One Day - One VoiceRiot Girl Fest is a one-day festival promoting and celebrating equality for female identifying individuals through the power of music.
Giant Kitty continues the tradition of strong female voices in punk while bringing along eclectic influences, diverse backgrounds, and a comedic sensibility. This four-piece combines elements of punk, new wave, hard rock, and riot grrrl to make both relevant and irreverent songs full of energy and sharp lyrics. Their sound is often described as a mix between the Runaways, Bikini Kill, and Blondie. Known for their intense live shows, Giant Kitty is just as at home opening for national and international acts like Shonen Knife, Dressy Bessy, Girl in a Coma, and Peach Kelli Pop as they are in festivals like Dallas’ Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Houston Whatever Fest, and headlining therepubliqfest 2016 SXSW showcase. They conducted an actual wedding between band founders Cassandra Quirk (guitar, background vocals) and Trinity Quirk (drums) officiated by Miriam Hakim (vocals) in the middle of a show and helped organize an Inauguration Day show called “We Belong: Houstonians of Muslim Descent Dissent” which raised nearly $2000 for the ACLU of Texas and was covered by every major Houston news outlet and the Huffington Post. Their debut album, “This Stupid Stuff,” dropped January 2016 and addresses topics from the serious to the ridiculous over energetic, aggressive, and danceable music. Produced by Spin Doctors bassist Mark White, the album was recorded by Joe Omelchuk, mixed and mastered by two time Grammy nominee Roman Klun, and distributed by Brooklyn label Innsbruck Records. The first single, “Don’t Stop That Bus,” was named one of the best songs of 2016 by the Houston Press. Its music video garnered over 15,000 views in the first week alone and was made entirely out of paper puppets and sets. Striking a chord with many people, the video premiered on Colorlines and Spark Mag and within a week spread through the Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine, Bustle, Take Part, the Ladies Finger, and even Kathleen Hanna’s twitter account.
Mydolls (1978-present), Houston’s original femme punk band, was formed in 1978 by guitarist and vocalist Trish Herrera, bassist Dianna Ray, guitarist and vocalist Linda Younger and drummer George Reyes. As one of the earliest art punk bands in Houston, Mydolls created a DIY sound that was as ethereal, fluid and poetic as it was politically charged and feminist. Throughout their nearly 40-year history, these pioneering musicians have paved a path for women and minorities in the music and arts scenes, and they continue to perform today with their original lineup. During the 1980s, Mydolls were interviewed by John Peel on BBC Radio and performed in Wim Wenders’ Cannes award-winning film Paris, Texas. Mydolls and the Houston punk scene were the focus of a 2016 music-based lecture series at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the band most recently performed as part of the SPEAKEASY experimental music and art program series at Lawndale Art Center in Houston. Their latest EP, It’s Too Hot for Revolution, was released as a collectible red vinyl edition in February 2017.
Girls Rock Dallas Camp Bands
A special performance by bands from the 2017 Girls Rock Dallas Summer Camp
Backwater Waif Swamp-Stompin, Whiskey-Slingin, Psychedelic primitive punk pulling from the feels of bluesy babes.
Better Now is a four-piece Emo/Pop Punk band from Fort Worth, TX who have been releasing music and touring since January 2016. Better Now has previously played festivals such as SXSW, THE FEST, Woopsie Fest, and More Than Me Fest. Better Now will be releasing two splits this year through Close Quarters Coalition and Dirty Needle Records.
The most important thing in my life as a mission of what I want to promote is acceptance. In every way possible. Whether it’s in music or art or speech. Making everyone feel accepted is the most important thing you can possibly do. I do my best to write music that make other girls feel far more comfortable going through with their dreams and goals.
Paper Saints joined for the common cause of making post-punk/goth cool again. The 6-member band established an open door policy of sorts with the intention of ultimately creating a music collective inspired by ethereal, post-punk mainstays like Cocteau Twins and Siouxsie and the Banshees, Paper Saints sound also hints at newer influences like War Paint, DIIV and Lower Dens.
Anika Thomas’ Miroir Miroir Photo Booth
Anika Thomas discovered her passion for capturing memories that last a lifetime in 2012. After picking up her first DSLR camera, she knew she had found her passion. Photography is not only a way to record once in a lifetime moments, but it is a means of keeping those memories alive. Anika covers the full spectrum of life events, and has had the opportunity to lend her talents to major events such as the Summer Sizzle BVI and the WIADCA’s West Indian Day Parade. Apart from her love of photography, Anika is also an avid supporter of Breast Cancer, a cause that has impacted her personally after her grandmother was diagnosed with this disease. Supporting this cause is a way to keep her grandmother’s legacy alive. Taking her photography business to another level, Anika is pleased to introduce Miroir Miroir Photo Booth which offers clients the Premier Photo Booth Experience. The Photo Booth experience will focus on quality products, a unique approach, and outstanding customer satisfaction and service. Miroir Miroir Photo Booth is available to capture all of life’s most precious moments, covering the full gamut of life experiences: festivals, corporate events, weddings, fundraisers, birthdays, and parties of all types.
Riot Girl Fest builds upon the ideas promoted by the riot girl movement of 1990’s punk scene and provides an environment where female identifying individuals can hear, learn and support each other’s works in an inclusive and non judgmental environment.
Riot Girl Exists Because
BECAUSE we girls want to create mediums that speak to US. We are tired of cock rock that alientates us.
BECAUSE we need to talk to each other. Communication/inclusion is the key. We will never know if we don’t break the code of silence.
BECAUSE in every form of media we see us/myself slapped, decapitated, laughed at, objectified, raped, trivialized, pushed, ignored, stereotyped, kicked, scorned, molested, silenced, invalidated, knifed, shot, choked and killed.
BECAUSE a safe space needs to be created for girls where we can open our eyes and reach out to each other without being threatened by this sexist society and our day to day bullshit.
We’ve Got Answers.
When & Where?
Doors open at 5pm on July 29, 2017 at Club Dada: 2720 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas.
Who Can Go?
RGF is for anyone of any age who supports the idea of equality for all genders.
Tickets are available online or at the door for $20. Door sales are cash only. There is an ATM on site.
Where Do I Park?
See our parking program for safe and convenient options.