Saturday’s Red on Red Showcase delivered
well! This event was held at the recently opened Sanctuary
in the charmingly sleepy town of Maynard at a renovated old church. Upon arrival,
I was instantly and warmly greeted by the owner and entered into an enchanting
space with two vertical stained glass windows on each side of the stage.
Justine and the Unclean
Opening up was RoR’s honcho Justine Covault’s Justine &
the Unclean. Lead guitarist Charles Hansen had to
sit the gig out so Michele Morgan filled in and very ably shredded.
They performed their fizzy rock with great verve, getting the crowd onto the
dance floor with such gems as “Scorpion Bowl to Go.”
With a Hawk
Next up was the much-anticipated live debut of Linda
Vein’s supergroup Girl With a Hawk,
and boy (or girl - it was after all female or female-led bands!)
did they knock it out of the park, providing their songs filled
with muscle and melody! Daniel Coughlin on guitar,
Richard Lamphear on keyboards, and Nancy
Delaney and Lee Harrington (drums and
bass, respectively) were a force to be reckoned with keeping the
Following GWAH was Portland, ME’s all-girl garage rock powerhouse
Tiger Bomb. They are one of my personal fave bands going! Chris
Horne and Lynda Mandolyn are a dynamic duo alternating
singing their songs and backing vocals support and ooze with charisma and heart!
Bassist Andrea Ellis plays a great solid bass and drummer Jessica
Smith’s playing is so spirited!
When Particles Collide
Next up was When Particles Collide, a trio whose darker, quirkier
style distinguished them from the rest of the acts.
Topping the bill was Andrea Gillis Band, and she brought the
house down with her powerful, soulful vocals and her band’s dynamic performance!
Guest vocalist (and Maynard resident) Abbie Barrett (no slouch
herself) joined Andrea on half her set.
All and all, a great night of rock from
some of the finest female bands around today!!
Chris Horne - Tiger Bomb
Justine Covault - Justine & the Unclean
Viens - Girl With a Hawk
Lynda Mandolyn - Tiger Bomb
Sasha - When Particles Collide