Now in its third year of Irish-induced revelry the downtown business owners of the Oceanfront Merchants Association are pulling out all the stops, growing their Ocean Boulevard’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration to include even bigger names and more entertainment for 2012.
If you go
- When: Noon to 11 p.m.
- Where: Between 8th and 9th avenues north on Ocean Boulevard
- How Much: Admission is free.
- Details: mbdowntownstpats.com
“This years we’re gonna have two different stages with the entertainment staggered so that when one band ends, one will start on the other stage,” said Sherri Loomis one of the event’s promoters. “It will be constant music all day long.”
The entertainment will kick off at 12:20 p.m. with Bullfrog performing on the Main Stage — at the corner of 9th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.
They’ll be followed by a mix of modern covers and traditional Irish tunes from Band on the Rum at on the Irish stage, which will be located at the intersection of Mr. Joe White Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, right outside Plyler Park.
Click here for more photos from St. Patrick's Day 2011.
Additional acts on the Main stage include Reggae Rockers Three Legged Fox, Singer-songwriter Joal Rush, energetic Americana act the Dirty Guv’nahs, rootsy Blues rockers The Delta Saints and headliners, popular jam fusion band Rusted Root.
“Very excited, I’m a really big Rusted Root fan. They always seem to liven up the crowd and get folks moving,” said Loomis.
In addition to Band on the Rum — who will hold down the stage with three performances — the Irish Stage will also include performances from singer-songwriter Trevor Hall and longtime Funk Rock band Mother’s Finest.
“We’ve got great stuff … we’ve had a lot of people calling us about Mother’s Finest. I think people are really excited to see them,” said Loomis.
Rounding out the festival’s entertainment will be performances from the Myrtle Beach Pipe & Drum Corps at 6 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. in Plyler Park and a strolling Dixieland band along the boardwalk at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Beyond the music, the closed-down portion of Ocean Boulevard which hosts the event, will feature various games and activities — including a mechanical bull — an extensive menu of authentic Irish cuisine and an alcohol-free kids zone with inflatables and more.
Click here for more photos from the 2010 event.
“The kids area is a great thing because we see that a lot of parents will bring their kids down to bounce and jump and do all that fun stuff during the day and then come back later on that night to kinda get the best of both worlds,” she said.
Organizers also say that due to a little “luck of the Irish” that put the holiday on a weekend, they expect turnout for this year’s event to surpass anything they’ve done in the past.
“It’s gonna be big. Because it is on St. Patty’s Day this year and on a Saturday we’re expecting it to be a huge turnout,” said Loomis.
• 12:20 p.m. - Bullfrog
• 1:50 p.m. - Three Legged Fox
• 3:20 p.m. - Joal Rush
• 5 p.m. - The Dirty Guv’nahs
• 7:20 p.m. - The Delta Saints
• 9:30 p.m. - Rusted Root
• 1:10 p.m., 2:40 p.m. and 4:20 p.m - Band on the Rum
• 6:10 p.m. - Mother’s Finest
• 8:15 p.m. - Trevor Hall