Celtic-tinged Los Angeles band Flogging Molly brings the Green 17 Tour to coastal Carolina for two big local concerts next week.

One could think that the concert last fall featured on the new DVD/CD, Live at the Greek Theatre, couldn’t have been just another night for the hard-touring act. It was the first time during a decade-plus career that they’d filmed and recorded a full concert. What’s more, the show was at a venue the group had always wanted to play: the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the city where the group got its start. Instead, Flogging Molly bassist Nathen Maxwell thinks the show that was filmed last fall was business as usual.

“We all knew that we were going to be filming and recording our performance, so I think that energy was definitely in the air,” Maxwell says. “It really wasn’t that different. Playing an L.A. show is always hectic anyway. There are always going to be people from the label, and other associates, and all of the family and friends. I just remember the Greek being hectic as usual, and a lot of fun.

“It was really important to us, and a couple of us talked about it before we went on stage, it’s like hey, it’s just like any other night,” he adds. “Don’t change what you’re doing here for some special, for the camera or anything. Let’s go out there and do what we do, and let’s let the cameras just capture that.”

What Maxwell and his bandmates obviously realized was that, as a band that’s well known for its spirited live shows, just being Flogging Molly on stage would be all that was needed to make a DVD/CD that would be well worth experiencing. Indeed, the band was in fine form that night of Sept. 12, 2009. The 22-song set offers a good survey of the band’s rollicking Irish-flavored brand of punkish rock, as Flogging Molly rolled through a set that spanned the group’s six album-career and included such notable songs as “Swagger” (which first appeared on the group’s 1997 debut live album, Alive Behind the Green Door) all the way up through several tracks from the group’s most recent studio album, Float.

Flogging Molly shares the bill with The Architects and Frank Turner at the Music Farm on Thurs. Feb. 18. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. All three bands perform at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach (4640 Hwy. 17 S., 843-272–3000) on Sat. Feb. 20. Tickets are $19 and $33.

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