Can’t Miss: St. Paddy comes 10 days early with the Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner, the Sleeping Souls and the Mohones on March 7
by Dave Sharp on Mar 03rd, 2012
Everybody in the punk rock world knows the best place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is in the presence of the Dropkick Murphys. In my recollections, there’s not been another band as closely tied to a holiday as Dropkick and St. Paddy’s, so as Nashvillians, we’re lucky to be able to experience the wild combo (albeit 10 days early) when the Murphys stop by Marathon Music Works with Frank Turner, the Sleeping Souls and the Mohones on Wednesday March 7.
I can’t stress enough that this isn’t your typical I-like-them-so-I-see-them-live shows. Granted, the fans will out and touting their loyalty, but this extends beyond the loyal legions — its a block part, Dropkick’s St. Paddy’s Rockin Eve. And the beer-soaked pub anthems of the Dropkick Murphys and the Mahones, mixed with Frank Turner’s English bar-stool ballads and his backing band the Sleeping Souls, you’ll have plenty of reason to dance, drink and sing-along.
In addition to Dropkick’s partying prowess, its worth noting that they’re also one of the most diversely talented, universally pleasing and longevity-endowed punk rock outfits out there. They’ve put out 11 albums over 17 years and are still on the scene’s forefront, which is no small feat, since their “outfit” consists of seven members.
Frank Turner is a UK product and a pillar of today’s Epitaph Records family. Songwriting is at the forefront of his craft, but don’t sleep on his musicianship or that of his backing band, the Sleeping Souls. In his set, you’ll find a variety of tracks from hardcore punk snippets (he was formerly a part of the punk band A Million Dead) to drunken campfire group-sings. His 2011 album England Keep My Bones (a hark to William Shakespeare) has received rave reviews from many musical communities.
The Mahones, although buried on this lineup, have as much to tout as anyone. Representing the Canadian pub rock sound since 1990, they’ll fortify the Irish spirits and set as good a tone for one night as any opening band you could conjure up.
Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner, Sleeping Souls and the Mahones
Marathon Music Works
Wednesday March 7
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