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By Richard Sandrok|  Comment(s)

‘Tis the Season for Flogging Molly

I’m not upset that Chicago doesn’t get Flogging Molly for St. Patrick’s Day this year.  Really, I’m not.  Totally.

OK, maybe just a little.

But I’ll take them when I can get them.

I wound my way down to the Aragon Ballroom on Saturday to catch the lads again.  I try to go every time they’re in town.  We caught up for a bit before show time, spending a bit of time discussing the finer points of antenna selection amongst other topics.  I excused myself for a bit to run another errand and then came back, slapping my pass on just as I heard the first note of “Drunken Lullabies” was struck.  I ran upstairs to find every body that could be packed on the floor with drinks raised above their heads, singing along.

I made my way to the mix position to again meet up with long-time tour manager and Front of House Engineer, Aaron Glas.  I’ve seen some legendary shows at the Aragon, but those were mostly in my past.  The venue is, how do I say this gently…”acoustically challenged”.  Er, maybe “a sonic nightmare” would better suffice.  It is a building from another time – one when amplifiers and speakers were far from commonplace.  For all its failings as an ambient space, Aaron managed to work magic.  It helps to have a band as good as Flogging Molly providing the material, of course.

The set list included some newer additions – not necessarily new songs, but some seldom-heard songs (“The Power’s Out”).

Richard

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