Dropkick Murphys @ Jannus Live, St Pete, FL 04 March 2023
Its been over 10 years since I’ve seen Dropkick Murphys, and they were just as dynamic and fun as I remember them being!
Jessie Ahern opened the show. While I wasn’t familiar with his music, I was immediately grooving to his songs. He’s a one-man-show and he really brings the stage presence. I grabbed one of his CDs after his set so that I can get more familiar with his stuff. I definitely want to catch him next time he comes around!
The Rumjacks was another great surprise! Man, I’m kicking myself for not looking these guys up before this show, because, damn… They had a ton of energy and some fantastic tunes. They dialed the energy up consistently throughout their set. And honestly, I’d never think that a band with a front-man who plays the tin whistle could rock the house as much as they did. I know… judgy-mcJudgerson over here. These guys rock, and I’m glad that I got to see them!
The thing that I recall most about the Dropkick Murphys last show (that I saw in like ’09.. yeah, I’m old, whatevs) was how much they engaged the audience. That hasn’t changed at all! They came out onto the stage dialed up to 11. Everyone in the front row, and as far back as I could see was singing along. Several times Al Barr came out onto the stage extension and encouraged a few lucky people in the front to sing along on the mic.
This whole show was a ton of fun and an amazing amount of raw energy. 12 albums in and Dropkick Murphys are still bringing it! I’m excited that I got to see them again and can’t wait of for the next time!
Last night I went out to hang to Crum’s Bar to hang out with AutopsyIV of NineBullets.net fame and see Fifth on the Floor play. Some great sounds from the band and Matty Rodgers (guitars, mandolin, harmonica, vocals) was killing it with some really unexpected chops on the guitar. They’re playing again tonight. If you’ve not been to Crum’s Bar (65 craft beers on tap) and are looking for something to do, go check it out. In the meantime, check out some photos…
I was contacted by the Sarah Gerard and Mitzi Gordon from The Dali Museum of St Petersburg about photographing their portion of Creative Loafing’s Sensory Overload event several weeks ago. They were going to do a temporary art installation in the form of a Dali inspired fashion show and performance art. To say that I was a little excited to do this is really denying my inner tendency for hyperbole.
Over the evening of shooting the Dali’s exhibit at Creative Loafing’s Sensory Overload party) I met some awesome people and had a great time. I’d like to give props to Mitzi Gordon for all of her hard work organizing the exhibit, the designers Ivanka Ska, Aleka Pheonix, Ungala and all of the performers including the staff from the Dali Museum, the dancers from USF and University of Tampa, and Hillsborough Community College and everyone else involved. You were all amazing to work with!
I had to wait a little while to post my take on the evening so that the Dali could get first exposure on the entire set of photos from the evening and Creative Loafing could run with the photos that I took while wandering around with their street team after the Sensory overload party was over.
And with that, I give you my photographic story of the evening?
Related photos: The complete photo set that I provided The Dali Museum here, the street photos that I provided to Creative Loafing here, or view the whole set here.