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Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day with Anthony Arya
September 17 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
September 17 is halfway to St. Patrick’s Day and it is also International Irish Dance Day so the UICC is teaming with Unite SF (St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers) and hosting a celebration in Wawona Gates!
No Cover Charge; please register here:
Help us celebrate community with a little late summer Wearin’ o’ the Green! Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day is also International Irish Dance Day so the UICC is teaming with United Irish Societies (SF St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers) host a celebration with live music and Irish dancing, special guests including a visit and remarks from SF Mayor London Breed, festivities, Irish merchants, and some local Irish Dance history and dancing entertainment organized by our Keepers of the Steps program who will present a mini pop-up exhibit. No cover charge.
• Anthony Arya (folk/rock—featured on NBC’s “The Voice”)
• Special performance by the Whelan Academy of Irish Dance
• Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco, including our Youth Pipers!
• Jerry Daly Art Exhibition
• Keepers of the Steps Mini Pop-Up Exhibit (Irish Dance history exhibit)
• SF Irish Consulate to offer a “Pop-Up Consulate”
• UICC Membership and Project 2025 Information Table
• United SF Information and give aways
Irish Center SF Irish Shoppe
• Treasure Ireland (Marie Mallon)
• Irish Castle Gifts (Orla O’Malley)
• Celtic Tea Shoppe
There will be youth activities, prizes for most green attire (get your green on), and so much more! We look forward to a great community event!
Meet Anthony Arya: folk/rock performing and recording artist from Santa Cruz, CA
Anthony Arya is a roots rock performing and recording artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. In Fall 2018 at age 15, Anthony was a contestant on Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice. Shortly after, he released his debut album Going To California. With rocking crowd favorites such as “Slow Train” and “Blues By Midnight”, Anthony quickly became one of the most popular artists in music-rich Santa Cruz, California. The Anthony Arya Band has performed at well known events in the Monterey Bay Area including the Redwood Mountain Faire, the Capitola Art and Wine Festival, and the West End Celebration. His music is frequently played on the iconic roots radio station KPIG.
His second album The Road, released in Spring 2020, encompasses the Beat-Dylan American traditions of love, socio-political awareness, and the open road. Fans love the upbeat rock songs
“The Road” and “Moonlight” as well as the melodic folksy lyrics of “California Air” and “Sarah”. Arya’s first official music video for “California Air” showing iconic shots from his hometown of Santa Cruz won a semi-finalist award in the International Songwriting Competition. In June 2020 Anthony Arya received the prestigious award of Presidential Scholar in the Arts (category singer/songwriter) awarded by the US Department of Education.
In 2021, Anthony released Listen to the Voice of Anthony Arya, a tribute to his Voice journey with covers of the songs he performed in auditions and on the show. Since The Voice, Arya has performed hundreds of shows around the Bay Area and folks say you’re likely to walk away humming one of his tunes for days after a performance. His signature tone has audiences captivated by solo performances and the Anthony Arya Band brings a rockin’ dimension to Arya’s music combining influences of rock, folk, and blues.
Circles & the Flames, Arya’s third album, was released in May 2022 and has received praise in multiple arenas. “Jaded Rust”, a nostalgic endearing folk song, was selected by Nashville’s The Bluebird Cafe / Taylor Guitars’ Golden Pick Contest. A hard-driving Americana song,”Ballad of Eugene” earned him a spot as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition Americana category as well as a finalist in the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival’s Blues Challenge. “Lovers of Valdaro”, a haunting love song, was selected as a Finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards. At recent shows, fans are requesting recordings of the latest songs and a fourth album is in the works.