Bernadette Seacrest announced this week that she will be embarking on a five-city tour in May, along with Michael Grimes on the upright bass and drummer Jason Aspeslet; they'll be billed as the Bernadette Seacrest Trio. Our favorite fully-inked chanteuse recently bought a sweet conversion van in which the group will drive, eat, sleep and fart, but not smoke! Destinations include Plush in Tucson, Cinema Bar in Los Angeles, Pat's Garage and Bruno's in San Francisco, Liquid Kitty in Santa Monica and Zebulaon's Lounge in Petaluma. Wish them well. In the meantime, check out Bernadette at Gulp (the cocktail lounge next to Graze at Monte Vista and Central) every Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m., when no smoking is allowed in the bar. For complete tour info, go to www.bernadetteseacrest.com.
Speaking of tour kickoff, local metal band Follow will play a tour kickoff show Saturday, March 19, at Launchpad. Check it out.
And speaking of Launchpad, Alibi's very own Laura Marrich will make her rock star debut Thursday, March 17, with her band The Gracchi (say: GRACK-eye. And don't ask us what the hell it means.) Laura says The Gracchi sounds like a nourishing smoothie—or maybe she said searing double shot—of early-'80s punk and '60s garage rock. The Gracchi include Jeff Jones (the original drummer from Scared of Chaka), bassist Ashley Floyd, Laura on rhythm guitar and Alex Tappan (Tappan like the range, you know?) on lead guitar. Laura and Alex both sing, “Like X!”. March 17 happens to be St. Patty's day, by the way, so we can probably expect one or more band members to vomit and/or wet him/herself with green beer pee. Woo-hoo!
The following night, Friday, March 18, we hope you'll all join us at the RockSquawk.com resurrection party at the Golden West Saloon. Originally planned as the RockSquawk farewell party, the show had to be renamed after Alibi bought the website and promised to keep it up and running. The show features Dead City, Ya-Ya Boom Project!, Ki and Five Minute Sin. All RockSquawk.com bands and ladies get in free. Everyone else pays $5.