See also: St. Patrick's Day Guide 2012
In a cultural and religious sense, St. Patrick's Day is a day of feast and celebration of Irish culture.
Of course, for most of us it's simply a great chance to party. St. Paddy's falls on a Saturday this year, which means the green beer will flow in even more abundant quantities. There's plenty of Phoenix traditions to take in -- Flogging Molly will be at Tempe Beach Park, and Mesa rockers Authority Zero will do their thing -- and there's plenty more beyond that.
So strap on one of those beer helmets, fill 'er up with green brew and get ready to enjoy our picks for the top 10 must-see St. Patrick's Day gigs.
St. Patrick's Day Bash at Tempe Beach Park
What is St. Patty's day without Flogging Molly? The Celtic punk band is joined by a litany of acts including Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Suedehead, Sean Wheeler, Zander Schloss, Brother of Brazil, Inpet Hero, Halocene, Black Bottom Lighters, Wiley One, and Wescott Avenue will be celebrating the day of green and beer in the Valley. Gates open at 1 p.m.
98 FM KUPD: Shamrocked St. Patty's Day Bash at Tempe Marketplace
"Arizona's Real Rock" station will host the event featuring performances by headliner,Filterand 49 Till Midnight, Nineball, and Metalhead. The St. Patty's Bash will kick off at 12 p.m. Green beer, Irish whiskey and live music, what could be better?
Black Milk at Chasers
The Detroit rapper brings his Claps and Slaps Tour through Scottsdale on St. Patty's Day. He will be joined by live band Nat Turner. Be ready for your daily dose of funk, rock, hip-hop, and soul. This may not be your typical St. Patty's Day celebration, but heck, you've got all day for Car Bombs and pinching before hand.
The Persuaders, The 2 Tone Lizard Kings, and Navaeh at Tilted Kilt in Tempe
Expect a nice blend of alt-rock at Two-Tone ska at Tilted Kilt in Tempe. Sure -- kilts are more on the Scottish side, but no one is going to split hairs once to brews start flowing.
VNV Nation at Nile Theater
How about an Irish/English duo like VNV Nation to celebrate the holiday? The music can range from indie-electric beats to hard beats within minutes. Plus, "Victory not Vengeance" (VNV) is a great saying for this victorious holiday.
Tierra del Fuego Covers The Pogues at The Lost Leaf
Tierra del Fuego takes an Irish sheen to its Western Swing sound Saturday night at the Lost Leaf. Feel free to request "Sunny Side of the Street," but don't get too picky -- the show is free, so relax and let the band do its thing.
Scottsdale St. Patrick's Day Block Party at Craftsman Court Entertainment District
Mesa based punk rock band, Authority Zero will be headlining the event along with The Wednesday Machine, Grain of Truth, and Money Shot. Directions may be confusing but we'll clarify: The fun goes down one block west of Scottsdale Road between Third and Fifth Avenue in Old Scottsdale.
Chuck Mead (BR549) at Crescent Ballroom
The the sounds of country, rockabilly, and western swing might not be explicitly Irish -- but they go well with beer. Enjoy the tunes of a Grammy nominated artist with some green-tinged beer.
Mojo Farmers, The Love Me Nots, Mergence, Black Carl, & Chocolate Fountain at Sail Inn
Sail Inn is pulling out all the stops, featuring the go-go garage rock of The Love Me Nots, the psychedelic waves of Mergence, and the funky moves of Black Carl, Mojo Famers, and Chocolate Fountain.
Tim Finnegan's St. Patrick's Day Celebration
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The Irish restaurant and bar is ready for the St. Patrick's Day celebration. Irish rock and folk bands will be performing on two spate stages. Groups such as The Celtic Growlers, The Biffos and The Walkens will take the stages. Not to mention traditional Irish breakfast will be available at 8 a.m.
For even more St. Paddy's picks, check out our St. Patrick's Day Guide, with plenty of "lucky" suggestions as to where to eat, drink, and chill out this Saturday.