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March 15, 2004 // UPDATED 9:45 am - April 25, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Os Eireannache me, dom pog

According to legend, Maewyn of Wales (a.k.a. St. Patrick) had the power to bring the dead to life and drive snakes away with the power of his voice. However, since no snakes were native to Ireland, the whole snake thing seems to have been more of a metaphor comparing pagans to those friendly little critters so common in the New World.

As for green beer, I'm not sure what it has to do with St. Patrick, but I'm sure there's some important connection.

The annual Boiled in Lead (BiL) St. Patrick's Day concert in the First Avenue Mainroom is a tradition that is not to be missed. Since 1983, BiL has been changing the way people look at Celtic folk music, putting electric drums and guitars into the mix of more traditional instrumentation. Bassist and rockin' dulcimer player Drew Miller is the only original member of the band, which has featured drummer Robin "Adnan" Anders and guitarist and singer Adam Stemple for the past decade.

So far as I know, this is the only time the band gets together to play in public these days. Drew Miller works for Eastside Digital/Northside/Omnium Records, and is responsible for bringing some incredible, beautifully complex traditional and not-so-traditional Scandinavian bands to perform in the Twin Cities. Anders has released solo recordings and instructional percussion videos.

Oh, and Adam Stemple is currently running for the position of Hennepin County Sheriff -- don't forget to vote!

And don't forget to say "Os Eireannache me, dom pog (Is air-an-ack may, do pogue)," "Kiss me, I'm Irish." Nobody will care if you're lying.

Wednesday, March 17, 6 p.m., First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. 332-1775.

All-day Irish

Head to Kieran's Irish Pub for their tenth anniversary celebration Tuesday night to catch local five-piece Celtic foot-stompers the Sweet Colleens. Then stay the night (OK, you can't, really) and wake up to an 8 a.m. satellite broadcast of a true Irish ball game -- a St. Patty's staple over the pond.

And, of course, Kieran's features a full day of live music on Wednesday, including: Chuck and Ann Heyman, H Block 10, Five Mile Chase, The Tim Malloys, Alicia Corbet, The Sweet Colleens and Tara Hill.

If you're still up for it, swing by The Local (931 Nicollet Mall, 904-1000) as well for more live music and food specials.

10th Anniversary: Tuesday, March 16, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. St. Patrick's Day: Wednesday, March 17, 12:30 p.m.-close. Kieran's Irish Pub, 330 2nd Ave. S. Free. Check www.kierans.com for a complete schedule. 339-4499.

Metal gods

You'd think in a week with St. Pat's day smack in the middle of it, the biggest music event would be Irish-related -- but it's not. The biggest music event of the week is Minnesota Metal Fest II. With 36 bands of the metal persuasion, there'll be long hair galore, spiked everythings and plenty of leather bicycle gloves.

With all the grunting, head-butting and spewing of half-digested beer, it'll be kind of like a Star Trek convention comprised entirely of Klingon wannabes. And, like a Star Trek convention, this'll probably be a good night to meet like-minded and highly complicated members of the opposite sex. Chak dar!

A wide assortment of acts will perform at the two-day event, ranging from your more glamorous, Twisted Sister-esque metal to the scarier Norwegian dark metal and everything in-between. Performing bands include: Vital Remains (featuring Glen Benton of Deicide), the reclusive M.O.D., Ice-T's Body Count, Testament and the Black Dahlia Murders. You are just not normally going to see these five bands for the price of what a weekend ticket to this event costs. Along with these big names are a ton of relatively unknown acts with great names like Forest of Impaled, Nymphotomy and (my favorite) Anal Blast.

Friday, March 19, 1:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 20, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N. $25 for one day, $45 for a two-day pass. 332-1775.

Holly Day can be reached at lalena@bitstream.net.