Rapper-songwriter Everlast to close out Mandalay Bay Irish festival

Mandalay Bay is kicking off St. Patrick's Day early and in an authentic Irish way with an Irish festival and a concert from Irish-American rapper and songwriter Everlast.

"An Evening with Everlast, the music of Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, House of Pain and La Coka Nostra, along with special guest performer B-Real of Cypress Hill" starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mandalay Bay Beach. The concert wraps up the resort's first St. Patrick's Day Festival.

"Any excuse to get drunk and dye a pool green," Everlast, whose real name is Erik Schrody, joked about closing out the inaugural festival.

Schrody's music resume is long and varied, with a style that has changed over the years but has been defined by his desire to break the dividing line between genres.

"It's always been my objective to change things up. I would never try to do country music, but I would try to do my own version of it," Schrody says. "My whole thing is about blending styles."

As the former frontman for House of Pain in the 1990s, Schrody is one of the first white rappers to enjoy commercial success, with the song "Jump Around." He is well-known for his solo hit "What It's Like." Currently, Schrody is part of La Coka Nostra, the hip-hop group featuring former House of Pain members Danny Boy and DJ Lethal.

The concert will be one of the few times Schrody has combined all of his musical endeavors into one show.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festival will feature live entertainment, food and a beer garden. Irish bands will perform starting at noon. Admission to the beach area is free for guests and locals. Beer garden tickets cost $40 for unlimited beer access, and food costs will vary. An all-day beer garden pass and concert ticket costs $100.

After the festival, the beach will close in preparation for the concert, with the area reopening at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the concert cost $40, plus tax and service charge. They are available at the Mandalay Bay box office (632-7580) and Ticketmaster (800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com).

Contact reporter Sonya Padgett at spadgett@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4564.


The pre-celebration continues with a variety of activities. Among the offerings:

Henderson will host the 44th annual Sons of Erin St. Patrick's Day parade and festival today through Sunday at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St.

The carnival kicks off the event today from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, but rides are not. Tickets are $1 for one; $18 for 24 tickets and $30 for 40 tickets. An all-day armband is $22 today or Friday and $25 Saturday or Sunday.

Friday will feature the carnival and live entertainment, including dance demonstrations, Irish bands, singers and more. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m.

Activities run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, including the parade from 10 a.m. to noon. Other events will include the carnival, festival and a car show. Belly dancing, singing, other dancing and cheerleading demonstrations are among the live entertainment options.

The festival wraps up Sunday with live entertainment, the carnival and other activities. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon at the Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, will host St. Patty's Day Shenanugan's Saturday through Wednesday with live Irish music and green beer as the highlights. "St. Practice Day," Saturday, will feature music from the Celtic Rockers; Bloody Sunday, on Sunday, will feature Vegas U2, a U2 cover band; and Finnegan's Wake will play on Monday. On Tuesday, Darby O'Gill & The Little People will perform, and guests also can participate in Lift Up Your Kilt Karaoke. All bands take the stage at 9 p.m. On Wednesday, St. Patrick's Day, there will be live entertainment throughout the day. Kegs & Eggs will be featured from 7 to 11 a.m., for $20. A build-your-own green bikini contest also is scheduled, with the winner receiving a $1,000 cash prize.

Activities planned on Wednesday, St. Patrick's Day, include:

M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, will offer green beer and Irish cocktail specials from 6 p.m. to midnight. Get a free bottle of wine for wearing green to the Hostile Grape happy hour between 6 and 8 p.m., while supplies last.

O'Sheas, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South, will kick off a four-day Irish festival featuring Holly Madison and Leprechaun beer pong. The party starts at noon Wednesday and ends at midnight. From 2 p.m. to midnight March 18-21, food and drink specials will be available. Free entertainment, a hot dog eating contest, water balloon games and other activities also will be featured.

New York-New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South, will kick off an all-day Celtic Feis at 11:30 a.m. in Nine Fine Irishmen and on the Brooklyn Bridge. Live music will include Mike Bowman, Frank Joseph, The Limey Barstewards, Ri-Ra and Celtic Rockers. Tickets to Celtic Feis cost $25 and include a free drink as well as admission. For $10 more, guests can get a St. Patrick's Day T-shirt, too. Tickets are available at the Zumanity box office or by calling (866) 606-7111. The celebration will continue March 20 and 21, from 2 to 6 p.m., with a barbecue on the Brooklyn Bridge. Live music will be featured. Admission is free.

Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, will feature music from the Wild Celts from 3 to 6 p.m. at Mizuya, followed by The Chancy Bros. from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Rattle and Humm from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is free. Drink specials will be offered at Mizuya, Orchid Lounge, eyecandy sound lounge and bar, Hussong's Cantina and the House of Blues, including $2 Bud Light, $3 Guinness beer and $2 Jameson whiskey.

McMullan's Irish Pub, 4650 W. Tropicana Ave., will feature live music from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., including Darby O'Gill & The Little People and The Greenland Whalefishers. The Pog Mo Thoin Bagpipers also will be on hand.