Rich Hopkins & The Luminarios
311 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ, 85701
This event is 21 and over
Black Sabbitch is the brainchild of Angie Scarpa (drums) and Blare N. Bitch (Guitar). Coming from the world of original music, each woman was already considered to be among the best at what they do, Blare having lead the all girl powerhouse "Betty Blowtorch" and Angie drumming for post punk thrashers "The Art of Safecracking". Friends for over a decade, Angie and Blare decided to get together one night and play some Sabbath and from the first downbeat of "War Pigs" they knew they had something special.
Blare's distinctive, left handed lead style and Gibson SG make her the virtual clone of Tony Iommi (with a few obvious differences.) and Angie literally learned to play using the early Sabbath catalogue as a teacher. Hearing her play, it is uncanny how similar her style is to legendary Sabbath skinsman, Bill Ward.
Having never considered the idea of doing a "tribute" or cover band, the girls decided to simply call themselves THE All Female Black Sabbath, taking the name Black Sabbitch and setting out to recruit their Geezer and Ozzy.
Melanie Makaiwi was their first choice for a bass player, having played bass with Angie in The Art of Safecracking and having lead her own band "Penny Dreadfuls". Just like Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Melanie began her career as a lead guitarist later falling in love with the bass and never going back. Angie and Melanie play instinctually with one another. Close your eyes and you will swear you are listening to Butler and Ward.
The vocal spot required a true star so the Sabbitch girls turned to their long time friend Aimee Echo, legendary front woman of alt-metal Ozzfest alumni, Human Waste Project and dance punk veterans theSTART. Aimee sings Ozzy's parts with a howling authenticity that gives the girls the ability to go deep into the Sabbath catalogue and play songs like Hole in the Sky and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath that you'll never hear the boys do.
This ain't no wig wearing bunch of weekend warriors.
Black Sabbitch have since been selling out shows and wowing even the most difficult to please Sabbath fanatics, gaining a rabid fan base. They were hand picked by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne himself to open the inaugural Ozzfiesta in 2015.
The LA Weekly recently said of Black Sabbitch. "Finally Black Sabbitch took the stage and pretty much melted everyones' faces. The all-female Black Sabbath... were not only talented — nailing every note of the legendary group's familiar repertoire — but were captivating to an almost distracting level. Looking up at them from the crowd (which had erupted into a mosh pit...) I couldn't help but wonder what these women's stories were. They emanated the effortless cool of rock and roll, but with about 10 extra ounces of sexy confidence... LA WEEKLY
Rich Hopkins & The Luminarios
Rich Hopkins is in a heroic struggle against mediocrity and complacency. A prolific writer, singer, guitarist, producer and humanitarian, Hopkins is concerned for the well-being of his fellow man and wonders about the events that have shaped us as a nation and a race. Letting him into your life with his music and stories on “Tombstone,” just might help you make sense of it all in some small way.
Hopkins, who has been a part of the American music scene since 1985, is, amazingly, still an undiscovered talent to some. Founding the Tucson, Ariz. based Sidewinders(RCA 1989-91)/ Sand Rubies (Polygram 1993), Hopkins toured the U.S. and celebrated success with college/indie rock classics “Witchdoctor” and “We Don’t Do That Anymore” (both went to #5 on the CMJ charts). In 1991, Hopkins formed Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios as a side project; it soon became his full time band when the Sand Rubies stopped touring. He has consistently cranked out new records (26 in all) and tours yearly in Germany/Europe (25 tours) where, in 1996, he was one of the first artists signed to Germany’s Blue Rose Records.
A new member of the Tucson Musicians Museum (Class of 2013), Hopkins enters music history as the quintessential desert rocker, a constant in the bedrock of alternative music. Showcasing an ability to create unmistakable guitar tones that drive a hallmark sound, as the years pass, Hopkins continues to reinvent and motivate himself for yet another album and tour as evidenced on “Tombstone,” the latest release from Rich Hopkins & The Luminarios.
$8.00 - $10.00