Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys team for night of drunken Irish lullabies at Jacobs Pavilion

Had a wild St. Patrick’s Day? Can’t wait for for March 17, 2019?

Maybe you don’t have to.

It will be like St. Paddy’s in late spring when Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly — probably the two biggest names in Irish punk rock — open their co-headlining tour June 1 at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland.

Dave King
Dave King of Flogging Molly performs at the Bunbury Music Festival on Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Cincinnati. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

“They share a working-class ethos, they share an Irish heritage and Celtic folk influence, and now – for the first time – these two giants of American punk rock will be sharing the stage for a co-headlining U.S. tour,” states a news release from concert promoter Live Nation.

A big fan of the fathers of Irish punk — a blending of punk sounds and attitude with traditional Irish-folk style — The Pogues, I was introduced to California’s Flogging Molly on their second album, 2002’s excellent “Drunken Lullabies.” From the opening moments of the opening title track, Flogging Molly stakes its claim of being today’s version of The Pogues.

I never got all that into Beantown’s Dropkick Murphys, but I’m sure I’m not alone in being blown away when I first heard their killer anthem “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” from 2005’s “Warrior Code,” when it was used to great effect in director Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Academy Award-winning crime film “The Departed.”

That should be a fun night. If Jacobs Pavilion doesn’t already have Guinness on draft, they’ll probably want to make special arrangements for June 1.

Get ticket info from Live Nation here.

Stream of the week: As I pretty big Pearl Jam — I’ve seen the onetime kings of the Seattle grunge scene probably 10 to 15 times — I was delighted when a new track from the Eddie Vedder-led band popped up on Apple Music on March 16. While the rockers have confirmed a new album, we don’t have a title and release date. In the meantime, we do have “Can’t Deny Me,” an angry number in which Vedder howls, “Your lies, they’re sick and they’re vile/You can’t deny me” and later bellows this verse: “Try to talk down to me/My mind it ain’t so simple/Where’s your vocabulary?/Your ignormance is singful/You plant your lying seeds/Watch as the roots take hold/The country you are now poisong/Condition critical.” Oh whom, oh whom could he possibly singing about? This fiery tune grows on me with each spin, and you can check it out here:


Mark Meszoros is very excited to see the Flogging Molly-Dropkick Murphys show is on a weekend. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Top photo — Dropkick Murphys | credit: Big Hassle Media

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