If you thought for sure that you heard that Ireland's Four Fields was "toast," then you were wrong!

At least for another several months. Without too many details, what we know is that one of Washington's favorite watering holes and music venues is still going strong–dart boards and all. Last year, there were indications that the longtime business was going to bit the dust as music groups were no longer being booked. Just as the end approached, the reality of the real estate industry KO'ed the deal or at least caused a delay. So, a land developer's loss is our gain. We say, 'Take advantage!"

Within the next couple of weeks, you will be able to see two ROR favorites. Kevin James will be performing this Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th. Kevin has for years been one of the most popular solo performers on the Irish club circuit.

On the 9th and 10th of March, 40 Thieves will take over the Four Fields stage. If there is any doubt that they enjoy performing, that notion will certainly be dispelled within the first fifteen seconds of their opening song. Melanie Caudron and Dave Dresser front the group with Dave on guitar and Melanie complimenting their singing with some fine tin whistle.

DC area favorites, Charlie McNamara on bass and Randy Latimer on fiddle fill out the sound exceptionally well as does drummer Scott Fitzpatrick.

When the end finally comes for Ireland's Four Fields, rest assured that an important slice of the Washington DC Irish music scene will be lost. For decades, the club provided one of the best music stages in town. Be sure to schedule at least one more visit for some tunes and a pint or two.

See you there.