Girls Got Rhythm Fest! SATURDAY ONLY!

Girls Got Rhythm Fest

Girls Got Rhythm Fest is organized by Dana Raidt (former editor in chief of METRO magazine, former music director at KUOM/Radio K) and Travis Ramin (prolific musician/producer/composer, co-owner of Ramo Records). This two-day festival takes place at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul, Minn., and prominently features groundbreaking lady musicians and female-led bands from across the U.S. and around the world. For more info go to

Cherie Currie

Cherie Currie is an artist, an actress, a singer, and an author.  She began her career in the legendary band, The Runaways along side Joan Jett and Lita Ford.  As the lead singer of the first all female rock/punk band, she helped stretch the boundaries for future female artists.  Cherie's story as told in Neon Angel (It Books/Harper Collins) was the subject of the recent film, The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie. 

Cherie recently went back in the studio with Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver and Guns n Roses.  With Sorum producing and on drums, together they created and album featuring guest appearances from the likes of Slash, Billy Corgan, Julliette Lewis, Duff McKagan, and more.  Key tracks include Blvds of Splendor written by and featuring Billy Corgan and Mr. X, the guitar forward and pure rock n roll track, featuring Slash on guitar, Duff Mackagan on bass, Matt Sorum on drums, and of course stellar vocals by Cherie Currie. 

Sugar Stems

Formed in Milwaukee in 2007, this band has been delighting power-pop fans for several years with its shamelessly sweet melodies and upbeat, impossibly catchy songs. And if there's one person on earth who was born to sing hook-driven, feel-good pop of this magnitude, it would be the talented Betsy Heibler. With ties to both classic power pop and the phenomenal early 2000s Wisconsin punk scene, the Sugar Stems bring plenty of power to go with their dizzying sugar rush of pop.

The band’s 2012 sophomore album, Can't Wait, gets an American release on Dirtnap Records April 9, 2013. This terrific LP shows "growth" in all the best ways. Without abandoning its signature honeyed melodies and high-spirited candy pop style, the band has made a more mature and consistent album that's definitely its best to date. The production has been stepped up another notch, and every song sounds like a hit. If you missed the singles "Greatest Pretender" and "Like I Do", they're here in all their infectious glory. But it's the more melancholy tracks that really showcase Betsy Heibler's development into one of the finest songwriters working today. Songs like "Make Up Your Mind" and the gorgeous "Love You to Pieces" are steeped in the timeless traditions of Brill Building and British Invasion pop, yet feel entirely fresh in the year 2013. Even when the songs themselves are not exactly happy, there's something about the Sugar Stems' music that just makes you feel good.

--Josh Rutledge, Faster And Louder

The Vignettes

"Full bore, cranked-up, dirty, ass-punching two-piece rock-n-roll. I haven't heard two girls kick this much ass in two decades, fuck I'm old." --Jeremiah Castner, Crusher Fest (Oakland, CA)

"These Memphis gals are so talented, they've played blindfolded. They also put out some of the most solid punk since the '90s riot grrl heyday. With only a drum and guitar, the duo creates bare-bones, driving rock that goes straight for the jugular... These scrappy girls self-manage, self-release and refuse to be judged for their sex appeal only. Poly Styrene, rest her soul, would be proud." --Caroline Pate, Creative Loafing (Charlotte, NC)

"There’s really no other way to describe the Vignettes than as a kick-ass girl rock group from Memphis... Their music is FIERCE... it’s loud, in your face rock and roll." --Nicole Jones, NavigatorNic (Manchester, UK)

Marilu and the Machetes

Pisa, Italy-based Marilu and the Machetes is a new band fronted by Mariluisa Fagiani, formerly of The Piperita Patties. Mariluisa run a "girls only" label called Astro Girl and has also been in The Hit Girls. The boys of Marilu and the Machetes (Checco, Marco and Reverendo) also play in surfbilly instrumental band called The Fake Youngsters.

"Their style of rock calmly floats that watery divide between raucous, overwhelming noise and placid beauty. What is beyond argument is that Is/Is has nailed it." –BUST magazine

"Do you ever see a lady sitting in her car on a hot summer day, smoking a cig with the windows rolled down and wonder, “How can people enjoy taking hot smoke into their body when it’s hot as holy hell outside?” But at the moment of dismissing the lady in question as common trash, her boyfriend comes out of the bodega she’s parked in front of with a dripping six-pack of beer, and when her eyes meet his, she smiles and flicks the cig onto the concrete. You stare at the ring of brick red lipstick around the butt as they pull away thinking, “I should be doing more with my life."' –VICE magazine

"Inspired as much by punk, ’90s sludge-rock and Fleetwood Mac’s darker moments as they are by Mazzy Star, Black Tambourine and Spiritualized, the songs are impressively multifaceted." – METRO magazine


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Friday: The Avengers, Ana Lucia, Gateway District, Total Trash

Saturday: Cherie Currie, Sugar Stems, The Vignettes, Marilu and the Machetes, Is/Is

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Amsterdam Bar and Hall


Girls Got Rhythm Fest! SATURDAY ONLY! with Cherie Currie, Sugar Stems, The Vignettes, Marilu and the Machetes, Is/Is

Saturday, May 11 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Amsterdam Bar and Hall

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