Concert photos: Rum Drum Ramblers and Whistle Pigs at Off Broadway, Thursday, February 24

Seeing the Rum Drum Ramblers is always a good time — no question, but an album release show in front of a packed house at Off Broadway…well, you don’t get to see that very often. Just awesome.

Bikers, punks, hipsters and bridesmaids were all getting down to some good ol’ fingerpickin’ punk blues. With Mat Wilson providing the foundation with his dirty guitar sound and style, he and his band played a set filled with numbers from their new album Mean Scene. Stompin’. Howlin’. Hootin’-and-a-hollerin’. They stirred up a whiskey-soaked crowd for an hour plus, and were joined on stage by members of the Funky Butt Brass Band and Pokey LaFarge at different points of the show. It was rowdy. It was wild. And it was a fine show to start off a month-or-so-long tour in support of the album.

Opening the night were the Whistle Pigs, a 3-piece from Carbondale, Ill. With a hint of Appalachia sounds and as much energy as a backwoods barbeque, these dudes picked out some fine music. Standing 3 across — with an upright bass, a banjo and an accordion, they played an energetic and relentless mix of originals and old songs. They showed no issue with having fun on stage: laughing and singing and playing with a fair amount of boozin’ in between, yet always maintaing a very on-point delivery. This is a band I’ll be going to see again.

All photos by Nate Burrell. See more at my Flickr stream.