An Unforgettable Show Delivered

The Dickies and The Bourbon Saints

Arturo Trujillo and Nic Nifoussi (The Bourbon Saints) at Saint Rocke 2023

As one of the pioneering American punk bands from the West Coast, The Dickies embody the essence of punk rock in its purest form. Their unwavering energy and commitment to their craft have resulted in exceptional performances and albums that consistently push boundaries year after year. Attending one of their live concerts is far more than a mere performance- it’s an exhilarating celebration of the rebellious spirit that defines punk rock, serving as a powerful reminder of The Dickies‘ profound impact on the genre. Whether you’re a dedicated fan or a newcomer to their music, witnessing The Dickies live is an absolute necessity for anyone yearning for an authentic connection and an immersive experience rooted in the raw essence of punk rock. Being one of the very first punk rock artists I ever photographed and had wrote about back in ’95, then it goes without saying when I heard The Dickies would be playing Saint Rocke with The Bourbon Saints, I knew I had to be there, camera in hand!

The atmosphere at Saint Rocke on Saturday night was electric as a multitude of fans eagerly converged within the venue. The evening started with an exhilarating performance from the four-piece band, Spider, whose solid sound resonated throughout the walls. Their tight musicianship and unwavering stage presence set the tone for an unforgettable night of live music.

The Bourbon Saints

An exhilarating onslaught of full-throttle rock’n’roll took place as The Bourbon Saints took the stage next. Since their inception in 2005, these rockers have captivated audiences with a blend of hard rock. Resonating with their fans and leaving their crowds mesmerized, lead singer Arturo Trujillo’s raw vocals and fiery charisma embody the angst and passion of a true rock and roll storyteller.

The chemistry among the band members was alive and strong, especially with the addition of bass guitarist Nic Nifoussi, who brought fresh and innovative talent to the mix. The set reached a crescendo as they unveiled a new song, “Open Casket.” Concluding their set with “Knives Out,” The Bourbon Saints left the audience craving more. The future holds limitless possibilities for this dynamic band of musicians.

The Dickies
Stan Lee of The Dickies at Saint Rocke 2023

The crowd, still abuzz from The Bourbon Saint’s electrifying performance, erupted into an ecstatic frenzy as the moment arrived for The Dickies to take the stage. The first notes of “Knights in White Satin” resonated with their unique Dickies twist, and they wasted no time in seizing their audience’s attention. Commanding the stage with fierce precision, guitarist Stan Lee’s fingers danced across the strings while lead vocalist Leonard Graves Phillips captivated the audience with his distinctive charisma, his voice embodying the perfect fusion of rebellious spirit and tongue-in-cheek melodic charm. Throughout the night, The Dickies effortlessly transitioned from one classic to the next, infusing the show with an undeniable sense of camaraderie and pure fun, transforming the punk rock concert into an exhilarating party. The infectious energy of The Dickies reverberated through the floors and walls, pulsing through the veins of everyone present.

After delivering a near 20-song set that showcased their enduring prowess, The Dickies saved a most powerful highlight for the grand finale: “Gigantor,”and the crowd was reminded once again why The Dickies are regarded as true pioneers of the punk rock genre. The echoes of their final chords lingered in the air, leaving an indelible mark on the audience’s collective memory. But the night was not over yet. The Dickies triumphantly returned to the stage for an encore, treating the crowd to three more exhilarating songs. As the evening drew to a close, they concluded with one of their most beloved tracks, a punk anthem that has stood the test of time:”Banana Splits (Tra La La).” The audience joined together in unwavering enthusiasm, transforming the venue into a chorus of punk rock fervor.

The impact of The Dickies’ infectious energy resonated far beyond the confines of Saint Rocke, leaving an indescribable energy that resonated in every soul present. The night showcased their undeniable talent as true punk rock legends. The echoes of their performance lingered in the hearts and minds of all who were witness, as a reminder of the bands enduring legacy and their lasting impact in punk rock.


Article and Photographs by Maggie St.Thomas