Dropkick Murphys bring St. Patrick’s Day Tour with Agnostic Front to Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on March 12
From a press release:
It was announced today that the Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys will bring their annual St. Patrick’s Day Tour to the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Special guests Agnostic Front and Bim Skala Bim will be opening the show.
Tickets, which are $35 in advance or $40 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. and will be available through the Sherman Theater box office (524 Main St., Stroudsburg), online at shermantheater.com and ticketfly.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. VIP boxes and sky boxes are available for this show and include eight tickets (VIP box) or 12 tickets (sky box), a fruit and cheese platter, and waitstaff. To purchase box seats, call the theater at 570-420-2808.
Marking the Dropkick Murphys’ first U.S. tour of the year, the St. Patrick’s Day Tour will kick off on Feb. 24 in Uncasville, Connecticut and culminate with the band’s annual hometown run of Boston shows St. Patrick’s Day Week (March 15-18).
Tour openers include New York hardcore icons Agnostic Front and Boston ska pioneers Bim Skala Bim, who both have a long history with Dropkick Murphys and have shared bills with the band since the early days of DKM. Bim Skala Bim was a co-opener for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ “Boston On The Road” tour in 1997, which introduced Dropkick Murphys to a national audience. Dropkick Murphys and Agnostic Front last toured the U.S. together in 1998, which was followed by the DKM/AF 7-inch split “Unity” in 1999.
Prior to the St. Patrick’s Day Tour, fans are also invited to enjoy a rare opportunity to see Dropkick Murphys and professional boxing in a small intimate setting at the Dropkick Murphys & Murphys Boxing Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 16 in Plainville, Massachusetts. Proceeds from the event benefit the band’s charitable foundation, the Claddagh Fund, as well as Ernie Boch’s Music Drives Us Foundation.
Dropkick Murphys – Al Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, mellotron, whistles, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitars, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, percussion, vocals), and James Lynch (guitar, vocals) – are touring in support of their “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory” album, released through the band’s own Born & Bred Records earlier this year. The album debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the No. 1 independently released album.
There’s a feeling of purpose throughout the album, influenced by the band’s work with the Claddagh Fund, a charity the band established in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children’s and veterans’ organizations. Dropkick Murphys are hands-on in raising funds, mentoring, and lending a helping hand with veterans, youth sports, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Many of the songs reflect these experiences and the band’s sadness, anger, and dismay at the opioid epidemic ravaging the country – in Boston and New England, in particular – and also their feeling of pride and optimism at the sight of those who have turned their lives around.
Dropkick Murphys have become ambassadors for their city. In Boston, it seems like everybody knows someone connected to the band, whether by blood, friendship, or the time they shared a brew at a Bruins game. They’ve built a legacy that does Beantown proud.