TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: We continue our St. Patrick's countdown with a plethora of events this weekend. For years, audiences around the world have been wowed by the phenomenon that is Riverdance. And this weekend, you can see the Irish step dancing troupe right here in Connecticut. The legs will be flying for five shows between Friday night and Sunday night. Clickhere for times and ticket info.
CELTIC PRIDE: Take pride in your Irish heritage, or just take pride in your pretend-heritage at a St. Patrick's Day Concert in Farmington Saturday night. Musicians Michael McDermott, Susan Mazer and John DiNicola will take perform an evening of Celtic music Saturday night at the Hill-Stead Museum. Tickets are $12, which includes a ticket for one adult beverage. 7pm.
STEPPING OFF: Some of the best traditions of the St. Patrick's season are the annual parades. And this weekend, you can line the streets of New Haven and Hartford for their celebrations. But we're not here to talk about the parade, we're here to talk about what to do before and after the parade. Irish pubs (aren't most bars Irish pubs this time of year?) will be packed to the gills with revelers. In Hartford, Black Bear Saloon is helping you start and end your Saturday on the right foot. The Saloon is opening at 8am, complete with an Irish menu, live music, and plenty of Irish spirits. Also in Hartford, the Pour House is teaming up with Jameson's Irish Whiskey to give you a weekend you won't soon forget.
MORE CELTIC PRIDE: Who knew there were so many Celtic rock bands from Canada. Thursday night it was Enter the Haggis. Saturday night, a group called Pogey is bringing their high-octane sound from Halifax to the East Hartford Cultural Center. The band combines the traditional and contemporary, with fiddles, mandolins and banjos plus guitar, bass and drums. Tickets are $12-$25. 8pm.
That's it for the Irish for this weekend, the countdown continues Monday (stay tuned!).
RIDING THE TRAIN: Multi-platinum selling band Train is riding into Connecticut this weekend, with a stop at the Performance Theater at MGM Grand Friday night. Since forming in 1994, Train has had all sorts of ups and downs over the course of their five albums, and had hits like "Meet Virginia." Their latest channels their early days of roots rock and has produced the single "Hey Soul Sister." Tickets for Friday's show are $30. 8pm.
HITTING THE RIGHT KEYS: Once Train pulls out of the station at the MGM Grand, pop-diva (we can call her that right?) Alicia Keys is pulling in. Keys is performing a pair of shows Saturday and Sunday night. Fresh off her wildly popular collaboration with Jay-Z, Keys is one of the most successful women in music today. Tickets for this weekend's shows are $90-$160. 8pm.
MAKING IT UP AS THEY GO ALONG: Head to City Steam in Hartford this Sunday for a night of improv comedy. Sea Tea Improv is hosting "Second City Steam" in the Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club. The group will be taking suggestions from the audience, then turn them into made-up-on-the-spot scenes and games. There's no cover, but space is limited, so get there early. Doors open at 6pm, and the show starts at 7pm.