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Steam Donkeys Harness Green Energy

The Dude Abides

The Dude Abides

While March 15—the Ides of March—might not have been such a good day for Julius Caesar, it is shaping up to be an historic day for fans of small-batch locally-distilled liquor, live music, firemen, Guinness, and girls.

That’s the message coming from the Steam Donkeys—a Buffalo, NY-based music act and global think tank.

“The fact that the Ides of March is falling on a Saturday this year means that for all intents and purposes that night is the logical time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” observes Steam Donkeys front man and spokesperson Buck Quigley.

Technically, St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 17, which is a Monday this year.

“I mean, you’re free to go to your local pub on Monday to toast St. Patrick,” Quigley says, “but you’ll probably be pretty lonely, and there’s a good chance they will have sold out of Guinness by then.”

He has a point. Buffalo’s Old First Ward Parade takes place on Saturday afternoon, while the Delaware Avenue Parade takes place on Sunday. To harness all that green energy, the Steam Donkeys will be joined by the Canal Street String Band for a live performance at the Sportsmen’s Tavern strategically placed in between the two events. The festivities will begin at 8:30pm Saturday.

“The Guinness Girls will be on hand serving up that dark, creamy beverage that made Dublin famous, and we will also be joined by Buffalo firemen who will be passing around boots to fill with donations to the Leary Firefighters Foundation,” Quigley adds. “What’s more, you will be able to order up a wee dram of One Foot Cock—the virgin offering from the Buffalo Distilling Company. Yes, even those who are without a single drop of Irish blood in them will be able to speak in a flawless brogue and sing sentimental ballads about their very mothers before the night is done.”