The psychthrash band Frightwig said it years ago: Wild Women Never Die.
Studio Grand Presents two pioneering feminist punk acts — L.A.’s Alice Bag and the Bay Area’s Frightwig who will play together for the first time ever. They will be joined by writer Evelyn McDonnell, biographer of another legendary all-women Californian band, the Runaways, for a night of literature and music celebrating “The F Word.”
Alice Bag was the lead singer of the Bags during the West Coast punk revolution of 1977. Her book, Violence Girl, From East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage is the story of her upbringing in East LA, her eventual migration to Hollywood and the euphoria and aftermath of the first punk wave. Violence Girl reveals how domestic abuse fueled her desire for female empowerment and sheds a new perspective on the origin of hardcore, a style most often associated with white suburban males.
Alice is a blogger, turned author and a former bilingual elementary school teacher. An outspoken activist, feminist and a self-proclaimed troublemaker, Alice brings her Chicana punk attitude to the printed page in her new book Violence Girl, East L.A Rage to Hollywood Stage.
F is for Frightwig, feminists, fun…
Evelyn McDonnell has written or coedited six books, from Rock She Wrote: Women Write about Rock, Pop and Rap to Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways. A longtime journalist, she has been a pop culture writer at The Miami Herald and a senior editor at The Village Voice. Her writing on music, poetry, theater, and culture has appeared in publications and anthologies including the Los Angeles Times, Ms., Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Spin, Travel & Leisure, Billboard, Vibe, Interview, and Option. She teaches students how to write and make noise at Loyola Marymount University.
Birthed in 1982 by Deanna Ashley and Mia d’Bruzzi, Frightwig templeted the Punk Fem phenomenon that followed over a decade later. Funny, funky and furious, Frightwig produced the full-length albums Cat Farm Faboo (Subterranean Records 1984) and Faster Frightwig Kill Kill (Caroline Records 1986), as well as the EP Phone Sexy (Boner Records 1988). The first two LPs were re-released as the double album Wild Women Never Die… (Southern Records 1994). Frightwig has widely been credited as one of the most original, intense and fearless feminist bands by musicians, critics and fans alike.
After taking a hiatus from live performance, Frightwig has now returned with a vengeance to the center stage. Presenting an all-star line-up which features founding members Deanna Ashley (the Mouthiest Woman Alive) on bass, “they broke the mold” Mia d’Bruzzi on guitar and secret weapon “Saint” Cecilia Kuhn on drums. Oh, and here’s the kicker (oh, the shock and horror!), a real man!!! But this is not just any man, this is the legendary Eric Drew Feldman who has recorded, performed, produced and toured with Captain Beefheart, Snakefinger, Frank Black, Pere Ubu, PJ Harvey and Knife & Fork amongst others. Eric plays keyboards, has been known to sport both a tiara and a tuxedo, and has produced and played on Frightwig's EP Hit Return 2013, the War On Women/Hear What I Say single on vinyl, 2014. Frightwig has never sounded better.
Having toured the West and East coasts in 2014, Frightwig is currently in the midst of recording a new full-length LP of new (and very potent) material. Look for them at select shows in 2015- their live shows are legendary and never to be missed.
Deanna Mitchell, Bass/Vocals
Mia d'Bruzzi, Guitar/Vocals
Cecila Kuhn, Drums/Vocals
Eric Drew Feldman, Keyboards/Vocals
DOORS AT 7:30PM, SHOW AT 8:00PM
$5-$15 sliding scale (No one turned away)
**No refunds or exchanges are permitted**
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