The "Luck of the Irish" will be musically profound at Empire City Casino (Yonkers, NY) with the announcement that Black 47 and Shilelagh Law, the exceedingly popular New York City-based Irish-American bands, will perform on Sunday, March 16, from 2:00-6:00 pm in a pre-St. Patrick's Day outdoor trackside concert (rain, snow or shine), as was announced by casino President Timothy J. Rooney.
"After the success of our outdoor summer concert series, our customers continued to request an outdoor Irish concert," said Rooney. "These bands are the best of their kind and have an incredible fan base. We're very excited to welcome them here to Empire City Casino."
Black 47, in its 25th year, has performed more than 2,500 shows and recently announced that it will disband November 2014 after having recorded its final album, Last Call, and touring the country. The band became popular nationally after heavy airplay and television exposure on Leno, Letterman and Conan O'Brien. The concert at Empire City Casino is expected to draw thousands for what will be one of their final performances.
Shilelagh Law is known to embody all that is New York Irish music. By interpreting traditional Irish music through a filter of urban grittiness, Shilelagh Law helps define the Irish-American experience that is such a part of New York. Their fan base is wide-spread and one of the most loyal in the music industry.
Tickets are priced at just $20 and will be sold online at empirecitycasino.com beginning February 10th. All tickets are general admission/standing room. An online pre-sale for Empire Club members will begin February 6th.
Fittingly, with Black 47's connection to first responders after 9/11, discounted tickets are being made available for EMS, police and fire personnel at a twenty-five percent discount ($15 tickets) for tickets purchased onsite at Empire City Casino at the second floor cage window. Proper identification is required.
"We played every Saturday night in Connolly's for years after the tragedy trying to get people to come back to midtown while providing a scene for first responders and New Yorkers who needed to kick back and let off some steam," said Black 47 leader Larry Kirwan.
This Irish celebration won't stop at the music. A Jameson Tent will serve shots and fan favorite cocktails and the Irish Beer Tent will quench the thirst of concert goers with Guinness, Harp Lager, Smithwicks Irish Ale, and Magners Cider. There will be food aplenty with the traditional corned beef and cabbage, bangers, burgers with Guinness onion rings and more.
And when the outdoor concert ends and the chill begins to set in, the party moves inside for more live entertainment with the Steve Reilly Duo performing in Dan Rooney's Sports Pub from 8pm - 11pm and Girsa performing in the Entertainment Lounge from 9 pm to 12:30 am.