goers arrived in kilts or wore green, prepared for an exciting night with Dropkick Murphys. And that’s what they
got—the time of their life—with a band that truly loves and appreciates its
Ives Concert Park removed all of the seats from the reserved area in anticipation of the standing room only crowd who were there to dance and party.
Barroom Heroes and Swingin’ Utters opened the night and aptly warmed-up the crowd with their Irish-tinged music. Once Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys (or DKM to their fans) hit the stage—the party was on!
Early on, the song “Rose Tattoo” was dedicated by DKM as a tribute to Sandy Hook, Conn. Shortly after that, the lead singer, Al Barr, requested that the house lights be brought up so he could see his audience. Bagpipes played as he left the stage and walked around the moat to perform next to the fans. To everyone’s delight, Al shook hands as he sung directly to the crowd, who went wild, which included crowd-surfing.
At another point in the show, two audience members were brought up on stage for a singing contest. This was not the only fan involvement. During the encore, which included a great cover of “Baba O’Riley,” DKM called all girls onstage for a rollicking final number. DKM is the first band I’ve seen where audience participation is the standard.
The remaining concert schedule will be mellower with Broadway’s Linda Eder on Aug. 31 and Ives Festival Orchestra on Sep. 8. The orchestra is performing for free at the Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St.—not at the park.