Unless you’re flying to Dublin for the night, I doubt you can find a more Irish way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than in Boston. There’s the Irish Heritage Trail, bands like the Dropkick Murphys, tons of pubs — and of course the Celtics. It’s been about two years since I last saw the Celtics, so I was dying to go again. And what better day to see them than on St. Patrick’s Day.
The atmosphere at any Celtics game is enough to make the night a memorable one, but March 17 brings an entirely new feeling to the TD Garden.
First of all, everyone in the city was in a good mood.
“How can anyone be in a bad mood on a night like tonight?” said Castleton student Jen Miller, who went along on the trip.
There was green everywhere and one local said “Boston should dye their river green.”
Everyone was incredibly friendly. It seems to be the one day of the year that people can forget their differences and just all drink, celebrate and be Irish.
The game, of course, was fantastic.
The Celtics beat the Knicks 109-97 and it was clear the extreme energy from the fans helped pump them up and want to win even more.
However, the highlight of the night came not from seeing the Celtics, but from an Irish pub called McGann’s on a side street near the Garden.
“You guys ready to rock your faces off?” singer Jake yelled to the crowd.
The band, was called Jaxon Boom, and played an incredibly eclectic set including covers of the Beatles, Rage Against the Machine, Sublime, and of course “Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced” by the Dropkick Murphys, as well as their own original material.
The band’s charisma alone would have been enough to make their show entertaining, but they were good too.
Anyone who can sing like Zack de la Rocha and John Lennon in the same night is talented in my opinion.
Their own style is “hard funkin’ rock” according to their Facebook group.
After their set, and an encore that, though the audience made them drag it out as long as possible, still wasn’t long enough, it was time to interview band members.
A guy named Dex, vice president of a local record label, F Nice Records, began chatting as well. His intense energy easily rubbed off on the group that talked about everything from music to the Celtics — and Boston in general.
Eventually the discussion led to an idea of bringing a couple local Boston bands, including Jaxon Boom, to Castleton for a concert.
“I drink whisky and eat local bands,” Dex said while discussing the possibilities of a show on the Castleton campus.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, and I don’t think I can ever celebrate it anywhere but Boston from now on. It surpassed all of my expectations in many different ways.
My roommate Sharon Mathieu summed it all up while at McGann’s
“What better place to be,” she said.