A lot of albums come my way here at YabYum that are quickly categorized as “chick rock” and passed along to resident chick-on-staff. None of the above bands came to me that way despite all the feisty females that make up each band on the bill. That’s the best thing about Vag Fest, the hard rocking lady tigers that share this bill prove you don’t need a penis to be punk. They will kick your ass and send you home if needed. And, with three nights of mayhem and music scheduled, your weekend promises to be jam packed with ornery rock and totally unladylike, matriarchal mayhem.
I don’t know which night I’m most excited about. Jackie Cruz, the event’s organizer this year and in years prior, did a bang-up job amassing this “quite the line-up” for the annual festival. With bands from four states and a host of local favorites, each night promises a worthy event… a free and worthy event. Thursday at the Palo Verde Lounge has The Sex which made our list of 3 Feisty, Sexy Bands that Live Up to Their Name back in March along with Girl Boner, a post-punk trio out of Phoenix that I have yet to hear but they promise songs about “drinking, hookers, drugs and heartbreak” so count me in. Friday night at the Yucca Tap Room brings out the retro-punk stylings of French Girls and the Venomous Pinks as well as the recently formed She Riffs (formerly Mrs. Howls) featuring Alice Bag. For me, personally, I can’t wait for Saturday. The Pods reunite. Acorn Bcorn, a band I’ve been desperate to see since I heard the Craftpop Sampler, will be performing along with the two other glowing examples of punkrock for the modern era: Numb Bats and the Cigs. I’m there.
Free live music, women rocking out, and a good time for all – what’s not to love about VagFest? Choose one, two, or three nights of festivities. It all depends on how much vaginal awesomeness you can handle. Check out more on the event page here.