One thing that Boston is known for having is a proud Irish heritage, so it would seem only fitting that the city knows how to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. As part of the city’s annual tradition, it will once again host the Celtic punk rock group, Dropkick Murphys, as part of the fun celebration March 17th through the 20th..
With their song “Shipping Up to Boston” being practically the city’s anthem, Dropkick Murphys’ concerts are highly anticipated each year. As such, their shows typically sell out well in advance. Formed in 1996 in Quincy, Massachusetts, the band released five albums after being signed to Hellcat Records. The band’s 2004 single “Tessie” was its first mainstream hit and its highest charting single. The ever-popular “Shipping Up to Boston” was released on the band’s final Hellcat album, 2005’s The Warrior Code. The song was also featured in the Academy Award-winning movie The Departed and went on to be the band’s only Platinum-selling single.
In 2007, the band began releasing its albums through its own label: Born & Bred. The band has continued to release albums through its own label and has become well-known for its loud and energetic performances. Throughout this time, the band has also become known for support unions and other working class causes, having developed a strong relationship with the AFL-CIO. All shirts sold by the band are union made in the United States. The band also donated all proceeds from the release of a two-song CD single to the family of Andrew K. Farrar, Jr., who was a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant killed during Operation Iraqi Freedome.
House of Blues Boston
In addition to bringing an iconic band to Boston for St. Patrick’s Day, the band will perform at one of the city’s most popular venues: the House of Blues. The House of Blues is known for being the venue of the best soul, blues and rock concerts in the city. Considered to be a part of the lively nightlife scene around Fenway Park, the family-friendly venue offers 2,425 seats along with an additional 350 seats in a private lounge area. As a mid-sized venue, it offers plenty of seats while providing an intimate setting for those who want to enjoy a great live performance.
The original House of Blues was started in 1992 by Hard Rock Café founder Isaac Tigrett and comic Dan Akroyd. Located in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, the venue showcased southern music include blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues and rock. After Tigrett and Akroyd sold the club to the entertainment company Live Nation in 2006, the company opened a dozen House of Blues venues throughout the country. The Cambridge location was ultimately closed and the new location nearly across the street from Fenway was opened. In addition to hosting Dropkick Murphys, the venue hosts a variety of touring acts throughout the year. The venue also features an on-site restaurant featuring Southern and Cajun specialties.
The House of Blues in Boston is located at 15 Lansdowne Street. It can be accessed via the Green Line/Kenmore Square T-station. Very little metered parking is available in the area.