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Wednesday 06/24/15

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Wednesday June 24th 7:00pm
Mobile, AL
Mobile, AL

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Beverly Jo Scott   Donna Hall        Shawna P  
 Cary Laine     Jo Anna Berlage    Laci Wright
 Emily Stuckey   Jackie Clowe  Hannah McFarland
Lawrence Speckler wrote:
If Chickfest sounds like a gimmick, you haven't been to one. Gimmicks don't have this kind of power.
Your next chance to figure that out for yourself is Wednesday, June 24, when Chickfest 5 will be presented at Veet's Bar & Grill, 66 S. Royal St. True to the name, and to precedent, it showcases an all-female lineup of Gulf Coast singers: Beverly Jo Scott, Donna Hall,Shawna PCary Laine, Jo Anna Berlage, Laci Wright, Emily Stuckey, Jackie Clowe and Hannah McFarland.
But a "girl power" lineup was all there was to it, it would just be a novelty – not a long-running success that has earned its longevity by repeatedly giving listeners a truly revelatory experience.
Organizer Gina Jo Previto said the idea actually first came up nine years or so ago, when she visited Scott in Belgium. And Scott – who grew up in the Mobile area, paid her dues in New Orleans, and now works as a performer, radio entertainer and TV host in Europe – has been one of the mainstays ever since.
The real highlight of past Chickfests hasn't simply been that the event showcases some of the area's best female artists: It's that it has allowed them to collaborate, to jam and find new harmonies and learn from one another. Being in the room as a listener when that happens is a privilege. The program starts with an alternating main stage-acoustic stage setup, but the various performers sit in with one another so frequently, and in so many combinations, that the separate sets tend to blend together in practice.
There's a mandatory grand finale, and this year there also will be some post-show jamming in the "cool-down room."
This year, Previto said, there's an especially promising side to the collaboration. In addition to veterans such as Scott, Hall, Shawna P and Cary Laine, the lineup also features some newcomers. So it's no exaggeration at all to say that veteran listeners will hear something new. "We're opening the door for some new stuff out there," Previto said.
Laci Wright "played here the other night and punched the crowd in the face with her voice," said Previto. "She was amazing."
"We have a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old," said Previto. "We're calling them the baby chicks."
And speaking of men, not that anybody was, the night's backing band is stacked with ringers: Eric Erdman and Brandon White on guitar, John Keuler on bass and John Milham on drums.
Chickfest 5 starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 24. Tickets are $15, available in advance at Veet's. For updates, visit the "Chickfest 5!" event page on Facebook.

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   6:00 Scott Morlock (Piano Bar) / Gambino's*
   9:00 West Bank / Plow

Gulf Shores
   5:00 Damien Joe Lamb & James Edgar Boring / West Beach Grille
   6:00 Wes Loper / LuLu's

   6:00 Nigel Dickie hosting open mic / Tacky Jack's*
   6:00  / High Tide Oyster Bar
   6:30  / Bills by the Beach / 
           Worship on the Water Replay*

   7:00 Mario Mena / The Hangout
   7:30 Sandra Kaye w. Midnight Confessions / Nolan's* 
   8:00 Smokey Otis & Mark LaBorde / PaPa Rocco's*
   9:00  hosting open mic / The Cove*

The Wharf
   5:00 Cindy Slostisay / Ginny Lane
   6:00 Al & Cathy / Bimini Bob's
   8:00 JJ's Revival / Our Cigar Bar

Orange Beach
   5:00 Brent Burns / Shipps Harbour Grill
   6:00 Ronnie Presley / Fiddlefish Seafood
   6:00 Peoples Friend hosting open mic / Tacky Jacks
   6:00 John Brust / Perdido Beach Resort
   6:30 Jon Cook & friends Flippers

   3:00 Neil Dover / Main
   5:30 Destiny Brown / Dome
   6:00 Smokin' Elvis' / Main
 10:00 Brian Hill Trio / Main
 10:00 Trig County / Dome  

Perdido Key & Innerarity Point
   6:00 George Sprague hosting open mic / Surf City Cabana Club 
   6:00 John Joiner & Darrel Roberts / Hub Stacey's
   6:00 The Beachbilly's / Perdido Sportsbar*
   9:30 Sam Glass hosting open mic / The Reef

   6:00 Jordan Richards / Hub Stacey's
   7:30 Dueling Pianos / Seville Quarter*
   8:00 Mike Quinn / End o' the Alley @Seville Qtr.*

   9:00 Your Pest Band (Tokyo Punx), Earl's Killer Squirrel, Kid Eternity / Sluggos

From Tokyo To Sluggo’s

By Dylan Carroll
Your Pest Band is a fuzzy cluster of noise punk out of Tokyo, Japan. The four-piece arrived in the states at the start of June and are making their way through the south. They put on a high energy set of fast, short tracks, with a drive that borders on total destruction.
Over the years, they have released a series of albums, splits, and in 2011, a greatest hits album. Pensacola is one of their last shows, following an eclectic mix of performances in Birmingham, Baton Rouge, and Austin.
The band is a part of Snuffy Smiles, a record label that has operated out of Tokyo and Kyoto since 1992. Your Pest Band takes the DIY mentality to a whole other space, and is a perfect example of what can be accomplished with international touring in the digital age. With their ferocious performance and demanding presence, it’s not hard to see where their success comes from.  In anticipation of their show this week at Sluggo’s, Inweekly corresponded with the band while they were in Huntsville, Alabama.
Inweekly: How did Your Pest Band make the leap to performing in the states?
YPB: We are on the label called Snuffy Smiles and Yoichi Eimori (owner of Snuffy Smiles) is booking many tours for U.S. bands, so he has a lot of connections. He booked the tour for the band called Holy Shit! from Milwaukee, whose drummer offered to bring us to the states. He’s booked three tours for us, and he’s driving us for this one.
Inweekly: How active is the Tokyo punk scene? What’s it like to be performing there at the moment?
YPB: Our scene in Tokyo is active, but very small. It is not easy to get many people to come to our shows. Tokyo is a huge city, but there are not many people that have any interest in our style of underground punk rock’n roll. We are just doing what we can.
Inweekly: A lot of the shows in Tokyo take place at ‘live houses.’ Are these like house shows in the states? Where are the most popular places to play? How does the scene operate compared to U.S. spaces? 
YPB: We’ve never played any house shows in Japan. Our living situation is very different from US and it’s almost impossible to have house shows. “Live house” doesn’t mean house shows. That is a venue specializing in performances. It’s like a small concert hall. Capacities are about 50-200. We have to pay for renting them and it is very expensive. More expensive than renting most venues in the U.S. We also use a lot of practice studios for our shows. It’s much cheaper. Sometimes we have shows at bars, but not many, because neighbors always complain.
Inweekly: What trends are you noticing in the Tokyo scene? 
YFB: We don’t have any punk houses or many DIY spaces. You may think, “Why don’t you make it happen?, but it isn’t that easy for us. Our living situation is very different than you would even imagine. Also we don’t have any strong history of DIY punk. Some friends of ours are starting to run info shops. We are doing our best given our situation. There are no common ethics for our scene. There is no strict ‘scene’ in Japan to speak of. Punk is only a genre for most people here. It is sad, but true.
Inweekly: What’s your favorite place you’ve played in the states so far? 
YPB: Minneapolis, Missolua [Montana], Minot [North Dakota] and Chattanooga [Tennessee] would be our favorites.
Inweekly: How would you describe the sound of the band? 
YPB: Kickin’ ass rock’n roll punk with a Japanese twist.
WHAT: Your Pest Band with Kid Eternity and Earl’s Killer Squirrel
WHEN: 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 24
WHERE: Sluggo’s, 101 S. Jefferson St
COST: $5

Pensacola Beach
   6:00 Ben Prestage / Paradise Bar & Grill
   6:00 Nick & the Ovorols / Bamboo Willies
   8:00 John Hart Band / The Sandshaker*
   9:00 Open Mic / Paddy O'Leary's*

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