Charleston synthwave outfit Doom Flamingo stripped down at the latest rendition of Mex 1 Sessions at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina on Sullivan’s Island for an intimate acoustic evening to benefit Carolina Studios, presented by Ear for Music. The nearly two hour set featured some of their most well-liked covers, including Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” and Chris Issak’s “Wicked Game”, alongside origin stories of their original tunes.
The latest chapter of the Doom Flamingo saga had them playing in what is likely the smallest room they’ve ever played, and perhaps the smallest they will ever play again. The 100 tickets that were available went fast and the room was loaded with fans, friends, and family of the Doom Crew piling in for a night unlike any Doom experience to date.
Prior to the scheduled 7:00PM hit, Doomers were let in early to indulge and check out the intimate stage, alongside Bang Bang Shrimp Quesadillas, frozen margs, and other libations the Mex 1 Sessions always have on top of a ticket.
Ticket proceeds from Doom Flamingo’s Mex 1 Session went to Carolina Studios, a South Carolina non-profit whose mission is to provide students a safe environment that fosters creative, educational, and career-focused initiatives through music, technology and media arts. For more information on Carolina Studios, check out their website at carolinastudios.net.
This intimate show was billed as “Doom Flamingo: Stripped” which meant the songs that have been previously heard complete with drum pads, synth effects, and totality of sound, would be stripped down to the bare essentials. The most notable differences were Ross Bogan and Thomas Kenney’s rigs, as Bogan only had room for one set of keys and Kenney wielded a plugged in acoustic guitar with nylon strings. The difference on lead guitar gave way to a Spanish crisp per Kenney’s usual heavy Top Gun guitar riffs to fit the intimate “buena onda” effect throughout the night. The Spanish theme was so prevalent, Tequila Herradura even custom-etched their own Doom Flamingo tequila bottle to celebrate.
From beginning to end, the set was full of stories and some of fans favorite covers and originals in the Doom Flamingo repertoire. It was certainly something special as you really had to be there to be there. Check out the original setlist compliments of Doom Crew below!
Doom Flamingo flocks to Asheville, NC next for a special after party for Umphrey’s Mcgee this coming weekend. The next Charleston performance for Doom Flamingo is their upcoming two-night run at the Pour House, taking place on March 27th and March 28th. Tickets to that are $25 per night, or $45 for a two-night pass, and are available here.
For all dates doomed, head to https://www.doomflamingo.com/.