Shay Black: Traditional Irish music session, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 21, sliding scale. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-841-2082.
Celtic Rock: Have a few pints of Guinness while swaying along to Celtic Rock, a Celtic band, 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, free. Ireland's 32, 3920 Geary (at Third Ave.), 386-6173.
Dizzee Rascal: In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Mezzanine presents a special Wednesday night show with the British-born hip hop and R&B artist, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, $15. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie (at Mint), 820-9669.
Fun With Fionna & Blue on Green: Blues and Celtic rock abound at this St. Patrick's Day festival, 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, free. Beckett's Irish Pub, 2271 Shattuck (at Bancroft), Berkeley, 510-647-1790.
The Great Blight: David Maloney performs a one-act opera examining Irish history, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 18, $15.50-$16.50. Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison (at University), Berkeley, 510-548-1761.
A Night of Traditional Irish Music: Don & Michele Clark, Steven Donaldson, Cathryn Bauer & Friends perform a bushel of Irish folk songs, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, free. The Albatross Pub, 1822 San Pablo (at Hearst), Berkeley, 510-843-2473.
The Original Mad Hannans: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with rock and country twang songs, Wednesday, March 17, $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway (at Embarcadero), Fairfax, 459-1091.
Pat Ryan's Celtic Junket: Let this Bay Area trio take you on a festive excursion with contemporary and traditional Celtic music stylings, 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, free. The Napper Tandy, 3200 24th St. (at South Van Ness), 550-7510.
Saint Patrick's Day Block Party: One of San Francisco's largest block parties, featuring Blue on Green, Hy Brassyl, a performance by the Whelan Academy of Irish Dance, a tasty Irish brunch, and more, 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 17. O'Reilly's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 622 Green (at Stockton), 415-989-6222.
St. Paddy's Day Blowout Bash: DJs Ken Louie & Schrobi-Girl, Claire & Pop, & Martin Lacey help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day with hip hop, club hits, Irish music, & more, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, free. Abbey Tavern, 4100 Geary (at 5th Ave.), 221-7767.
St. Patrick's Day Barbecue: Celebrate the patron saint of Ireland converting thousands of people to Christianity by eating tasty flame-broiled meats, drinking cocktails, & more, noon-2 a.m. Wednesday, March 17. An Bodhran, 668 Haight (at Pierce), 431-4724.
St. Patrick's Day Burning Man Fund-Raiser: Sure, it's yet another loopy Burning Man fund-raiser, but it's also an all-you-can-drink party, fitting for a St. Patrick's Day celebration, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, $25. Sublounge, 628 20th St. (at Illinois), 552-3603.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration: Driving With Fergus performs Celtic tunes at this midday festival, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, free. City Center Plaza, Broadway (by 12th St. BART), Oakland, 510-595-3551 (events hotline).
St. Patrick's Day Cruise: Take a lush yacht ride in the bay while being inundated with Guinness, a full Irish brunch, and live entertainment, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, $60, 788-9100 (information). Pier 9, Embarcadero & Broadway.
St. Patrick's Day Happy Hour: Drink up with $3 Guinness, $2 pints, live music, and more, Wednesday, March 17. Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason (at Geary), 292-BLUE (2583).
St. Patrick's Rock Party: Featuring Frank Moore Allstar Band, Wolfdog, and Slandt, 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $5. Kimo's Penthouse, 1351 Polk (at Bush), 885-4535.
St. Patty's Day Punk Bash IV: Thrash around this St. Patrick's Day to the not-so-smooth musical stylings of The Bar Feeders, Everything Must Go, Texas Thieves, The Nightcrawlers, High Tower, & The Idiots, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $5. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788.
Tempest: Hear this folk-rock band mixing Irish reels, Scottish songs, Norwegian tunes, and other world music at this most happening Mission spot, 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $12. 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission (at 22nd St.), 970-9777.
Traditional Irish Music by Driving With Fergus: Bagpipers, Irish step dancers, corned beef cabbage, and ale -- what more does one need to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $7. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-841-2082.
Zoo Station: Come hear the tunes of Ireland's most famous band, U2, performed by one of San Francisco's most popular cover bands, Zoo Station, 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $8. Last Day Saloon, 406 Clement (at Sixth Ave.), 387-6343.