Thursday night punk fans braved the heat and showed up early to get a good spot to see three legendary punk acts.
Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers kicked things off with a short acoustic set of mostly Stiff Little Fingers songs but also covered ‘Barley and Grape Rag’ by Rory Gallagher.
By the time Flogging Molly came out the sun had started to set. Front man Dave King came out with arms raised and holding a can of Guinness. The seven-piece Celtic punkers kick things off with ‘(No More) Paddy’s Lament’. It doesn’t take long for fans to start singing along and pogoing about. The set consists of many fan favorites including ‘What’s Left of the Flag’, ‘Swagger’, ‘If I Ever Leave This World Alive’, and one of my favorites ‘Drunken Lullabies’. Before the last song on the set Dave King said they were taking it back to where it all started launched into ‘Salty Dog’ off their first album ‘Swagger’.
It wasn’t long after Flogging Molly left the stage that fans started to chant ‘Let’s go Murphy’s’. Members of Dropkick Murphy’s came out on stage to ‘The Foggy Dew’ by Sinead O’Connor and quickly launched into ‘Captain Kelly’s Kitchen’. The members of Dropkick Murphy’s were all over the place on stage and even jumped from stage to barrier to sing and play to the crowd. It didn’t take long for fans to start crowd surfing and Dropkick Murphy’s asking for the crowd to form a circle pit. Singers Al Barr and Ken Casey spend a good amount of time throughout the set singing from the barriers along with the fans. The band did a good job covering songs from their 22 year back catalogue. They closed their set with their biggiest hit to date ‘I’m Shipping Up to Boston’. The band came out and did a three song encore and closed the night with a cover of AC/DC’s ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’.
All in all it was a great night to be at an outside punk rock show.