Celtic rockers Flatfoot 56 headline the punk rock show at the Jazz Cafe in Plains on August 12

NEPA Stage Staff

Excerpt from a press release:

The River Street Jazz Cafe will turn into a one-night-only punk rock club on Friday, August 12 when Chicago Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56 come to Plains as part of their summer tour.

New Jersey natives Blanks 77 (total pogo punk) and Fat Chance (singing ska punk songs of real pain, loss and a seemingly endless quest for redemption) round out the line-up with The Mesos (influenced by heroes rock of the early 1970s New York punk scene) from Scranton/Dunmore.

The doors to Jazz Cafe (667 N. River St., Plains) open at 7 p.m. and the 21+ show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets, which cost $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show, are on sale now and can be purchased online through HoldMyTicket.

Playing a positive brand of hardcore-tinged Celtic punk, Flatfoot 56 have been unleashing America and the rest of the world for over 20 years now. Formed in 2000, the Chicago band captured national attention with their first two label-backed records, 2006’s “Knuckles Up” and 2007’s “Jungle of the Midwest Sea.” previously established dose of regional notoriety, helping the group gain momentum from the start.

While each record received its fair share of praise, the quintet exploded to a new level with 2010’s “Black Thorn.” Landing them on a total of nine Billboard charts, Flatfoot proved they could consistently achieve an expanding audience while walking in a genre not often associated with widespread success. This breakthrough was further advanced with song placements in the FX hit TV series “Sons of Anarchy” and the video game “Watch Dogs”.

After the success of “Blackthorn”, they entered the studio again in 2012 to record their album “Toil”, backed by Paper + Plastick Records. This would further solidify the group as a constant force to be reckoned with.

Frontman Tobin Bawinkel (vocals/guitar) continued to lead Flatfoot 56 on their frantic march with their seventh full-length studio album, 2017’s “Odd Boat,” produced by Matt Allison at Atlas Studios in Chicago.

“We decided that since the last experience at Atlas Studios was so beneficial, we wanted to repeat it,” Bawinkel said. “We’ve been friends with Matt for a few years now and love the work he and his studio engineers do.”

It became the band’s first self-released album in 10 years.

“We’ve been working with labels for so long that we decided we wanted to have more of a say in how our music is distributed and promoted. We’re excited about this upcoming season,” Bawinkel noted at the time.

“As a group we have all grown a lot over the years and we wanted to expand even more. Self-release is a good way to do this.

For their latest recording, Flatfoot teamed up with fellow Celtic punks The Rumjacks to produce a split EP. Recently released on May 6, the album features three new tracks from both bands, backed by nationwide tours with select dates together.

Learn more about Fat Chance and their upcoming return to northeast Pennsylvania for Camp Punksylvania on Episode 151 of the NEPA Scene podcast:

Diana J. Carleton