Gender-specific, girl-power-style live music showcases always seem a bit trite and unnecessary in a local scene where women are well known to rock as hard as the boys -- but not when they’re as cool as the just-announced Girls Got Rhythm Fest scheduled May 11-12 at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul. The event will feature Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector, who still sounded great at the Dakota in 2010, plus Japanese punkabilly trio the 126.96.36.199.’s (of “Kill Bill” fame) and pioneering California pop-punkers the Muffs.
The brainchild of Metro Magazine editor Dana Raidt (who started Radio K’s “Girl Germs” show while at the U) and promoter/jack-of-all-trades Travis Ramin, Girls Got Rhythm will be rounded out by about 10 younger bands with female leaders -- and some with all-female lineups. Those will include Oregonian band Pierced Arrows, Norway’s Caroline & the Treats, Detroit’s Nikki Corvette, plus locals such as L’Assassins and Hot Rash. Stay tuned for ticket info and more announcements.