River District offers St. Patrick's fun

One thing this girl always likes to see is something new in the River District. This St. Patrick’s Day, there’s an act at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center that is being brought to you by a new face. Not Charlotte’s Web, not CentreEvents, not On The Waterfront committee, but one man named Gary Darnell Wortham of Earhole Promotions. On March 17, he’s bringing the band Brother, from Australia, to the Mendelssohn Club and will also be opening the stage for them.

Brother, whose Web site heralds rave reviews from listeners, play “mongrel music,” as they call it. Mixing traditional Scottish/Irish and Australian instrumentation with rock n’ roll music, they implement folk, reggae, and Celtic music into pop form. “In Australia, a mongrel is a lovable, loyal, tough mutt of a dog,” said Hamish Richardson of the group. “You know, the kind of pup that could claim half the canine population of the neighborhood as its parents.”

Wortham, a solo acoustic musician who mixes folk, soul and rock for a nicely integrated sound, claims that his one-man promotions company only exists to book bands for him to open up for or follow. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.

For those of you who thought Minglewood was just open on Friday and Saturday nights, we have been informed that the Third Thursday Poetry Slam will still occur on St. Patrick’s Day, hosted by local favorite Jesus Correa. Compete to compete in the finals for the nationals. The slam begins at 7 p.m., with sign-up at 6:45 p.m., and it is free. If you’ve never participated before, this is a fun and interactive way to experience and deliver poetry. For more information about the guys who put these events together, go to www.poeticjusticeleague.com.

Although they don’t play bagpipes, The Pipe Circus should make for a good time at Kryptonite on St. Patrick’s Day. One of Chris Wachowiak’s “favorite bands,” this group is a funky mix of rock, reggae, jam and jazz with high energy and great humor. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is free. Kryptonite will be serving green beer and a lot of drink specials. For more information, call 965-0931.

Speaking of Kryptonite, the Bizarro Beat Circus is back, Wednesday, March 16. After an all-too-long hiatus, Cullen Balch will take the stage to host this weekly open mic hip-hop/music night. Starting at 10 p.m. with no cover, the evening will kick off with open mic poetry/spoken word, followed by the open stage for musicians and rappers. This time around, there is no house band, but DJ RobYo will be spinning, and participants can bring their own beats to throw down as accompaniment. I missed the Wednesday nights down at Krypto; it’s a nice scene and always refreshing to hear what everyone brings to the table. Celebrate pre-St. Patrick’s Day festivities down at the Beat Circus. For more information, call 965-0931.

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