A Nor'easter in March couldn't deter the ardent fans from coming to hear Rockers Delight @ the Ace Of Clubs for a queer heavy mostly female line-up to benefit V-Day: A Global Movement to End Violence Against Women.
This night woman musicians ruled regardless of age. The rockers community had open hearts and welcomed the music with an outpouring of love and enthusiasm.
I managed to stay for only three sets out of six. The venue had gigantic speakers and the mix was loud leaving little in the way of subtlety.
Vero's set was the first in the line-up and my reason for being there. I recently reviewed Vero @ The Rockwood and was thoroughly impressed. Tonight the staging gave the band and Vero a chance to loosen up. The band debuted a new song with an urban cowboy vibe and a folk rock twist. The trotting hammered bass notes on guitar while the percussion kicked up dirt leaving the delicate guitar leads settling in the dust cloud. Vero's sultry voice picked up every nuance adding just the right mix of enthusiasm at its peak.
This set showed off Vero's versatility as a songwriter and performer. She is not genre specific and that's what makes her music so intriguing. Her awesome band mates ice the cake with intelligent playing.
Hooray For Goodbye a power pop outfit with kick ass rapper rocker front woman Genny Slag. Her small stature was deceptive because on stage she is power master of energy leading the bands segments of loud thrashing and sonic movements. The bands fluidity are driven by guitarist Sora An and were layered between expansive leads and power chord distortions giving Slag a chance to recover and come on like gang busters. Very engaging band.
Karyn Kuhl billed as old school's finest bad asses. The skilled line-up of players championing the power of confidence to play regardless of age. Karyn Kuhl is an accomplished guitarist with a voice that is a bluesy mix between Janis Joplin and Pati Smith. She was accompanied by saxophone lead guitar, bass and drums playing a loud, feisty set full of conviction. I wrote Karyn's colloquial banter specifically designed for the audience with some eyeliner on a piece of paper that I clearly can't find, but trust me they were good.
As I was leaving I realized how marginalized and over sexualized woman of rock are depicted in the hetero culture. Having lived all my life within the confines of a straight culture left me wondering how different everything could be if I just didn't give a shit what anyone thought. For women buying into culture constraints is an inhibitor of what is possible. I left the Ace of Clubs feeling liberated.
others performing after I left were: GSX and Sophia Ramos' and Swear on You Life