Ah, here we are St. Patrick s Day. They don t have the knee-crawling drunken
pub crawl, but the Beale Street Festival is still going on and there are a few
other St. Paddy s Day events going on. Tonight s Second Annual Emerald
Ball at the Adam s Mark Hotel features entertainment by Inishowen (Irish
party band) and the Memphis Inis Acla Step Dancers. And there s a First
Annual Irish Arts Family Celebration at the W.C. Handy Performing Arts
Park on Beale Street; starts at noon and includes a parade down Beale at 5
p.m. Elsewhere around town, Barenaked Ladies are at the Mid-South
Coliseum. Imprint, In the Balance, Bar Code, and Stoned at the
Moment are at the New Daisy. The Honda Factor and Getaway
Vehicle are at Last Place on Earth. Billy Hatcher, Autumn Grieves,
and Brad Bailey are at the Map Room. Reba Russell is at Patrick s.
Lucero and Mulehead are at the Hi-Tone (don t forget about
Rumblefish, the restaurant next door; those potato crisps with caviar are
something else). Mose Vinson & Friends and The Fieldstones are
at the Center for Southern Folklore. The Sally Macs are at Newby s.
There s a big St. Paddy s Day party at Murphy s with live music by
Thingamajig, Ed, The Gabe & Amy Show, John Murray, Joint Chiefs, and
Big Betsy. And for a good ol Irish throwdown, the 4 Heads are
playing Irish tunes at Kudzu s all night.