Of course, it's a bummer that festival season is coming to a close, at least in the northeast. But that also means that two of the top Irish events of the year are here, the Syracuse Irish Festival and Irish2000. And Blarney Rebel will be at both of them. On Saturday, September 10, BRB will take its traditional sacrificial lamb slot, kicking off the day's festivities at 12:20. (Trust me, we don't mind the early slot; it lets us enjoy the rest of the day listening to our friends, Moxie Strings, Searson and the Elders, among others.) Then, on Sept. 17, BRB will perform at Ballston Spa at Irish2000 at 5:00 p.m., joining an unbelievable lineup that includes Gaelic Storm, Kilmaine Saints, Screaming Orphans, Shilelagh Law and, of course, our buds Hair of the Dog. And while I have your attention, here's your annual reminder to book your room now at the Inn at Long Trail in Killington VT. for the legendary BRB Halloween Weekend, Oct. 28-29. These rooms go very quickly, so don't get closed out.