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Bastard Bearded Irishmen Providing St. Patrick’s Day Entertainment | Other Available Festivities Around Pittsburgh

March 9, 2011
Posted By - Emma Venezie
Source Credits - Bastard Bearded Irishmen; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; talent network, inc.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Bastard Bearded Irishmen will be providing entertainment on Saturday, March 12 at The Rivers Casino from 3-7 p.m. Be sure to check them out!

Bastard Bearded Irishmen, or BBI, came together for a one-time show in honor of dearly departed friend, George Evans, in November 2008. Members Jim Smerecky and Ben Jaber had been organizing the George Evans Memorial fundraiser for the previous four years through their punk rock outfit, Ragweed. They thought their shared love of bands like The Pogues and Dropkick Murphys would translate to a great tribute for the annual event in honor of George. Jim and Ben recruited four more of George’s (and their) friends to fill out the band: Jon Pitcher on guitar, Danny Rectenwald on mandolin, Dan Stocker on drums and Jaison Karner on keyboards (who is based out of LA and only played the original concert). Since they all had beards at the time, the band was jokingly named Bastard Bearded Irishmen. Obviously, it stuck.

Bastard Bearded Irishmen Rivers Casino
Bastard Bearded Irishmen
They had so much fun with the predominantly traditional Irish tunes that they decided to keep the band going, but also wanted to add their own flavor. Rachel Karras joined Bastard Bearded Irishmen in January 2009 and was an instant fit with the guys. They continued to learn the classics, but also wanted to throw a curveball into the mix by learning their personal favorites by Irish bands like The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, The Tossers, etc. At the same time, they didn’t want to be a cover band and have since been rounding out their set of traditional and contemporary Irish classics with original songs that could be classified somewhere in the middle.

Although they are the consummate musical professionals (Danny has a Masters degree in classical guitar, Rachel is a classically trained violist), these guys also know how to have fun and definitely don’t take themselves too seriously. The music will be great, you’ll want to tap your toe or dance, and they promise that you will be entertained and left begging for more!

Bastard Bearded Irishmen’s debut, self-titled album will be released on Parade Day, March 12, 2011.

Check out Bastard Bearded Irishmen for more information…

And be sure to check out the Bastard Bearded Irishmen on March 12th at Rivers Casino and pick up their new album!

Other Available Entertainment for St. Patrick’s Day:

Thursday, March 10:

- Altan, famed, traditional folk band from Ireland, on its 25th anniversary tour, will be performing at the Byham Theater. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.75, $37.75. Buy Tickets for Altan at the Byham Theater here or call 412-456-6666.

- Tartan Terrors, described as “Celtic music, Highland dance and comedy troupe from Canada,” will be performing at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $22. Buy tickets for Tartan Terrors at the Palace Theatre here or call 724-836-8000.

Saturday, March 12:

- The St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 10am at the Greyhound Bus Station at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 11th Street and disperse at Commonwealth Place. The parade will be held rain or shine. Follow the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Twitter at @PghStPatsParade.

- Family Fun & Festivities at Fifth Avenue Place. Come by at 11am for face painting, crafts, games, etc. led by The Pittsburgh Children's Museum, and music from strolling violinist Steven Vance. Free. Check out
Fifth Avenue Place for more information.

- Shamrockin' Pittsburgh at Stage AE. From 11am to midnight, check out traditional Irish music, dance, food, beverages, games, etc. Tickets are $10 adults, $3 children 6-12, (under 5 are free) and $8 for seniors and military. (You can call for Group Discounts at 412-422-1113). Visit Shamrockin' Pittsburgh for more information.

Source: shamrockinpgh.com
Thursday, March 17:

On St. Patrick's Day, you can hear some festive Irish music in pubs like Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle in the Strip District, Claddagh in the SouthSide Works, Piper's Pub in the South Side and Molly Brannigans in Mt. Lebanon.

Saturday, March 19:

Celtic Woman at Consol Energy Center in the production "Songs From the Heart." At 8pm, Singers Lisa Kelly, Chloe Agnew and Lisa Lambe, along with violinist Mairead Nesbitt will perform Irish classics, contemporary covers and original compositions. Tickets are $31.50-$71.50. Buy tickets for the Celtic Woman at Consol Energy Center here or call 1-800-745-3000.

And read more about the Countdown to St. Paddy's Day here.

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