The popular musician will be making his first appearance at the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival on Friday, Jan. 13 at The Other Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Dotson, who grew up in Okoboji, has definitely earned his acclaim from his humble beginnings.
He would play backyard parties, graduations, birthdays, living rooms, and to just about anyone who was willing to listen. Often he would travel great distances for no audience and very little pay just to spread his music. However, all of his hard work is paying off.
Damon, who now has a faithful fan following, is known to pack college venues every time he plays. "It's normally packed, but for a Damon Dotson show; we'll draw full capacity," said one club manager in Ames. Damon is versatile in his performances and songwriting by performing not only as a solo acoustic act, but also with his full band. One reviewer from the Des Moines Register wrote that he has, "the curly locks of Jim Morrison but more of a warmly romantic sound that veers between Dave Matthews and Coldplay." Dotson has put out one demo, one full studio album, and one live album over the past 3 1/2 years and has sold over a 1,000 albums per year. "Dotson's naturally strong, clear pipes are his greatest strength," raved one review of his studio album.
Damon has played top venues in Minneapolis, Mankato, Minn., Omaha, Neb., Okoboji, Ames, Cedar Falls, Chicago, Ill., Moline, Ill., Iowa City, Des Moines, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Sioux City. Damon has continued to add more and more venues and diehard fans that are known to sing every word along with him at the shows. Dotson's tireless work ethic, respect, and dedication to his craft have paid off for this very talented young artist. He was a top 100 finalist in the 2005 Midwest Independent Music Competition. Most recently, he was voted Top Solo Performance on www.ourstage.com with the solo version of his song "Atmosphere." He was also voted as Top Regional Pop Song for his song "Good night." Dotson has opened for acts such as B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Matt Nathanson, The Gin Blossoms, The Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins, Tristan Prettyman, Stephan Kellogg and the Sixers, as well as regional favorite GB Leighton.
Damon has also sung the National Anthem in Hilton Colisium for Iowa State University. Always striving for something bigger and better, Damon is relentless when it comes to his music career. Damon Dotson is truly a unique artist that blends extreme talent with hard work and dedication.
The venues for the popular Pub Crawls scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights are as follows:
The Northwest Iowa Musicians will appear at The Copper Cup from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Jimmy Davis and Friends with Kelsey Klingensmith and special guests Glen Alexander and Oria Aspen will be performing at The Gathering Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Chad Elliott will be at The Gasthaus from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Damon Dotson Band will be at The Other Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Ross William Perry Band will be at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
*Saturday, Jan. 14
The Mary Bridget Davies Group will be hosting the Saturday Jam Session at The Gathering Place from noon to 4 p.m.
The Lonny Lynn Orchestra will play from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Festival's Main Concert at Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center.
Glenn Alexander and Oria Aspen will be at the Copper Cup from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Bob Pace Band will be at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Johnnie Bolin Band will be at The Other Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Mary Bridget Davies Group will be at the Cherokee VFW Club from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The popular Student Music Clinic for invited area schools conducted by the Jim Oatts Sextet will be held at the Cherokee Middle School Friday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ticket prices for the 12th Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival are as follows:
Friday night Pub Crawl $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Saturday Jam Session is $10 for non-musicians. Students and kids are free. No advance sale of tickets are available.
Saturday night concert at WITCC $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Saturday night Pub Crawl $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Saturday night combo ticket Concert and Pub Crawl $20 in advance and $30 at the door.
Advance ticket prices end at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9.
Tickets for all events are available at The Copper Cup, State Farm Insurance, and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival go to www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com.