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Official Sugar Town Line-Up


Patti Smith on a Soho rooftop, NYC, 1974. Photo by Allan Tannenbaum for Soho News.

Sugar Town, a night of lady rockers, DJ’s, drag, and writers:

Drag from Y FRONT
A reading from AMY Z. QUINN (i.e. Citizen Mom)
Saturday, 2/10
Tritone, 1508 South Street, 215-545-0475
9PM, $6, 21+


“My favorite tonight was this group called Voodoo Economics. They
sounded like my record collection just up and exploded, and shot out all
kinds of Rock shrapnel! The basslines were wicked — one second there
were straight funk grooves, the next it was all deep and distorted,
sorta like a punch in the gut. Alison Conard — that’s the singer —
spewed out Karen O.-style singin’. She played keyboard and guitar and
she was all over, too — from static-y post-punk to jazz fusion with
ease. Dance, electro, funk ‘n groove, prog, even — I shit you not —
Mahavishnu Orchestra! Seriously, it was a total mash of rock and
attitude.” (Andrew McGowan,

Jen is a decade-plus triple threat: singer/songwriter and soundwoman.
Lucky me, Sugar Town got her for all three! The Philadelphia City Paper
says: “The intersection of Patti Smith’s aggro-wretched poetry and
Marianne Faithfull’s sexually tormented purr is where you’ll find
tremulous tenor-voiced singer/songwriter Jen Hess. Whether you find her
on disc (try 1995’s Hess & Hotch with cellist Richard Hotchkiss and
2002’s Remains) or at Bar Noir’s “Jen’s Den,” Hess is never less than
entertaining, no matter how dark the saloon or her moody tunes might get.”

DJ JULIA FACTORIAL (WPRB, Radio On, Feytality, Homos Outta The Hacienda
your heart)
Her night Radio On!…is the perfect place to nerd out on obscure rock
n’ roll-esque hits alongside tons of danceable favorites. If you
listened to music alone in your room in high school and thought no one
understood, get ready to meet your people. You’ve got the Halo Benders
next to Stereo Total next Patsy Cline next to The Descendents next to
The Smiths next to Radio Birdman next to The Scientists and The
Raincoats, and lots of other stuff that I’m not hip enough to know. (Ted

DARSHANA & CHETANA BORAH (Last Love, Bombay to Brazil)
When the twosome closed up shop at their Silk City make-out fest Bombay
to Brazil, unhappy patrons were consoled by the fact the hardworking
ladies were just seeking a vacation. Their names began popping up every
now and again–Darshana’s on as a writer and Chetana’s as a
DJ at the occasional Sugar Town gig–though that still left their fans
pining for the days of their steady, sexy-as-hell, worldly DJ sets. Take
heart, local supporters. The ladies are back at last, loading up on the
tropicalia and Brazilian beats that made them such a fine catch in the
first place. (Suzann Vogel, PW)

The debut of the drag/performance art project by The Dumpsta Players’
“Chatty” Cathy Heard and Carolyn Chernoff (MF Clash, Girls DJ).

AMY Z. QUINN (Citizen Mom)
“…equal parts parenting and domesticity, politics and celebrity – with
regular reminders of what’s worth hearing that doesn’t involve Raffi or
Sesame Street..” (Dan Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Vending from MEW GALLERY (Carolynne McNeel from Rarebirds/Grammar Debate)

January 27, 2007 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

Just Confirmed


Darshana and Chetana Borah (Bombay to Brazil, Last Love)

I’m really happy that Sugar Town is coming together. Initially, I was very nervous about restarting it, since it’s always been the most difficult event to book and the most inconsistent in terms of draw and interest. Even the bands who said “no” to me this time around were very enthusiastic and were psyched to play a future show.

Remind me to go back to this entry if someone shits all over it, which they will, it’s inevitable. It’s their loss.

January 16, 2007 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

Sugar Town’s Back!



Sugar Town Presents:

DJ JULIA FACTORIAL (WPRB, 700 Club, your heart)

Sat 2/10 at Tritone, 1508 South Street

Further details TBA

Next month, I’m pleased to restart Sugar Town, a monthly event that focuses on all the cool lady rockers, strummers, and DJ’s in Philadelphia and beyond. I plan on including some drag (kings and queens), vendors, readings, film screenings, and whatever other fun junk I can come up with.

For those who don’t remember, ST started at The Balcony in 2001– with a ton of help of then-booker Lisa Cohen, my former Plain Parade partner-in-crime Maria Sciarrino, City Paper contributor MJ Fine, and Idolator’s Maura Johnston.

Our guests of note have included The Slits’ Ari Up, The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Jenny Toomey, Sarah Dougher, Mirah, Palomar, The Demolition Doll Rods, Ill Ease, and Sally Crewe. For a complete history, see here and here

Watch this space for more details.
I’m psyched, aren’t you?

January 15, 2007 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

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