There are a lot of bands on my bucket list to see, bands I just know will be amazing live, and I had heard from various people that Flogging Molly should be one of them. Well, last Friday I checked them out while they were in Riverside at the RMA, with openers Jon Snodgrass, and Less Than Jake. Let me start with the short version… Flogging Molly and Less Than Jake are so much fun it’s hard to describe! Jon Snodgrass I will talk about shortly, and spoiler alert – he’s really really good.
Flogging Molly fans are great, and I had an idea it was going to be one of those nights during the opening acts. These fans showed up early and stayed late.
If you’re like me you wonder who picks the music before and between each act. I can tell the mood of the place by the reaction to that soundtrack, and the last song before Flogging Molly was The Who’s” Baba O’Riley”. As the song played the entire crowd got involved, and there was so much energy in the room it was amazing.
The hard part has been trying to describe Flogging Molly to friends that aren’t familiar with them. Wikipedia describes them this way:
“Flogging Molly is an Irish-American seven-piece Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California and led by Irish vocalist Dave King, formerly of the hard rock band Fastway.”
Hmmmm. Not sure that does them justice at all. They are part Irish, part punk, part folk, and part rock. The vocalist Dave King was actually hard to photograph because he wasn’t in one spot long enough to get a good focus lock on him. Highly recommended.
Less Than Jake is a Florida based Ska / Punk band, but again – and this going to be the theme here – that doesn’t even begin to describe them. Their music is 100% adrenaline filled fun. They don’t stop moving, and it’s easy to see why. I was trying to take pictures while dancing in my head. These guys blew me away. I mean the entire night was fantastic, but this was super high energy.
These two bands, Less Than Jake and Flogging Molly, are the perfect match to tour together. I want to see this same show again.
The first artist of the night was Jon Snodgrass, and as promised let me talk a bit about him. Jon has played with so many bands, like Armchair Martian and Scorpios to name a few, but he also does some solo shows. Friday he opened as a solo guitarist, and I have to say it was a surprise. At first I thought it was kind of a mismatch for the rest of the show, but he’s so dang good. The more he played the more it just worked.
A good way to describe it is that I stayed and listened to his entire set. We only get to photograph three songs, and usually I head outside between bands, but not with Jon. Everything about him just worked for me, and he setup a solid foundation for Less Than Jake and Flogging Molly to build on.
This is why I always suggest that if you have tickets to a show, any show, always get there to watch the opening acts. So many people are of the mindset that they only want to see the know headliner, and that is such a mistake. Sometimes, that little extra time investment rewards you with a great surprise, and for me that was the entire show Friday.
As always, there is a gallery of images from Friday’s show below. If you were there comment on Facebook.
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