Flogging Molly at the House of Blues, 2/16/13: Review
The kilts, whistles, accordions and other assorted Celtic crap were in abundance Saturday night at House of Blues, as Flogging Molly and a couple of nice opening acts brought the spirit of Ireland to the cramped confines of the House of Blues.
Flogging Molly at a previous House of Blues show.
Dave King and the rest of Flogging Molly are fairly regular visitors to the Dallas area, but for whatever reason, a larger (as in sold out) brood was in attendance this time around. Incredibly, this large mass of sweaty, dark brew drinking, Gaelic spewing thugs remained relatively polite throughout the night.
As a matter of fact, the only boos of the night came when opening singer/songwriter Dave Hause stated he was from Philadelphia. Hause played a pretty solid set of punk-inspired tunes that were lyrically sensitive but musically lackluster. He reminded me of all the twenty and thirty-somethings that think punk started with Green Day.
Next up was London's Skinny Lister, a much more traditional outfit that engaged the crowd like few opening acts can do. With mandolins, ukuleles and concertinas at their disposal, these guys (and one gal) may have lacked a bit of punch, but they made up for it with a positivity that seemed to rub off on the crowd. After Skinny Lister's set, it was nice to see the band's merch table under siege by all the folks (including me) who were impressed by what they had heard.
And speaking of merch tables, the line for Flogging Molly's stretched out of the lobby and well into the venue. At $20 a shirt, those things were flying off the stacks. Makes one wonder why some bands charge $45 just because the venue may be bigger. Oh well.
Anyhow, at a little before 10:00, The Who's "Baba O'Reilly" came over the sound system and just about everyone in the place knew that was the signal for Flogging Molly to hit the stage.