Fronting a band takes talent. Just because you belt out Bon Jovi like no other during Wednesday night karaoke doesn’t mean you can do the job.
But if you have mad lip sync skills, then make your way to the Brass Rail on Saturday, Aug. 17, for the First Annual Lip Sync Battle for Charity. Starting at 9:30 p.m., teams will compete against each other to help spread awareness of a worthy cause — and earn trophies and bragging rights.
The mission this year is to raise money for the ALS Association and to help fund research and treatments towards a cure for those afflicted with the disease. There is no limit to the size of your team, whether solo or a group. The only thing they ask is that your song of choice not being longer than five minutes. Therefore, if “Stairway to Heaven” is your repertoire, you better come up with another.
The event will be hosted by Miss After Dark 2018, Kandy Warhol, who will close out the night with a special live performance.
If you’re interested in taking part, you have plenty of time to start planning your choreography, costumes, and props. Deadline to enter is August 12. Sign up at The Brass Rail. Good luck!
Taste of the arts welcomes Whoa, Man!
Since their heart-stopping performance at this year’s Three Rivers Festival, folks have been craving for more of Whoa, Man! Good news, as this well-tuned band fronted by lead vocalists Sunny Taylor, Eliza Toth, and Teresa Lyon added a couple of dates to their calendar.
On Saturday, Aug. 23, the feminine vocal power will take to the WBOI Stage at the downtown Taste of the Arts Festival and supply tunes by the likes of Blondie, Joan Jett, The Bangles, Janis Joplin, and more. Their performance will get under way at 9 p.m. so you have plenty of time to fill your belly with mouth-watering food at the festival before you rock out.
Another opportunity to check out Whoa, Man! will be on Friday, Nov. 1, at The Eclectic Room in Angola.
Rush Tribute act in Angola
Speaking of The Eclectic Room, that will be the setting for the debut of the local Rush tribute act, Kid Gloves.
The force of John Reuille, Eric Bair, and Jeff Skiver will hit the stage on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. to belt out all the Rush classics. Joining them that evening will be Y’s Guys and Elements. With no immediate plans of a Rush tour, Kid Gloves is the next best thing.
Indie rocker at Sweetwater
San Francisco indie-rocker Megan Slankard will be making her way to the Fort on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. for a free performance at Sweetwater.
To date, Slankard has independently sold 40,00 copies of her five self-released albums, has toured with Toad the Wet Sprocket and Train, has sung the National Anthem for the San Francisco Giants on five separate occasions, and has toured throughout Europe with Dire Straits co-founder Mark Knopfler.
For more information and to register, go to the website at sweetwater.com/events.
Burial Party launches 7-inch album
The local post-hardcore band Burial Party have announced a release date for their highly anticipated 7-inch album, Please, Electric Move Slow. On Friday, Aug. 30, the boys will have a release show at the Brass Rail for this high-energy album, which features the tunes “Crisis Actor,” “Black Stripe,” “Digital Greenboots,” and “Soft Chains.”
The album is currently available on a number of streaming sites. But if you’re like me and prefer a physical copy, catch one at the release show.
Joining the band will be Disappear, Cavalcade, and the St. Louis hardcore act Time and Pressure.
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