TVD Live Shots: Dropkick Murphys at the 9:30 Club, 3/10

They danced as they drank, and they screamed as they sang. They even got a little rowdy. Oh yeah, and the Dropkick Murphys were there too.

The Dropkick Murphys, the Hellcats from Massachusetts and one of the finest Celtic-punk bands to come into existence, played a two-night stint at the 9:30 Club Sunday and Monday evening. The band known for playing loud and hard, certainly did not disappoint. In fact, this was the loudest show I’ve been to in quite a while.

The band is touring to support the release of Signed and Sealed in Blood, which has already broken into the Top Ten on the Billboard charts. With eight studio albums, multiple singles, EPs, and compilation releases under their belt, Dropkick Murphys show no signs of slowing down. Their live shows are renowned, and tickets practically sell themselves. They play their own brand of punk rock with bagpipes and banjos and have an almost cult-like following.

Anyone who has ever been to a Dropkick show before knows that the crowd is a huge factor in the spirit of their performance, and the assembled throng on Sunday night did more than live up to standards set by years of screaming and loyal fans of this band—they owned it.

If you missed the band over the weekend, you have one more chance to see them this week. Dropkick will be the featured act for Elliot in the Morning’s “Kegs and Eggs” event this Friday morning. Kegs and Eggs 14 is a free event and is first-come, first-served admission. The event will feature Dropkick Murphys, Carbon Leaf, The Alternative Routes, and a special performance by Stephen Lynch. Start time is early at 7AM. Good luck, night owls…

Every now and then, there is an event, or more specifically a show, that creates enough energy to transform average music fans into a rowdy bunch of hooligans. Even more specifically, perhaps it takes a Dropkick Murphys show to let the fine people of our beautiful town realize that it’s alright to have a few beers, sing along to some good music, and dance around with your friends. If this is how they do it in Boston, it looks like I’ll be covering more shows in Beantown soon.

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