St. Patrick’s Day Live Streams to Watch: Bob Weir, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, U2


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It’s March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day, otherwise known as the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, a day commonly known to the masses (at least most visibly) in terms of shamrocks, the color green and, in non-pandemic circumstances, packing your local bar or pub and drinking copious amounts of beer with friends.

Though sections of the United States are reopening more and more these days, on the whole the country is still being mindful of pandemic safety requirements, which means there won’t be any big live concerts for the masses this St. Patrick’s Day — but there are still some great options for you to watch from the comfort and safety of your living room couch. Here’s a look at what you can get up to Wednesday night …

Dropkick Murphys — Free live stream concert Still Locked Down — YouTube, 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST

Boisterous Boston-based Celtic punk icons Dropkick Murphys are staging a special themed show tonight, just as they would otherwise … only this one’s to an audience of nobody, of course.

Dropkick Murphys will host a special free live stream event titled Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Stream 2021…Still Locked Down. Playing an arena-sized stage with a special new video production (and to an in-person audience of zero), the show will be simulcast from DKMStream.com and looks to be a definitive at-home St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza.

It was Dropkick Murphys, you may or may not recall, who staged one of the first high-profile live stream events back in March 2020, just as the COVID-19 lockdown had taken effect. Normally, the band would have played a boisterous in-person St. Patrick’s Day concert event, an annual New England tradition for the group, but instead they staged a streaming show on Twitch (also for an audience of zero). This new 2021 show is more of the same, but promises more music from their upcoming album as well.

Flogging Molly — Live from Whelan’s Irish Pub in Dublin — 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PT, $15+

In terms of authenticity, this one’s going to be a real treat from Flogging Molly. The long-running Irish-American punk band steeped in Irish history will take the stage at the legendary Whelan’s pub in Dublin to deliver a global live streaming event.

The show is being co-sponsored by Bushmills Irish Whiskey, and looks to be just about the perfect way to spend a few hours at home for St. Patrick’s Day. Pick up a streaming ticket at this link.

Tickets will start at $15 per household, with unlimited streams available across 5 days (March 17-21).  The live airing, pre-show and after-show acoustic performance will be directed by Dublin-based director Richie Smyth (Irish director of multiple U2 videos, feature films, Guinness commercial spots and more), and Flogging Molly have partnered with global event promoter Danny Wimmer Presents for the production. A portion of the band’s proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to a favorite charity of theirs, Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Crew Fund, which supports road crew members grounded and out of work during the global pandemic. 

Bob Weir & Wolf Bros. — Live from TRI Studios — 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST (FANS.live, $24.99+)

Grateful Dead icon Bob Weir & Wolf Bros., a.k.a his project with Don Was and Jay Lane, will stage a streaming concert event from Weir’s TRI Studios in Northern California tonight, hosted by FANS.live. Tickets to access the stream start at $24.99.

St. Patrick’s Day evening will be filled with plenty o’ music thanks to Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, with Bob Weir, Don Was, and Jay Lane, featuring Jeff Chimenti and Greg Leisz, with special guests The Wolf Pack (The Wolf Pack: Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling and Sheldon Brown.)

The band celebrates the magic holiday by playing LIVE from TRI Studios.

U2 — U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle — YouTube, 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PT

Earlier this week, U2 announced The Virtual Road, a series of four concerts from the Irish band‘s vaunted history on its YouTube channel — with each remaining available for only 48 hours once they go “live.”

The first, appropriately, premieres today for St. Patrick’s Day — a 2001 gig from the historic Slane Castle in Ireland. Don’t miss your chance to watch an incredible gig from the U2 vaults!


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