Celtic punk rock giant Flogging Molly and influential, California-bred punk rockers Social Distortion will bring their Summer Tour 2019 to KettleHouse Amphitheater on September 17, 2019. They’ll also be joined by the Devil Makes Three and Le Bucherettes.
It’s been a long time since Social Distortion has played in Montana, but Flogging Molly previously sold out the Amp in 2018 with an unforgettable performance alongside Dropkick Murphys. They also sold out the Wilma in 2017. Check out the photos from both shows here.
Since their start in Los Angeles in 1997, Flogging Molly has built a massive fanbase through their unique style of Celtic punk rock — infusing instruments like violin, mandolin and the accordion—and they merge blues progressions with grinding guitars and traditional Irish music. “We’re not a traditional band,” explains Dublin-born frontman Dave King. “We are influenced by traditional music and inspired by it, but without question we put our own twist on it.”
Their most recent album Life is Good, was released in 2017 and peaked at 69 on the Billboard’s Top 200. It was the follow up to 2011’s Speed of Darkness which landed at #9 on Billboard’s Top 200. In 2010, to showcase their unparalleled and limitless energy on stage, the band released Flogging Molly: Live at the Greek Theatre, a three disc set chronicling their legendary sold out shows at one of LA’s most famous music venues. Float, released in 2008, was a deeply stirring and personal album recorded in King’s native Ireland. Possibly their most commercially successful album, Drunken Lullabies, was released in 2002 and was certified gold.
Over the past 30 years, the punk godfathers, Social Distortion, have all but trademarked their sound, a brand of hard rockabilly/punk that’s cut with the melodic, road-tested lyrics of frontman Mike Ness. Their searing guitars and a locomotive rhythm section sound as alive today as they did in ’82, as do Ness’ hard-luck tales of love, loss and lessons learned. “The most common thing I hear is, ‘Man, your music got me through some hard times,’” Ness says. “And I just say, ‘Me too.’”
Social Distortion is currently working on their first album since 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the highest debut that the band has yet seen. Hard Times was also the #1 Independent Album and the #2 Modern Rock/Alternative Album week of release. The band also made their late night television debut when they performed “Machine Gun Blues” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and later played for Conan on Hard Times’ release date.
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26th at 10AM at The Top Hat, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. Logjam presale tickets will be available Apr. 24-25 (details below). General admission standing pit tickets, reserved stadium seating tickets and general admission lawn tickets are available. Shuttle and parking tickets for this event are also available for advance purchase here. All ages are welcome.
Logjam Presents is proud to partner with Montana Trout Unlimited so that $1 from every ticket sold to KettleHouse Amphitheater events will go to the Blackfoot River Fund – a dedicated fund to conserve and protect the beautiful Blackfoot River. More info on the Blackfoot River Fund and its efforts can be found here.