Formed in the late 1990s, Flogging Molly has carved a niche for itself as a pioneering Irish-American Celtic punk band out of Los Angeles. The band has been around long enough that if you’ve been remotely paying attention to punk, Celtic music or rock, you’ve stumbled upon this rowdy crew that draws as much from Johnny Cash and the Clash as it does the Dubliners. Led by Irish vocalist Dave King from the band Fastway, Flogging Molly now organizes an annual music-fueled cruise called the Salty Dog Cruise. A bit unexpected for a Celtic punk band, but who am I to question a music cruise? Also on the bill: Jon Snodgrass & Friends and Scott H. Biram.
INFO: 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $35/adv, $40/door, $100/VIP. 423-1338. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.