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Eight Must-See Concerts Over St. Patrick's Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Altan at Musical Instrument Museum

Currently celebrating more than a quarter-century as one of the world's premier traditional Celtic folk bands, Altan's roots go back to the dynamic and delightful duo of Belfast flutist Frankie Kennedy and Donegal fiddler and singer Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Joining distinct traditions and adding new material, coalescing around Ní Mhaonaigh's marvelous, ethereal voice, Altan gradually grew into a band, then survived the devastation of Kennedy's death from cancer in 1994. The Irish ensemble has played venues across the globe, helping forge their sterling reputation, and will spend this year's St. Patrick's holiday on Sunday, March 17, filling the MIM's theater with their dulcet traditional sounds during a pair of back-to-back shows at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50-$42.50. -- Rick Mason

Jason DeVore at World of Beer

If the daylong adventure of chugging brews and checking out the Flogging Molly show at Tempe Beach Park doesn't completely quench your thirst for St. Patrick's Day revelry, stumble down Mill Avenue to the WoB after Dave King and company finish up their concert and check out the drinkery's after-party. Authority Zero frontman Jason DeVore will be performing a solo acoustic set starting at 10 p.m. all the way to last call. In the interim, sample any of the more than 600 kinds of suds available. Admission is free, unless the door man thinks you're too soused to get in. -- Benjamin Leatherman

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