Dirty Honey Brings California Dreamin’ to Nebraska

Dirty Honey performing in the front of the sold-out crowd at The Bourbon in Lincoln, Nebraska on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. (Photo credit: Pam Whisenhunt)

BY PAM WHISENHUNT | Go Venue Magazine

Tuesday, September 13th, 2022 Dirty Honey brought their California Dreamin’ Tour to the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska.  This was their third time in Lincoln, once in 2019 and another in 2021.  This Lincoln show was about halfway through their 28-date North American tour. Dorothy and Mac Saturn kicked off the sold-out show.

Mac Saturn, touring in support of their 5 song EP Until The Money Runs Out hails from Detroit, Michigan. I had never heard of Mac Saturn until this tour was announced. If I had to place them in a genre, I’d call it alt-rock. But it’s so much more. There are so many layers to their sound; modern rock with a splash of jazz, funky blues and some groovy 70s riffs tied in. Pure perfection.  I recommend checking them out.

Carson Macc (lead vocals) entered the stage with red leather pants that laced up his thigh, a red scarf and white blazer. Macc commanded our attention with his swagger, nonstop energy and clean vocals. Even though Mac Saturn has minimal songs in their collection, they had a pretty extensive set list. 

Dorothy was up next. By this time, the place was packed. It was hard maneuvering through the crowd to get to the pit. The Bourbon was packed wall to wall. As I made my way through the crowd, I noticed several Faster Pussycat shirts. Most might not think anything of it, but I knew why. Dorothy picked up guitarist Sam “Bam” Koltun for the tour.  Koltun has been a member of Faster Pussycat since 2019. He was a great add. I loved seeing him on stage with an up-and-coming band like Dorothy.

Dorothy performed a mix of songs from across her discography, but she didn’t stick to the set list. Dorothy took out the scheduled “A Beautiful Life” and subbed in “Black Sheep” her newest release. This was supposedly the first time they performed it live.  

After her set, I noticed quite a few people left the venue. I talked to a few of them and commented they were there for Dorothy. Most of them said they hadn’t even heard of Dirty Honey until recently. It’s unfortunate they left early, because they missed a hell of a show.

Dirty Honey played an even split of songs from their self-titled debut album and newest album California Dreamin’ to include an Aerosmith cover “Last Child” and a slow, bluesy version of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”. At one point, Marc LaBelle (vocals) left the stage, I figured for a quick break or change of clothes. Next thing I know, I see him to the right of me climbing up around the balcony. He moved from one side of the stairs to the other, serenading the crowd, and then back to the stage. It’s obvious Dirty Honey feeds off their fans energy and gives their all.  

If you missed this show, there are plenty more to catch on this tour. Below are the remaining California Dreaming’ tour dates:

  • 9/16- Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
  • 9/17- Waterloo, NY @ The Vine at del Lago Resort
  • 9/19- Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
  • 9/21 Harrisburg, PA @ Stage on Herr at HMAC
  • 9/22- Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!
  • 9/25- Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival
  • 9/27- Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
  • 9/29 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
  • 9/30- Belvidere, IL @ The Apollo Theatre AC
  • 10/1- St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag
  • 10/2- Fort Smith, AR @ TempleLive
  • 10/5- Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
  • 10/6- Ventura, CA @ Ventura Music Hall
  • 10/7- Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
  • 10/9- Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

Dirty Honey


Mac Saturn

All images © Pam Whisenhunt

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