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Red Flag on a Saturday Night with Dirty Honey and the California Dreamin’ Tour

Dirty Honey performing at Red Flag in St. Louis. Photo by Greg Artime.

 

–by Randy Thompson and Vicki Lee

–photos by Greg Artime

Red Flag was the destination of choice for an evening of rock and roll with Dirty Honey on Saturday in downtown Saint Louis.

Neither one of us had attended a concert at the Red Flag in Midtown. It is an interesting venue that gives a sense of space that was somewhat deceiving initially.   The building accommodates around a thousand guests and just opened in 2021 at the end of the pandemic. It has high ceilings, a decent sized stage and freight containers that serve as soundstages, green rooms and concessions.  The space is interestingly industrial with good acoustics.

Mac Saturn performing at Red Flag in St. Louis. Photo by Greg Artime.

Mac Saturn, first act of the evening, hails from Detroit, the motor city as illustrated by the dice hanging from the mics and the song “Mr. Cadillac”. Mac Saturn is a straight ahead five-piece rock and roll band. They exuded a great deal of energy on stage and had the audience riding with them from the beginning.

Mac Saturn performing at Red Flag in St. Louis. Photo by Greg Artime.

They delivered Pink Floyd vibes with the sass of the Stones and their own signature sound delivered with excellent vocal skills by the lead singer, Carson Macc, who strutted, spun, and leapt for the audience. They set the stage for the power of the upcoming bands.

Dorothy performing at Red Flag in St. Louis. Photo by Greg Artime.

Dorothy was next up and is a power rock outfit out of Los Angeles, headed by lead singer Dorothy Martin. Supported by a drummer, Jason Ganberg, lead guitarist, Devon Pangle, and bassist, Elliot Lorango they quickly had the audience where they wanted them on songs such as “Down to The Bottom”, “Raise Hell” and an artfully crafted cover of the Eurythmics song, “Sweet Dreams”.

Dorothy performing at Red Flag in St. Louis. Photo by Greg Artime.

Dorothy has a commanding vocal presence while the band as a whole has a blues soul with a hard metal edge. While some bands hammer, Dorothy drills, they definitely upped the ante with their set.

Dirty Honey performing at Red Flag in St. Louis. Photo by Greg Artime.

When Dirty Honey took the stage, the audience was primed and ready. The opening song was “Gypsy” on which the lead singer, Marc Labelle and his crowd bonded immediately. The band (Labelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and drummer Corey Coverstone) brought professional polish that completely engaged their exuberant fans.

Dirty Honey performing at Red Flag in St. Louis. Photo by Greg Artime.

The guitar volume seemed to wash out the lead vocals initially. It felt to us as though the guitars searing notes and the frequent solos made for a sometimes disjointed and uneven presentation.

Dirty Honey performing at Red Flag in St. Louis. Photo by Greg Artime.

Technically and visually exceptional, Dirty Honey interacted very well with their admiring audience and are a powerful and crowd-pleasing act especially on songs like “The Wire” and “Another Last Time”. They more than exceeded their fans expectations with some truly virtuoso musical moments.

Be sure to check out the gallery of photos after the setlists below.

Mac Saturn Setlist:

Diamonds

Persian Rugs

Ain’t Like You

Law Machine

Mr. Cadillac

Plain Clothes Gentleman

 

Dorothy Setlist:

Down to the Bottom

Ain’t our Time

Raise Hell

After Midnight

Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics cover)

Black Sheep

Flawless

Made to Die

Dark Nights

 

Dirty Honey Setlist:

Gypsy

California Dreamin’

Break You

Heartbreaker

The Wire

Scars

(bass solo)

Tied Up

Down the Road

Last Child (Aerosmith cover)

No Warning

Another Last Time

(drum solo/guitar solo)

Let’s Go Crazy (Prince cover)

When I’m Gone

Rolling 7s

 

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