By Anita Stewart, Journalist and Chyrisse Tabone, Photographer-Rock At Night Tampa
I’ve been following the band for years and covering their tour dates on both sides of the pond. They decided to do a short tour of the eastern seaboard before hitting Europe this fall. They hit up cities such as Atlanta, GA, Worcester MA, Baltimore, MD and concluded with their last gig at the Attic in Ybor City, Tampa on Friday, August 10th, 2018.
Rock at Night got to sit down with Luis Cabezas for an in depth interview before the show started. He gave us a short history of he and Kelly’s early meeting in Land O’ Lakes High School, then they both went on to New College and the forming of their first band, No Chef. He discussed the catalyst that precipitated he and Kelly had leaving town and heading out to Los Angeles with nothing more than $700 in their pockets and huge dreams and aspirations of making it big. And how they make it all work right now by continuing to make music, tour, produce and parenting two little “dollytots.”
The opening act of this gig was a punk pop band from Gainesville called NoMore. Great songs and energy Rock at Night definitely wants to see more of this band. The Dollyrots mentioned that when they play dates in Florida they always ask this band to open for them. Both bands are participating in “The Fest 2018” in downtown Gainesville, Florida with tons of other bands the last week of October. Not an event to miss if you live in Florida and are a music aficionado!
The Dollyrots took the stage and played a high energy set with all of their hits, “Brand New Key,” “Mermaid,” “Twist Me to the Left,” “Satellite,” and “Because I’m Awesome.” Their merch guy, Jon Smith took the stage to play the bass for Kelly for the latter song and he also did his punk rock rendition of the song “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice without missing a lyric.
So if you want to know more about everything Dollyrots, hit that play button and listen to the Rock at Night interview with Luis for some very cool band news and upcoming plans! Tour info for Europe this Fall is HERE.
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