For The Georgia Flood, this was a homecoming for the Atlanta-based band. Back in December, the band released their official debut EP, People Like Ourselves, to much fan-fare with singles such as “Better Not Together” and “Whistle King,” which has garnered the young blues rock band radio airplay and a whole lot of streams on services like Spotify. For the last two months, The Georgia Flood has joined Dorothy as they’ve toured around the US with sold out stops all along the way. This show was no different.
Aisle 5 was sold out well before Friday hit, and the line to get in was long with a mixed crowd of older and younger concert goers. Scattered throughout the line were fans of Dorothy who didn’t know The Georgia Flood; there were The Georgia Flood fans that didn’t know of Dorothy, there were friends, family, and there were music lovers who didn’t know either but were just out looking for a good show on a Friday night.
The Georgia Flood took the stage first, providing a blues rock inspired set that was heavy on the energy with plenty of enthralling guitar solos and a heavy dose of soul that converted even the most skeptical folks in the crowd. Their set included songs from the EP, and even a cover of the Alabama Shakes “Hold On,” before ending the set with their indie rock dance anthem “Whistle King.” The band showed out to their hometown crowd, clearly enjoying every minute on that stage. But it wasn’t just the band enjoying it, the Aisle 5 crowd was in tune with the band, proving that The Georgia Flood are a band to get behind. No matter your age or what kind of music you like, the band is going to make sure their crowd enjoys every moment.
Los Angeles rock quartet Dorothy took the stage next with the crowd already on fire after The Georgia Flood set. Touring behind their debut album, ROCKISDEAD, released in 2016 via Jay Z’s ROC NATION, Dorothy is led by the strong, powerful, and enchanting Dorothy Martin. The group brings the blues like The Georgia Flood, adding a heavier rock and punk aesthetic to their bombastic songs. Not only is Dorothy Martin easy on the eyes, but it’s her big sultry vocals and authoritative presence that immediately commands your attention. Hair was flowing in the wind machines all over the stage that night as Dorothy Martin’s long black hair soared alongside her long haired heavy rocker bandmates. The headbanging didn’t end on stage, as the crowd took in every minute with fists in the air, and necks shaking all over Aisle 5. It’s not just Jay Z that loves Dorothy, as she is taking the US by storm, city by city, bringing out old school and new school rockers along the way. On this night, it was Atlanta’s turn, and the crowd ate up every minute.
Check out Mike Gerry’s photos from The Georgia Flood and Dorothy at Aisle 5: