Dorothy returns to Reno with Spirit Animal in wings

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Dorothy headlines on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Cargo Concert Hall in Reno. Spirit Animal will open.

Rockers from Los Angeles, Dorothy makes a return trip to Nevada on Friday night when the burgeoning band takes over the stage at Cargo Concert Hall in Reno.

Vocalist Dorothy Martin fronts the group that includes drummer Jason Ganberg, guitarists Owen Barry and Eli Wulfmeier and bassist Eliot Lorango. Dorothy’s Freedom Tour rolls through Reno at the beginning of the band’s latest excursion in an event hosted by JMax Productions.

Dorothy released its debut album in October 2014, one the band recorded in the spare bedroom at producer Ian Scott’s pad in L.A. They have this cool cover of Jay Z and Kayne West’s “No Church in the Wild.” The band was named on the Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need to Know” list in November 2014 and in December of that same year.

Dorothy has toured as the opening act for Halestorm and others. Halestorm’s lead singer, Lizzy Hale, noted: “I welcome newcomers Dorothy, who make me so proud of the future of rock.”

Last spring, Dorothy released its second studio album “28 Days in the Valley.” Dorothy Martin described the album as having a “more feminine energy… It has a lighter and brighter feel, with less metal influence and more Stones. It has a cool desert vibe.” The rock band definitely has a nice bluesy side, too, allowing Martin to showcase those awesome pipes of hers.

In an interview with LA Weekly, Martin spoke on the band and overcoming stage fright. “I’ve always just wanted to sing and it was a long journey to get over the stage fright and find who I was,” she says.

“If you don’t get knocked down, you can’t stand up and say, ‘I’m ready for this now.’ I am fucking ready now. This is what I was meant to do. It’s about fucking time. Let’s go. This is the first band that has been serious and feels right. I’m not telling the world, ‘Fuck me, fuck me.’ Fuck you. I don’t care if you think I’m hot or not, or want me to take my shirt off. I’m not going to. I’m going to grab the microphone and sing. That’s what I came to do.”

In 2019, Dorothy headlines their own tour with opening band Spirit Animal from Brooklyn, New York. Spirit Animal has been sharing rock, pop, punk since 2010. In 2013, Sean Parker added Spirit Animal’s song, “The Black Jack White” to a Spotify playlist, which led to more than 450,000 plays of the song. That song was later featured in an episode of CSI: NY. In 2018, the band opened for The Struts, Incubus, and Fitz and the Tantrums.

Spirit Animal has been compared to Talking Heads, The Black Keys, Faith No More, and Red Hot Chili Peppers — not bad company.

— Pheonix Gruneich

  • Dorothy
    Opener: Spirit Animal
    When: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18
    Where: Cargo Concert Hall in the Whitney Peak Hotel
    Tickets: $18:35 — LINK  or 24-7 in the hotel lobby
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Dorothy performed in 2017 in the Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room.

Larry Sabo / Tahoe Onstage

About Pheonix Gruneich

Photojournalist Pheonix Gruneich is a native of Southern California where her love of music began. She moved to Tahoe when she was 16. She now resides in the Carson Valley. She is a lover of arts and, most of all, live music!

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