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Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Irish Music Festival

Black 47 mixes traditional Celtic folk music with

Black 47 mixes traditional Celtic folk music with rock and roll and reggae. The band will play at The Nutty Irishman in Bay Shore for the "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day" Irish music festival. (Sept. 15, 2012). Credit: Handout

There’s no question one of the biggest, liveliest and well-attended holidays in the world of nightlife is St. Patrick’s Day. Every March 17 — and at some bars and pubs the entire week surrounding March 17 — thousands of Irish and non-Irish Long Islanders get dressed up in green, attend parades during the day, then head out to spend the night celebrating the heritage of the Emerald Isle.

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

One location that is hosting such an event is the Nutty Irishman in Bay Shore (60 E. Main St., 631-969-9700,, and this year the “Halfway” bash will be a full evening of merriment.

Presented by The Suffolk County Firefighters' Emerald Society ( as a fundraiser, this benefit begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, and will feature entertainment from acts such as the Mulvihill-Lynch Step Dancers, The Long Ireland Pipes and Drums and Northport Pipe and Drum Band. In addition, Celtic-inspired groups like punk-folk crew The Fian and rock band Bangers & Mash are scheduled to perform, all leading up to a set from the legendary Black 47.

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

However, the night doesn’t end after Black 47 has wrapped, as DJ Chris Kenny will then spin club and dance beats until the next performance, an 11 p.m. session from cover band Green Machine — and once the live music is over, Kenny will get back in the booth and mix until closing.

Tickets are available for $20 either at the door or online at

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