The St. Augustine Amphitheatre proudly welcomes to the Backyard Stage seminal punk band, Flag, featuring original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, and Dez Cadena with Stephen Egerton performing the songs of Black Flag. War On Women and The Dirty Nil will be special guest openers. Taking the stage for the first time in January 1979, Black Flag whipped up as much energy as possible, not so much playing songs as creating rapid-fire rhythmic drives. Everything was short, stripped-down. It was hardcore punk-rock before anyone ever started calling it that. And…it was great!
The original band would splinter within a year and its’ ever-shifting membership would release a half-dozen LPS, two live albums, two compilations, and several EPs before they finally imploded in 1986. Dozens of enduring songs were written along the way; “TV Party” and the Morris co-write “Wasted” to “Rise Above” and the Dukowski-authored “My War” to “Gimme Gimme Gimme” and “Nervous Breakdown”. After reuniting for a surprise performance at L.A. promoter Goldenvoice’s 30th anniversary concert in December 2011, the crowd’s enthusiastic reaction inspired Morris, Dubowski, Stevenson, and Egerton to extend the legacy, working up a repertoire of 30 classic Black Flag songs with an eye toward future live performances. Taking their cue from the black flag of anarchy, they’re calling themselves FLAG. Long may they wave.
War On Women is a co-ed feminist hardcore-punk band that uses driving riffs and in-your-face vocals that attack the listener both sonically and lyrically, penning catchy and confrontational songs that touch on rape culture, street harassment, the gender wage gap, transphobia, and other vitally pertinent social issues.
The Dirty Nil play rock and roll. Loud, distorted, and out of control, they play like it’s a fever they’re trying to sweat out. They play rock and roll cause they couldn’t do anything else if they tried.
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:30pm
Visit the Amphitheatre’s website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box office.