When Moe’s Alley cancelled tonight’s scheduled Michelle Shocked appearance, that left the club with an open date. So Moe’s, along with Pulse Productions and Vnes of Santa Cruz, has filled the slot with a couple of bands that, uh, feel differently than Shocked on the subject of gays.
Two bands — Beaver Feaver and Frootie Flavors, neither of which will ever be invited to Rick Santorum’s house — will headline at Moe’s as a counter punch to the anti-gay slur that Shocked issued from the stage at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on March 17.
And to make things really interesting, guess who might be attending:
I wonder if I’ll be at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz 7P March 28… Yeah, I think I might. Mebbe hire extra security? #truthvsreality
— Michelle Shocked (@MShocked) March 26, 2013
Vnes (pronounced “Venus”) is a long-time queer activist and musician — she is part of the trio Frootie Flavors — who is the emcee for the event tonight.
She said Shocked is welcome to attend, but she’s not interested in making the evening a confrontation.
“I don’t want to engage her,” said Vnes of the possibility that Shocked may show. “I want her to feel welcome in the space. I want her to enjoy the show. We’re a sing-along band, and she’s totally welcome to be part of that. But her gig was cancelled. I’m not a basher, so I’m not really going to bash anyone, and I don’t think she should be have a microphone at this show. I’m really hoping everything stays civil and fun.”
Vnes is calling the show “Short, Sharp and PROUD,” a reference to Shocked’s famous 1988 album “Short, Sharp, Shocked.” Vnes super-imposed her own face over Shocked’s in an illustration taken from the Shocked album.
Frootie Flavors has been a staple of the queer entertainment scene in Santa Cruz for many years, having performed in Santa Cruz Pride marches and events. Vnes said the band is a power trio with a “fun, giggly vibe.”
The fun starts at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $10 a head. Details: http://www.moesalley.com.
7:30 p.m.: Then there’s this weird piece of video: