‘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”).