Too often, rock ’n’ roll feels like a boys’ club. Just ask singer-songwriter Liz Phair, who famously named her breakthrough album “Exile in Guyville,” a reference to the Rolling Stones’ classic “Exile on Main Street,” but also a commentary on the male-centric music scene in her hometown of Chicago.
Bend is not Chicago, however. In fact, in recent months, Bend’s music scene has experienced a surge of lady-led bands that rock, and not in a Lilith Fair sort of way.
We’re talking real-deal rock ’n’ roll, with drums pounding and guitars howling and more than a little Janis Joplin-inspired soul.
Tonight, Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom will host no fewer than four of these frontwomen and, of course, the bands behind them.
The range of styles is impressive.
A couple of newer acts — The Royal Fiasco and The Sofa Kings — will hold down the bluesy rock end of the spectrum. Broken Down Guitars makes music that’s a mix of rock and jam-band crunch.
And the Shireen Amini Band’s funk and soul draws influence from across the globe thanks to its namesake leader, a trained ethnomusicologist.
Add in the fact that tonight’s show is a benefit for Saving Grace, a women’s shelter based in Central Oregon, and you have an all-around great night for those lacking the Y chromosome. (Those of you with the Y are welcome, too.)
Chicks With Picks, featuring The Royal Fiasco, Shireen Amini Band, Broken Down Guitars and The Sofa Kings; 5-10 tonight; $6, or $4 with a can of food for Central Oregon Foodbank; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-388-8331 or www.myspace.com/musicsilvermoon.
— Ben Salmon