The Dropkick Murphys
Boston-based, working class, punk band Dropkick Murphys’ inaugural Shamrock-N-Roll Festival barreled into the Altamont Fairgrounds last Sunday (September 11) for the second date of the tour, and the band brought with them a cavalcade of high-energy Celtic-rock performers; Stiff Little Fingers, Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, the Mahones, Big Bad Bollocks and the Parkington Sisters, in what promised to be a rowdy Guinness-soaked, musical free-for-all.
It turned out to be the perfect day for the event. Cool temperatures, mostly sunny skies, the spacious fairgrounds and a cool vibe all combined to make for a top-notch festival filled with great music and a lot of camaraderie amongst the crowd and performers. The bands alternated between two stages that were setup side-by-side which gave the second stage acts even more exposure as the crowd stayed focused in one area rather than having to dash back and forth between distanced setups and really kept things moving with virtually non-stop live music.