One of the ways Bill and I have taken advantage of our childlessness is by attending local concerts, in particular, checking off bucket list concerts. Our most recent concert excursion was to go and see Bounding Souls, Rancid, and Dropkick Murphys on their From Boston to Berkeley Tour. It was a sold out show on a Sunday night in The Flats in downtown Cleveland so we left super early, knowing all tickets were general admission.
We got into downtown around 4:30, for a 7 pm show time. Once we parked, we walked over to the Flat Iron Cafe, as an Irish pub seemed a fitting place to have dinner prior to the concert. We’ve been there previously and the food is fantastic. I got the shepherds pie and Bill had the bangers and mash. If you’re in Cleveland and looking for authentic Irish food, I definitely recommend Flat Iron.
We got back to the venue by 6 and made our way to the bleachers. We’d joked prior to the show about being “old people” at a punk concert. This was definitely one of the more diverse concerts I’ve been to in a while though. The age range mostly seemed to span from early 20’s into mid-50’s, which was kind of refreshing.
Jake Burns warmed the crowd up before the first act, performing a few songs acoustically. I had no idea who he was, but he was really good! Bill, of course, looked him up on Wikipedia, and apparently, he is the frontman of a band called Stiff Little Fingers.
Bouncing Souls took the stage first and I’m not overly familiar with them honestly. Bill was excited to see them and I know a couple of their songs, but that’s it. All in all, they were pretty awesome, though they didn’t play the one song I for sure knew, Ole. Next up was Rancid, who I was most pumped to see. They did not disappoint. With a band that’s been around as long as they have, there is always a concern that the songs you are hoping to hear, they won’t play. But they did. I got to hear Ruby Soho and Timebomb. Following Rancid was Dropkick Murphys and they were also phenomenal. They played The State of Massachusetts and I’m Shipping Up To Boston. At the end of it all, Rancid and Dropkick got on stage together to perform a couple of songs, starting off with Folsom Prison Blues.
All in all, it was a great concert and everything I had hoped for. If you’ve considered going, GO. I highly recommend it.