March 21, 2018 By Tara Law
Three bands have announced shows at Forest Hills Stadium during the upcoming concert season.
Irish-inspired punk bands Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly will perform on June 22, and British “future funk” band Jamiroquai will play its first New York City show in 13 years on Sep. 8.
Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly are known for their raucous Irish sound and an energetic performing style.
Dropkick Murphys formed in Boston in 1996, and is known for songs such as “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” which went double platinum and was featured in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed.
“We started playing in the basement of a friend’s barbershop,” the band wrote on Facebook. “Our goal was to blend the musical influences we had grown up with (Punk Rock, Irish Folk, Rock, and Hardcore) into one loud, raucous, chaotic, and often out of tune mix that we could call our own.”
Flogging Molly, which most recently released the politically charged album “Life is Good,” formed in Los Angeles in 1997.
“The one thing we are is a positive band,” said singer Dave King in a statement on the Forest Hills Stadium event page. “When people come and see our shows, it’s a celebration–of life, of the good and of the bad. And we have to take the good and the bad for it to be a life.”
Jamiroquai, which was founded in the U.K. in the early ’90s, blends house rhythms with the soul and funk sound of the 70s.
The band, which is known for hit songs such as “Virtual Insanity” and “Cosmic Girl,” has sold 26 million albums worldwide. The band earned a Guinness World Record for best-selling funk album of all time for its 1996 record “Travelling Without Moving.”
The band’s most recent album, “Automation,” came out last year.
“It’s a complete album. A proper, finished album,” said band frontman Jay Kay said on the band’s website. “The rule was, all killer no filler. We knew we had to get it right with this one. And if you don’t make an album that’s cohesive, that you dig, where the rhythms and melodies are right, that just feels good and feels cool, then you know, what’s the point of doing it? It’s as simple as that.”
Along with regular ticket sales, the venue will also offer VIP packages for this show ranging from $250 to $2,000.