Concert Review + Photography: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band & Flogging Molly at The Brick (Minneapolis, MN)

Dave King and Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly (Los Angeles, CA) and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Bean Blossom, IN)
May 31st, 2012
The Brick in Minneapolis, MN

Full Gallery: Smugmug

High-energy Country Blues and Irish Rock were the culprits in what turned out to the wildest night The Brick has seen yet in its first year. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Flogging Molly kept everyone clapping, dancing, stomping, “yellin” and singing all night.

Rev. Peyton kicked the night off with one hell of an opening set.

I am more than a little convinced I used to go to the wrong shows all the time, opening bands ALWAYS sucked. Over the past few months, I have hit a gold mine with amazing openers. Enter one Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band. This trio has been around for several years and tears it up on some of the most basic of instruments like washboards, five gallon buckets incorporated into Cuz’s drum set, and even a three string cigar box guitar that was a gift from a fan.

Washboards rock? Hell. Yes.

The set was a gritty, slide guitar laden experience with a dash of thumb bass guitar. Breezy Peyton donned a washboard as her instrument of choice, tambourine secured firmly in the lower right hand corner and rocking thimble-equipped  Under Armour gloves.

Thimble-equipped Under Armour gloves: Serious Business.

Reverend Peyton had the crowd yell, clap and stomp during “Clap Your Hands”. While having them practice these actions before the song started, the audience  yelled and Peyton said “Where we come from, we call that hollerin’!” Later in the set, Bob Schmidt of Flogging Molly joined them; on banjo; for Everything’s Raisin. The bearded lead singer later spoke about how they have played nearly 50 shows with Flogging Molly and how they are as good in person as they are on stage.


After a brief break, the lights dimmed in the venue and a huge band backdrop was raised to the delight of everyone. The Likes Of You Again, Swagger and the title track off of last year’s release Speed of Darkness was the soundtrack to our time in the photo pit. It was soon after that bodies started to make their way to the front via crowd surfing. I have to imagine the quality of this activity has drop dramatically since the creation of the camera phone. To support my bold statement, I present exhibit A below:

Exhibit A

Requiem For A Dying Song was just one of many songs that whipped people into action. Whether it be fist pumping, moshing, jumping, clapping or even a little doe see doe action, pretty much every song drew something out of the audience. Speaking with one of the security guards, they said this was the craziest show the young venue has seen and one of the most fun they had seen anywhere in a while. I was asked no less than eight times if I had caught something that the audience was doing on camera.

A lot of this happening.

Times They Are A Changin’ was introduced and FM received a great ovation for their choice in local music cuisine. The first verse was very Dylan-esk… then came verse two. The band exploded and threw the crowd into a frenzy. Not since Bob went electric in Newport 1965 has one of his songs caused such a reaction.

Dennis Casey stage-dives after beating the hell out of his guitar 

I made my way up stairs to investigate the bleacher type standing room on the mezzanine during Rebels of the Sacred Heart. I found a sweet spot that allowed me to see the entire upstairs along with the stage and received a much-needed blast of air conditioning. I looked over my shoulder and saw people dancing around in front of the bar and around the tables.

The encore was more of a cool down than a sprint to the finish, which was very welcome. Clocking in at 23 songs and  just under two hours, it was a wonderful first experience with Flogging Molly.

Bob Schmidt on Banjo and Nathen Maxwell on Bass
Lets do this!
Matt Hensley
Aaron “Cuz” Persinger beating the hell out of the kit, or at least what wasn’t kicked over by Peyton.

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Set List:

My Soul to Keep
Mama’s Fried Potatoes
Something For Nothing
Big Blue Chevy ’72
Clap Your Hands
Easy Coming, Easy Going
Everything’s Raising
Devils and Angels
Two Bottles of Wine

This was as epic as it looks, all two hours of it!

Flogging Molly Set List:

The Likes Of You Again
Speed of Darkness
Life In Tenement Square
Whistles the Wind
Saints and Sinners
Drunken Lullabies
Requiem For A Dying Song
The Power’s Out
The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)
A Prayer for Me In Silence
Times They Are A Changin’ – Bob Dylan cover
Black Friday Rule
Oliver Boy (All of Our Boys)
Rebels of the Sacred Heart
Devil’s Dance Floor
If I Ever Leave This World Alive
Whats Left of the Flag
Seven Deadly Sins

The Worst Day Since Yesterday
Salty Dog

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