Dropkick Murphy's Shamrock N' Roll (with 7 Bands)

The Main Street Armory Presents

Dropkick Murphy's Shamrock N' Roll (with 7 Bands)

Stiff Little Fingers, Street Dogs, The Mahones, Chuck Ragan, The Parkington Sisters, 1916

Sat, September 17, 2011

Doors: 4:30 pm / Show: 5:30 pm (event ends at 11:15 pm)

$29.50 - $35.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

Dropkick Murphys
Dropkick Murphys
Stiff Little Fingers
Stiff Little Fingers
A taut, explosive Belfast-based punk band, Stiff Little Fingers (named after a Vibrators song) had the dubious distinction of being referred to as "The Irish Clash." What must have seemed like a compliment at the time did little to help their career, only because it made comparisons between the two bands inevitable. Granted, there were many similarities: both bands debuted playing revved-up late-'70s punk rock, were politically inclined, featured pissed-off lead singers, had a love for reggae, and possessed a near-palpable sense of isolation and desperation. But as we all know, the Clash offered complexity, panache, and a consistently breathtaking body of work. Stiff Little Fingers, on the other hand, were simply a very good punk rock band. With sandpaper-throated frontman Jake Burns leading the way, SLF did release an auspicious, if badly produced, debut album, Inflammable Material, that featured the band's two best songs, "Alternative Ulster" and "Suspect Device." Both were passionate, ferocious songs dealing with the harsh, deadly realities of growing up in the middle of two decades of Northern Ireland's violence. These songs thrust SLF into the limelight and got them loads of enthusiastic press, which led to a contract with the decidedly anti-punk Chrysalis label in 1980. After that, SLF released a handful of pretty good records (including a terrific live album, Hanx), but their unregenerate fast and loud punk style started to sound stale. In 1982, the band released their most non-punk record (Now Then...), which was greeted by general apathy. In a musical rut, dogged by the facile Clash comparisons, and with punk rock running out of steam, Burns pulled the plug on SLF.

Sadly, the band's breakup lasted only five years. After a string of forgettable solo singles and a stint as a BBC Radio producer, Burns, hoping to cash in on punk nostalgia, re-formed SLF (with another aging punk rocker, ex-Jam bassist Bruce Foxton) in 1987, and released a bunch of mostly live records for the rest of the millennium. ~ John Dougan, All Music Guide
Street Dogs
Street Dogs
"That the band is a full-time band. That whatever Street Dogs is doing, whether recording or playing live, we're gonna give 110%. Always. But the thing I'd like to convey most through bio or anything is that this music has an honesty and earnestness to it. The lyrics are from legitimate life experiences The lyrics are from legitimate life experiences from the band members."

The End.

You know, Mike McColgan could leave it at that. Few bands can sum themselves up so succinctly and accurately and truthfully in a paragraph. They have to resort to hyperbole and clichés and any other public relations gimmick to make themselves interesting. With Street Dogs, you get truth -- real feelings, uncontrived sentiments -- and music that is as gritty and unwashed as their name.

Street Dogs is McColgan's first project post-The Dropkick Murphys, which he co-founded, singing on the EP Boys on the Docks and LP Do or Die, two of punk rock's modern classics. He left the band in 1998 to fulfill his lifelong dream as a member of the Boston Fire Department. "I have no misgivings, no regrets…and there are no bad feelings," he says proudly. "I still talk to those guys.

Street Dogs formed in 2002 when they recorded the acclaimed Savin Hill album on Crosscheck Records. The band has been touring constantly since and building a following on rapid word of mouth. They've recently finished a successful jaunt with Flogging Molly in the US and the UK.
Chuck Ragan
Chuck Ragan
For most of us the phrase Gold Country evokes memories of the 49ers who flocked to California by boat and covered wagon in order to seek fortune for themselves and their families. Chuck Ragan’s latest disc may be coming out a few lifetimes after the gold rush of the mid-nineteenth century, however there’s a timeless quality to the album that embodies the hope and hard work that helped define that period in the American consciousness. That has a lot to do with the fact that there’s nothing preconceived about Gold Country. It’s simply the sound of a talented songwriter doing what his kind has been doing for centuries: playing simple songs alongside a close group of friends not for hope of financial gains, but because he literally has no other choice.

“We recorded the record at Flying Whale Studio up on this six acre mining claim called Arrowhead Mines. It’s an old local mine that was pretty well known back in the day,” Ragan explains. “The record is just another page in the book and another chapter in life and it’s documenting where we are in that moment of time. Right now Gold Country is what I’ve lived for, everything I’ve worked to achieve and hold sacred and everything I strive to get home to.” Ragan knows a thing or two about paying his dues: since the early nineties he’s co-fronted the legendary punk act Hot Water Music and over the past few years he’s released a string of well-received solo acoustic efforts in the spirit of fellow folk troubadours like Steve Earle and Pete Seeger.

However nothing could prepare fans for Gold Country, an album that not only raises the bar for Ragan but for the singer-songwriter genre in general. Produced by Ragan in Northern California and performed alongside longtime collaborators like violinist Jon Gaunt and Hot Water Music drummer George Rebelo, Gold Country is a striking collection of songs that show how much Ragan has progressed since his 2007 solo debut Feast Or Famine. “Even though these songs were written in a short period of time, it’s some of the most mature music that I’ve ever had a chance to take part in,” Ragan acknowledges, adding that he spent more time on Gold Country than he has on any other recording in his career. “I’d say all in all I’m the most satisfied with this release than with anything I’ve ever done.”
Formed in 2006, the band has gone through a few lineup changes, but still remains a hard hitting presence in the Irish music scene in Upstate NY.

Steve Ladue’s drums provide the perfect heartbeat to the living thing that is 1916. He has played in several bands over the years and brings his experience to the table as a truly gifted performer.

The etherial guitar stylings of Tony Thireos take us from metal to blues in the blink of an eye, but always leave us wanting for more. Just watch your whiskey around this guy!

JD Curran is a stodgy Irishman who’s always ready for a pint, and quick to add a kickass bassline to whatever he’s working with!

Jake Publicover brings his passion for Irish music to the front as he perfects his vocals and melodies along with his amazing guitar playing to give 1916 that rich, full bodied sound.

Bill Herring plays with the passion of one who is descended from the hard working families that came here during the great Hunger. His zeal for history and appetite for loud crazy music make 1916 the perfect band to play at any rock club or drunken pub!
Venue Information:
Marina Jeep Arena @ The Main Street Armory
900 East Main Street
Rochester, NY, 14605