The Irish Center of Kansas City welcomes The John Byrne Band to Drexel Hall on May 31, to celebrate the legendary Irish band The Pogues with an evening of covers and original songs. The performance begins at 7 p.m., at 3301 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City.

The John Byrne Band, led by former Patrick's Head front man and Dublin native John Byrne, is an acoustic 4-piece band featuring accordion, fiddle, cello, banjo, trumpet, guitar and bodhran, along with some great vocals. Byrne, a prolific singer-songwriter, blends heart-wrenching, autobiographical lyrics with Irish folk music. He has previously performed in Kansas City at the Kansas City Folk Alliance and Browne’s Irish Marketplace.

General admission tickets are $15, and may be purchased at