3 Days in Chicago
Surrender Dorothy began as a jamming rock band at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI back in 1985. Rock legends Dan Carney, Tom Connell, Linda Heegeman, Tim Heuer, Tom Huguelet, Steve Jaracz and Kurt Urban formed the heart of the revolving door that was to become Surrender Dorothy for the next few years. In true rock band style, many members came and went, and some came back again... In 1987, the revolving door slowed down and a lasting formation took shape. The addition of Tommy 'Picasso' Boesch (insert one of many monikers here) on country-tinged guitar and J. Finnegan on barefoot stompin' bass was the beginning of a new era that has proven to be a life long connection for Surrender Dorothy's current band members. Kurt Urban made his move from front man with the killer vocals to 'hey when did he learn to play guitar like that???' Tom Connell and Dave Wolff were tag team drummers over the next couple of years. Linda Heegeman continued in her role as female vocalist and percussionist and took over band management. It was at this time that they transitioned from playing Marquette bars and functions to playing bars, clubs and festivals throughout the Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago Areas. As unfortunately happens when adulthood finally arrives (earlier for some than others), Dorothy members eventually parted ways... pursued solo projects, song-craft, family and day jobs individually until a few years ago when they realized that they miss the unique bond or the "magic" that they have on stage and with the crowd when they play. Surrender Dorothy rocks more than ever now with the upcoming release of two new studio albums, the re-release of a 1990 album and a national cross-generation network of fans ready to make the trip for recent select appearances. Over the past 7 years, members of the band have traveled from Britain and across the country to play several 'Surrender Dorothy Final Farewell' tours, 'Surrender Dorothy Reunion' tours and to volunteer a show for the Milwaukee based Enderis Park Neighborhood Association's "Concerts on The Green". Summer 2007 highlights include another trip into the studio followed by a spot at the Milwaukee Summer Soulstice Festival, and a return to their MU roots with a Marquette University Class of 1987 Reunion Gig and a Surrender Dorothy Reunion show at Conway's including members past and present. Fans from as far as England, Colorado, California, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin have traveled to attend with their friends and families. The band is a true Milwaukee tradition for the large number of Milwaukeans and X-Milwaukeans alike. Fans from across the country (and across the Atlantic!) look for reasons to make the pilgrimage back to Milwaukee - a Surrender Dorothy show tops the list.