The Gearhead Anniversary Party/Gearfest is right around the corner! There is so much cool stuff planned for Saturday Sept. 26, 2015, but the biggest part of the party is the bands that will be performing. It's time to meet the bands and get familiar with them if you're not already!
Headlining our event is the newest band to sign to Gearhead, Thee Merry Widows. Fronted by Eva Von Slut who also fronts The White Barons, these ladies (and now 1 fellow!) broke ground years ago as the first all-female psychobilly band. Having opened for such bands as Demented Are Go and Mad Sin, I fell in love with this band when they played the Gearhead Showcase at the Lady Luck Tattoo Convention in Reno, NV.
Sexy, Classy, fun, and crazy talented, these ladies put on a show that will have you dancing and wishing you had dressed up in your ghoulish glam finest. Their first two records are out digitally now on Itunes, and a new record will be out in early 2016. Make sure you bring your video cameras! You'll want to share what you witnessed with everyone who missed it, trust me!
I am so thrilled that Pat Todd and The Rankoutsiders are joining the party! Based out of Los Angeles, you are in for a treat! No on rocks as hard as Pat! I'm gonna let our friends at The Big Takeover take it from here: " Pat Todd, from the legendary Lazy Cowgirls, has unleashed a fifteen track wrecking ball of rock ‘n’ roll upon the world. This is the third offering from Todd and his Rankoutsiders, and these grooves are as raw, dirty, and driving as ever. Thunder drums kick out from under broken bottle guitars, and the vocals snarl and sneer in pure rockin’ joy. Hints of the Ramones and the Rolling Stones, alongside, of course, them Lazy Cowgirls, fill out the tracks, but the sleazy swinging and smoke stained street smart songs remain purely Pat Todd. This is one of those albums that should be in the curriculum of every so-called “School of Rock”, because if you don’t know these songs, you should. (www.rankoutsiderrecords.com) Jack Rabid - The Big Takeover (Dec 1, 2013) Thank you Jack! I couldn't have said it any better myself!
The party starts when San Francisco’s White Barons take the stage — and soon mushrooms into a legendary rager, energized by ripping riffs, shout-along choruses, and lyrics about no-regrets good times. The band has been trading in raw-boned punk ‘n’ roll brutality since 2007, the year the four-piece released its Gearhead debut, Up All Night with the White Barons. The songs range from broken-hearted barnstormers ("You Never Were") to a battery of unapologetic drinkin' and druggin' party anthems — "Wicked Ways," "How High" — that recall epic nights spent pounding shots at the bar and waking up the next afternoon stoked to do it all over again! Their brand new record, out on Gearhead takes the band in a slightly different direction, more 70s rock and roll. The towering pipes of Ms. Eva are especially suited to the new material!
Mixing Ska, Punk, Reggae and Roots music, The Sacto Storytellers have taken Sacramento's music scene by storm. I'm thrilled to include them as the opening band for the party. What a great way to kick things off!
Each live performance generates a buzz among audiences, entrancing them with jazzy trumpet verses, strong rhythm, and groovy bass lines. Together, they bring a true familiar vibe and their performances are nothing but positive & powerful.
The band takes the stage at 7 PM, with each following band taking the stage at the top of the hour. For a full schedule of events, click here!
There's so much happening before and during the upcoming party at The Blue Lamp, Saturday Sept. 26, 2015 I figured I'd make it real easy and post a time-line. Please feel free to share and post on your own social media pages! See y'all there!
5:30- 6 PM HOT RODS, CARS, MOTORCYCLES MEET IN FRONT OF THE BLUE LAMP. There will be cones set up in front of the club for hot rods and bikes to park, but please note, Space is Limited! All are welcome but you may have to park farther away.
6 PM BLESSING OF THE CARS RALLY BY REV. MICHELLE HAUNOLD
This will be a short non-denominational blessing free to all attendees, and held in front of the Blue Lamp. All participants will get a coupon for $1 off entrance fee for the show.
6:30 DOORS OPEN— TIX ARE $10 AT THE DOOR, $8 ADVANCE
Thank you to our party sponsors So-Cal Speed Shop, Sacramento Tattoo and Piercing and Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. Everyone attending the party gets a free poster!
FIRST 25 DOOR ENTRANTS GET A FREE GEARHEAD GOODY BAG!
7 PM THE SACTO STORYTELLERS
8 PM THE WHITE BARONS
9 PM MS. GEARHEAD CONTEST and Fundraiser for the SPCA $5 to ENTER
All women are welcome, no matter what shape, size, or style of dress. Each participant will get a chance on stage to introduce herself and share why she thinks she should be Ms. Gearhead. The winner will get a 2 page spread in a future issue of Gearhead, a goody bag from Tres Noir Optics, a gift certificate for $50 towards a tattoo from Sacramento Tattoo, a $25 gift certificate from Phono Select Records, a goody bag from Cock Grease Hair Pomade, a goody basket from Illumination Vacations, 2 Limited edition signed prints from Bruce Gossett Studios and a gift certificate for a hair cut by Kylie from AJF Salon worth $50.WOW!! Plus a very cool home-made scepter and crown and flowers, and the chance to wear the title of Ms. Gearhead for a year. How cool is that?!
Thanks to our sponsors Tres Noir Optics and Norcal Knock Out!
10 PM PAT TODD AND RANKOUTSIDERS
11 PM THEE MERRY WIDOWS
Food trucks will be available during the event, and there will be a GEARHEAD merch booth.
Following the crash of the US economy and personal differences between the two co-owners, Haunold put Gearhead on hold for the last five years to assess the business and figure out what new direction to take the company. Moving to Elk Grove in 2013, Haunold rediscovered her passion for rock and roll and hot rods, and decided to revive the dormant lifestyle brand by releasing a new record by L.A. rockers The Lords of Altamont. She quickly followed that successful record with several new clothing designs created by Sacramento-based tattoo artist “Cuz’n” Bill Lorenz, from Sacramento Tattoo.
“We’d worked together on several records and projects in the past, and asking him to draw up some new t shirt designs seemed like a logical step,” commented Haunold. The two had started dating several years previously and the personal and creative collaborations have been going strong ever since. “I’ve started to get the word out about the revival of Gearhead by vending at car shows up and down the state, and bringing it all back home to Sacramento with a party just makes sense! People have been so supportive and enthusiastic here, and this is agreat way to say thank you,” exclaimed Haunold.
The party will start at 6 pm, in front of The Blue Lamp with a car rally and a non-denominational “Blessing of The Cars” performed by Haunold who is a minister. The blessing and rally are free and open to the public. “Any one with wheels can show up for the rally and blessing,” says Haunold. “Bring your strollers, bikes, cars or whatever!” All participants will be given a coupon for $1 off the entrance fee. Following the blessing, local reggae-rockers The Sacto Storytellers will take the stage at 7pm for the 21 and over portion of the party, followed by The White Barons, who will be playing selections from their new record Electric Revenge, out now on Gearhead.
The first ever Ms. Gearhead contest will follow. Entrance to the contest is a $5 donation with all the money going to the SPCA. All women are encouraged to dress up in their best idea of what a Ms. Gearhead would look like and compete for a Gearhead Goody Bag and a a 2 page spread in a future issue of Gearhead, complete with photos and story. The contest is sponsored by Tres Noir, who will also provide a goody bag to the winner worth over $150! “Gearhead is run by a woman, and I thought it would be a fun way to celebrate a female’s perspective on what a Gearhead is, as well as raise some money for the animals in need at the SPCA,” claims Haunold, who is a passionate animal lover.
Gearfest then continues with Pat Todd and The Rankoutsiders, from Los Angeles, who play high-energy “punk ‘n’ roll”, a term coined by Haunold. The show ends with Thee Merry Widows taking the stage. The world’s first all-women Psychobilly band has an internatinoal following. They’ve shared the stage with international rock stars such as The Necromantix and The Misfits. Food Trucks will be available through out the party for hungry guests. There will also be an extensive merchandise table featuring the Gearhead brand of clothing, music and magazines.
For more information, please visit the Gearhead website at http://www.gearheadhq.com
Contact Information: Michelle Haunold
Rock 'n' Roll/Automotive Journalist, Influencer, Editor and Publisher of Gearhead Magazine,