Women and Rock brings daughter of blues to Chubby Rain

Chubby Rain House of Tunes will be hosting its second Women and Rock tour to celebrate local and national female musicians this August.

“You’re always going to see the acts at Chubby Rain be female heavy,” Mark Currier, owner of Chubby Rain, said. “I think women are much more entertaining…and musically passionate live then men are.”

The first tour featured The Aunt Janet Band and The Kimi Hayes Band. This year, the tour continues with national touring acts Twisting Roses, Anne Harris, Shirley King and Geneva Red.

The month of August is predominently female acts. At least four main shows are planned at this time, with the first one featuring Kristy Rose.

Rose, 14, is the youngest musician to be sponsored by Dean Guitars and fronts the band Twisting Rose.

“I can’t say enough about her,” Currier said. “You pull her on stage, and she’s like Mick Jagger.”

This natural-born rocker has played with various well-known musicians, including Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Dizzie Reed of Guns ’N‘ Roses, Vinny Paul and the late Dimebag Darrell of Damageplan, Lemmy Killmister of Motorhead, and Zakk Wylde.

The Twisting Roses will be Friday, Aug. 5, starting at 9:30 p.m. The Aunt Janet Band will follow at 11 p.m. General admission is $5.

Within the next two weeks, two more shows are scheduled to rock the house.

Anne Harris will line the second show with a Chicago indie-rock style.

“Anne was one of the first acts to play here,” Currier said. “She’s like a seductress when she plays.”

Harris has just released her third passionate and captivating album that commences with a Midwest tour at Chubby Rain.

Along with Harris, Kimi Hayes Band will also be playing that same night.

“Kimi Hayes is just a draw,” Currier said.

Both Anne Harris and the Kimi Hayes Band will perform Aug. 19 starting at 9:30 p.m. General admission is $5.

The third show is devoted solely to the daughter of blues herself, Shirley King. She is known for getting the crowd excited.

“Shirley King is really just a show woman,” Currier said.

Even though she has had a somewhat scandalous past, she is always a musical artist first and is on the fast track to making her mark in the blues world.

King has toured with her father, B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Lonnie Brooks and many others.

She will perform Aug. 20 starting at 9:30 p.m. General admission is $5.

Geneva Red and The Roadsters is the fourth main show scheduled to perform at Chubby Rain in August.

Red is one of the few instrumentalists performing on the “blues harp” and leading her own band. She also plays harmonica, has strong vocal talent, and puts on a high-energy show.

Red has performed with artists including Muddy Waters, Mose Allison, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Jimmy Johnson.

Geneva Red and The Roadsters will perform Aug. 27 starting at 9:30 p.m.

After these three powerful shows, Chubby Rain will have September and October 50 percent full of female bands. Also, November will kick off with one of Currier’s favorite female bands, Cat Fight, a band definitely worth seeing.

“I refuse to book the same old, same old all the time,” Currier said.

Chubby Rain House of Tunes is at 4210 Countryside Estates Drive, Poplar Grove. Guests of Chubby Rain must be 21 or older.

For more information, call 815/765-1884.

From the Aug. 3-9, 2005, issue

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