's no shortage of entertainment options on Wednesday, with downtown Lincoln establishments offering live music and drink specials to fit the holiday's Irish theme.

Here's a look at a few highlights.

Knickerbockers, 901 O St.

Lincoln folk punk band The Killigans is set to headline at Knickerbockers for St. Pat's Day. The high-energy rockers, who recently released the album "Honor," will share the bill with Sandy Creek Pickers and Cowboy Dave Band. The fun starts at 9 p.m., with tickets running $8 apiece.

"Having been in Lincoln for a number of years now, you know The Killigans' St. Patrick's Day show is definitely the place you want to be," said Cowboy Dave Band's Dave Wilson, who sings for the band and plays acoustic guitar.

"The Killigans' St. Patrick's Day show is just second to none. With their Irish music roots, there's certainly not a better way to spend St. Patrick's Day in Lincoln, Neb., that's for sure."

The Fat Toad Pub, 1409 O St.

St. Patty's Day party-goers looking to get an early start to the day's festivities can head over to the Fat Toad, which will open at 11 a.m. The pub will serve free corned beef and cabbage and will have specials on drinks that include Guinness and Jameson. At 10 p.m., the Lincoln Bagpipes will play, followed by a dance party to round out the night.

Duffy's Tavern, 1412 O St.

Lincoln six-piece Diamond Kazzoo will head up the day's entertainment at Duffy's. The bluegrass band's foot-stomping sound features washtub bass, fiddle and washboard. The evening begins at 7:30.

Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St.

Lincoln bands Dirtfedd, St. Christopher, and Shaun Sparks & the Wounded Animals will play the Bourbon starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 for those 21 and older and $7 for those ages 19-20.

"We've always had great success with Dirtfedd on weekend shows, and they will definitely bring out a crowd that enjoys a day like St. Patty's Day," said Jeremy Buckley, Bourbon Theatre's booking agent.

A couple other shows of note:

The Zoo Bar, 136 N.14th St., offers local bands Mezcal Brothers, Mercy Rule and Her Flyaway Manner starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5.

*Get your fill of Irish dancers and live bagpipers at The Parthenon restaurant, 5500 S. 56th St. The dancers perform at 7, 8 and 9 p.m., with live bagpipers from 6:30-8 p.m.

* If Irish song and dance aren't your thing, check out the dance floor at three other venues on Wednesday night: The DelRay Ballroom, 817 R St., is offering Latin night from 5-10 p.m., with beginners' drop-in dance lessons at 8 p.m. Sur Tango at 1228 P St. has Argentine Tango night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. And big band music from Lenny's Swing Band is set for 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Pla Mor Ballroom, 6600 W. O St.

Reach Natasha Richardson at features@journalstar.com.


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