Well, because it was a very successful St. Patrick's Day trip, the details were hazy to begin with. To start it off, we went to the Flogging Molly concert on March 15. Emily and I have always been big fans of their music, but never have made it to a concert.. boy will that change in the future! For those of you who i've talked to on this board about Flogging Molly... you were right.. (especially you Aggie182).. they are an awesome live band. One of the best I've seen. but, just as importantly, they had two opening bands that were *almost* as good as them. I've never seen a show that had two bands that were *almost* as good of a live band as the headliner, and I've been to lots of shows. These two no-name bands (The Cherry Cokes; The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band) where very good. Here's a quick picture of the band: The show was incredible, but afterwards, we were ready for more music (Irish music of course) and more drinking, so we headed over to Nine Fine Irishmen at NYNY. The house band at Nine Fine, Ri Ra, sings mostly traditional Irish music, but sometimes 'rock'd up' a bit. We both enjoy quite a bit, but we also enjoy the company we meet even more. That night, we met and hung out with several folks, but only have pictures of Em and one person: now, we met this girl on night 1, but this picture is from night 3, so the clothes may differ a bit throughout the picture essay. The second day, March 16 was a bit slow going. We were up and about until the wee hours of the morning the night before and I'm not sure when we got up. But, after getting up, we headed downtown (we were staying at MGM) for a shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate and some downtown gambling. The gambling downtown, as all weekend, was unremarkable and we headed over to the Hard Rock to cash in some comps. We ate at the Pink Taco with some comp dollars there and enjoyed it.. the last time in vegas we were wasted while eating at Pink Taco so we thought it was the best food ever... but this trip proved to us that their food is very good and we'll go there many times in the future. That night, we headed back to Nine Fine Irishmen (remember, this was a St. Patrick's Day trip for us, so lots of Irish music was on hand...) to hear Ri Ra and drink a bunch more. The second night proved to be as fun as the night before, but we choose to end the night earlier than before as we had a big day on March 17... St. Patrick's Day! But, these are a couple of the people we met and hung out that night: (Em is the girl in the middle) St. Patrick's Day arrives! We were late getting up again, as the night before proved to be a late late night again.. You meet people, begin to hang out, what are you going to do? Leave? yeah right. So, we got going at about 11am which is late for us on St. Patrick's Day in Vegas. We were heading over for a nice day in the sun, meeting people, listening to Irish Music and many many beers. It was a Monday, so a couple of well placed text messages went out to some T2V folks (you know who you are... ). While there, Coaster Kikky came out to meet us and enjoy in the music and weather: (my finger was in that shot, so disregard... I was drinking... sue me.... While Kikky was there, we listened to more Ri Ra (they played during the day on St. Patrick's Day on the outdoor stage at NYNY) and met lots more people. The pictures started to fade off that day, as the drunker we all got, the less pictures I remembered to take. But, of course, Em met yet some more people, here is one of the girls: Some other quick highlights from St. Patrick's Day... Ri Ra was awesome, here is a youtube clip from them playing one of my favorite songs, but the place is non-crowded... this song is quite a bit different with an engaged crowd <object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/uafsIuzurqU&hl=en"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/uafsIuzurqU&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object> The little lady in the balloon hat is at EVERY show Ri Ra puts on.... honestly, EVERY SHOW! And, Ri Ra plays 6 nights a week. Em and I have talked to her lots, and all the locals know her. Em and I are also quite well known by the band (we all know each other by name and talk often throughout the night... man, we are such groupies!). But, this is more of the Irish tradition that we love. Not only do we enjoy the music, we also enjoy the craic with the band and other patrons. Wow.. while finding that YouTube clip, I found many other Ri Ra clips on You Tube and was brought RIGHT BACk to the weekend.. man.. now I really want to go back! seeing those clips, I know how to convince Em to head back to Vegas in an instant... maybe.. just maybe.. this will convince her to a trip to Vegas for MMV.... Anyway, back to the photo essay... Ri Ra has an Irish Step Dancer that does a very good jig, this is the only clip I could find on You Tube, but it shows a bit of what she does. It's pretty short but gives a good look to what Irish Step Dancing is. <object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9nF1dr466Pc&hl=en"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9nF1dr466Pc&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object> While we were at the St. Patrick's Day party, some other girl spontaneously started step dancing.. which was enjoyed by all, so I grabbed a quick picture: Of course, there was quite a bit of debauchery on St. Patrick's Day as well, much of which I shan't post on a public site, but I should tell you it was a great time by all. We did meet some fun folks who liked to let it all hang out and I snapped a picture which can be shared: I can't impress on anyone enough on how poor this trip report compares to the actual fun had by Em and I at St. Patrick's Day. As the night arrived, even more fun was to be had, with many many more stories that don't translate well to the written word (especially by me who is more challenged by the written word than the spoken word...) nor do I have pictures of many of those escapades as the better the escapades became, the less likely I was to leave the fun being had to snap pictures of the events. Let it be known, that if any of you were at all intrigued by the Irish going-ons at Nine Fine Irishmen that we so throughly enjoyed, please head there on your next trip and enjoy the musical stylings of Sin e Ri Ra) and enjoy the craic of an Irish Pub, remembering that how much you drink is as important as the number of people you meet and the friends you make. It's near impossible to NOT make new friends at an Irish pub. Ah... Another St. Patrick's Day is over. It's a bittersweet day in our house. While we had, yet again, an incredible time over St. Patrick's Day, we have a year to wait for the next one. Oh, and I got a new tattoo while there. no pictures of it yet, but it's pretty small on my forearm, based on a design I've been carrying with my (literally) for almost 10 years. Besides the gambling (which was quite horrible for the short time we gambled), this was easily one of the best trips to Las Vegas we've ever been on. A summer trip and a fall trip will most likely been in order.