It’s been a while since Larry the Cable Guy appeared on our radar. Could blue-collar entertainment become a thing again? It would seem so. Last month we visited Jeff Lockett, the “Magic Mechanic”. His tools of the trade are a wrench, motor oil, and a deck of cards. This month we become acquainted with Matt Dorman, the “Construction Musician”. If you don’t have a place for his band to play, don’t worry. He’ll build it for you!
Matt Dorman came to my attention through Neal Portnoy, the famed caricature artist whose gallery at 1537 W. Oakey Blvd. recently underwent expansion. Inside, music legends, sports myths, famed entertainers, and a few media personalities have had their likenesses “Portnoyed”. There’s also a portrait of Mr. Dorman, who might be the only musical carpenter displayed on the walls. The reason why this blue-collar worker graces an art gallery is clear…it’s his intense love for the city of Las Vegas.
Photo courtesy of Neal Portnoy
Dorman is the owner of DOSH Contracting, a company that specializes in residential and commercial remodeling. With over three decades of experience in the valley, DOSH Contracting has made its mark on numerous homes and businesses, offering custom woodwork, drywall, carpentry, and much more. Matt is proud of the reputation he and his team have built through the years. The results speak for themselves.
“We stand behind our work and our vision,” he says. “We pride ourselves on being a preferred millwork contractor among local builders, designers, and architects for the commitment and professionalism we put into our work. We manage our highly trained carpenters to complete any commercial space project on time with high quality always as a priority.”
As we all know, all work and no play make for very dull boys. That’s why Matt and his friends cut loose in their free time by entertaining the people of Sin City. How do they do it? With a self-titled band called DORMAN. The eight-piece ensemble fuses rock, country, and Christian stylings into all-original music penned by Matt himself. So far the Air Force veteran has composed over 400 titles, with songs featured on at least seventeen albums by various artists.
The frontman and lead vocalist for DORMAN is Sam Holder. You may recall Holder from one of his many performances at The Vegas Room. The Mississippi native joined DORMAN about three years ago when the band was slated to play Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues. Holder’s own background with Christian music aligned perfectly with the group, and they’ve been together ever since.
“Dorman” performs “Another You”
As mentioned before, Matt has a burning passion for his hometown. “I love my city! I want DORMAN to be Vegas’s band. I have a very nice letter from former Mayor Oscar Goodman. In 2003 I submitted a song to him that I would like to become the Las Vegas theme. Then years later I helped to build the Las Vegas City Hall and Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s office. I was awarded “Citizen of the Month” in October 2016 and performed for the Mayor and the City Council. It was grand!”
Matt lists animal welfare, human rights, and disaster relief as some of the many causes he’s committed to. For over two decades he’s hosted and performed with the band at WestCare Foundation, a non-profit that offers a wide spectrum of behavioral health and human services. The organization, of which Matt is an alumnus, awarded him with a plaque for twenty years of service to their Women’s and Children’s campus.
Most recently, Matt and the band have been working on their CD entitled “From Heaven To Hell…And Back“. The first single “Lost In Yesterday” became available on Apple Music and Spotify last summer. DORMAN will be performing their first self-produced concert at Clark County Library on February 23rd at 7 pm. Entitled “Attitude and Gratitude”, the two-hour showcase will feature all original music. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered here. Clark County Library’s performing arts center is located at 1401 East Flamingo Road.