Having been together since 1996, Boston’s legendary Celtic punk band the Dropkick Murphys are about to hit Reno in a different way than the town has seen before: a seated theater performance touring for an acoustic album.
While popularly known for rising from punk and hardcore roots, and most often putting on shows that whip the crowd into a whirlwind of catchy singalong energy, the band is touring on its most recent album, “This Machine Still Kills Fascists,” where the band takes on its inspiration from Woody Guthrie – including putting to music unused lyrics written by the country folk singer after Guthrie’s daughter approached the band about using various collected lyrics composed by Guthrie in their own songs. The result is 10 songs of acoustic hard living anthems. While different from nearly all previous recordings, the working class tone fits in perfect with the band’s strong Boston ties. Country singers Nikki Lane and Evan Felker also feature on songs on the record.
Deemed the “This Machine… Theater Tour,” the band’s Reno show will give the crowd a new way to see the band perform, which will include different takes on their catalog of work dating back to the 90s. Infamous for their bawdy St. Patrick’s Day shows, the Dropkick Murphys swing through Reno on Friday, Nov. 11, though only limited tickets are remaining. Outlaw country artists Jaime Wyatt and Jesse Ahern will open the show.
Openers: Jaime Wyatt and Jesse Ahern
When: Friday, Nov. 11
Where: Silver Legacy Casino Grande Expo Hall, Reno