Pre-St. Patty’s day Celtic Concert at The Smith

Finger Lakes favorite Celtic band, The Town Pants, will perform live on stage Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 7:30pm at The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY with opening act El Ka Bong.With a decades worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway. And while The Pacific Northwest may not be the first place you would expect to hear rollicking Celtic roots music, but The Town Pants are determined to change that. The Vancouver, Canada based band combines aspects of Irish traditional, folk rock and roots Americana, fusing their signature dual lead vocals to create their own unique brand of high energy “West Coast Celtic.” that remains in the heart and head long after the music stops. There are lots of Celtic folk rock bands out there, but rarely does a band has this combination of passion, energy, animation and spirit that makes for some of the most imaginative songwriting you’ll find in the genre. With performances at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, to being a consistent audience favorite at Celtic and Irish festivals throughout the United States, Canada and in Europe. The Town Pants’ latest CD Shore Leave has been hailed with critics praise as their best album yet. With barn burning Celt rockers like “Rainville” and the album’s title track showing the bands firey backbone hasn’t disappeared, other tracks display a maturity in the songwriting like “Trains Not Taken”, and in particular “Coming Home” that’s crossed over to mainstream radio airplay. As well as songs like “Drinking in the Graveyard” and their raucous take on “Run to the Hills” that show the band’s sense of humour is still as sharp as ever.That Town Pants song‘s from this album and other albums in their have begun to be covered by other artists in the scene it’s a testament to just how good and trailblazing this band is, and their growing reputation as one of the best bands on the scene today, and that they’re not stopping anytime soonEl Ka Bong is the creative outlet for 5 promising young musicians, Laura Black, James Eddington, Aaron Holland, James Ralls and Zach Schoonover, from the Finger Lakes region of New York. Since their humble beginnings at a Mexican Restaurant, the members of EKB have strove to create unique, energetic music that is accessible to everybody.El Ka Bong has been privileged to share the stage with John Brown’s Body, Gym Class Heroes, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Rubblebucket Orchestra, Government Mule, Scythian, Donna the Buffalo, Umphrey’s McGee, Dr Jah and the Love Prophets and the Mambo Kings. In 2010, the band recorded the ‘Con Queso’ EP- a collection of old and new songs with a fresh outlook. Don’t miss this exclusive appearance of The Town Pants!General admission tickets are $12, senior/college student tickets are $8. More information at (315) 781-LIVE or visit www.thesmith.org for more information or by calling (315) 781-5483. The Smith accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Box office hours are weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 pm.

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