Chris Loomis

Dorothy @ House of Blues Anaheim – 01/15/2019

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Dorothy @ House of Blues Anaheim – 01/15/2019

The Rock n Roll powerhouse Dorothy is back on the road in 2019 continuing her FREEDOM tour in support of the 2018 release 28 Days in the Valley. Kicking off the trek in San Diego on Monday January 14th, the tour made its second stop at The Parish Room at House of Blues Anaheim on Tuesday night January 15. A rare Southern California stormy and rainy night didn’t keep the Dorothy die-hards away as the Parish room quickly filled up prior to the band hitting the stage just after 9:00pm.

Vocalist Dorothy Martin took center stage and lit up a large spliff in the darkness as the band launched into “Naked Eye” to kick off the night. There are two things that hit you immediately once the music begins (not necessarily in this order) . . . one is Dorothy’s sultry natural beauty and the second is Dorothy’s soulful voice dripping with attitude and passion. And the band is pretty kickass as well (OK that is three things).

With a classic seventies vibe to the music, I will state the obvious that has been stated many times before, Dorothy in many ways reminds you of Janis Joplin (and to an extent Grace Slick) with the soulful voice, the flowing garments and stage movements. Dorothy takes you on a musical journey through slow impassioned ballads to faster, hot-blooded rock n roll songs that just kick-ass. Dorothy addressed the crowd often during her time onstage asking”Anaheim, do you feel good?” as well as interacting with the fans constantly yelling ”We Love You”. Always giving off a positive vibe, Dorothy encouraged everyone to follow their passion and never give up and to always love each other. 

Aside from Dorothy’s voice, one of the highlights of the show was between “Medicine Man” and “Whisky Fever” where the band did a several minute jam session that just ROCKED. The band is Owen Barry and Eli Wulfmeier on guitars, Eliot Lorango on bass and Jason Ganberg on drums and this group of young players all rip on their instruments.

The night ended with “Down to the Bottom” with a brief drum solo then the hit “Freedom”. Dorothy and the band put their heart and soul into the performance which makes for more than a music concert,; it’s an experience and the best part is you walk away feeling great. Catch Dorothy on the road until February 20. For all things Dorothy click here.

Dorothy Setlist:

Naked Eye | Raise Hell | Ain’t Our Time to Die | Dark Nights | Pretty When You’re High | Medicine Man | Band Jam | Whiskey Fever | Philadelphia | Who Do You Love | Flawless | Down to the Bottom (with drum solo) | Freedom

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