Dropkick Murphys plan ‘Shamrock-N-Roll’ festival

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The Dropkick Murphys have revealed plans for their first annual touring festival called the “Shamrock-N-Roll Festival”, which will kick off after the band’s highly anticipated sold out shows at Fenway Park in September.

As previously reported, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones will perform at the Fenway Park shows. However, those shows will feature a different lineup from the rest of the touring festival and will be annoucned shortly.

The touring festival will feature the Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, The Mahones, The Parkington Sisters, as well as additional yet-to-be-announced local bands and national acts performing on two alternating stages (a main stage and an acoustic stage). A boxing demonstration and signing with special guest, renowned boxer “Irish” Micky Ward will also take place at the family friendly, all-ages festival.

“We wanted to put a different spin on the idea of an Irish music festival–instead of focusing on the Old World folk tradition, we’re showcasing the ways that tradition has woven itself into newer music–while still maintaining a family-friendly environment and Irish cultural perspective,” explained Dropkick Murphys’ founder/bassist/vocalist Ken Casey in a press release announcing the touring festival. “Our fans cross so many generations, and not all of them want to see a Dropkick Murphys show in a punk rock venue. The Shamrock-N-Roll Festival will give more fans an opportunity to experience our live show, and to hear the unique ways that the other bands on the festival bring that Irish influence into their modern music.”

The Dropkick Murphys Shamrock-N-Roll Festival will hit seven cities including Bangor, Maine on September 10.

In related news, the Dropkick Murphys charitable foundation The Claddagh Fund will host the “Rotten Tomato Karaoke” on Thursday. The event will feature Boston’s favorite athletes, entertainers, politicians and TV/Radio personalities singing their favorite karaoke songs. Making the event truly unique, attendees can then purchase rotten tomatoes to throw at the celebrity singers. Confirmed participants include Jonathan Papelbon, Shawn Thornton, Micky Ward, Lenny Clark and Heidi Watney. The benefit will take place next to The Barking Crab at 66 Sleeper Street in Boston from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 with tomatoes available for an extra $25 though the foundation’s website.

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