The DONOTS – a high energy German Rock band – opened the night up with a great sound. The crowd really seemed to be enjoying their set, and many people who were waiting in line to by merch bailed to run in to catch a few songs.
Second up on the stage were Mariachi El Bronx (AKA The Bronx), kind of a punk-mariachi band. (It’s really kind of hard to explain.) They definitely weren’t as high energy as what you might expect for a second act in this bill, but they were very entertaining and kept the crowd engaged.
As is their custom, Flogging Molly greeted the crowd with raised pints in hand, ready to rock. It wasn’t long before the body surfing began, which included an odd looking fellow with no shirt and a bra. Flogging Molly is an entertaining and fun-loving act. It’s always great to see entire families coming to enjoy the show together.
Regular banjo man Bob Schmidt had to fly home for a family emergency so Ray Suen, the violinist for Mariachi El Bronx, filled in for several numbers.
When the show ended, the whole band gathered items to throw to the crowd – . set lists, guitar picks, drum sticks and even some sweaty towels. A couple of members even jumped off stage and made their way out into the crowd to give hugs and thanks.