A Few Words w/ Little Miss Risk

27 Feb

~Liquor, monocles & revolvers, BJB & the Voodoo Dollz | Ed Araquel~

Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dollz — a rock-n-roll burlesque group from Vancouver, B.C. — bring their booze-swillin’, fire-blowin’, face-rockin’ antics to Bremerton’s Winterland tonight (Feb. 27), joining a stacked line up which features the roving Reverend Dead Eye’s No Man Gospel Band, Seattle’s Hard Money Saints, and Kitsap’s own living legend James Hunnicutt. The show is 21+ w/ a $10 cover, starting around 9:30 p.m. @ Winterland, 1220 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. More @ myspace.com/winterlandrocks, www.bigjohnbates.com.

We caught up with the lead Voodoo Doll Little Miss Risk (at right above) for a few words on booze, burlesque, BJB and life on the road for March’s upcoming print edition, dedicated to traveling artists. . . Continue reading


Showdown in the Sound

26 Feb

~ Wild West Showdown, Feb. 26-28 | Art: Kryzstof Nemeth ~

This weekend, Bremerton becomes the center of the roller derby universe, as 19 teams from around the country converge on Kitsap County. From national powerhouse the Philly Roller Girls, to the 2009 Women’s Flat Track Derby Association National Champion Oly Rollers, derby’s upper echelons will be battling it out for three days of knock-down, drag-out roller derby mayhem at the Wild West Showdown, hosted by Kitsap’s own Slaughter County Roller Vixens, Feb. 26-28 @ the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in East Bremerton. We’ve got a dispatch from Northwest Roller Derby Scribe Thurston Gore. . . Continue reading

Mos Generator to shred again

19 Feb

~ The storied Port Orchard band returns Saturday @ Winterland ~

It’s been about a year since we’ve heard much of anything from Port Orchard Seventies Rock Preservationists Mos Generator.

Following an opening spot w/ Rush @ The Gorge and a European Tour with Texas band Blood of the Sun over the summer of 2008, Mos has been on hiatus without any official word on what was going on. The three-piece had found itself at odds amidst the rise in demand for the band.

“We hadn’t talked in pretty much a year,” said guitarist/vocalist Tony Reed. “But the hiatus. . . we all like each other, you know, it was just, I wanted more from the band. I wanted to go on the road more and stuff.”

But drummer Shawn Johnson, being a business owner/manager in Port Orchard, wasn’t able to afford as much free time. So, midstride, the band stopped and all but dropped off the radar for the better part of year. Continue reading

. . . And The Winners Are

10 Feb

Almost $8,000 in prize money was awarded to artists through Bremerton’s third annual statewide CVG Show. Winners were announced Feb. 6 at an exclusive awards reception in the Bremerton City Council Chambers.

La Connor-based artist Peregrine O’Gormley’s commanding wood sculpture ‘How Much Longer?’ — a bold piece in both symbolism and stature (pictured above) examining the ever-increasing weight which Mother Earth is being asked to bear — won the people’s choice award. While Seattle multi-media artist Carla Grahn’s intricate hanging sculpture “Girl Army” took home the Mayor’s Award for Best in Show, amongst the wide-reaching array of artwork which some are calling “the best Show yet.”

The exhibit hangs through the month, with a slate of gallery events also planned.

See a full list of winners and remaining events @ the CVG Show website, and check back with the Smokestack later this month for a full review of the show.

Scenes from the Jan. 30 punk-tacular @ Winterland

6 Feb

Last weekend the punks came out — and took over — Bremerton’s Winterland. [See the ‘Punk’s Not Dead in Bremerton’ post from a few days ago.]

Here’s a bit of the madness you might’ve missed out on — or reveled in — as part of that insane, capacity crowd… courtesy of Bremerton videographer Chuckin McUppets. This is “Fuck, Riot, Rob & Steal” by (motherfuckin’) Neutralboy, from their forthcoming album “From Normal To Wierdo.”

Get more Neutralboy tomorrow night (Feb. 6) @ El Corazon w/ The Dwarves in Seattle and also online @ myspace.com/neutralboy.

And see more of Chuckin’s fine work @ youtube.com/charliemac64.

. . . Meanwhile on Callow:

5 Feb

While Collective Visions celebrates its third annual CVG Show with a big First Friday party tonight (5-8 p.m., 331 Pacific Ave., at which people’s choice voting for the statewide show concludes) another Bremerton artists collective — The Artists for Freedom and Unity — is throwing a bash to stay alive.

The non-profit artists union — which marks its third year in business next weekend Feb. 13 — hosts the punk-sonic stylings of the brazen Generation Decline, the legendary Gadzooks, the emphatic Atracity, the brash Americommies, and the beloved Cuntry Cuntroll, with doors at 6 p.m. tonight (Feb. 5) @ 318 Callow Ave.

The show is — as always at the AFU — all ages… with a short bar in the back for those 21+… $5 donation to keep the AFU open.

Find more about the non-profit @ the show and @ myspace.com/artfreeunity.

The Big Show — opens today

2 Feb


~A convergence of artists from around the state | Collective Visions~

For weeks, Collective Visions Gallery has been shuttered from the public. The gallery closed its doors Jan. 18 in preparation for its third annual statewide invitational CVG Show — which opened today (Feb. 2).

In the final days leading up to the show, they plaster the windows with a thick mask of brown paper to obstruct any view from outside into the gallery. Inside CVG members and volunteers bustled to clear the near entire gallery, making way for the 120-some pieces of art, from artists around the state, which compete for more than $6,000 in overall CVG Show prize money.

This is The Big Show. Continue reading