Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Monday February 11 2019
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
••• ALL AGES
Garage Punk Rock
Stars At Night
Heavy atmospheric rock
-from Guadalajara, Mexico
-Not many know of Le Butcherettes. The name Teri Gender Bender sounds hilarious to most who hear it, but doesn’t elicit any sort of reaction. And it should, because Le Butcherettes is one of the most insane, violent and ultimately ground-breaking bands of the 21st century, and its head (vocalist and lead guitarist) Teri Gender Bender is a visionary in the punk-rock genre that has collaborated with some of the greatest names in rock, such as Iggy Pop and John Frusciante. Le Butcherettes’ performances are wild, unorthodox and completely off-hinged. Terri and her bandmates pour blood over themselves, show off real pig heads on stage and use butcher knives, brooms and other props that fits with their theme. Except, rather than do it for shock value (like, say, Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress), Teri views these violent, grotesque displays as a reflection of her own culture.
Teri Gender Bender is obviously not the soloist’s real name – she was born Teresa Suárez Cosío in 1989, in the city of Denver. Her father was a Spanish prison guard while her mother moved from Guadalajara, Mexico, and was able to relay a lot of the country’s rich culture to her daughter. Teri has fond memories of Denver – she recalls receiving a stuffed animal for Christmas for a taxi driver, or chewing on the rubber seat of the swing set she used to swing on. But her true passion was always Guadalajara, where her family often went to spend the holidays. In her own words, Teri recalls that in the city “you meet the most humble and hardworking, gracious people that are in no way righteous whatsoever, and then you come across kidnappers within the same block. It’s those two extremes where the essence of good and evil are displayed in human flesh.” It was this dissonance that made her fascinated by the city.
At the age of ten, Teri began having recurring and downright frustrating dreams of playing guitar, to the point where their frequency and intensity was what ultimately convinced her father to buy her one, setting her off on a path that she would continue to walk for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, her father passed away only three years later, prompting her mother to relocate the family back to Guadalajara. Its culture of normalizing and downright celebrating death morbidly fascinated the girl. Armed with that inspiration, as well as her love of the guitar, Teri founded Le Butcherettes when she was only seventeen, alongside her friend Auryn Jolene, who was a drummer. The name of the band comes from, naturally, Teri’s morbid interests at the time, more specifically her research into female genital mutilation. The idea that something as violent and grotesque as female circumcision still existed, and yet many turned a blind eye to it, would go on to define the band’s theme, ideology and performances. The act of female genital mutilation also inspired the stage name Teri Gender Bender.
punk-hairLe Butcherettes’ first live performance was in 2009, where they used props such as brooms and feather dusters as allegories for the slavery of women in the 1950s. The performance was unlike anything the Mexican underground scene had experienced at the time, earning the band huge critical acclaim and recognition from Mexican media outlets. In the same year, they won “Best New Artist” and “Best Punk Record” at the Indi-O awards for independent music. Unfortunately, not all was well – seemingly unable to agree on where to take Le Butcherettes next, Teri and Auryn parted ways, leading Teri to relocate the band in Los Angeles and recruit drummer Normandi Heuxdalfo to replace Jolene. Until the year was done, the duo had been asked to play at several different shows in three different cities across both Mexico and the US. Needless to say, 2009 was kind of a big year for them.
Le Butcherettes’ first single, “Henry Don’t Got No Love”, was released in 2010 as a free download, and in 2011 their first album, “Sin Sin Sin”, saw the light of day thanks to Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of the band “The Mars Volta”, who produced it. “Sin Sin Sin” went on to find huge success, being sold on CD and online through Bandcamp, as well as gaining enough recognition and support to receive a Vinyl release. And with that, Le Butcherettes were on their way to stardom. Over the last six years, they have released three more albums (most recently “Graffiti Amargo” in 2017), and in total, thirteen different musicians have played the band’s tunes in recording and performances. The one constant between all of them has, of course, been Teri Gender Bender herself, the heart and soul of “Le Butcherettes”. With the band in full steam, it seems like there’s never been a better time to call yourself their fan!
Stars At Night TBA
Janelle Obert : Lead Vocals / Rhythm guitar
Seleste: Lead Guitar
Joana: Drums, Back Up Vocals
Liz: Bass / Back Up Vocals
-from Los Angeles, CA
-East LA's very own quartet of fierce females Stars At Night who make a dirty, energetic, and powerful rock, spiced with punk, psychedelia, and plenty of attitude, have become a tour de force of sound and style in LA's underground scene. With influences that range from Black Sabbath to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this bands sound is an amalgamation of raw force and elegant artistry.
Lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Janelle Obert illuminates the stage with her powerful vocal range don't let her charm fool you her captivating performance will set you in a trance of frenzied excitement. No less is the seemingly inexhaustible energy of drummer Joana Rubio. Creating the ground shaking heartbeat of each song, Joana pumps each song to life with shear power, talent, and presence. Bass player Elizabeth Banuelos never fails to keep the ground shaking with the raw deep riffs of her bass. Rounding out these four bright stars is guitarist Seleste Diaz. Behind the subdued stage presence is the sharpness and vision of a brilliant musician who seems to weave together hair-raising, hip-gyrating riffs and melodies as if from the ether. It is the authentic [visual and auditory] beauty of Stars At Night that will propel them to stellar heights.
Stars At Night's trajectory has caught the attention of both underground and popular music groups, all who have invited Stars At Night to perform as part of their shows' opening line-up. SANs (Stars At Night) live performances captivate audiences and make believers out of skeptics.
Derek Barnes - Guitar/vocals
Jason Zaru - Drums
Julian Balestrieri - Guitar
Jeremy James Shepherd - Bass
-from San Francisco, CA
-Lying somewhere between the complexity of progressive rock and the brawn of
metal, San Francisco’s The Living have an emotional pull to their sound that
clicks instantly. Offering atmosphere-drenched lead guitar work soaring over
earthy riffs pitted against desperate wailing vocals and a driving rhythm section
tinged with just enough complexity, their multi-dimensional sound has been
born and crafted from raw feeling and countless hours toiling in their tiny San
Francisco practice space. Songs like “Delay,” “Deceiver,” and “Tied To The Bed”
drip with a lyrical vulnerability and honesty seldom heard by their peers and
greatly appreciated by their fans.
They pull many sounds into their music including shoegaze, progressive rock, metal, and pop, bridging the gap between genres and creating an environment in which their audience is
greeted with the familiar sounds they know and love while discovering the
band’s fresh approach. It’s this unique overlap, coupled with their devotion to an
energetic live show and the human experience that goes along with it that has
landed them gigs at San Francisco staples such as Brick & Mortar, El Rio,
Hemlock, and Milk Bar, as well as radio rotation on sites such as 89.5 KPOO.