Playing a positive-natured brand of hardcore-tinged Celtic punk, Flatfoot 56 has been unleashing itself upon America and the rest of the world for over 10 years now. Forming in 2000, the Chicago natives achieved nationwide attention with their first two label-backed records, 2006’s Knuckles Up and 2007’s Jungle of the Midwest Sea. These releases built on a heavy dose of previously established regional notoriety, helping the band gain steam early on.
While each record received its fair share of acclaim, the quintet exploded onto a new level with 2010’s Black Thorn. Landing the band on a total of 9 Billboard Charts, Flatfoot 56 proved it could consistently reach an expanding audience while treading in a genre not often associated with widespread success.
Frontman Tobin Bawinkel (vocals/guitar) is now set to lead Flatfoot 56 on in their furious march forward. Armed with brothers Justin (drums) and Kyle (bass), along with Eric McMahon (bagpipes/guitar) and Brandon Good (mandolin/guitar), Flatfoot 56 is now preparing to enter the studio again to record its fourth label-backed studio album.
THE CROMBIES ( members of Lord Mikes Dirty Calypsonians, Deals Gone Bad, The Stranger, The Sonnets, The Civilized Age)
Hey you! Are you missing that live 2 Tone sound? Well listen buster…you better start to move your feet. The dance craze sound has returned to Chicago! This are THE CROMBIES! Beats that go one step beyond. Riddims that will have you ranking full stop. Ska that will free Nelson Mandela over and over.
Spawning from the musically vibrant city of Boston, Mickey Rickshaw is a high energy Celtic Punk band that plays fast and loud. Heavily influenced by the New England Punk and Hardcore and Ska scenes, the band also incorporates sounds from Mediterranean folk music, Australian drinking songs, and traditional Irish melodies. Their high tempo songs range in topics from travel and wanderlust, to crumbling long time friendships, to general celebration of life and death.
In June 2015, they released their debut full length album, “No Heaven for Heroes.” The album pays tribute to great Celtic punk outfits that precede them, however it takes on its own original, youthful sound. After playing on Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise with Rancid, The Street Dogs and many other great bands, Mickey Rickshaw is making moves fast.
Their new release, “Behind the Eight Ball” has quickly been gaining recognition within the community, and has earned the band an invitation to play on the Salty Dog Cruise for a second year.
Thoughtful, melodic punk jams with a lot of heart.