May the luck of the Irish be with you! May you find your four-leaf clover! And, may you have enough green in your wardrobe to ward off those annoying little pinches.It's St. Patrick's Day Sunday …
May the luck of the Irish be with you! May you find your four-leaf clover! And, may you have enough green in your wardrobe to ward off those annoying little pinches.
It's St. Patrick's Day Sunday (March 17), and once again KTAO-FM DJ Paddy Mac and musician Jimmy Stadler are teaming up for a special free St. Paddy Mac's Day celebration at KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado.
The fun begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. with corned beef and cabbage dinner, corned beef sandwiches, green beer and Irish whiskey specials. The day includes the popular limerick contest where audience members compose and read their cleverest Irish-style rhymes and a traditional Irish singalong with Jimmy Stadler from 6-9 p.m. The event is hosted by Paddy Mac.
"We have fun and Paddy Mac is hilarious," Stadler said.
Paddy Mac is the host of the morning show on KTAO-FM 101.9 from 6 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. He has hosted a St. Paddy Mac's party at the KTAOS Solar Center for at least a dozen years. I asked him why St. Patrick's Day was special to him.
"My name's Patrick -- what am I gonna do," Paddy Mac replied. "Being on the air on a daily basis, it's a natural tie-in to have some fun, and so we do. I'm never averse to a good time. And, it's as a good time as any to celebrate. Traditionally, throughout the country it's a big day for celebrating and having a good time.
"We always have a bunch of stuff to give away," he added. "There's always free stuff."
Paddy Mac said the Irish singalong is a good time for all.
"We're lucky enough to have the very talented Jimmy Stadler who knows every song in the books. We print out lyrics of traditional Irish songs and everyone sings along in the bar and occasionally Jimmy will bring up some other musicians."
Stadler said he likes to bring his banjo to play for the occasion, because it was the instrument he played back when he worked his first job at Shakey's Pizza Parlor. He would play songs like "I'm Looking over a Four-Leaf Clover" and other traditional Irish tunes. Stadler said he loves to lead the singalong because he enjoys getting other people to make music.
Stadler teaches music at the Taos Academy Charter School and has been one of Taos' most dynamic and popular performers for decades. He has a regular weekly gig at Sabroso in Arroyo Seco on Wednesday nights.
"Jimmy's one of the bright personalities in town. Everybody seems to like him and there's a good reason for that. He's always in a tip-top mood and ready to play and entertain people," said Paddy Mac. "Jimmy does what Jimmy does and this being a traditional party day he does it up to the nth degree."
In addition to traditional Irish tunes, Stadler plays some newer Irish songs by Van Morrison and U2, and even throws in one of his own called "Ireland." Stadler said his grandmother Nell Tanahan was Irish.
If you're looking for a fun crowd to hang out with this Sunday, it doesn't matter if you have Irish roots or just wear green to fit in with the scenery, you'll find a really good time unfolding at the KTAOS Solar Center along with two of Taos' most fun-loving personalities.
"Come on out. It's always packed, so get here early, get yourself a spot," suggests Paddy Mac. "And, make sure you get your hands on the lyrics because the more voices we have, the more fun it is and the better it sounds."
For more, call (575) 758-5826 or visit ktao.com.
Additional St. Patrick’s Day events
In addition to the aforementioned party at KTAOS, other events centered on the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) in Taos include …
• 6:30-9:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day with O'Duffy's Lament. The band plays Irish, island, and roots music. Adobe Bar at The Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Free. Call (575) 758-2233.
• 7 p.m. A Rainbow Beer Vomit St. Patrick’s Day Fiasco. This hard-rock show presented by Monotone Productions will feature Imperial Rooster playing gonzo country roots; Poor Man’s Blood doing whiskey drunk country punk; and Armenta, entertaining with indie rock from St. Louis, Missouri. Stop by at 5 p.m. and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional music from the Emerald Isle – dance to live acoustic jigs, reels and hornpipes. Free admission. Taos Ale House, 401 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Call (575) 758-5522.
• 8:30-11 p.m. Katy P and The Business celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with funk, soul and rock ’n' roll at The Alley Cantina, 121 Teresina Lane, Taos. Call (575) 758-2121.
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