Year three of the Flogging Molly Salty Dog Cruise, and the boat is still a rockin’. Mind you, not the original boat. No, Flogging Molly had to get a bigger boat this year! Headliners Flogging Molly brought along a couple of thousand of their fans, along with an amazing line up. There was something for everyone over this long weekend of shenanigans. Part of the fun is seeing bands you’re not very familiar with and walking away with a grin.
A few noteworthy finds for me…
The Cherry Coke$… I don’t even know where to start. This Japanese band plays Irish punk rock, and has a cult-like following. I know they gained more than a few more fans on this trip. High energy, great tunes, and someone crowd surfing in a kimono?! It happened. Definitely my fav find of the cruise.
The Bunny Gang… Not a first timer for the cruise, but a first timer for me. While I knew about The Bunny Gang, I’ve previously had gig conflicts and haven’t had a chance to catch one of their shows. Let’s just say I’m sold. Most will know TBG for it’s vocalist, Flogging Molly bassist Nathen Maxwell. But this isn’t a FM spin off, it’s a completely different vibe. Sorta reggae, sorta punk, sorta dark and broody.
Devotchka… A band I had not heard of before, but that came highly recommended by my friend, Mike. Devotchka is a Colorado based band with a completely different vibe. A blend of gypsy, indie, multi-instrumental magic. The show was mesmerizing, and lead singer Nick Urata’s voice entrancing. A beautiful show that left us blown away and wanting more.
No matter where you ended up, you were guaranteed a great show. All in all, a most wonderful way to spend a long weekend. On a boat, with a music festival of sorts, in the sun, with my extended family.
Til next year, Salty Dogs! #OneLove