Dorothy Brings ‘Gifts From The Holy Ghost’ to The House of Blues in Chicago

Dorothy performing at House of Blues in Chicago, IL on 04/30/2022
Dorothy performing at House of Blues in Chicago, IL on 04/30/2022

Chicago, IL – I first had the pleasure of seeing Dorothy perform early in her career when she was doing small club tours on the West Coast, and it’s been 5 years since I saw Dorothy perform last while they were touring for their 2016 release, RockIsDead. Right from the beginning, you just “knew” that Dorothy Martin was going to be somebody special. You couldn’t help but feel it when she performed on stage and her powerful vocals just hit you like a hammer.

Fast forward to 2022 and the band is touring in support of their third full-length album, Gifts From The Holy Ghost, which was released April 22nd. As Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” played in the background, Dorothy Martin, the bands namesake, came out on stage clad in all black leather and dark sunglasses with her powerful, gritty, bluesy vocals, and proceeded to kick off the evening with Down To The Bottom, the stand-alone rock anthem single featured in the hit television series Lucifer, before ripping right into “Gun In My Hand” from their first album, RockIsDead.

While the band themselves only played for only an hour, they were sure to hit all of the biggest songs from their full-length albums, even throwing a surprise cover of the Eurythmics, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” that had the entire House of Blues singing along, which the crowd didn’t need any instruction to do as they had pretty much started doing that right from the beginning of the show.

Dorothy covered about an equal amount of material from their full-length studio albums, which included the very upbeat “A Beautiful Life” along with “Medicine Man,” a great ballad ending with guitar riffs and beats being ratcheted up more than a few notches.

The band wrapped up their evening with “Raise Hell” from their debut album, along with “Flawless” and “Freedom” from 28 Days In The Valley before an encore of “Dark Nights.”


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Down To The Bottom
Gun In My Hand
Ain’t our Time To Die
What’s Coming To Me
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (Eurythmics cover)
Rest In Peace
A Beautiful Life
Medicine Man
Raise Hell

Dark Nights

Original Show Date 4/30/22

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Ian Bardecki
Born in Scotland, raised in the United States, based in Chicago. Ian Bardecki is a professional photographer, avid motorcyclist, reader, IT geek, gaming and comic book nerd, who was bathed in music at a young age by his mother who constantly played classical piano in their home. While she also introduced him to the Beatles and Elvis, his father forced on him Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, the local paper boy had him listening to Alice Cooper, his uncle then turned him onto KISS and his first 8 track tape, while his friends turned him onto punk music. Today, his music library ranges from Amadeus Mozart to ZZ Ward and everything in between. Hesitantly agreeing to fill in one night to photograph a concert at a local venue in San Francisco for a friend, was where the accidental love and passion for concert photography was born and hasn’t stopped growing since. As a freelance photographer, Ian has had the honor of working with various artists like, John 5, Sick Puppies, Scott Stapp, Drowning Pool, Anti-Flag and Art of Dying, just to name a few. Ian can be found on Instagram and Facebook under Center Stage Pictures.