St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday this year, so early revelers are going to somehow have to work their church day around their drinking.
After church, a nice, somewhat more rowdy alternative to the usual St. Paddy's entertainment (i.e. acoustic band playing "Danny Boy" in the corner at an "Irish" pub) can be found at the Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport; 859-431-2201).
The bar opens at 1 p.m. Sunday, but the music for the "first annual" Southgate House Revival Irish Folk Hootenanny gets rolling at 8 p.m.
An eclectic slew of local acts (including some more known for their take on American Roots music) will go full-on Irish for the day: The Blue Rock Boys, The Tillers, Jeremy Pinnell & The 55s, Kentucky Timbre, Mill Creek Revelry, MC Green, Unlucky Charms, Ceol Mhor, Magnolia Mountain Trio, Red Cedars, Silver Arm, Young Heirlooms and The Serfs. Maybe, just maybe, you'll even get to hear "Danny Boy."
Tickets for the show are $10 in advance through ticketfly.com or $12 at the door (there's no admission charge before 7 p.m.). For more info visit southgatehouse.com.