Boston-bred quintet Street Dogs are heading out on the road again on a North American tour that kicks off on March 1 in Houston TX. All dates are supported by fellow punk rock vets the Swingin' Utters and though named the Crooked, Drunken Sons Tour, there is also a more benevolent impetus running through the tour: fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable canned food items with them to the band's merch table and they will be distributed to local food banks, which are suffering from the economic downturn along with the rest of the country. For a list of participating food banks, please see www.street-dogs.com
The band has been touring inexhaustibly in support of last year's State of Grace, described by Alternative Press as "arguably their best work to date. Filled with heartfelt odes to family members and friends who've passed on, as well as tasteful political commentary permeated with the band's blue collar ethos, the disc is a much-needed dose of reality in amid a scene increasingly obsessed with fashion and novelty."
On March 21st, the band will cap their tour with an appearance at the annual SXSW music festival at a show at Emo's alongside U.K hardcore sensations Gallows, the Riverboat Gamblers and Valient Thorr. April 10th will then find the Street Dogs in Japan for six dates with Flogging Molly and Civet.
Lead singer Mike McColgan recently spoke of his decision to change careers from Boston firefighter (he is also an Operation Desert Storm/Desert Sheild army veteran) to punk rock singer with his usual low-key attitude: "I remember in September 2004 making the conscious decision, "why not? You only live once. Why not go for it?" I haven't looked back since and it's been amazing."
Mar 01: Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Mar 03: Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
Mar 04: Columbus, OH - The Basement
Mar 05: London, ONT - Call The Office
Mar 06: Toronto, ONT - The Kathedral
Mar 07: Montreal, QUE - Les Foufounes Electriques
Mar 08: Quebec City, QUE - La Casbah
Mar 10: Portland, ME - The Station
Mar 11: Providence, RI - Club Hell
Mar 12: Farmingdale, NY - Crazy Donkey
Mar 13: Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
Mar 14: Asbury Park, NY - Asbury Lanes
Mar 15: Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar
Mar 17: Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Mar 18: Toledo, OH - Frankies Inner City
Mar 19: Sauget, IL - Pops
Mar 20: Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory
Mar 21: Austin, TX - Emo's SXSW