Photo by Scott Witt / Lollapalooza 2018
If Amy Winehouse had decided to make rock ‘n’ roll, she probably would have sounded a lot like Dorothy.
Dorothy opened the final day of Lollapalooza on the American Eagle stage. Most bands at 12:00 play to a small audience, but Dorothy pulled a huge crowd that filled the standing area.
Singer Dorothy Martin belted out rock anthems while drummer Jasom Ganberg, guitarists Owen Barry and Eli Wulfmeier, and bassist Eliot Lorango played bluesy hard rock that would have fit right in during the ‘70s.
Martin brings a star quality to stage that is unmistakable. Her raspy, strong voice fills the area, and when the wind hits her long hair, she truly looks majestic, with her hair flowing all around.
The highlight of the set was “Down to the Bottom,” a hard, guitar-heavy blues jam showcased Martin’s vocals.
The 30-minute set was far too short, and the crowd agreed. Hopefully next time Dorothy returns to Lollapalooza, she will get a well-deserved longer slot later in the day.
Biography: Dorothy was built around Dorothy Martin, a singer who was born in Budapest but raised in San Diego. As a child, she started singing early and eventually made her way to Los Angeles. Rolling Stone named Dorothy one of the best 50 Best New Artists of 2014 and soon after, Dorothy was signed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
The band’s first album ROCKISDEAD, received much critical acclaim, hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, No. 5 on Top Hard Rock Albums, and featured two songs (“Raise Hell” and “Dark Nights”) in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
Martin recently put together a new, high level, and powerful band including guitarist Owen Barry, guitarist Leroy Wulfmeier, bassist Eliot Lorango, and drummer Jason Ganberg. Dorothy is releasing their second full-length album 28 Days in the Valley on March 9th.
“This was a spiritual journey and very healing, and because of that it’s an unapologetically honest record,” says Martin of the new album. “Somehow Linda [Perry] knew I had more to give as a singer and writer. I used to hide behind the tough girl sound, but she taught me that there is power in my vulnerability and that’s what you get on this record.”
28 Days in the Valley still has the in-your-face bluesy, gritty rock and roll fans loved on 2016’s ROCKISDEAD, and their recent standalone single, “Down To the Bottom,” which hit No. 35 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart and which Rolling Stone called the “perfect mix of blues thunder and alt-rock guitar crunch.” But, added to that thunder this time around are more layers of emotion fueled by less metal, more California desert rock vibes. The lead single “Flawless”, a fearless yet vulnerable anthem, is out January 19th.
Critics have compared Martin to some of the greatest female artists of our time, such as Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith, and Grace Slick, even calling her “a revved up Adele teetering on the brink of chaos.” The band is managed by We Are Hear and represented by Roc Nation. Dorothy is currently on tour. For more information, visit dorothytheband.com.