Watch Charlie Baker Dance at St. Paddy’s Dropkick Concert

The music

The generally calm governor seems particularly excited.

Left to right: Ken Casey, Al Barr and James Lynch of Dropkick Murphys perform with the band at House of Blues during their 2018 St. Patrick’s Day series of shows.

As most Boston music fans know, the Dropkick Murphys perform St. Patrick’s Day concerts at House of Blues almost every year (COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in that tradition).

It’s a traditional, if somewhat rowdy, Boston activity, and the house is always packed.

But this year, the Boston band had a particularly excited special guest. You would never have imagined seeing this excited, especially after leading the Commonwealth through the sad COVID-19 pandemic for the past two years.

We haven’t confirmed it’s Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, but it certainly looks like him, and reporter Dylan Rossiter, who was at the scene, believes it was.


Baker seems to be having a great time — as all Dropkick Murphys viewers should be on St. Patrick’s Day — dancing to the band’s 1998 track “Barroom Hero.”

It just shows what a little Irish magic can do.

Evelyn C. Tobin