The Flogging Molly tour in Raleigh brings the best of Celtic punk and ska

Live Review

Flogging Molly. Photo by Gus Samarco.

By Gus Samarco, Rock At Night Raleigh

Live Review: Flogging Molly with the Skints, the Interrupters, and Tiger Army-Red Hat Amphitheater-June 21, 2022

The Interrupters. Photo by Gus Samarco.

My biggest problem with finding new music is that I’m still stuck in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s metal music. Writing for Rock at Night puts me in a position to get assignments to photograph bands that I wouldn’t otherwise go see. This also means returning to my favorite outdoor venue in town, Red Hat Amphitheater. I love seeing and photographing shows there because they have the best staff and not to mention, some of my favorite artists always show up there!

The Skints. Photo by Gus Samarco.

Of course, a reggae band from London wasn’t on my radar for tonight! I have to admit, I was quite smitten with the Skints–solid reggae music from across the pond!

As as I write, I have a huge grin, thinking about the performance of the Interrupters! What a fun band to listen to and photograph.  The great stage lighting combined with natural sunlight were the perfect recipe for magical photographs.  Not only was the lighting great  but it set the mood for the band–the result is one very happy photographer.  Aimee Allen’s voice and energetic music adds up to one outstanding performance. The band totally delivers and they are definitely a must-see, folks!

Flogging Molly. Photo by Gus Samarco.

I’ve seen Flogging Molly a few times before, so I knew what to expect from the Celtic punk band–and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Celtic punk just hits you in the face, ‘ya know? It is rich, fast paced, intense happy music that just makes people go.

Even though my Slayer pit days are over since the band retired, I can now throw myself into a Flogging Molly pit and have a blast!

**EU and UK friends–look for the Flogging Tour in your area starting mid-July

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Gus Samarco

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