As luck would have it, Charleston has a full schedule of events this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Sound Checks featuring Hollis Brown (named for Bob Dylan’s Ballad of Hollis Brown) and Tony Harrah take the Clay Center stage Friday, March 15. Audience members feel like part of the show with onstage seating, and tickets are just $18.50! Sunday evening’s Mountain Stage Radio Show features jamgrass group the Yonder Mountain String Band, IBMA-entertainers-of-the-year Balsam Range, alt-folk journeyman Peter Case, sensational young traditional band from Quebec, Les Poules à Colin, and a return appearance from Australia’s pop duo Oh Pep! Tickets are just $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Those in the know go to the show after the show. Many Mountain Stage musicians make the short trip to the Empty Glass, a nearby honky-tonk, to hang out, let loose and jam. The blending of artists and musical genres guarantees a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
March means basketball so don’t miss the hoopla of the West Virginia State High School Boys’ Championship March 13-16. The best teams in the state battle through their brackets to be #1. All games take place at Charleston’s newly renovated Coliseum & Convention Center.
Get your Irish on Saturday, March 16 at the 8th annual East End Pub Crawl. Enjoy food and drink specials, live Celtic music from FOOTMAD, the Shamrock Challenge with a bunch of great prizes, a Pub Crawl T-shirt and drink coozie, and more. Crawl between five pubs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and two more from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $25.
Dance the night away Saturday, March 16 at one of two events. The FOOTMAD Old-Time Community Dance welcomes dancers of all ages and no experience is required! The Allegheny Hellbenders provide live music as you square dance with family and friends. Show up early for a beginner’s lesson at 6:45 p.m. The dance is from 7 – 10 p.m. $7 is the suggested donation for adults, and kids under 13 and AmeriCorps members get in free. Single and ready to mingle? Put on your dancing shoes for the Speakeasy Singles St. Patrick’s Day Dance, March 16. The dance starts at 8 p.m. but show up at 7 p.m. for a free Country Two Step lesson. DJ Dancin’ Dave controls the turntable from 8 – 11 p.m. Entry fee is just $10.