Get ready to celebrate St. Patty’s and the music of The Pogues this weekend when PacNW super tribute group K.M.R.I.A. play the Crystal Ballroom Saturday.
Paying tribute to the rowdy Irish folk-rock of The Pogues, K.M.R.I.A. “are a celebration of their virtuosity, songcraft, and spirit” according to the band’s myspace page. And with as much collective talent as they have, I think it might be wise to take them for their word.
K.M.R.I.A.’s all-star ensemble features Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists, Ezra Holbrook of Dr. Theopolis, Hanz Araki of The Whyos & Paperboys, Jesse Emerson of Amelia, singer Casey Neill, and Scott McCaughey of R.E.M. and The Minus 5. McCaughey will be pulling double rock duty, playing in both of the night’s bands.
Getting their name from “Kiss My Royal Irish Ass,” a line originally in James Joyce’s Ulysses and later used in the Pogues’ song “Transmetropolitan,” the band only assemble their rock superpowers Captain Planet-style to play shows around Christmas and St. Patty’s Day.
K.M.R.I.A. and The Minus 5—Sat., March 14 at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. Portland, 21 and over, Tickets $12, Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., Tickets available at Crystal Ballroom box office or Ticketmaster