Flogging Molly and Lowest of the Low: first confirmed Outer Harbor concert of 2013
blog by Ben Kirst • March 24, 2013 @ 11:45am
Flogging Molly fans, members of the Lowest of the Low appreciation society and people who like to drink beer outdoors at big summer concerts, circle Aug. 2 on your calendar: the first Outer Harbor concert of the summer has been announced, and you’re going to be pleased.
It still seems a bit surreal that the Outer Harbor concert series even exists—it’s birth was one of those situations that managed to be emblematic of both the old and new Buffalo, featuring inexplicable bureaucratic fumbling (old) and clever negotiations that left everyone satisfied and able to move forward (new).
Funtime Afterdark (a partnership between local concert promoters Funtime Presents and After Dark Entertainment), if you’ll remember, was initially denied permission by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to hold concerts at the Outer Harbor, a sizeable, unused chunk of land out along Fuhrmann Boulevard on the southern outskirts of the city.
Then, suddenly, the NFTA changed their minds (perhaps when the pot was sweetened just a bit more?), and voila—we had a new summer concert venue. Girl Talk, Edge Fest and a double bill featuring The Dropkick Murphys and Snapcase served as the initial Funtime Afterdark forays into the great Outer Harbor experiment.
This winter, The Buffalo News reported that up to 10 events are planned for 2013, and Funtime Afterdark agreed to provide $100,000 worth of turf renovation and pay $105,000 in rent for the space over the next three summers.
Anyhow, Flogging Molly and Lowest of the Low are confirmed for a Aug. 2 date at the Outer Harbor. Flogging Molly is a Celtic-punk outfit from Los Angeles that is well-known for its boisterous music, colorful personalities and rambunctious live performances. The band will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year and recently wrapped up a tour of Australia and the West Coast that included a St. Patrick’s Day stop in Tempe:
According to the review in The Phoenix New Times, it was quite a scene:
Flogging Molly played a grueling and altogether amazing set. Any diehard Molly fan had to have walked away in shear drunken amazement because the band jumped all over the discographical map, hitting the major works, and stuff they hadn’t done in years, leaving no blarney stone unturned.
No blarney stone unturned! And no cliche unwritten, Richard Noel. Have another Guinness.
Opening the show will be Lowest of the Low, the Toronto-based alt-rockers featuring perennial local performer Ron Hawkins, whose presence and popularity in Buffalo have remained steady since the early 1990s. Fandom of The Low is kind of like fandom of The Hip—if you’re into them, you’re REALLY into them, and turn your nose up a bit when people don’t quite understand the appeal. They’re a pretty good band—fun to see live, and a fine selection for the bill. Good drinking music, for sure.
Photo from FloggingMolly.com.