Flogging Molly Returns and G Love (of G Love & Special Sauce) Will Perform at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center
The Sands Bethlehem Event Center has just announced Flogging Molly ,will appear on Saturday, November 29th at 8:30 pm and G Love (of Glove and Special Sauce) will appear on Friday, January 2nd at 9 PM
Tickets for Flogging Molly are $35.00 and G Love tickets are $ 29.50. Both shows are General Admission and go on sale Friday, 9/19 at 10 am. Tickets can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.
Nothing has mattered more to Flogging Molly than their new record, Speed of Darkness. “It wasn’t the album we set out to write,” vocalist/guitarist Dave King says. “It became the album we had to write.” Musically and lyrically, Flogging Molly has never sounded so mature or rousing, nor have the messages of alienation and hope behind their songs ever been so relevant. Speed of Darkness was written over several months when the band would descend into the basement of King’s Detroit home—a home he shares with his wife, Flogging Molly fiddler, Bridget Regan (they maintain dual residences in Ireland and Detroit, where Bridget was born and raised).
As the country struggled to stay afloat, the songs evolved into odes to the working man and battle cries against the elite establishment that so quickly and callously cast him aside. “I write from my surroundings,” King says. “I wanted people who’ve lost their jobs to know I was paying attention. We’re singing for them, all of these good people brought to their knees.” Nowhere is this more apparent than on the charging and bluesy track “The Power’s Out.”
Founded in Los Angeles in 1997, Flogging Molly has always defied categorization. The infectious originality of their songs is a badge of honor and key to the band’s creativity, their urgency. They infuse punk rock with Celtic instruments—violin, mandolin and the accordion—and they merge blues progressions with grinding guitars and traditional Irish music, the music of King’s youth. “We’re not a traditional put our own twist on it.” Theirs is music of exile and rebellion, of struggle and history and protest. It’s music of a country torn down the middle, a deeply beautiful and wounded country that knows no quit, and Flogging Molly pays homage to that resolve in every note. Whether it’s a driving anthem like “Black Friday Rule” or the upbeat duet with Lucinda Williams, “Factory Girls”, the band’s only criteria for its music is simple and bone-deep: that it matter.
Flogging Molly’s fans have always appreciated the social and political awareness driving the music. Swagger, the band’s first album, transcended everyone’s expectations in 2000, and the track “The Worst Day Since Yesterday” was included in the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Drunken Lullabies was released in 2002 and certified Gold. In 2004, the band released Within a Mile of Home, and in 2008, Flogging Molly put out Float, a deeply stirring and personal album recorded in King’s native Ireland. No surprise that Float found the band’s widest audience yet. Through all of this, Flogging Molly—first, last, and always a live band—was touring, playing raucous and adrenaline-fueled shows in bars, pubs, and nearly every major rock festival in North America, Europe, and Japan. “In Ireland,” King says, “you go to the pub to have a conversation. That’s what we do every night on stage, go to the pub and trade stories.”
Speed Of Darkness is music to play after you’ve lost your job or your love, and music to listen to as you dream of better things for your family and country. It’s the music you hear as you fight a bigger man, and it’s the music you hear as you help him from the floor and buy him a pint at the bar. The album, like Flogging Molly itself, is a testament to youth and resilience, to growing old and the wisdom of scars, and yet for all of the record’s darkness and the speed with which it descends, the ultimate theme is one of light: We can persevere. We must and we will persevere.
band,” explains Dublin-born King. “We are influenced by traditional music and inspired by it, but without question we
Garrett Dutton was born in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, and began playing guitar at age eight. He wrote his first song by the time he was in the ninth grade and began playing harmonica in a wire rack. Dutton credits Bob Dylan and John Hammond Jr., as well as the then-contemporary “old school” hip-hop sounds of Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, and Philadelphia’s own Schoolly D, as influences.
The “G” stands for Garrett as said in many radio interviews. He said in an interview that the “Love” was just there because it sounded right.
Combining blues and hip-hop into what he termed “ragmop,” G. Love rose from the streets of Philadelphia into the American music scene. At the beginning of his career, he fused his vocal and guitar talents with his band Special Sauce–acoustic bass player Jimmy “Jazz” Prescott and drummer Jeffrey Clemens. As G. Love and Special Sauce, they released such popular singles as “Cold Beverage” and “Baby’s Got Sauce.” Love went on to work with other bands, as well as playing and recording with Special Sauce. His good looks, smooth vocal delivery, and unfailing dedication to touring provided a steady climb to notoriety.
Known nowadays for his live shows, he is often seen touring with Jack Johnson. As a producer, Johnson signed G. Love to his record label Brushfire Records. He has made appearances on the records of artists such as Slightly Stoopid , Donavon Frankenreiter, and Dave Matthews.
G. Love joined forces with The Avett Brothers who produced and are featured on “Fixin’ to Die”. The album was released in 2011 and showcased G. Love’s love of back road blues. His latest release “Sugar “ came out in April of 2014.
With a career spanning 20 years, G Love has a hefty repertoire to pull songs from and a solo show is sure to be full of fun and suprises.
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Vision Entertainment Group was formed to become one of the region’s leading providers of entertainment, culture and tourism products and services. Vision Entertainment Group heads up the operation of The Sands Bethlehem Event Center. Striving to become one of the top entertainment development firms in the country and stretching its arms across the Atlantic to embrace the growing demand in the entertainment industry.
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Rick Schoenen, Alliance Media Group
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