2017 was a good year for music — especially for our Dr. Martens Presents Tour. August through November, we teamed up with our favorite local acts across the country for intimate sets at our stores. The drinks were flowing (thanks to Deep Eddy, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Topo Chico), the rock was good and loud and the stores were (if you’re a member of the fire department, stop reading now) packed and sweaty, thanks to some of the coolest crowds around. If you missed it, we’re sorry — but there’s always 2018. In the meantime, here’s a breakdown of some of the best moments from the tour, plus a sweet Spotify mix to enjoy.
We’ll begin with the end; the last show on the tour was in Washington D.C. with headliner Snail Mail.
Bat Fangs opened the show and energised the crowd.
Torres ended her set on a high note at our Union Square store.
Studio City fans were treated to a double shot of female rock. The Paranoyds kicked it off with a rowdy set of gritty surf rock.
The Regrettes followed with ditty after ditty of their ’60s pop-meets-punk sound.
The Overcoats brought their electric pop to our Herald Square store and packed it to the gills.
Our favorite palindrome, Tacocat, packed our Seattle store with their feminist surf punk.
The ladies from the Chulita Vinyl Club turned our San Francisco Market Street location into a scene.
Chi-town’s underground hip hop scene came alive at our Wicker Park location with Chris Crack and Vic Spencer.
Up-and-coming rapper Kweku Collins headlined the show.
Chicago natives Twin Peaks played a free DJ set, complete with an impromtu karaoke session, at Chicago’s State Street store.
Singer-songwriter Ted Leo, sans the Pharmacists, rocked our Boston store solo.
Lead guitarist and vocalist James Alex of Beach Slang went to town at a packed Philly store.
Yes, as promised, Caveman played Otero War in its entirety.
Meanwhile, back in San Francisco, the jangly garage sounds of Hot Flash Heat Wave took over our Haight Street store.
The Fresh & Onlys followed with a high-energy set.