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Black Women Who Rock with Skip the Needle featuring Shelley Doty, The Anita…

March 9 @ 7:30 pm

| $15
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Skip the Needle: Born from group of friends jamming: all veterans of multiple bands, tours, recording. Shelley Doty (Shelley Doty X-tet, Sistas in the Pitt) guitar, Kofy Brown (Kofy Brown Band, Sistas in the Pit) drums, Katie Colpitts (Dolorata, Year of the Fist) guitar and Vicki Randle (the Tonight Show, Mavis Staples) bass. The band is the collective effort of four Bay area bandleaders, each lead singer, multi-instrumentalist, performer and songwriter. Lead singing duties rotate among the members while the others add background vocals. The songs are collectively written to showcase each member’s unique contributions, bringing together rock, funk, soul and fusion in an amalgam that rocks hard and is also musically diverse and complex; carries a strong, socially conscious message but wants everybody to party while hearing it. If Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Chrissie Hynde and Chaka cloned a baby, this band would be the result. Skip the Needle is reckless, eclectic, fearless and fun, dedicated to love, and lIke nothing you’ve ever heard before.

The move an artist makes from punk beginnings to more complicated crafts is fascinating to hear. Anita Lofton makes the trek with the Anita Lofton Project. Formerly of punk trio Sistas in the Pit, the talented guitarist and singer-songwriter gave the up her wah-wah, smallstone and rat pedals for greater things. With her former Sistas she toured China and Europe, and took an infamous national tour supporting a certain James “Iggy Pop” Osterberg and the Stooges during that band’s reunion in 2007. She claims to have “traded in her Marshall half stack and Epiphone semi hollow body casino for a microphone and an Epiphone acoustic guitar,” yet she’s got the rock in her blood. With Anita’s new minimal and acoustic approach she expresses a new direction in songwriting that is as candid, earnest, cool and assertive while seeking greater understanding of others and cloaking sentiment in attitude.

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Venue

Ashkenaz
Phone:
(510) 525-5054
1317 San Pablo Ave. (at Gilman), Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
Website:
ashkenaz.com

Organizer

Ashkenaz
Phone:
510-525-5054
Website:
http://www.ashkenaz.com

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