Thursday, August 22, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 25

Santa Maria Sun / Music

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Celtic punk band Flogging Molly to perform at Chumash Casino


A concert series taking place on a pirate ship during a four-night Caribbean cruise sounds like a scam of Fyre Festival proportions. Getting scammed over a failed music fest on an island inhabited by super models is one thing, but on a pirate ship? That’s a whole other level of disappointment.

The Salty Dog Cruise, hosted and headlined annually by Celtic punk band Flogging Molly since 2014, doesn’t promise models, but at least it’s real. However, the pirate ship visual motif on the event’s website is rather misleading (turns out it’s just a regular cruise ship). They can’t blame fansor specifically MEfor expecting a pirate theme, especially since the cruise is named after “Salty Dog,” one of the group’s three pirate punk anthemsthe other two being “Cruel Mistress” and “Seven Deadly Sins.”

Frontman Dave King leads Celtic punk rock band Flogging Molly, who will perform at Chumash Casino on Friday, March 22.

There’s plenty of plundering, pillaging, and general disregard for maritime law to be found in each song’s lyrics, enough to make Michael Bluth throw the book at the band. And even when the words become indiscernible, accordion and concertina player Matt Hensley supplies enough nautical noise to remind us we’re in the pirate genre.

Land dwellers and those prone to seasickness need not fret though, Flogging Molly is dropping anchor in Santa Ynez and coming ashore for a performance on Friday, March 22, at Chumash Casino Resort. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and guests can expect to hear the band’s trademark blend of traditional Irish and punk rock music. Some of their most popular hits are confirmed to be on the setlist, including “Float,” “Speed of Darkness,” and “Within a Mile of Home,” among more recent songs fresh off of their latest studio album Life is Good.

The seven-piece punk outfit features lead vocalist and principal songwriter Dave King, violinist Bridget Regan, guitarist Dennis Casey, bassist Nathen Maxwell, mandolinist Spencer Swain, drummer Mike Alonso, and the aforementioned accordionist Hensley. The band is named after Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Los Angeles, home of the group’s first weekly gig in the early ’90s. The “flogging” refers to the notion that the band was flogging the pub to death, playing there every Monday night, according to King. I just wish they would start flogging some of the pubs around here on a weekly basis. Flogging O’Sullivan has a nice ring to it, right?

Tickets to the Chumash Casino concert range from $69 to $99. The resort is located at 3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez. Call (800) 248-6274 or visit to find out more.

Shamrock and roll 

Indie pop artist Sarah Bethe Nelson performs on Thursday, March 21, at 9 p.m. at the Wicked Shamrock in Lompoc. Nelson was the founding member of Prairiedog, a Sacramento-based roots rock band, before deciding to fly solo in 2013. After a move to San Francisco, Nelson found herself writing songs of a different variety, trading the bluesy folk sound of her former band for a moodier, indie approach.

Indie pop artist Sarah Bethe Nelson performs on Thursday, March 21, at the Wicked Shamrock.

Stepping out of her comfort zone and diving into the world of alternative pop, the lyrics of Nelson’s first post-Prairiedog songs were informed by her experience working as a bartender at the Make-Out Room in San Francisco’s Mission District. Her song “Paying,” for example, tells the story of a woman working at a watering hole who confronts the man who not only broke her heart, but maxed out his bar tab as well. The song wound up on Nelson’s first solo album, Fast Moving Clouds, in 2015, which was followed by Oh, Evolution in 2017.

Two Lompoc-based acts, folk rock soloist Jacob Cole and Americana group Angie and the Nightmares, will be opening for Nelson at the Shamrock show. Cole released his first studio album, Cold Blue, recorded at Certain Sparks Music, in 2016, and his influences include Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Kurt Vile, and Cass McCombs. The storytelling style displayed throughout the songs of Angie and the Nightmares reflects inspiration from classic country artists like Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline. Their debut album, If I Fall, was released in 2018.

More music

Country/soul artist Petrella and her band, Mixed Influence, perform on Saturday, March 16, at Rancho Nipomo Barbecue.

Rancho Nipomo Barbecue presents Petrella, aka the First Lady of Country Soul, and her band, Mixed Influence, on Saturday, March 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Petrella and company will perform their unique blend of country, soul, rock, blues, and R&B. With seven studio albums under her belt so far, Petrella has been touring the country as a career musician since 1988.

Singer/songwriter Keith Cox performs on Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m. at Vino et Amicis Wine Bar. This soloist’s rock/country setlist includes both covers and originals. Cox also performs on Saturday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Blast 825 Brewery, followed by Southern rock/country group Joe Daddy and the Sumthings at 10 p.m. The brewery also hosts acoustic pop artist Michael Shelton at 6:30 p.m. and blues/country group Juke Joint Jammers at 10 p.m. on Friday, March 15.

Blast 825 Brewery presents blues/country act Juke Joint Jammers on Friday, March 15.

Also in Orcutt, Victor Valencia performs on Friday, March 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Naughty Oak Brewing Company in Orcutt. Valencia plays an eclectic mix of jazz, reggae, pop, and traditional Mexican music. Food from Beau’s Dogs will be available for purchase during the concert. Only a few miles north, Moxie Cafe in Santa Maria hosts pop/rock cover band The Wavebreakers on Friday, March 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez presents country acts Dusty Jugz on Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m. and Jimmi Nelson on Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, neighboring venue Cold Spring Tavern hosts bluegrass band Sycamore Strings on Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m., Motown/soul act Do No Harm on Saturday, March 16, at 5 p.m., and folk rock/surf band Hoodlum Friends on Sunday, March 17, at 4:30 p.m. 

Calendar Editor Caleb Wiseblood wrote this week’s Local Notes. Contact him at 

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