With St. Patrick’s party comes Irish music

The San Francisco Irish Music Festival celebrates the Irish sound at local clubs over the long St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Presented by Culann’s Hounds and Tom Murphy, the event showcases the most dynamic Irish-influenced music on the West Coast.

This year, the festival expands to four nights. The diverse lineup boasts Zoo Station, San Francisco’s beloved U2 tribute band, opening the event at 9 p.m. Friday at Slim’s, 333 11th St. That show also features local rockers The Hooks with their Clash-style originals and hard-hitting Irish ballads, and Jerry Hannan, a longtime Bay Area performer gaining notice for his song “Society,” sung by Eddie Vedder in “Into the Wild.”

Irishman Colm O’Riain brings his gypsy-influenced band to Café du Nord, 2170 Market St. at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Rebel rockers The Bog Savages appear in a free show at The Blackthorn Tavern, 834 Irving St., at 8 p.m. Sunday.

KFOG artist Eoin Harrington brings his modern pop sound to the Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St. at 8:30 p.m. Monday in a St. Patrick’s Day party show headlined by the spirited Culann’s Hounds. Tickets are $15 to $20 for most shows. Call (415) 272-2012 or visit www.sfirishfest.com.

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