Local boys done good Larry and His Flask will play a home show at Silver Moon Brewing next week. I talked to beast-of-a-bassist Jesse Marshall about the band’s recent stint opening for Celtic-punk kingpins Dropkick Murphys between New Jersey and Texas, and what it’s meant for the band. Here’s an excerpt:
For the past two years, this hillbilly whirlwind has spent much of its time on the road. The band has toured across the United States and Canada, playing not only bar gigs but also on any street corner that would have them. And they’ve done it because they love playing music and never want to do anything else.
Which brings us to … last November, when the Flask opened for Dropkick Murphys at Bend’s Midtown Ballroom, and members of the headliner caught enough of the opening set to decide to reach out to the guys.
“Their whole crew and the guys really enjoyed (us), and we started talking to their management,” Marshall said. “Ken Casey, the singer and bass player, wanted to talk to us and mentioned their St. Patty’s tour and that they’d want to have us come along.”
Read how the Flask cinched the gig, and what it was like to open the Murphys’ sold-out St. Patrick’s Day show in Boston, by clicking here.
In Feedback, I detail some of the recently announced shows and new developments on the local music scene that point to a healthy, happy late spring and summer for local music fans. Discussed: the new PDXchange Program, the return of promoter Daniel Hill via Dream Land Productions, two concerts happening at Mandala Yoga Community, the expansion of Cassie Moore’s empire and the official launch of LOUDgirl Productions, the steady strength of Random Presents, and upcoming shows at Bendistillery Martini Bar, Three Creeks Brewing Co., Mountain’s Edge, Les Schwab Amphitheater and other venues in town. I hope you’ll read the whole thing right here.
Also in this week’s music section: Taarka plays twice this weekend, Mark Ransom’s 40th birthday bash, the return of the Supersuckers, a bluegrass jamboree to help the hungry, Parrilla Grill’s spring concert series and the live debut of The RTL Project. And if that’s not enough for you, you can always find more in our complete music listings.