The good part about St. Paddy's Day being on a Saturday this year is pretty obvious — unless you're a preacher, there's a good chance you don't have to work Sunday, so you can drink your heart out (if you're into that kinda thing). The bad news — you have to wait until tomorrow morning to start drinking — or at least start drinking with an acceptable excuse for your excessiveness. Tonight at Covington's Madison Theater, local Punk band Loudmouth provides you with a doctor's note to get a jump on the Irish-inspired revelry as they headline a St. Patrick's Day party/concert at the Madison Theater. The all-ages show kicks off at 8 p.m. and also features performances from Milky Way Persuasion (formerly Ready to Fall), The Worthmores, Situation Red and ace Ska/Reggae crew The Newport Secret Six. I bet there will be Pogues and Dropkick Murphys covers performed. Tickets are just $7.
Loudmouth is currently working on a new release, but you can check out some tracks from the band's Cabin Fever EP below.
• Also in Covington, local band The Dublin Defense present its "St. Patty's Kick Off" at the Leapin Lizard Lounge (726 Main St.) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. The Northern Kentucky six-piece plays a variety of Rock, Pop and Alt music (they've done ’80s themed shows in the past), but their St. Patty's Day show is certain to be loaded with Irish tunes, particularly songs by The Pogues (one of the group's main avowed influences). You'll also get to sample some homemade Irish soda bread, as two of the band's members compete in a soda bread taste-off (you can help pick the winner).
I guarantee they'll play this one (contact me if they don't and the $5 and soda bread's on me!):
• Two great area Surf Rock bands play MOTR Pub tonight in Over-the-Rhine. The free show kicks off around 10 p.m. The Maladroits have been kicking around the area for several years, something of a family act for many of them, with papa Ron White leading a band that included sons Eli and Sky, who has found great success playing keys with Foxy Shazam (the band's Facebook has this funny note in their "About" section: "Once the most powerful surf band in all of Cincinnati. Now not even a minor footnote in the history of Foxy Shazam"). Currently, the band features Ron White (guitar), long-timers Bryce Rhude (guitar) and David Freeman (sax), new drummer Brad Grawe and, keeping the family-band concept alive, White's wife, Tamina, is now the group's bassist. The AmpFibians (one of my favorite local band names ever!) have been helping to keep Surf music alive for the past three or four years in Cincinnati. The instrumental trio features local musicians Dave Davies, Tom Coates and Chris Damele.
Check out this killer AmpFibians track "Attaque De Los Conquistadores":