We will NOT be Silenced: The Sunset Strip’s Queer Rock Explosion – Night 1!

Orange County's Popsiclal opened the show

To celebrate Pride month this year, queer rockers traveled to the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip this weekend to attend the first ever “Queer Rock Explosion”, a two-day festival of classic, metal, synth, indie and alt rock queer bands…never so many playing the strip in a festival of this kind and it’s about time!

“Queer Rock Explosion” was curated by Pansy Division’s Chris Freeman (also of GayC/DC and the Gay Gays). The first night of the festival took place on Friday and pride celebrants were treated to all-queer and queer/ally bands who happily turned up, tuned up and amped up queer pride with volume to max capacity.

Onstage were Popsical (arty punk glam), Tragic Radicals (alt), Clutch the Pearls (alt), Sapphic Musk (viking lesbianica warrior metal!) and Black Sabbitch (what else, Black Sabbath cover band!).  You had to be there, and sorry to tell you if you missed it, you missed out; these bands were fantastic from openers Popsical to headliners Black Sabbitch…try to make it next year, you will not regret it!

Night 2 of the Queer Rock Explosion took place Saturday night and promised to be a continuation of the queer rock fun.  Stay tuned for those photos in my next post coming soon…

All images by Judy Ornelas Sisneros. All rights reserved.

Judy Ornelas Sisneros

About Judy Ornelas Sisneros

I am a native Californian, born and raised in Bakersfield and eventually escaping to San Jose then San Francisco where I spent every free moment in punk and post-punk culture spaces before heading to LA permanently in 1989. I have also spent major time as an AIDS and queer street activist, which today along with my passion for punk/alternative music still informs my personal and social life. I love photography, film and playing punk/post-punk stuff on the bass. My LA Beat contributions are usually photos that give a glimpse into the vibrant art and music scene that makes Los Angeles such an amazing city to live in today.
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