Whether your taste runs toward the traditional acoustic ballads or rowdy drinking songs, there's Irish music to fill your cup and your soul this weekend. Here's a sampling:
Saturday: The Stickers (1 p.m.); Bastard Bearded Irishmen (3 p.m.); The Truth (4:45 p.m.).
Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle
2329 Penn Ave., Strip, 412-642-6622
Tonight: Red Hand Paddy performs "Finnegan's Wake" (9 p.m.).
Friday: Red Hand Paddy (9 p.m.).
Saturday: Inside: Mark Guiser (noon); Whiskey Limerick (4 p.m.); Red Hand Paddy (8 p.m.). Outside in the tent: Donny Irish (1 p.m.); Mike Gallagher (5 p.m.); Guaranteed Irish (7:30 p.m. to close).
Sunday: Opens at noon. Mark Guiser (1:30 p.m.); Ricky Manning (5 p.m.); Guaranteed Irish (7:30 p.m.).
SouthSide Works, 412-381-4800
Tonight: Grand Irish banquet dinner & beer tasting, $35 (7-11 p.m.); call for reservations.
Friday: Music by Mark Guiser (9 p.m.).
Saturday: The St. Baldrick's Foundation 11th annual head-shaving fundraiser (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), where participants raise funds in advance and shave their heads for pediatric cancer research. Then, St. Patrick's Eve with Callan (1 p.m.); The Irish Pretenders (3 p.m.); Sean McClorey (10 p.m.); DJ Climax (11 p.m.).
Sunday: Red Hand Paddy (noon); Guaranteed Irish Band (3 p.m.); DJ Climax (7 p.m.). Guest appearances throughout the day by the Conroy & Burke School of Dance.
Riley's Pour House
215 E. Main St., Carnegie, 412-279-0770
Saturday: Riley's Irish Band (1-3 p.m.); Lawrence Connolly (3-6 p.m.); Ricky Manning "Donny Irish Band" (6-9 p.m.); Sean McClorey (9 p.m.-midnight).
Sunday: Young John Gallagher (noon-3 p.m.); Guaranteed Irish (3-6 p.m.); Mark Guiser (6-10 p.m.).
Hard Rock Cafe
Station Square, 412-481-7625
Saturday: Blarney Bash with Bastard Bearded Irishmen (9 p.m.).
Sunday: Red Hand Paddy (4 p.m.).
Mullen's Pub and Grill
200 Federal St., North Shore, 412-231-1112
Saturday: Red Hand Paddy (2:30-5:30 p.m.).
20 E. General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601
Saturday: Free breakfast buffet (8-10 a.m.); live bands (8:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.), $10.
403 E. Ohio St., North Side, 412-224-2273
Friday: Callan (9:30 p.m.).
3382 Babcock Blvd., Ross, 412-364-8511
Friday: Mark Guiser (5:30-7:30 p.m.).
Saturday: Callan (5-9 p.m.).
North Country Brewing Company
141 S. Main St., Slippery Rock, 724-794-BEER
Sunday: Callan (1-4 p.m.).
One Oxford Centre, Downtown, 412-235-7984
Saturday: Mike Gallagher (noon-4 p.m.).
395 Jacks Run Road, Ross, 412-931-1690
Sunday: Mike Gallagher (4:30-8:30 p.m.).
818 Fifth Ave., Downtown, 412-261-2215
Saturday: Guaranteed Irish (noon-4 p.m.).
Max & Erma's
1910 Cochran Road, Scott, 412-344-4449
Thursday: Paddys Drunken Uncles (9 p.m.).
Coach's Bottleshop and Grille
3105 Banksville Road, Dormont, 412-207-9397
Saturday: Paddys Drunken Uncles (7 p.m.).
Correction, posted March 14: This article has been updated to show that Guaranteed Irish is not performing Saturday night at Claddagh Pittsburgh, but is still playing at Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle that night. Irish musicians are remarkable but cannot be expected to play in two places at once.
First Published March 14, 2013 4:00 AM