Friday, July 15, 2011

Dropkick Murphys lead new festival

Dropkick Murphys have announced the first annual Shamrock-N-Roll Festival.

The touring festival will feature Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, The Mahones, The Parkington Sisters and local bands, as well as additional yet-to-be-announced national acts performing on two alternating stages. 

A boxing demonstration and signing with special guest, renowned boxer “Irish” Micky Ward (The Fighter), will also be featured at the family friendly, all-ages festival. The full lineup will be announced soon. 

Tickets for most shows go on sale today or Saturday. For the previously announced Fenway Park shows, 18,000 tickets sold out in just 45 minutes. Go to to purchase tickets and for more details about Dropkick Murphys Shamrock-N-Roll Festival.

A dollar from every ticket sold will benefit the band’s charity, The Claddagh Fund ( In addition, $1 from every ticket sold for the Sept. 11 show in Altamont will be donated to 9/11 charities.

Dropkick Murphys’ founder/bassist/vocalist Ken Casey explains why the band decided to create their own festival:

“We wanted to put a different spin on the idea of an Irish music festival--instead of focusing on the Old World folk tradition, we’re showcasing the ways that tradition has woven itself into newer music--while still maintaining a family-friendly environment and Irish cultural perspective. Our fans cross so many generations, and not all of them want to see a Dropkick Murphys show in a punk rock venue. The Shamrock-N-Roll Festival will give more fans an opportunity to experience our live show, and to hear the unique ways that the other bands on the festival bring that Irish influence into their modern music.”

The critically-acclaimed Dropkick Murphys--known for their complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk and American rock 'n’ roll--are touring in support of their Going Out In Style CD (Born & Bred Records/ILG), which debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200--the group’s highest chart debut to date.

Catch Dropkick Murphys--Al Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, whistle, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals), and Scruffy Wallace (bagpipes)--with the festival in the following cities:

Date                                        City                                          Venue
Thursday, September 8       Boston, MA                            Fenway Park
Friday, September 9             Boston, MA                            Fenway Park
Saturday, September 10      Bangor, ME                           Bangor Waterfront
Sunday, September 11         Altamont, NY                          Altamont Fairgrounds
Monday, September 12        Pittsburgh, PA                       Trib Total Media Amphitheatre
Tuesday, September 13       Columbus, OH                       LC Pavilion
Thursday, September 15     Portsmouth, VA                     nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Saturday, September 17      Rochester, NY                      Main Street Armory
Sunday, September 18         Philadelphia, PA                    Electric Factory Lot
Tuesday, October 11              San Diego, CA                        House Of Blues
Wednesday, October 12        San Diego, CA                        House Of Blues
Friday, October 14                  Las Vegas, NV                        Hard Rock Casino
Saturday, October 15             Los Angeles, CA                     The Palladium
Wednesday, February 8         Liverpool, UK                           O2 Academy
Friday, February 10                 London, UK                             The Roundhouse
Saturday, February 11            Glasgow, Scotland                  Barrowlands

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