Well for starters, I’ve never witnessed either Jaime Wyatt, nor the Dropkick Murphys in person before, and albeit hearing nothing but amazing things about this band, covering media was going to be a new experience in which I was sure to enjoy. The “This Machine…Theater Tour“, in my opinion stopped at the perfect sized venue t make their stage show the most memorable possible, while still giving the ticket buy a personable experience!
First up was Jaime Wyatt, a solo acoustical act I never heard of, that is until a good friend of mine out of Washington told me she was incredible! Her connection with the audience is probably why she was chosen to tour with the Dropkick Murphys. Americana folk comes to mind with subtle nuances, a single spot light, and winning over the listening DM fans with great stories! I definitely became a fan!
Next Up, Dropkick Murphys … What can I say, these guys got it going on! I normally don’t write about the history of a band because I focus on what ahead in the near and distant future, but in this case, it deserves a deeper dive with some quick, fun facts.
Dropkick Murphys started it all on a dare! Yup, and from there a name was formed from a local iconic wrestler “John E. “Dropkick” Murphy” who also operated a “kinda” Rehab, yes there’s more to that … but that’s another story! The Dropkicks have featured 14 different musicians over the years. Originally, it consisted of Casey, Mike McColgan, Rick Barton, and Jeff Erna. The current lineup includes Casey, Al Barr, Tim Brennan, Jeff DaRosa, Matt Kelly, and James Lynch. They got their first break opening up for the Mighty Mighty Boss Tones and they used to let their entire entourage of family get up on stage during their performances, until that is when it got out of control! There’s so much more, but you get the gist of it, and the rest is history.
The antics, Irish anthem-ism, working class supporting, punky, ska-ish Dropkicks are simply a super fun stage show to see, bar none and no pun intended! I had a blast watching every second and I’d do it again just for the party type atmosphere and fan comradery. The audience participation and connection is what the Dropkick Murphys are all about!
There’s till plenty tour left to go see as well.