Punk Rock Bowling: Night Three – Strung Out, 88 Fingers Louie, Pulley, Avenues (Country Saloon)

Night three of Punk Rock Bowling proved to have a little something for everyone. When the Mighty Mighty Bosstones announced during their Day 1 set that they would be the special guest at the Bunkhouse, playing Devil’s Night Out in its entirety, I was thoroughly bummed…until I remembered that I had tickets to see Strung Out, Pulley, Avenues, and the one and only 88 Fingers Louie! My husband is from Chicago and grew up on 88 Fingers Louie and we never thought we would be able to see them live; you can only imagine how excited we were the day club shows were announced!

Avenues kicked off the show at the Country Saloon, a venue I end up at every year for one show or another. The guys in this band have a really melodic and fun sound; I am glad we showed up early to catch them. I highly recommend them if you’re looking to discover some new music.

Up next was Pulley. It was obvious that a large majority of the crowd were there (at least in part) to see Pulley. The band killed their set and the crowd was going wild. Pulley has an infectious blend melodic stylings and really puts on an incredible live show. It was also pretty cool to see Sean Sellers from Good Riddance filling in on the drums. Pulley’s show was so awesome that they even came back out to play an encore after the relentless chanting of the crowd begging for one more song. This was only the beginning of the night!

88 Fingers Louie took the stage next, and the energy of the show continued to grow. The band had played a pool party show earlier in the day, but to me, there was something special about seeing them in the club atmosphere, ripping through a set of favorites (including “Blink,” which was the song I had been waiting to hear live ever since I heard they were playing PRB)! Let’s hope this is only the beginning of 88 Fingers Louie playing more shows across the US!

Lastly, the moment many members of the crowd had been waiting for – Strung Out! There is something to be said for Strung Out’s live show – if you have not seen them, do yourself a favor and head to their next show in your town. Wow. On the heels of their latest album, the band crushed their set of new and old songs alike. The Country Saloon erupted as the crowd moshed, danced, and sang along. What a way to close out the second day/third night of PRB 2015!

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