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How to have a hard rockin’ Memorial Day in Golden

column by John Akal
Posted 5/15/19

“I’m travelin’ down the road, I’m flirtin’ with disaster.” If you recognize those words, then you are probably a fan of good ole’ Classic Rock and Roll. Even more precisely, that …

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How to have a hard rockin’ Memorial Day in Golden

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“I’m travelin’ down the road, I’m flirtin’ with disaster.” If you recognize those words, then you are probably a fan of good ole’ Classic Rock and Roll. Even more precisely, that 1970’s variety known as Southern Rock. The kind of thing popularized by bands like Lynard Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special and ZZ Top. But one of the coolest, and hardest rocking bands of the bunch were a group of guys from Jacksonville, Florida that called themselves Molly Hatchet.

Over the years they have put out 15 studio albums, seven live albums and seven compilation albums. I say “albums” because even though some of them came out as CDs, it was their albums that almost everybody remembers about them. They not only contained a lot of great music, they had some of the best cover art that, as a collection, is the epitome of what rock and roll is all about. Most of them were pictures of the kind of heroic fantasy art that put magazines like Heavy Metal on the map. Usually some kind of ghoulish looking Viking character in armor wielding an ax and headed for battle in some mythical land. Trust me, if you haven’t seen any, Google them. They are epic.

Even the name Molly Hatchet sounds kind of menacing. Even more so when you know that they named the band after a legend that dates back to the Civil War. For over a century people have been whispering the story of Molly Hatchet, a local prostitute that had a nasty habit of decapitating some of her clients, then vanishing from sight. Every so often stories of her resurfacing would pop up, but after a while they sort of morphed into ghost stories. They were usually told to sailors and service men coming into a port to warn them to stay away from the local houses of ill repute.

The band’s biggest hit was the song Firtin’ With Disaster that came out in 1979. Since then, the band has gone through a lot of changes. That happens with bands over the course of 40 years. People come and go, there are personnel changes and sometimes band members pass away. All of that has happened to Molly Hatchet. Sadly, Phil McCormack, one of their most recent lead singers, passed away last month.

But through all of it, the band has managed to keep going and is still rocking stages all over the world. They are currently on their 40th Anniversary Tour and they are coming here to Golden, Colorado.

They are going to be the highlight of Dirty Dogs Roadhouse’s Memorial Day Weekend Summer Kick Off Party on Sunday, May 26. This is going to be an all day festival that will also be featuring the music of Tony Rosario, Dave Frisk, Golden’s own Thrash Metal band Manxome Foe and the Classic Rock of Band of Brothers. Molly Hatchet will hit the stage at about 4:30 p.m. but the party starts in the morning with live music all day.

Speaking of stages, if you haven’t checked out what’s going on at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse, they are almost finished building their new 25 ft. stage and outdoor performance pavilion. They will be using that for a lot of events this Summer, and it’s really nice. For the Summer Kick Off Party they will be closing the entire main parking lot and using it for the party. They will have plenty of off site parking and free shuttle buses to bring people to the venue. Motorcycles will be able to park in their upper parking lot.

They will also have tents set up for food and beer as well as their usual kitchen and two full bars so you won’t go hungry or thirsty.

Tickets for the event run $25 for General Admission, $50 for the Front Section, $200 for Table Seats that seat 4, $300 for a Table Box Seat that also seats 4 and $300 for a Picnic Table that seats 6. They had Meet and Greet tickets available but those are all sold out.

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse is located at 17999 West Colfax Avenue here in Golden. For more information and to order tickets just go to t www.dirtydogsroadhouse.net.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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