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A survival guide for St. Paddy’s in Steamboat

Nicole Inglis

With an aggressive and modern style, the Fighting Jamesons keep the Celtic spirit alive with a fresh take on Irish and American folk songs. The band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Strings Music Pavilion, and tickets start at $25.

— The fact that Steamboat Springs is a little more than 5,000 miles away from Dublin never has stopped the spring-ready revelers from getting in touch with their inner Irish on March 17 each year. A holiday steeped in green beer and marred by whiskey face, St. Patrick’s Day this year culminates a weekend of festive music, arts and culture events.

Here’s a survival guide for how to navigate Steamboat Springs entertainment this weekend, hangover cures not included:

Get started early

St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday this year, meaning on the bright side, there essentially are three full nights of festivities. On the other hand, this will require a steadfast resolution to pace oneself. Easier said than done.

Strings Music Festival kicks off the festivities with a special holiday concert Friday from the Fighting Jamesons. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets range from $25 to $35. Hailing from Virginia Beach, the quintet performs Celtic and American folk traditionals with a modern, aggressive approach, and it has opened up for bands like the Dropkick Murphys.

The Strings Pavilion will be stocked full of Guinness for the occasion, and the band probably would appreciate you buying them shots of their namesake Irish whiskey.

Celebrate in legitimate Irish fashion

Forget the cartoonish leprechauns and green, glittery plastic sunglasses. There is some rich, Irish culture to be found right here in Steamboat.

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Look no farther than the local dancers of the Bennett School of Irish Dance, who will be a part of the first St. Patrick's Day Parade at 2 p.m. in Wildhorse Marketplace. Some dancers also will be part of the Pipedance St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Sunday, which features authentic Irish music and dance throughout the afternoon at McKnight's Irish Pub & Loft. The Pipedance duo of Nora Parker and Gary Burman bring the sounds of their heritage life with Burman on the uilleann pipes and Parker on the bodhran drum and both harmonizing traditional Irish songs.

Learn the lingo

Impress your friends with some Irish slang terms, courtesy of TripAdvisor:

Banjaxed: Broken, messed up or tired. "He was really banjaxed after that last shot of Jameson."

Craic: Fun or gossip. "What's the craic?”

Get outta that garden: A phrase used to encourage laughter. "Ahh, would you just get outta that garden!"

Fluthered: Very drunk. "She was all fluthered way too early on Sunday afternoon."

Lash: Rain. "I can't believe it's lashing down here at the base of the mountain, it really must be spring."

Slainte: Health, used as a simple toast among friends.

Stay at home

Not interested in the bar scene? Fill your home with the traditional Irish perfume of corned beef and cabbage. Simplify and save time to celebrate by cooking your corned beef in a slow cooker with carrots, potatoes, onion and beer for eight hours, stirring in the cabbage an hour before serving. Check out a slow cooker recipe here. You even might have a chance to peek out your window to catch the 8 p.m. fireworks show and torchlight parade at Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday.

Get down

If you are in a bar somewhere in downtown Steamboat Springs this weekend and close your eyes, you might not even know it's St. Patrick's Day. So if you're not feeling too green, there's plenty of non-Irish entertainment to jazz up your weekend.

The Aggrolites, a reggae rock band, return to Steamboat for the free Bud Light Rocks the Boat concert at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday and Sunday, jam-grass band Good Gravy will be playing at Old Town Pub with a $5 cover. At Sweetwater Grill, Acutonic performs Sunday evening, and Carl's Tavern will be hosting jam bands Smooth Money Gesture and Twiddle, a Vermont band fresh off an acclaimed appearance at a little festival called Snowball in Winter Park last weekend. Dance parties will be in full swing at The Boathouse Pub, Ghost Ranch and The Tap House Sports Grill. Visit ExploreSteamboat.com/events for a compete event listing.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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