The Young Dubliners celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Lake Tahoe
If you go
What: The Young Dubliners
When: 10 p.m. Monday, March 17
Where: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Tickets: $30 plus fees
Lake Tahoe’s South Shore could have a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition.
The regular St. Patrick’s gig for Celtic rockers Young Dubliners fell through and MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa jumped on it, said singer and guitarist Keith Roberts late last month. Monday will be the first time the band has played at the lake.
The band has been together for more than two decades and has built its reputation off its rollicking live performances.
“Whenever we’ve moved venues in the past, it very often turns into a new sort of annual legendary event,” Roberts said.
St. Patrick’s Day honors the patron saint of Ireland and has a much deeper meaning across the pond than the green beer and shamrocks with which Americans often celebrate the holiday, Roberts said.
“It’s the equivalent of everyone going out and getting hammered on Easter Sunday,” he said with a laugh.
Still, the American-style of St. Patrick’s Day celebration is in good fun, he said. The band often releases its new albums in March to correspond with the holiday. The band released its newest album, “9,” earlier this month. Roberts said it continues a trend for the Young Dubliners, since 2005’s “Real World,” where they’ve been able to capture the live sound of the band on a studio album. He credited producer Tim Boland with helping translate the band’s live energy to disc.
“We wanted to be a rockin’ band that left you feeling in a good mood, but exhausted, and that’s what we did live,” Roberts said.
He said the band is excited for the new album, the first Young Dubliners has released on its own. The change in strategy allowed Roberts to really focus on his lyrics and melodies without a hovering deadline.
“I’ve been blown away by the reaction,” he said. “We’re hopefully making the best stuff we’ve made.”
The band is playing six or so of the new songs live. The album is more diverse than the Celtic rock description might allow.
“They’re all doing well, which is great, because we love to play them,” Roberts said. “And I think the audience gets that.”
“Seeds of Sorrow” has become a bit of an anthem, even for a new audience, Roberts said.
The St. Patrick’s Day shows for Young Dubliners tend to draw heavily from 2007’s “With All Due Respect,” the band’s take on traditional and contemporary Irish songs.
“We’re going to bring it so hopefully we’ll have a nice big showing on Monday night,” Roberts said.
Although the band is more than 20 years on, they don’t plan on stopping. How they keep going has changed a bit, Roberts admitted.
“In the old days it was pure rock ‘n’ roll. Nowadays it’s a lot of vitamins,” he said.
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