It is only the start of February and the stores are displaying Valentine’s items, but I think we can certainly discuss the St Patrick’s Day concert to end all others. Once again the lads and lassie of Flogging Molly are preparing their annual St Patrick’s Day show at the Hollywood Palladium on March 17th.
The band has become famous for bringing together an eclectic and electric set of artists. I’m not exaggerating when I say this year’s festivities may be the most jam-packed, all-star lineup to date and you do not want to miss this one.
While Boston may have Dropkick Murphys and the Street Dogs (RIP), Los Angeles will always be able to claim Flogging Molly as one of its own. Although lead singer and guitarist Dave King was born in Dublin, most of its founding members, including King, met whilst living in Los Angeles. The group’s name stems from the world-famous Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles, a small Irish pub where they got their start by playing a weekly show. Flogging Molly has become synonymous with St Patrick’s Day, as has their annual celebration at the Palladium.
Flogging Molly LIVE | PHOTO by Green-Eyed Blonde Photography
While there were initial reports that Anti-Flag would not be available for the March 17th date, fans rejoiced as the Pittsburgh political punks announced that they would in fact be supporting Flogging Molly for the Palladium show. Anti-Flag are currently supporting their new album, “Lies They Tell Our Children,” which was released January 6th. The album’s first single, “NVREVER,” dropped last year along with an accompanying video. The song features the classic ripping guitar and vocals by lead singer Justin Sane, accompanied by powerful backing vocals by bassist and co-lead singer, Chris #2, but is also a duet with Stacey Dee of Bad Cop/Bad Cop.
Rounding out the evening will be London’s Skinny Lister. The British folk band has gained quite a following since their 2009 formation, in no small part due to their high-octane performances. The band released their fifth album, “A Matter of Life & Love” in 2021. This will be a special treat for Southern Californians as this is apparently the first time the folk punk band has played in the United States since pre-lockdown in 2019.
This is certainly not one of those shows you want to show up fashionably late to. Speaking of which, do not sleep on your tickets as this show sells out every year. Tickets are on sale now.