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Chatting with Luis Cabezas of The Dollyrots

Luis Cabeza discusses high school and college days with his wife, The Dollyrot’s lead singer Kelly Ogden; the early days of the band; the upcoming tour in the UK; and other HOT news about new releases!

Luis Cabezas of The Dollyrots

By Anita Stewart, Journalist and Chyrisse Tabone, Photographer-Rock At Night Tampa


Kelly of The Dollyrots

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.

Luis of The Dollyrots

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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Anita grew up in a rock and roll radio station that her father owned and has a musical family. Spent a few years singing back up. Now sings in the shower! She is a USAF veteran and was elected to local office and worked as staff on three presidential campaigns as a Social Media and Virtual Outreach expert. Plays a variety of musical instruments including ukulele and she loves drum circles. Her fave music genres are all of them--Alternative to Zydeco. Promotes bands and independent artists through ANITA STEWART PROMOTIONS and independent female musicians, singers and songwriters through YES SHE ROCKS. Writes, fights for peace, human rights, a green environment, pure water, clean food. Knits, paints, attends concerts and open jams and explores in nature with her camera. She has recently retired but no rocking chair for her! She has been reporting for Rock at Night since 2014.

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