The Celtic punk group goes back to its roots with an intimate show for the ages at a small bar in The City by the Bay.
Just off the success of their rousing performance at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Flogging Molly hit the stage at Slim’s on Sunday evening. The LA-based artist proves they still know how to rock an small concert hall like venerable Slim’s with their Celtic-inspired sing-a-long anthems.
One may wonder how a seven-member band who play so many instruments between them can fit themselves and gear on such a small stage. Flogging Molly makes due and is no strangers to Slim’s, having played the venue earlier in their career. When a fan points out it has been ten years since they last played Slim’s, singer Dave King exclaims, “I haven’t aged a bit!” If his performance is any indication, he is not kidding.
Opening their set with “Screaming at the Wailing Wall,” the band’s energy becomes infectious quite early. Before the song is over, they have everyone in the venue dancing and singing along bolstered by many a strong drink. For the next ninety minutes, they play a non-stop set of crowd favorites, including “Swagger,” “Saints and Sinners,” and “Devils Dance Floor,” to name a few.
The band wraps their set with “Salty Dog” and “If I Ever Leave this World Alive,” but not before King acknowledges Flogging Molly is playing a much smaller venue than usual. He tells the crowd, “It’s good to know that at the end of the day were still just a fucking bar band.” And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Support for Flogging Molly comes from The Hooks, a San Francisco band by way of Ireland, who prove to be the perfect opener with their Beatles meets The Pogues meets The Jam sound.