Irish imports

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

After spending the last five years playing New Year's Eve shows in his native Ireland, Prodigals frontman Gregory Grene is excited to play across the pond this year. But that doesn't mean the celebrated Irish rockers won't be playing in a town close to their hearts when they take the stage at the LC.

The Prodigals have been the marquee act at the Dublin Irish Festival for a number of years, and they recorded their only live album at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom in 2005. While the band has an obvious kinship with Ireland and their current home base, New York City, they've found that Ohioans embrace their music like just about no one else.

"It is a truly unique relationship ... there couldn't be a more direct link with the people," Grene said of the fans here.

Expect that link to yield a raucous performance, an energy The Prodigals know all too well from earlier New Year's Eve shows. "It is lovely, mad, crazy - all of those good things," said Grene. "I'm psyched ... it is going to be amazing."

Another bonus for The Prodigals is they won't have to jet off to another show the next day, as they have for the past few years, so they'll get to enjoy New Year's Day.

"This year will be total bloody relaxation [after the show]," Grene said. "We will have pints, pints and more pints."

This $5 low-dough show will be one of the thriftiest ways to ring in the New Year. In these economic times, who wouldn't want to save a few extra bucks for a couple pints?

What: The Prodigals

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

Where LC Pavilion, Arena District