Mac Saturn, Dorothy, and Dirty Honey rocked the roof off of Red Flag on Saturday.
I’ve been looking forward to this show for months as an avid fan of Dirty Honey but admittedly I did not know the rest of the show’s lineup until arriving – pleasantly surprised is an understatement. The diversity of these three artists covered vast corners of the rock n’ roll world and gave me so much hope for the future of the genre. My first experience at Red Flag was nothing short of spectacular and I could not have better things to say about the performers, the venue, or the crowd that was equal parts happy and welcoming.
Austin Basler on Twitter: “I’m in love with this venue. First impression is off the charts. It feels like I’m an NPC in the crowd of a Guitar Hero scene. pic.twitter.com/4RYyeJoGOY / Twitter”
I’m in love with this venue. First impression is off the charts. It feels like I’m an NPC in the crowd of a Guitar Hero scene. pic.twitter.com/4RYyeJoGOY
I arrived at the beginning of Mac Saturn’s set and was immediately captivated by their energy on stage, but even more so by how it was reciprocated by their many fans in the crowd (some of whom came only for Mac Saturn, in fact leaving just after their 30 minute set!) Though I’d never heard of them prior to the show they had a way of making me feel like I’d been a fan forever and I intend to be exactly that moving forward. Their sound was familiar but fresh and boy did they look the part.
Dorothy is a name I was certainly familiar with but my exposure was limited to say the least. My immediate impression was greater than possibly any I’d ever had; Dorothy was as talented as she was cool and played as good of a set as I could’ve hoped for from even any headliner. Simply put – Dorothy is badass and by no means did the appeal stop at her favorable physical appearance. Her three band members – guitar, bass, and drums, set a seemingly impossible level of expectations for the headlining band that was to follow their lead and by this point in the show I recall very genuinely claiming that this had the potential to be one of my favorite shows of all time…which is a lofty claim to make with a concert count of >100!
Austin Basler on Twitter: “This is an early contender for best concert I’ve ever been to. A significant development that we will be monitoring closely! / Twitter”
This is an early contender for best concert I’ve ever been to. A significant development that we will be monitoring closely!
Last but not least and with very large shoes to fill: Dirty Honey. The Los Angeles-based four-piece rock n’ roll band came out of the gates full speed ahead and didn’t pump the breaks until the final whistle, bringing as much energy as each of the opening groups before them much to the delight of one of the liveliest crowds I’ve been a part of all year. Marc LaBelle had one of the best live vocalists I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing and his counterparts – John Notto on guitar, Justin Smolian on bass, and Corey Coverstone on drums – were equally talented in their own regard. Everything about the show was all I could have hoped for – they looked cool, they sounded cooler, the crowd remained no less than 110% invested in every second of the show, and all while boasting one of the coolest band logos of all time.
Dirty Honey introduced their fresh twist on the timeless Classic Rock sound with their 6-song self-titled EP in March of 2019, with fan-favorites When I’m Gone and Rolling 7’s, and quickly found success in touring with bands like The Who and Guns ‘N Roses and playing major festivals such as Louder Than Life. Their first single, When I’m Gone, was the first song by an unsigned artist to reach #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, and they proved it was no fluke with the release of their 8-song self-titled debut album in April of 2021. Dirty Honey has all the makings of the next big thing and one can only hope because their music is a refreshing revival of the 70’s blues-rock that we all love and do not have enough of anymore. I look forward to following their musical career closely and will be the first in line to support them in any way I can because, simply put, they deserve it – and I hope you’ll follow suit. If you’re not watching yet I suggest you tune in! #ArchCityMusicLive
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