August 13th, 2019 | Photos

Alice Bag

Photos and recap by Sarah Hess

Girl power was strong at The Hi Hat thanks to LA punk legend/activist/artist/educator/badass Alice Bag and her fantastic band, Oakland punx Midnite Snaxxx, and locals The Linda Lindas.

The pre-teens and teens of The Linda Lindas started the night out with their wicked covers, including The Misfits’ “Where Eagles Dare.” The four-piece recently opened for Bleached and Bikini Kill, but this show was all the more special since the audience was packed tight with their friends and classmates, who were excited to see the girls take the stage at the all-ages show. It was truly magical to see so many young faces dancing around in the dark club, making for the ultimate final farewell to summer.

Midnite Snaxxx front-woman Dulcinea Gonzalez told us The Linda Lindas were a tough act to follow, but the Bay Area rockers kept the energy going with songs like “Can’t Win Your Heart,” off their self-titled LP. Bassist Camylle Reynolds, who is also a middle school teacher, took a moment to give a shout out to The Linda Lindas, saying they gave her hope for our future, especially in these trying times.

Alice Bag took the stage where the spirited young females stood at the front–a thunderous round of applause from the adults, teens, and kids packed deep into The Hi Hat had Bag smiling, sporting her neon green hair, a retro pink dress, and a pair of Chucks. She too was inspired by “all the future bands in the audience,” with hopes that all three bands were planting seeds of inspiration in the kids and adults alike. Bag definitely inspired the room to turn up, during “Turn It Up,” from her most recent release, Blueprint.

Between songs, Alice Bag gave mini speeches, spouting truths and supplying hope, most especially when she introduced “No Means No,” from her 2016 self-titled debut solo album. Fans sang along, as Bag went from one end of the stage to the other, holding out her microphone into the crowd. Hair flipped back and forth, bodies jumped to the beat, and sweat dripped down faces. An air of female empowerment filled the room, largely comprised of women and girls, all thanks to the magic of punk rock!