When St. Patrick’s Day lands on a Friday — as it did this year -- it’s a chance to dial up the festivities for the special Irish holiday and possibly consider it a three-day weekend of celebrating.
Here are a couple ideas for revelers to keep the good times rolling today, though you could always head over to Collins Irish Pub & Grill for a bit of appropriate cuisine or a drink:
Neko Case. Close out the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with alt-country’s ultimate red-haired siren, Neko Case, at the Orpheum Theater. One of the most talented female singer-songwriters on the scene, period, Case returns to Flagstaff for the second time and promises to rock the Orpheum with her signature brand of music with twisted-fairytale storylines, jilted lovers and staccato moments of darkness and light.
Her songs off of her four full-length albums are equal parts haunting and beautiful. The lyrics are poetic and profound, stunning and absurd, and always delivered with Case’s resonant voice. The explore heavy and moody territory, as heard on “Deep Red Bells” — a lament for the dozens of women killed by the Green River Killer.
Murder and darker themes also show up on songs like “Furnace Room Lullaby,” a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart” with a Southern Gothic spin. Case is known to get upbeat, though, with gospel-tinged songs such as “John Saw That Number.” Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Dylan Pratt opens. www.orpheumflagstaff.com.
Uptown Pubhouse. Today, the pub will continue their traditional Irish music seisiún, which happens every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Award-winning teacher and Celtic musician Kari Lapins leads this session. Bring bodhráns, tin whistles or just a knee to slap. Everyone is welcome to help carry the tune or simply sip a Guinness and listen to the fine jam session. Call (928) 773-0551.