Playing Around: The Young Dubliners 

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Now that the annual Irish potluck of green Guinness is over, those thirsty for a mug of real Irish spirit will be flocking to the Colorado Music Hall Monday night to catch the Young Dubliners. Those afraid to go dancing on a Monday night -- the Mondomoshophobiacs among you -- can choose among the band's nine Colorado shows in 10 days, but the rest of us will bask in the glory of a band defying the odds and adding Colorado Springs as a recurring stop on their tour itinerary.

"Irish dance is about jumping up and down, having no inhibitions ... the original mosh pit," band leader Keith Roberts told the Indy the last time the Dubs played Colorado Springs, a winter ago on another Monday that found them competing head-to-head with the Broncos for an audience. Those that made it to the show -- and the post-party at Jack Quinn's -- joined the legions of fans that check their inhibitions at the door and dance madly at the high-energy, exuberant concerts. Though smaller in numbers than a typical Dubs crowd, the Springs contingent impressed the band enough that they're making good on their promise of returning for another round of chaos in the town that music forgot.

The hybrid band, part Irish and part American, echoes influences as varied as the Waterboys, Top of the Pops and Pearl Jam, and they use the same marketing approach as pioneers like the Dave Matthews Band and Blues Traveler, converting fans one by one through a relentless touring schedule designed to let the music speak for itself.

The band leans more toward pure-on rock than any other genre, but the traditional Irish instruments -- whistles, fiddle and flute -- keep them honest as they blend with electric guitars to inspire audiences to get in touch with their inner Irish as they bounce with wild abandon.


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