7th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring a night of The Pogues music as performed by The Donner Party, The Knockouts & The Welfare Liners
Drake School of Irish Dancing
The Welfare Liners
The Knockouts
The Donner Party
Mar 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Ticket sales ended Mar 18, 2012 2:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Tickets on sale now! We will open the evening with special opening dance performances by the Drake School of Irish Dance. We will have reserved table seating available on the mezzanine level on a first come first serve basis. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for food and drinks.
- All Ages Show -
The Athens Drake School of Irish Dance is excited to join the Melting Point’s 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! We will be showcasing a variety of Reels, Jigs, and Hornpipes for your enjoyment. Our group consists of dancers of all levels ages 5-13.
Lessons are held at the Studio Dance Academy on Thursday evenings. New students ages 5-adult are welcome to try a class for free in April!
Contact instructor Oonagh Benson at or 404-374-6471 for more information.

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The Welfare Liners came together from the eclectic Athens, GA music scene in 2010 and combined contemporary and traditional influences to create a brand of bluegrass that has earned praise from young and old. After releasing a self-titled, six-song EP on Ghostmeat Records in 2011, the band found themselves sharing the stage with the likes of The Del McCoury Band and Dawes. Slowly, original compositions began to make there way in to sets previously dominated by standards from Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and The Stanley Brothers. These original songs borrowed heavily from the tradition of brother harmony mastered by Jim & Jesse and The Louvin Brothers.

With Just Stars For Light, The Welfare Liners build on the foundation laid down with their 2012 full-length debut High On A Hilltop. On their second album, the group incorporates several non-traditional instruments, adds drums and percussion and occasionally expands in to more rock-like song structures to create something that is at once familiar and innovative.

Just Stars For Light includes nine original compositions featuring Rob Keller (Six String Drag, The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, Workhorses for the Entertainment/Recreational Industry) on vocals and bass, Wayne Wilson (Athens Grass, The F Holes) on vocals and banjo and Russ Hallauer (Sunbrain, The Lures, Ghostmeat Records) on mandolin, guitar, banjolin, Irish tenor banjo and organ. The album also includes appearances by William Tonks (Bloodkin, Barbara Cue) on dobro and guitar, Jon Hallemeier on fiddle, Ethan Jones on fiddle, Jake Mowrer on guitar and Dean Johnston on drums and percussion.

Just Stars For Light was recorded and mixed by Russ Hallauer at Ghostmeat Studio in Watkinsville, GA. It was mastered by Neal Warner at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA. The cover design which features a 1906 postcard of the Barnett Shoals Dam is by Russ Hallauer. more >>>
The Knockouts | 9:00 PM
The debut album from local ska/bluegrass/punk/funk/mariachi band The Knockouts not only inhabits each genre at some point, but transitions into them with intention instead of blindly borrowing. The combination sounds like circus punk, as if The Clash woke up in 2011, put on some funny costumes and picked up a banjo. So many genres can be identified that naming them all is futile. What you really need to know is that The Knockouts pull it off; ska horns steal the funky show in “Capitol Freak On” and round out the Mexican-sounding “Ceviche Polka,” which is sung in Spanish.
The band draws clear instrumental influence from Ireland, Mexico and the muggy hoe-downs of the South. Both Irish and Southern American farmers found ways to express their comparable financial hard times in the strophic fiddle laments of Celtic folk and bluegrass. The resigned hope for a better day paired with punk’s desperate denial of material satisfaction gives The Knockouts’ genre meld meaning and complexity. The instrumentation is pure and bold, the singer believes in his words, and no genre can own either.

Performing these tunes from the Pogues:
If I Should Fall From Grace With God
Streams of Whiskey
The Boys From The County Hell
The Ghost of a Smile
Battle of Brisbane
Rain Street
The Broad Majestic Shannon
Dark Streets of London
I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day
Rock n Roll Paddy
The Body Of An American
Sunny Side of the Street
Greenland Whaling Fisheries
Dirty Old Town
White City
Whiskey You're The Devil
Sally Maclennane

Steve Casadont - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Steering Wheel.
Kevin Sims – Bass, Chief Wardrobe Consultant.
John James-Pennywhistle, Saxophone, Head Vibe Merchant.
Joe Ellison - Drums, Backing Vocals, haberdashery
Joe Meadows-Accordion, quarter-deck backing vocals, duck calls
Danny Cottar-Banjo, hypnotism
Noel Beverly – Mandolin, Lead and backing vocals, sanity more >>>
The Donner Party | 10:00 PM
The origins of The Donner Party lie on a St. Patrick's night in the pub where they were born, The Globe. Co-workers and long-time musical collaborators, the members of the band got together in 2009 to give the music of The Pogues a local voice. Since then the project has become a relished tradition that strives to continually deliver more of the hallowed and shithouse electricity that gave The Pogues their name. The band, which features members of Half Dozen Brass Band, The Empties and Positraxion, has expanded and now features Jeff Delaney (vocals, guitar), Dylan Camp (guitar, banjo), Brent Hedrick (drums, banjo, shouting), Dave Spivey (accordion, whistle), Ben Wills (bass) and Matt Knutson (banjo).

The Donner Party to perform Sally MacLennane, Sickbed of Cuchulainn, Wildcats of Kilkenny, Turkish Song of the Damned, Thousands are Sailing, Waxie's Dargle, Kitty, Boys From the County Hell & more more >>>
Ticket Prices

General Admission


Reserved Table for Two


Reserved Table for Four


Event Schedule

Drake School of Irish Dancing

7:00 PM

The Welfare Liners

8:00 PM

The Knockouts

9:00 PM

The Donner Party

10:00 PM