Win Tickets ($59): Dirty Honey – California Dreamin Tour @ Revolution Hall | w/ Dorothy & Mac Saturn
We are giving away a pair of tickets to Dirty Honey – California Dreamin Tour @ Revolution Hall on September 7. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed August 29.
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Dirty Honey – California Dreamin Tour
w/ Dorothy & Mac Saturn
September 7, 2022
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $29.50 | 21+ (Minors OK in Balcony)
More info: event.etix.com
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR
Some musicians take a while to build an audience and connect with fans. For the Los Angeles-based quartet Dirty Honey, success came right out of the gate. Released in March 2019, the band’s debut single, “When I’m Gone,” became the first song by an unsigned artist to reach No. 1 on Billboard’sMainstream Rock chart. Their second single, “Rolling 7s,” went into the Top 5and was still headed up when COVID changed everything. That same year, Dirty Honey opened for The Who, Guns ’N Roses, Slash, and Alter Bridge and was the “do-not-miss-band” at major rock festivals such as Welcome to Rockville, Rocklahoma, Louder Than Life, Heavy MTL, and Epicenter. On its first U.S. headline tour in January and February 2020, the band soldout every date.
When it came time to record its self-titled full-length debut album, the band—vocalist Marc LaBelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and drummer Corey Coverstone—wasn’t about to mess with what was already working. Teaming up with producer Nick DiDia (Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam), who also produced the band’s2019 self-titled EP, Dirty Honey again captured the lightning-in-a-bottle dynamics and energy of their live sound.
“As a guitarist, I’m always inspired by the everlasting pursuit of the perfect riff,” says Notto. “I also wanted to extend the artistic statement that we had already made. We weren’t looking to sound different, or prove our growth, necessarily. It was more about, ‘Oh, you thought that was good? Hold my beer.'”
Dirty Honey’s album indeed builds on the band’s output to date, with airtight songwriting that plays up their strengths: sexy, bluesy, nasty rock’n’roll, melodic hard rock, and soulful 70s blues-rock. On “The Wire,”LaBelle reaffirms his status as one of contemporary rock’s best vocalists, while “Another Last Time” is a raunchy, timeless ballad about a toxic relationship that you just can’t stop saying goodbye to. “Tied Up” and the album’s lead single “California Dreamin,’’ both feature smoking guitar solos bookended by massive riffs and hooks.
“‘California Dreaming’ was the last song we wrote,” said bassist Justin Smolian. “We finished it about two weeks before we recorded it, so the song was still so new, and we were trying out different things,so every take was a little different. But there was that one where we just captured it, and it was magic.”
Although the Dirty Honey album may sound effortless, its genesis had a bumpy start. The day before the band members were due to fly to Australia to track the album, Los Angeles entered lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic,and traveling was off the table. However, Dirty Honey was still eager to work with DiDia, so they devised a Plan B: recording the full-length in a Los Angeles studio with one of DiDia’s long-time engineers, and the producer beamed into the proceedings via the magic of modern technology.
Having to switch gears delayed the start of recording slightly, although this extra time ended up being a boon. Dirty Honey rented a rehearsal space and demoed the album’s songs in advance, meaning the tracks were in good shape when DiDia came onboard. Notto mixed and recorded these workshopped tracks himself, which helped him rediscover one of Dirty Honey’s biggest strengths: being well-rehearsed while not overpolishing their work.
I have never seen Dirty Honey in concert and Revolution Hall is such an intimate venue to see them in. I have seen opening act Dorothy before and can recommend people show up early for this show as they will be blown away. Sure hope I win
I love their music. I want to attend a concert!
I saw these guys before pandemic open up for a famous band and I really liked them. I’ve been waiting for them to come back to town
I have been listening to Dirty Honey on Spotify and they remind me a lot of The Black Crowes. I would love to attend this concert and go early for some food and drinks on The Rooftop bar at Revolution Hall
This is a must see concert!
This would be an amazing birthday gift. I am recovering from an organ transplant and I’m healthy enough to finally go to musical concert again.
Going to this would be very healing for me
I checked out their music, sounds really cool!
I love Dirty Honey! We saw them open for Black Crowes last year and fell in love! We would love to go see them again!!
I am a old school rocker who would love to see these new school rockers rock the house!
They opened for the Black Crowes last year & I fell in love!! They are killer live-I’d love a round 2 on this one, fo sho🙌🏼
I love bluesy rock music and Dirty Honey delivers that perfectly. Please hook me up with tickets PDXPIPELINE
I’d love to win these tickets cause i’m “buuuuurnin cash like gasoline”! 🙂 I need some rock n roll as I head into fall!
I got my bandana tied around my head, my cut-off jean shorts, sleeveless flannel and my dancing flip-flops.
OHHHHHHH, BABY… I’m READY
(*in crazy Robert Plant-ish, ridiculously high pitched, rock n’ roll voice*)
Give me the honey!
Sign me up!