It is no secret that I am a huge Dropkick Murphy's fan! Much of my family are Boston Irish, so it is in my blood to love this band. I remember hearing "Tessie" for the first time on EA Sports's MVP Baseball 2005 PS2 Game. Not just that, but "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" was such an inescapable anthem in the early 2000s. I even sang their song "Rose Tattoo" for a vocal recital once! Not to mention, with it being the holiday season, my dad and I make a tradition of listening to their demented holiday hit "The Season's Upon Us" each year.

I went to see the Dropkick's in Holy Oak, MA, and it was such an amazing and rowdy show! My dad and I went together, but we got separated. Thinking that yelling out "Dad" would fall to deaf ears, I figured I'd call out his name. When I yelled "Terry Walsh," half the crowd turned towards me like "Yes? Hi, whats up? Who's asking?" Turns out, on the other side, my dad is yelling out "Conor Walsh" and other half are responding to him. What should we have expected from a Massachusetts Irish crowd!

The Dropkick Murphy's Are Coming to Poughkeepsie for the Week of Saint Patrick's Day

I know it's still the holiday season, but you can still get excited for Dropkick Murphy's coming to town! They will be headlining the MJN Convention Center on Monday, March 11th, part of their Saint Patrick's Day Tour 2024. For those of you who may not be as initiated as others, Dropkick Murphy's are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1996. Their 2005 hit, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" is the band's best-known song and went on to be the band's only platinum-selling single to date. The song was featured in the movie The Departed and has been used at sporting events for its up-tempo, rowdy, energetic nature. The band as a whole is well-known for their loud, energetic live shows.

The band's eighth studio album, Signed and Sealed in Blood was released in 2013 making its debut at No. 9 on the Billboard charts and featured the single "The Season's Upon Us", a Christmas song that was one of the band's highest-charting singles, and the single, "Rose Tattoo" which has become one of their most popular songs. I highly recommend "The Season's Upon Us" for this holiday season if you haven't heard it already. It goes out to all of the wonderful dysfunctional families out there!

Over the last three years, the Dropkick's have been very busy releasing album after album with their tenth album, Turn Up That Dial (April 30, 2021), their eleventh album, This Machine Still Kills Fascists(September 30, 2022) and their twelfth album, Okemah Rising (May 12, 2023). The band's current single is "Bring It Home" ft. Jaime Wyatt.

Curse of Tessie, Not the Bambino

One of my favorite pieces of Dropkick Murphy's trivia has to be The Curse of Tessie! Most people are probably more familiar with The Curse of the Bambino, which was a superstitious sports curse derived from the 86-year championship drought of the Boston Red Sox between 1918 and 2004 following Babe Ruth's departure from the team.

Less people know that there was another significant departure in 1918 from the Boston Red Sox: The departure of "Tessie." The original "Tessie" was a song from the 1902 Broadway musical The Silver Slipper. The song became an anthem and rallying cry of the Boston Red Sox, popularized by the Red Sox's fan club The Royal Rooters. The Rooters stopped singing in 1918. The Red Sox won the World Series in 1918 but then endured an 86-year drought.

In 2004, Dropkick Murphy's released their single, "Tessie," which recounts how the singing of the original "Tessie" by the Royal Rooters fan club helped the Boston Americans win the first World Series in 1903. Dropkick's Murphy's "Tessie" started playing at Red Sox games that year, and coincidentally, that was the year their 86-year championship drought ended. What does this information have to do with their upcoming concert in Poughkeepsie? Nothing really, I just like that piece of Dropkick Murphy trivia!

Win a Pair of Tickets to See Dropkick Murphy's Headline The MJN Convention Center

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To kick off a week of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, on March 11th, 2024, Dropkick Murphy's will be headlining the MJN Convention Center, and will be joined by Pennywise and The Scratch. The show is sponsored by Mahoney's Irish Pub & Steakhouse. Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster and SLP Concerts.

You can win yourself a pair of tickets to that show by entering your enter below! You might as well put in for it, you may have the luck of the Irish on your side!