It was all about the punk rock on a Saturday night at the Marquis Theatre in Denver, CO. Larry and His Flask headlined the evening with Flatfoot 56 and Zipperz. All three bands delivered energetic music and a great time. There was mosh pit happiness here in the Mile High City April 15, 2017. Nothing but joy in the front row crowd with moshing, dancing, and singing. The all-ages show entertained an audience from all over the spectrum. There were some with heads full of grey, and others as young as seven to ten sporting black leather, studs, and smiles. This popular Denver venue always comes through with a fun atmosphere, tasty drinks, and some truly delicious pizza.
Leading off the night was local band Zipperz. They call their style punk rock in roll and fans were lined up front ready to rock. Some even shared the mic a few times. Band members Jarrett (Guitar), Steve (Guitar), Roosty (Bass), Devon (Drums), and Jake on lead vocals got the Marquis rocking right from the start.
Next up was Flatfoot 56 who strolled out and then commanded the stage. The band had the most entertaining variety of songs from straight out punk to a song with the flavor of India, to hooking the floor arm in arm to a “You Are My Sunshine” and “This Land is Your Land” mix. A diehard fan of the band shared what an amazing group of guys they were. He went as far as to call them spiritual, and that they consider their venue to be their church. The Celtic punk band out of Chicago has been rocking for over 16 years. Tobin Bawinkel (vocals/guitar) leads the band, with Kyle Bawinkel (bass), Brandon Good (mandolin/guitar/vocals), Conrad Allsworth (Drums), and Eric McMahon who played the bagpipes like a badass.
At this point of the night, the room was packed with energized fans that were ready for Larry and His Flask. At the front of the line that night were two devoted fans that had seen them at least four times. They described the bandmembers as very personable and genuine guys. What inspires them to keep coming back is the band's departure from the mainstream sounds. Larry and His Flask did not disappoint. They came out with instant crazy energy with instruments that played straight to everyone's heart. Just like one of their song titles, there was pandemonium on the dance floor with dancing, jumping, and even a little crowd surfing.
Out of Oregon, Larry and His Flask got their start 13 years ago with pure punk. The talent is made up of Jeshua Marshall (contrabass and baritone), Ian Cook (Lead vocals and electric guitar), Andrew Carew (Banjo, trombone, and vocals), Dallin Bulkley (acoustic guitar), and the amazing Jamin Marshall (drums and vocals.) The band nailed it with their eclectic punk roots by dishing out some New Orleans flavor, and even a slow dance. Emotions ran a beautiful high when the band closed out a song with lyrics to "Imagine."