DS Photo Gallery: Workin’ Stiffs and Downtown Struts at ‘Rock The Ship’ after-party with sepcial guests Swingin’ Utters and Cock Sparrer

The haggard, drunken, sweaty crowd picked themselves up from their bootstraps after Cock Sparrer finished out the main event, and stumbled down the street to Bottom of The Hill, where local band Workin’ Stiffs and Chicago-based Downtown Struts were preparing to round the night out with help from some special guests who had just been announced as Swingin’ Utters.

The night was not over, in fact there was much more music to be played, drinks to be had, and dancing to be swung. The crowd took a little time to get going, but the energy was definitely in full-swing by the time the Struts took over. Then something happened. It was like a paralysis fell over everyone as Johnny, Jack, Darius, and crew took the stage. Nothing the raucous group did got the crowd moving. It was weighing on Johnny and it was unfortunate to see. I took my shots and tried to get things going, but to no avail. In the process I spilled someone’s beer so now the dance floor was wet and full of shards of glass (I ended up running into the spill victim at The Adicts‘ show later that week…during “Who Spilt My Beer?”). Swingin’ Utters insisted that they were not the special guest, and to keep waiting for the main event, but there was an air of sarcasm and disdain in his voice. It was at that point that a Pirate informed me of an informal Cock Sparrer set to follow the Utters.

Cock Sparrer twice in one night?? Amazing! This latter performance was much more saturated with booze and smiles and as the band took the stage to a half-empty venue, I knew I was in for an intimate treat. The band had no set list and was willing to play anything they hadn’t played earlier in the night, with the exception of “Out on an Island”, which after many years seeing Sparrer, I have yet to see be performed live. I was able to get a shout out for “Bird Trouble” which was incredible. The inebriated Sparrer crew invited friends on stage to help with vocal duties – including Bryan from Bouncing Souls, Darrel from Harrington Saints/Suede Razors, and Ben from Downtown Struts to name a few. The night came to an end with a heartfelt thank you from Mr. McFaull to son-in-law Mr. Mueller. Guitarist Mick Beaufoy finished the set with a little stage-dive to crowd-surf combo all the way to the bar! Great night and great end to an unforgettable weekend.

Check out shots from all of the after-party performances below.

Thanks again to all the Pirates Press crew for everything!


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