The Last Hurrah at O’Hurley’s

August 8, 2011

Music & Entertainment

This past Friday night saw the end of a fun two-year run that was O’Hurley’s Restaraunt and Pub. It was final gig to be held at the house on 363 Union Street under the O’Hurley’s banner. It was rather ironic that Prank Monkey, who back on July 11, 2009 played the grand opening gig, ended up being the band to give it a sendoff.

Prank Monkey at O'Hurley's July 11, 2009

It was quite a good sized crowd both in the rock room and at the bar side of the building. The “Monkey-junkies” were out in full force and there was a feeling in the air that this would be a special night. Front man Paul Sarno let the crowd know right away that they were going to start off the night slow, and then the band proceeded to rip into “Sex Type Thing” by Stone Temple Pilots. So much for “quiet”!  As always, Prank Monkey were firing on all cylinders from the get-go.  The night flew by with one hot number after another. Pete Flinn was showing why he’s the “Animal” behind the drums and Jamie “Farce” English playing a stong bass. Dana “Zeul” Leonard and Paul “Hog” Farrar continue to be one of the best one-two guitar tandems on the South Shore band scene. Prank Monkey have built a big following over the last two and a half years or so and it seems like everything they touch just works. Over the course of the night, we were treated to two of their three original songs; “Cellblock 13″ and “Tiles on the Ceiling”. Going to a Prank Monkeyshow is more than going out to listen to some familiar tunes, it’s almost as if you’ve been invited to a family party. There were a few highlights, one of which was the well kept secret of Jamie “Farce” English’s singing debut doing “Smell’s Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. He handed over his bass to Paul Sarno for this song. He seemed a bit nervous at first, but was pretty well settled in by the end of the song.

Prank Monkey at O'Hurley's August 5, 2011

Another highlight was Paul Sarno paying tribute to Paul Hurley and giving the band and the crowd a chance to give him a proper sendoff and a thank you for all he’s done the last two years. There are other bars that may be asthetically better than O’Hurley’s, but none could touch the atmosphere that O’Hurley’s had and that came right from the top. Whether you went in there often or not, Paul made sure to let you know that he was happy to see you. Although he was content to stay in the background and let the staff be the faces of the pub, it was clear that the staff shared his way of doing things. I will miss going there. I want to thank Paul and his staff; Miene, Ann-Marie, Neil, Mary, Cheryl and Bubba. If I forgot or missed someone, I apologize.

Prank Monkey will be performing next at the Marshfield Fair on August 20. For more information on this and the band itself, please check them out on Facebook or on their website www.prankmonkey.us

Tell 'em who's boss, Paul!

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