Midway through St. Patrick’s Day Irish Music Festival

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By Ian J. Stark

There’s no doubt that one of the biggest, liveliest and busiest holidays in the nightlife world is St. Patrick’s Day. Every March 17 – and in some bars and pubs for the week surrounding March 17 – thousands of Irish and non-Irish people on Long Island dress in green, attend parades during the day, and then head out to spend the night to celebrate the legacy of the Emerald Isle.

It can be hard to wait an entire year for such a virtual lockdown of good times, which is why some spots throw “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” parties – events that include all the conveniences of an actual vacation, without waiting for the next year.

One place that hosts such an event is the hazelnut irish at Bay Shore (60 E. Main St., 631-969-9700, thenuttyirishman.com), and this year, the “Halfway” party will be an evening full of merriment.

Presented by The Emerald Society of Suffolk County Firefighters (scvffemerald.org) as a fundraiser, this benefit begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 15 and will include entertainment from acts such as the Mulvihill-Lynch Step Dancers, Pipes and Drums of Long Ireland and Northport Pipes and Drums Band. Additionally, Celtic-inspired bands like the punk-folk crew fian and rock band Bangers and mash are scheduled to perform, all leading up to a set of the legendary Black 47.

Considered by many to be the world’s best-known Irish-American rock band, Black 47 recorded with major labels and first gained national attention when MTV Networks placed the video for their song “Funky Céilí” in rotation in the early 1990s. Still frequently called upon to play stadium-sized venues, the New York-based band will take the ‘Nutty’ stage at 9 p.m.

However, the night does not end after the end of Black 47, because DJ Chris Kenny will then spin the club and dance beats until the next performance, a 23-hour cover band session green machine — and once the live music is over, Kenny will come back to the booth and mix until closing time.

Tickets are available for $20 at the door or online at ticketweb.com.

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