Atlanta, Georgia (January 26, 2018) – Dorothy, with the support of the Starbenders, rocked out Atlanta’s Terminal West tonight! The re-purposed factory building, with its gritty steampunk feel made for a beautifully intimate setting for this evenings concert.
This crowd was possibly the most diverse group of fans; people of all ages, races, and lifestyles packed the house. The floor filled up and people crammed into the small balcony – the energy was palpable as it amped up in anticipation of the awesome music this night promised.
Dorothy, a rock band born out of Los Angeles, California, is only going into their fourth year performing, but from what was witnessed tonight, you’d be a fool to ignore them. Formed when Dorothy Martin met Mark Jackson and his partner, Ian Scott, the men are instantly taken with her voice and things start rolling. The original lineup featured Dorothy on vocals, one guitarist, one bassist, and one drummer – with a very classic rock feel. Today the lineup is a bit different with Nick Maybury on guitar, Jason Ganberg on drums, Eli Wulfmeier on guitar and backing vocals, Eliot Lorango on bass and backing vocals, and the lead vocals though still belonging to the band’s namesake, Dorothy.
The band gained a lot of attention right out of the gate when Rolling Stone named them Top 10 New Artists You Need to Know. They were also noticed by Huffington Post when they named Dorothy’s first single, “After Midnight”, #1 song in 12 Songs You Need to Know This Week. HP praised their work, calling it “exactly what rock needs.” Sadly we would have to wait until June 2016 to get our hands on their first album Rockisdead. The 11-song album was dark, gritty, and generally well-received by critics. Rockisdead made it to the #16 slot on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums. Today, on their Freedom Tour, they are preparing to drop their newest album 28 Days in the Valley, set to launch on March 9, 2018!
Also relatively new to the scene are Starbenders, who opened the show for Dorothy tonight. Only performing for the last three years, this glam noir band astounded us as they sent waves of sound pounding into the crowd, stirring the masses into a frenzy of swaying bodies. The dark and even a little creepy lyrics of the beautiful lead singer, Kimi Shelter impressed us all. The angst vibes were cathartic, just what was needed to soothe some frayed nerves and pump everyone up for the rest of the night.
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Thankfully the set change and intermission were short; everyone was restless and ready for some more great music! Dorothy quickly launched into her first song, “White Butterfly”, with incredible passion, you could feel the strength in every powerful note she delivered. As she moved across the stage the large silver stars that adorned her coat were met with the stage lights and entranced us all as we sang along with her.
Her next song, “Who Do You Love”, really got the crowd going with its fast-paced beat. The wind effects mussed her hair and added to the overall appearance of sass that exuded from her. In between songs she thanked the crowd for being there saying “you’ve never heard the songs, but you came anyway; that shows loyalty and commitment, you’re hired!”
Next up was “After Midnight”, which was anything but unknown to the pumped mob. Dorothy once again greeted her fans saying“the thing you can do that will make you the most powerful human being on the planet is to be a good person and to be a source of positivity and love.” Dorothy’s powerful messages lead seamlessly into “Naked Eye”.
The band blew us away with “Raise Hell” and “Pretty When You’re High”. Dorothy then left the stage for a quick wardrobe change, but the band lost no momentum diving into a haunting, ghostly jam session in her absence. This impressive display of their instrumental mastery was met with boisterous applause, just in time for her return and a fan favorite, “Wicked Ones”. She rocked us through “Black Tar & Nicotine” and made us believers with “Ain’t Our Time to Die”.
For the next song, Dorothy opened with, “If you had your heart broken then this is a song for you. Or if somebody told you, you weren’t pretty or smart enough or, you know, you weren’t well endowed, this song is for you too.; because you are all of those things.” She dove into “Flawless” and made us recall what she said earlier, “we’re all spirits on a human journey.”
Perhaps the most interactive song of the night was “Down to the Bottom”. It got the whole crowd singing along with one voice and swaying together, hands held high.
Their last piece was the title song, “Freedom”, from their soon-to-be-released album, 28 Days in the Valley. The power-packed instrumentals of this song had everyone on stage dancing and it infectiously spread out into the crowd. Despite the incredibly powerful and raw show they had already delivered, the fans were still screaming for more. Dorothy obliged and offered two choices, “Dark Nights” or “Whiskey Fever”; with the latter winning by a landslide!
Both Dorothy and Starbenders left it all on the stage tonight in Atlanta! If either of these talented bands are in a city near you – I urge you to take in a show; you won’t leave disappointed!
Photographer: Leelee Hawkins
Journalist: Kathleen Harpe