By Rick Coates
Almost 20 years ago Guinness started The Great Guinness Toast, nicknamed
St. Practice Day, where on the third Friday of February Guinness
drinkers gather at pubs to raise a toast to set a Guinness Book of World
Records for the largest simultaneous toast. Each year a new record has
been set. The St. Practice Day concept has expanded beyond what Guinness
originally intended with clubs putting their own spin on it.
Ground Zero Nightclub in Traverse City will launch its first-ever St.
Practice Day on Friday March 4 with three bands, The Young Dubliners,
Shrub and 12-Year Reunion. Tickets are only $10 in advance and doors open
at 8 p.m.
We have decided to start a new tradition and get the celebration going
early, said owner Doug Street. The Young Dubliners are a favorite in
the Irish rock community and we had them here a few years for a halfway
to St. Patricks Day Party and the place was packed. Shrub is a
reggae-infused rock band from Ohio that is getting ready to go national
and has been getting a lot of press. Toss in 12-Year Reunion and this is
going to be a great night of music.
Columbus, Ohio-based Shrub formed a little over a year ago when friends
Jay Shrub (vocalist) and guitarist and effects artist Dillinger got
together to write some songs. When the duo was ready to go into the studio
to record, they went looking for session musicians and found bassist Jeff
T-Farms on keys and sax and D$ on drums and the band was formed.
We all hit it off when we were in the studio, said Shrub. So Dillinger
and I asked them if they wanted to be part of the band and it was obvious
we were on the same page.
Shrub released their EP Señorita last spring and their fusion of rap,
reggae, and rock brought them instant recognition with one particular
publication right away.
Yeah High Times selected us as one of the top unsigned bands in the
country, said Shrub. We are good with that, certainly all of us in the
band are proponents of legalizing marijuana.
Here is what High Times wrote about Shrub:
The Midwest has long been a hotbed for successful rap artists but Shrubs
debut EP, Señorita, is quickly setting this band apart from the pack.
The EP features guest appearances by DJ Rasta Root (DJ for Phife Dawg and
Chip Fu of the Fu-Schnickens), Lyrical (artist/producer for Myrical
Records), and Jenny Flory (singer/songwriter from the Wonder Twin
Powers)and Opie Ortiz (from the Long Beach Dub Allstars) created the
album artwork for Señorita. Plus the CD was mastered by the legendary
Brian Big Bass Gardner (Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Beck, Nine Inch Nails,
Beastie Boys, Bob Marley, Eminem).
Shrub often garners comparison to such bands as Sublime, Cypress Hill, The
Dirty Heads, Atmosphere, Kottonmouth Kings, and G. Love. Not because they
sound like any of them, but rather, fans of those bands will quickly
figure out that Shrub draws their musical inspiration from these and other
We maintain an innately unique and raw sound that is all our own, said
Shrub. We are all college music school graduates that have drawn
inspiration various genres. So we dont sound like Sublime, but we
certainly have been inspired by them.
Shrub is currently recording in California for a new release of songs due
out later this year. The new EP will feature special guests C-Money from
Slightly Stoopid and Kimberly Freeman from One-Eyed Doll. They are also
working with Dubmatix the 2010 JUNO Award Winner for Best Reggae
Irish rockers The Young Dubliners have been performing for over 20 years
together and first came to Traverse City in 1996 and have performed a half
dozen times in the region since, including last fall. While they are not
so young anymore the group continues to pack venues and their longevity
has even surprised them a little.
Had I known then that wed have such longevity and would still be out
there doing 180 to 250 shows a year I probably would have come up with a
different name, said Keith Roberts lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist.
When people say were no longer so young, I reply, well, the Fine Young
Cannibals never ate anyone. Original band member Paul OToole and I were
two young lads from Dublin who had moved to L.A., so the name was given to
us by early fans and it made sense at the time. The cool thing is, weve
stayed young at heart, doing our best to grow into the name rather than
let the name grow out of us.
The Young Dubliners will definitely get everyone into the St. Patricks
Day spirit as they headline the night. Their hard-driving Celtic infused
songs get crowds up and dancing.
12 Year Reunion
12 Year Reunion is a blues-infused modern rock band from Northern
Michigan. The group consists of Jesse Bishop on lead vocals and rhythm
guitar, Ben Taber on lead guitar, Brandon Deike on bass and Charlie
Aldridge on drums. They just formed a year ago but the roots of the group
go back 12 years when Bishop and Deike were playing together in high
school. They cover a variety of classic to modern rock bands as well as
their own original songs. They are currently finishing up an album to be
released early this spring.
St. Practice Day at Ground Zero Nightclub takes place Friday, March 4.
Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10. To purchase tickets go to
www.groundzeroonline.com or call the box office at 231-932-1300.