Red Hand Paddy at Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle (CP’s Fri. 3/15/13)

1) It’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade eve and the leprechaun’s are stirring around Pittsburgh. At one of the city’s top Irish pubs, Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle, happy hour runs from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. with John Wasiack . At 9 p.m. Red Hand Paddy, one of the burgh’s favorite Irish bands, takes the stage. 2329  Penn Ave., Strip District.

2) The Calm Before The Storm – A Quiet Night of the Best of Irish Music with Mark Dignam and guests Broken Fences, Ben Shannon, Nathan ZoobJosh Verbanets, Callan, and more. 8 p.m. Club Cafe. 56-58  S. 12th St., South Side.

3) At Stage AE tonight its Slightly Stoopid with Tribal Seeds, Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why. Slightly Stoopid is a San Diego rock band whose sound is distilled from many musical genres including folk, rock, reggae, hip-hop, funk, metal, punk, blues, basically everything except jazz and gospel. Sounds way chill! Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

4) Railroad Earth pulls into the South Side’s Rex Theatre tonight. The band is an in-your-face, gritty, working man’s rock band whose songs chronicle America’s changing social and cultural problems, as Woody Guthrie and others have previously done. 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St.

5) When the film, The Wizard of Oz,  premiered in 1939 the musical score and songs were especially well received. The film won Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Song with “Over the Rainbow.” Now’s your opportunity to hear this wonderful music skillfully played live by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Loh. 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday. Heinz Hall. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

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