Review and Photos by Danielle Boise
The seven-piece Irish-American Celtic, punk-rock band, otherwise known as Flogging Molly, kicked off Saint Patty’s early. And they kicked it off hard – by rocking the pants off a full house at the Tabernacle on Wednesday, March 9 in the heart of downtown Atlanta with special guests, the drunken folk singers, known as Beans of Toast and a solo performance by none-other-than Stefan Murphy, AKA Stef, from the band The Might Stef.
Stef started the night off with just him and his guitar on stage, as he performed a quick, but powerful thirty-minute set, which included an incredibly haunting rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”
The ever so quirky English chaps, Bob and Jay, from Beans and Toast took to the stage next. These two were absolutely hilarious, as Bob pranced around the stage bare foot, while drinking beer between songs and Jay stayed somewhat quietly in the background. It was a blast to see how the duo really connected to the crowd, even though the audience could hardly understand anything Bob said between the songs, as his accent was so thick. One fan actually shouted out that he needed a translator just to understand anything Bob said, which in turn only made Bob laugh harder and continue back-n-forth across the stage having a merry time.
Ah, the charms of a bold, yet crass Dave King started the night off on a great note addressing the audience by saying, “It’s so nice to see so many lovey, and familiar faces here tonight.” From start to finish Flogging Molly did not miss a beat. It was a treasure to watch the punk-rock mavens really have a blast on stage, as they played songs not only off their fifth studio album, Speed of Darkness, like “Saints & Sinners,” but it was also nice to see them play “Whistles the Wind,” which is a song that they haven’t taken out in a while to perform live. Personally, for me the highlights of the evening truly came down to a tie between “The Kilburn High Road” and “Requiem for a Dying Song” for completely different reasons, but utterly at the same time it was the power and vigor in which they put into both of those songs that made the night perfect for me.
Flogging Molly is continuing their North American tour through May 30, ending at Las Vegas’ Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival. If you get a chance, this is a band you want to see. They are highly energetic and with that energy, it resonates with crowd to provide a true bonding experience. Not to mention the fine balance between soothing Celtic melodies and pure punk rock. You