By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Alice Laussade
By Scott Reitz
Traditional regional music is a heavy influence for all three acts on this bill.
Flogging Molly is a Los Angeles punk band that uses traditional Irish melodies and instruments, including the tin whistle, and falls somewhere between the Dropkick Murphys and The Pogues on the punk-to-traditional-Celtic-music continuum. Singer Dave King (a genuine Irishman, by the way) writes folk-influenced sing-alongs that take up for the working man and other mistreated souls. The last time I saw them, the crowd was a pogoing, moshing mess, so I wouldn't recommend wearing anything that would be ruined if it were to be soaked with other peoples' sweat. Expect lots of new material, as their fourth studio album, Float, is scheduled for a March 4 release.
The Reverend Peyton, the most straightforward and traditional-sounding act on the bill, uses a National steel guitar and acoustic flattop Gibson in his acoustic blues and folk, accented with stomping percussion and washboard.
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band is a young six-piece folk-rock outfit—complete with banjo, accordion and sitar—with players who are clearly influenced more by their parents' classic rock records than anything contemporary.