Dorothy Plays Sold Out Show At Mercury Lounge 2/26/2017

Written By: Alexis Coleman

Dorothy Martin shed a tear during her powerful sold-out show at the Mercury Lounge in New York City.

 

Martin proved yet again why she is the queen of blues rock when he Los Angeles based quartet brought the ROCKISDEAD tour back to the big apple on Feb. 26.

 

Made up of Dorothy Martin on vocals, DJ Black on guitar, Gregg Cash on bass and Dylan Howard on drums, New York City was graced with another live show about a year after Dorothy with Halestorm and Lita Ford as opening act.

 

Gaining fans along the way with her sultry stage presence and outstanding vocal performance, Martin can be compared to Eta James meets Janis Joplin.  

 

The sound is heavy Blues driven Hard Rock, which when mixed with Martin’s vocals is something magical.

 

The ROCKISDEAD tour named after the band’s album released last year under Jay-Z’s own, Roc Nation record label, has proven to be a great success with almost almost sold-out tour.

 

The show opened with Blak Emoji hail from New York, and warmed the vocal crowd up with their Electro-Pop Rock style. One thing that can be said about vocalist Kelsey Warren’s voice is how powerful and carefree it seemed for him to sing.

 

With a mixture of Lenny Kravitz meets Seal, Warren’s voice singing over the band’s Electro-Pop and Alternative vibe made for a great stage show. With their unique sound and talent, Blak Emoji are sure to be a band to be on the lookout for.

 

Following Blak Emoji was The Georgia Flood. The Atlanta based group had a lot of Blues and Soul coming not only from their music but off the stage from their presence and grooving along while playing. All four members were completely engaged in their performance and the crowd’s reaction which was wild.

 

Each member oozed their own persona and that drew in the fans to want to rock out more. The band played songs such as “Sleepless Nights”, which started as a slow blues song, and then turned rock.

 

Dorothy’s set opened with the house lights down and candles lit on stage on amps as Martin and the band took the stage.

 

Martin brings a sense of sultry not only vocally, but fashion wise to her signature performance style. Martin came on stage in a lace sheer see-through piece with a black body suit with a belt around her waist, over that a leopard print coat.  

 

With fans blowing Martin’s raven black hair, the band started fan favorite, “Kiss it”, where DJ Black provided an amazing guitar solo during the middle of the song.

 

During the entire show Martin was very talkative and interactive with the crowd by making jokes and telling stories.

 

Fans were thrilled throughout the 11 song set, not counting the band’s solo session.  Martin played songs off their ROCKISDEAD album such as “Wicked Ones”, “After Midnight” and “Woman”.

All the songs showed off Martin’s captivating vocals that no other in the industry is capable of doing. Singing with every ounce of one’s soul with passion, sensuality and melodic twist make her a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

 

As DJ Black strummed his guitar, Martin would sing with such emotion complementing his playing. You could feel the power of this performance of “Shelter”, which ended with Martin shedding a tear.

 

The last two songs of the night were, “Bang Bang” and “Whiskey Fever”, two of the band’s heaviest songs. Full of rocking bass riffs by Cash, rolling drum beats by Howard and DJ Black providing heavy guitar solos, that got the band really moving.  

 

Dorothy can put on a show full of blues hard rock that’s in your face with sensuality and stage presence.  

Dorothy are on their way to being one of the biggest and sought after bands in the rock world with the sheer, raw talent from Martin, and the band’s musical style.

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