Dorothy made her way to the Bloomington Illinois' legendary Castle Theater on September 25th. Fans bared the brisk weather and lined up outside The Castle a good 2 hours in advanced to get a good view of Dorothy.
Opening for Dorothy was Cole Hollow. Cole Hollow is a rock trio based near Bloomington out of Peoria Il. Founded in 2017, the trio pack a mighty punch with heavy riffs and a classic rock sound. Vocals and lead Guitar are front by Austin Smith, with Zach Crall on drums and Jason Williams on bass. The trio did a great job getting the crowd warmed up for Dorothy with a 8 song set list. They finished off their set with a head banger of a song "Who Killed John Henry" which features tasty riffs from Austin and heavy bass lines from Jason.
Finally, Dorothy made her way to the stage. Dorothy did not hesitate to starting the night off strong and started her set "Down to the Bottom." I would classify Dorothy a pure rock band with a sprinkle of grunge and punk. I would put Dorothy Martin right at the top with other female fronted rock bands like The Pretty Reckless and Halestorm, with her wide array vocal range. One of my favorite songs from her performance at The Castle Theater was "Rest in Piece" off her latest album "Gifts From The Holy Ghost." Dorothy has said, “‘RIP’ is about breaking free from oppression, burying demons, and reclaiming sovereignty and power,” and you can hear it in her powerful, soul-full voice wear she bares all her emotion and wide vocal range.
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Photos and Review By: Connor Hannan