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DROPKICK MURPHYS AND FLOGGING MOLLY

 

EVENT DATE, TIMES & LOCATION
Saturday, June 16th
Gates Open at 5:30pm | Music Starts at 7pm
At Bold Point Park on the East Providence Waterfront!

TICKET INFO:
Tickets On Sale Now! Click here

Advance Tickets $49 / Day of Show $54
Or get them in person at: Jordan’s Liquors: 199 Taunton Avenue East Providence

Hotel Package Available. Click here for details.

**This event is all general admission. You may bring your own chair or blanket to the show.
Ticket prices will increase on the day of the show. There will be no re-entry for this event, please plan accordingly.

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ARTISTS

From the early days at the Boston landmark The Rathskeller (aka The Rat) beneath Kenmore Square, to 80,000-plus on the main stages of European festivals, the Dropkick Murphys have spent a large chunk of the last 20 years touring the world. All that travel has only strengthened their love and appreciation for their hometown. When they finally get back home from a tour, it’s hard to pry them away again. When the band is off the road, they spend most of their time with family, or working with The Claddagh Fund, the charity foundation they launched in 2009.

As much as Dropkick Murphys love Boston, they were determined to start their third decade with a bang. They wanted to take it to the next level. For that, they knew they’d need to make a record that blew people away. To do that, they’d need to focus. To do that, they’d need to remove all distractions. To do that, they’d need to go to…El Paso?

You heard that right! They packed up their gear and hit the road, joining longtime producer Ted Hutt at a studio 30 miles east of El Paso. Sonic Ranch Studios, whose property abuts the U.S./Mexico border, is a place where the only cell service is the occasional bar that pops up from a Mexican carrier. This bold move, this dedication, this desolation – and this amazing studio – helped the band capture something magical on their new album, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory.

“To me, the whole journey starts with the fact we actually agreed to go – and then went – to Texas. Because we’ve never left home to make a record,” says bassist and founder Ken Casey. “As everyone’s lives have become crazier and busier with kids and families, it’s gotten harder to buckle down at home. We decided to leave Boston, go down to literally the middle of nowhere and lock ourselves in a room.”

“There was nothing around us for miles,” says guitarist Tim Brennan. “It was just us and the studio. I think it gave us the ability to work without distractions in a way that we’ve never really been able to before. All we could do was focus on music. It was one hundred percent devotion to the songs. Once we started to put everything together in El Paso, the songs took on a whole new life and exceeded our expectations.”

From the start of the songwriting process there was a sense of urgency and passion in the room. The opiate epidemic ravaging the country – in particular Boston and New England – was hitting closer than ever to home. Sadness, anger, and dismay fed the writing process. This was personal. The crisis directly struck the band’s family circle in 2014 when Barr’s brother-in-law died of an overdose.

“Between Al’s loss and all the friends and people that I know, I’d say I’ve been to 50 wakes in the last three years,” Casey says. “The state has decided to almost give up on kids in a way with prescribing Suboxone, which is like the methadone of our generation. Of course, that doesn’t work either. You can’t give up on the people society has deemed will fail.”

One of the main focuses of the band’s Claddagh Fund is to support addiction recovery. The band is hands-on in raising funds, mentoring, and lending a helping hand in the fight. Many of the songs reflect these experiences. “Rebels With A Cause” was written about kids who are given up on and left behind by a system that has written them off as hopeless. “Paying My Way” is about the way up and out of addiction and the dream of bigger and better things in life.

But the first song that was on the docket for this record was the daunting cover of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein song made famous by Gerry and The Pacemakers. “I was leaving another overdose wake and the song came on in the car,” says Casey. “My music was on shuffle, and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ randomly played. As I heard the chorus, ‘Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone,’ it struck me how powerfully the song related to the struggle and how you don’t have to do it alone.”

With no fanfare, the members of Dropkick Murphys get into the lives of other people. With financial resources from The Claddagh Fund, they have helped many men, women, and teens who have found themselves in the depths of addiction. They stand with the families to help them navigate the life-altering road to recovery.

It’s something Dropkick Murphys are dead serious about.

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FLOGGING MOLLY IS: Dave King (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bodhran), Bridget Regan (Violin, Tin Whistle), Dennis Casey (Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar), Bob Schmidt (Banjo, Mandolin), Matt Hensley (Accordion, Piano, Concertina), Nathen Maxwell (Bass Guitar), Mike Alonso (Drums, Percussion).  The social and political awareness that drives Flogging Molly’s music is never more prominent than in their upcoming new release LIFE IS GOOD – a strikingly powerful album and it arrives at a strikingly key time. The sixth studio album by the renowned Celtic-punk rockers now in their 20th year is mature, well crafted, equally polished and almost aggressively topical. It is filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today’s most pressing concerns: Politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry, and much more.

For singer and lyricist Dave King, it may be the lyrical couplet contained within the surging “Reptiles (We Woke Up”) that points toward the album’s central theme. “We woke up,” sings King, “And we won’t fall back asleep.” “The thing is, there are things changing,” says King. “That’s why I wrote that line, ‘Like reptiles, we’ll all soon be dust someday.’ It’s quite scary, especially for somebody who has children these days–bringing up family in this environment of who’s welcome and who’s not welcome. I’m talking about the cultures in America and the UK–especially American immigration.
Life Is Good thus serves as a wake-up call to those who have simply stood by while far-reaching political decisions were made that had serious impact on them. And, significantly, it also serves as notice that the time for action is now. And people are indeed taking action, adds King, which is a crucial point. “I think especially with things like government–I think we all tend to fall asleep a little bit when it comes to other people that are making decisions for you. I think we should be the ones influencing the government to make these decisions. It’s a great thing that we’re now taking to the streets again. And it’s a positive thing.”
Imagery abounds on Life Is Good, and one of the most memorable images might be found in “Adamstown,” the saga of a planned community west of Dublin that came to a halt in mid-construction a decade ago when the Irish economy crashed–and left little more than a ghost town in its place.
“It had a huge negative connotation to it,” King says of the eerie, unfinished settlement. “But now it’s starting to turn again, people are starting to move there, businesses are starting to open, and there is hope.” Thematically, hope and inspiration are a major part of “The Hand of John L. Sullivan,” a rollicking track about the legendary “Boston Strong Boy” who was the first ever heavyweight champion of gloved boxing from 1882-1892. Sullivan was a hero to many, and his story has a cultural significance that fits squarely within the story Flogging Molly want to tell with Life Is Good.
“He came from an immigrant family to Boston, and they brought their family over to try to make the best possible world for them,” says King. “We live in an environment right now where that doesn’t seem to be what should be allowed to happen, you know? Recorded in Ireland and produced by multiple Grammy Award winner Joe Chiccarelli (U2, the White Stripes, Beck), Life Is Good is by any measure a formidable return from Flogging Molly, an assessment with which Dave King fully agrees. “It’s been a tough few years for a lot of us in the band. Dennis (Casey, guitarist) lost his dad, I lost my mother, and there have been certain issues, pertaining to sentiment, in a lot of the songs. But we just try to do the best we can. We’ve always had fun getting together and coming up with the new songs, and it’s still that way.
Here we see what’s uniquely distinctive about Life is Good, as the gravity and weight of these themes never overshadow the sheer fun and exuberance felt in each song. For the message is delivered and built on the backs of boisterous and barreling live touring. “We’re known for our live shows,” says Dave King. Writing albums has always been a vehicle for us — it’s been a means to get people onto the dance floor. And that’s kind of the way we’ve always approached it, no matter what.” “The one thing we are is a positive band,” adds Dave King. “When people come and see our shows, it’s a celebration–of life, of the good and of the bad. And we have to take the good and the bad for it to be a life.
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FOOD & BEVERAGE

We will have full bars featuring beer, wine, cocktails and other offerings.

Food Vendors Include:


 

Please check back for updates and menu offerings!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: HOW DO I GET MY TICKETS AND WHEN IS WILL CALL OPEN?
A: It’s easy to grab your tickets! The fastest way to get your tickets is to order online, click here , and print them right at home.

To order by phone, call Ticketmaster 1.800.745.3000.

Get tickets in person at our advance box office location. Please click here for location and hours

Day-of ticket sales will be available at the event office at Bold Point Park, located right near the event entrance, beginning at noon on the day of the event.

Will Call tickets will be available at the event office at Bold Point Park, located right near the event entrance, beginning 1 hour prior to gates opening on the day of the event.

Q: IS THIS AN ALL AGES EVENT?

A: Yes, this is an all ages event. However, children age 3 and over do require a paid ticket. Children under age 3 do not require a ticket.

Q: IF IT RAINS, DOES THE EVENT GO ON?

A: Of course! The event is rain or shine and you are welcome to bring an umbrella if it does rain.

Q: MY TICKET SAYS GENERAL ADMISSION. DO I HAVE A SEAT AT THE EVENT OR CAN I BRING A CHAIR OR BLANKET?

A: This event is all General admission with no reserved seats, however, you are welcome to bring a blanket or chair with you to enjoy the event!

Q: I NEED ACCESSIBLE SEATING. HOW CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS?

A: Accessible seating is available for purchase online, over the phone and in person. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our team and we would be happy to speak with you.

Q: HOW DO I GET TO THE EVENT, AND WHERE DO I PARK?

A: Click here for details on parking information.

Q: CAN I BRING A COOLER WITH FOOD OR DRINKS INTO THE EVENT?

A: While we don’t allow outside food and beverage to be brought into the event there will be plenty available for purchase. Additionally, we do not allow coolers or large bags into the event, primarily for safety purposes. Please click here to check out our Bold Point Park policies page for more details.

Q: WILL THERE BE BEVERAGES AVAILABLE FOR SALE?

A: Absolutely! We will have full bars featuring beer, cocktails, wine and other offerings.

Q: WILL THERE BE FOOD AVAILABLE FOR SALE?

A: Yes! Please see Food & Beverage section above for more details on the select local Food Trucks at this event.

Q: CAN I RE-ENTER THE EVENT IF I LEAVE?

A: Unfortunately, there will be no re-entry for this event. Please plan accordingly.

Q: ARE PETS WELCOME AT THE EVENT?

A: We love those furry friends, but unless they are certified assistance service animals unfortunately we cannot allow them inside the event.

Q: WHERE CAN I FIND ALL OF THE EVENT POLICIES?

A. Click here for a full list of the event policies.

GOT ANOTHER QUESTION?
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