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Saturday, March 10
Not in the stadium, but at several small stages on the grounds, this festival presents over 40 bands, many of them local. Of note: acoustic pop with old-school instrumentation from Richmond's Carbon Leaf; local punk-funk immortal Jimi Haha and his Chicken Shack; 1980's favorites the Connells; L.A. punk-Irish band Flogging Molly; and a nighttime set from Philly's A-list spinner DJ AM. For the complete schedule, see shamrockfest.com.
I'll be wandering with a photographer, so pose and smile if you see us. We'll be posting pics and reviews here on the blog.
You can get in for $20 and the shenanigans run from noon until 10 PM. Kids 12 and under are free, but I'd think twice about dragging the tykes to the beer-fest. Knowing their audience, the Shamrock Fest people are setting up a massive viewing area for watching college basketball.
If you want to throw the long green while wearing the green, or something, you can become a "Hotshot VIP" for $100. That's a lot of clover, but since it includes all your beer for the day, it might almost be a bargain. (You must be 21+.) VIPs get access to various private areas, including DJ sets, stages and bars.
A portion of the proceeds benefits Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia (SCAN-VA). Shamrock Fest is sponsored by a slew of radio stations, beer companies, car companies, and of course On Tap Magazine.