|Photo by Mark N. Kartarik|
|Kitten Forever reinvented Beyoncé in their own image on Saturday.|
Girl Germs: A Tribute to Women in Music
With Aby Wolf, Alpha Consumer (feat. Debbie Duncan), Kitten Forever, K. Raydio, and Yoni Yum
Turf Club, St. Paul
Saturday, January 10, 2015
The test of a good tribute show comes down to how deep the connection the artists can forge with the material they're playing. When it's good, it's unspeakably good. When it's bad, you're better off hanging out at Vegas Lounge karaoke.
Like the last Girl Germs event held this past May at First Ave, organizers Dana Raidt and Sally Hedberg built a night with enough variety to pull fans of divergent genres spanning different eras. On paper, the allure of hearing Kate Bush, Erykah Badu, Marianne Faithfull, Aretha Franklin, and Beyoncé songs mashed up on a bill was unquestionable. Bringing the drama, soul, and potent commentary would prove to be an even greater challenge for the musicians themselves -- like riding above the wave of a male-dominated music industry on a surfbort. Yes, a surfbort.