REVIEW OF DIRKFEST , JUNE
AT THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL
Emcee; Jello Biafra
The Mutant Non- Allstars
The White Trash Debutantes
The much anticipated
tribute to promoter Dirk Dirksen, San
Francisco's "Pope of Punk", came through with a night of top
notch performances set after set.
Alternative pulled out the stops for those who showed
up early. The set preformed by Johnny Genocide, Greg Langston,
Josh Levine and Jeff Rees was filled with classics like "Johnny
Got His Gun", "Rebel Youth" and "Life of Suicide". Later they
were joined on stage by a highly energized Chip Kinman of
the Dils and Rank and File. Chip use every inch of the stage as
they proceeded to rip through five or six Dils classics. They
delivered and excellent energetic set, although I'm still
sulking over the absence of "Class War".
Emcee Jello Biafra
barely had time to rev up his rant before the stage was overrun
by The White Trash Debutantes. Ginger
Coyote and her army of back-up singers and great
musicians riled up the crowd with a set packed with party
anthems such as "Punk Rock Republikkkan", "Whipping Boy", "Hey
Dirk" and "Superstar". It wasn't long before a pit broke out as
the SRO crowd soaked up the rowdy stellar performance.
Contractions hit the stage next, showing the crowd once
again the important contribution woman made to the punk scene.
Debbie Hopkins, Mary Kelley and Kathy Peck played to a pack
house as the ran though their rough-edged, pop-punk set filled
with classics like "Magazine Phobia", "Rules and Regulation" and
Soon after, the
stage was overrun again this time by The Mutants, billed as "SF
Mutant Non- Allstars" due to the absence of Sally
Mutant and inclusion of Naomi Ruth Eisenberg. Brendan Earley,
John Gullak, Paul Fleming, David Carothers, Charley Hagan, Jim
Hrabetin, Sue White, and Fritz Fox soon had the capacity crowed
eating out of their hand as quickly broke out "Insect Lounge".
It was clear their infectious energy captured the crowded as the
theater thundered with applause before they fulfilled the
audience's demand for an encore.
Soon after, Jello's
long wind was once again cut short as Penelope Houston commandeered
the mic to lead The Avengers through a
blistering set that busted the party wide open. It only took a
few cords to get the largely over 40's crowd dancing and
slamming like it was 1979 all over again. Few could resist the
temptation to let loose as The Avengers ripped through their
power packed set filled with punk anthems such as "We Are The
One", "No Martyr" and of course "American In Me". The crowd
insisted an encore and was thoroughly spent when the house
lights went up.
performers alike paid tribute to Dirk Dirksen the
way he would have like it, by throwing the best party many had
been to in a long time
Mia, Nancy Jackson and Marsha Kobuchi