The Racket

IT’S HISTORY FOLKS: Born in Scotland, nurtured by musical legends, and inspired by history, Al Stewart’s music goes far beyond expectations. Like any experienced songwriter, he has plenty of bleeding-heart love songs under his belt, and has collaborated with just about everyone from Jimmy Page to Phil Collins. But his best music was inspired when he broke away from conventional song topics and began singing pages out of history. His albums contain uniquely political and historical subject matter set to a folk rock tune that appeals to all types of fans. Whether you want a history lesson or just something to tap your foot to, Stewart will be playing a solo acoustic performance for all, Thursday, March 23 at 8 p.m. at SOhO. Tickets are $20. Call 962-7776 or visit for more info.   —  Mary Vanderpool

IRISH JIGS: This year, why not try something a little more traditional than Guinness for St. Patty’s Day? After all, that’s what the local boys of the Foggy Dew Band and their collection of Irish instruments do best. Their authentic Gaelic singing set to mandolin, accordion, and banjo will make you feel like you’re back in the land of the leprechauns. Come dance a jig, have a pint, or simply listen to the old stories of love, war, immigration, and laughter. See them at any of three places on March 17. They’ll be at the YMCA on 36 Hitchcock Way, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; State and A Restaurant at 1201 State St., from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30p.m.; and at Dargan’s on 18 E. Ortega St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call Gary Jensen at 969-4974 for more info.   —  MV

CROSS-CULTURAL CONCERT: If you’re willing to spend part of your Irish holiday at a Japanese restaurant, then check out London Underground at Tsunami. Lead vocalist London Brookshire belts out covers of your favorite ’60s and ’70s tunes with band members Greg Leroy, Bob Garcia, Derrick Lowe, Joe Carrillo, and Reid Spencer. Specializing in jazz, blues, funk, and soul, the group engages a broad audience with everything from Elvis Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes” to the Commodores’ “Brickhouse,” and their very favorite, Etta James’s “At Last.” To celebrate the Irish spirit, special guest Rob Broadus will play some Irish folk songs on the recorder while the bar serves Guinness and Jägermeister drink specials.   —  Stephanie Cain

SYN NO MORE: The March 18 concert by The Syn (originally scheduled for the polo fields, then at Earl Warren) has been cancelled.   —  SC

ROCK, ROCK, ROCK: Mayhem and chaos don’t just rain over Entoven, they pour. And it makes sense, considering the band has had a continually changing lineup of members since its formation in 2000. Despite all the uncertainty, it still managed to take first place in a Battle of the Bands back in 2002. Now, with permanent members and a sound that’s loud and wild enough to knock your socks off, the Santa Barbara locals are getting ready to release their first full-length album this coming spring. See them perform with band Shades of Day at the Wildcat on March 21 at 10 p.m. sharp.   —  MV

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