Flogging Molly::Aragon Ballroom::03/13/10
Being in a major market like Chicago gives one plenty of chances to see good Celtic-inspired music during this season, be it traditional or completely raucous. Irish punk on St. Paddy’s Day weekend. That’s good. Flogging Molly on St. Paddy’s Day weekend? That’s really how to do it right.
I figured I was going to be late to the show due to a public transportation mishap. I knew they were going to play a while, but still: it’s the kind of show you don’t want to miss a minute of. The train ended up getting there in time and I strolled in to the venue with about ten minutes to spare. Those minutes were then spent worming my way through an absolutely packed venue to the front-of-house position, where I got to catch up to our friend, Aaron Glas. It is a pleasure to watch the guy work. His skills are beyond his years and it definitely won’t be for lack of demand when he’s decided to retire from the world of audio.
The intro music started and the house lights mistakenly stayed on, but that couldn’t stop anyone in the room from screaming. The audience was almost louder than the P.A., which was not slouching. The band took the stage, Guinesses held high, strapped it on, and tore in to “(No More) Paddy’s Lament”. Twenty-four songs later the last note of “Seven Deadly Sins” rang out and 4500 Paddy’s Day revelers went out in to the world, absolutely charged up.
Walking the stage afterward I spotted a KSM313 on Dennis Casey’s amp. I asked Aaron if they took any special care of it, as it’s a ribbon and I’ve not heard of any case studies of those mics on the road. “No,” he said, “It lives in the box with everything else.” I’ve been with this company ten years and I can still be shocked by how durable we make these products.
I didn’t have it in me to join the after party. I can only imagine how that went on a weekend like this.