Pansy Division with Bev Rage & the Drinks

Fri Sep 27 2024

8:30 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Grog Shop

2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

$15.00

All Ages

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Pansy Division with Bev Rage & the Drinks LIVE at Grog Shop!

Friday, Septemebr 27
Doors 7:30 p.m | Show 8:30 p.m. 
All Ages
$15 advance / $20 day of show
+$3 at the door if under 21


There have been gay musicians hidden throughout rock music history, but Pansy Division when began in 1991 in San Francisco, they were the first to be so boldly open about it.  Founded by guitarist/singer Jon Ginoli and soon joined by bassist/vocalist Chris Freeman, with the intent of forming a gay rock band, Pansy Division blew the closet doors open.

Raised on a diet of 60s pop and 70s punk, their sound was suitably crunchy and catchy as hell. They wrote in-your-face lyrics, but did it with a sense of humor. Not only did their music and stance defy stereotypical norms of rock musicians being openly gay, they also broke gay cultural stereotypes that rock wouldn’t interest gay people. 

With album titles like Undressed and Deflowered, and song titles like “Bill & Ted’s Homosexual Adventure,” their bluntness and humor stood out amidst the ’90s alterna-rock scene. Says Chris Freeman, “there was a lot of gay culture we couldn’t relate to, so we tried to invent a place for ourselves in it, an alternative for other queer misfits.”

Having had the experience of being ostracized by other musicians for being gay and by other gays for being into rock, “we tried to turn our alienation into something positive,” says Ginoli. “Instead of being depressed about it, we tried to make music that would make us—and our audience—happy. We could laugh about it, so we put that joy into the music.”

Pansy Division with Bev Rage & the Drinks

  • Pansy Division

    Pansy Division

    Punk

    There have been gay musicians hidden throughout rock music history,
    but Pansy Division when began in 1991 in San Francisco, they were the first
    to be so boldly open about it.  Founded by guitarist/singer Jon Ginoli and soon
    joined by bassist/vocalist Chris Freeman, with the intent of forming a gay rock
    band, Pansy Division blew the closet doors open.

    Raised on a diet of 60s pop and 70s punk, their sound was suitably crunchy
    and catchy as hell. They wrote in-your-face lyrics, but did it with a sense of humor.
    Not only did their music and stance defy stereotypical norms of rock musicians
    being openly gay, they also broke gay cultural stereotypes that rock
    wouldn’t interest gay people. 

    With album titles like Undressed and Deflowered,
    and song titles like “Bill & Ted’s Homosexual Adventure,” their
    bluntness and humor stood out amidst the ’90s alterna-rock scene. Says
    Chris Freeman, “there was a lot of gay culture we couldn’t relate to, so
    we tried to invent a place for ourselves in it, an alternative for
    other queer misfits.” Having had the experience of being ostracized by
    other musicians for being gay and by other gays for being into rock, “we
    tried to turn our alienation into something positive,” says Ginoli.
    “Instead of being depressed about it, we tried to make music that would
    make us—and our audience—happy. We could laugh about it, so we put that
    joy into the music.”

    Beginning in 1993, they put out an album a year for six years on Lookout Records.
    Their music caught the attention of former Lookout labelmates Green Day, who took
    Pansy Division on tour for a couple of months in 1994 at the height of
    the mania surrounding their breakthrough album Dookie. Says
    Ginoli, ”When we started our band we thought we’d be playing our music
    to people in their 20s & 30s who were gay or gay-friendly. Suddenly
    we faced thousands of high school kids each night, an amazing
    opportunity we never expected to have.” The response was decidedly
    mixed, but their popularity soared.

    Pansy Division toured and recorded almost non-stop during the 1990s, a
    long the way recruiting a permanent drummer (Luis Illades) and a lead
    guitarist (first Patrick Goodwin, now Joel Reader).

    1998’s Absurd Pop Song Romance was a departure from their earlier work,
    a more serious album both lyrically and sonically. The followup album Total Entertainment!
    (for a new label, Alternative Tentacles) found a happy medium between
    the broad humor of the early records and the more (dare we say it?)
    mature approach of the previous album. In 2006, they released a 30-song
    career overview titled The Essential Pansy Division, including a DVD of videos
    and concert footage.

    In 2009 the band released That’s So Gay, both raucous and raunchy as well
    as being serious-minded.  With some of their catchiest and most rocking songs
    ever, they’re still loads of fun without being ironic or cynical.

    From that album came the 7” single of “Average Men,” containing a new non-album track
    (a cover of a Green Day’s “Coming Clean”).  A documentary film about the
    band, Pansy Division: Life In A Gay Rock Band, played film
    festivals throughout 2008, and came out on DVD (with a bonus live DVD)
    at the same time. Also out in 2009 was Jon’s book Deflowered: My Life In Pansy Division, a
    memoir of Pansy Division stories and experiences. 

    After that the band released two digital-only archival releases.  Lost Gems & Rare Tracks
    is exactly that, 14 songs from compilations, singles, and outtakes that never found their way
    onto a regular album.  Pansy Division Live 1992-2003 is a whopping 53-song double disc that
    comprehensively documents the many phases of Pansy Division’s sound.

    In 2013, the band created a Bandcamp page (http://pansydivision.bandcamp.com),
    where their entire catalog can be streamed for free and downloads can be purchased.
    With bands members living in 4 cities on two coasts, gigs have been infrequent.

    In 2015 they recorded a new album, Quite Contrary,
    in time to commemorate the band’s 25th anniversary.  Released in
    September 2016 on Alternative Tentacles Records, tours of the U.S. East
    and West coasts followed.  After a quiet couple of years, the band has
    played a handful of shows in 2019, including their first European shows
    in 20 years.

    In 2020 PD had hoped to play a number of 3-day weekends in different parts of the
    country throughout the year. We managed to do one of them, a trip to Texas at the end of February
    just before COVID hit.  The hope had been for an EU tour in 2021, but we hope to make it over eventually.
    For 2022, the band has scheduled a handful of shows, including a much-delayed festival appearance at the
    Mosswood Meltdown in Oakland opening for Bikini Kill, who PD had played with 30 years before at
    Gilman Street in Berkeley.

    To date PD has played 976 shows.  The band’s goal is to get to 1000, so if you want to see us live,
    don’t wait till next time, because there’s a good chance this will be the last time around. 

     

    The Band:

    Chris Freeman—bass, vocals
    Jon Ginoli—rhythm guitar, vocals
    Luis Illades—drums
    Joel Reader—lead guitar, vocals

  • Bev Rage and the Drinks

    Bev Rage and the Drinks

    Queercore

    Bev Rage & the Drinks is a Chicago-based queer garage-pop band that has been performing since 2016. The band is known for its live shows featuring original songs inspired by post-punk, grunge, and new-wave. The band is led by 7-foot-tall drag queen Beverly Rage on guitar, with Sam Westerling on bass and vocals, Mary Rose Gonzales on drums, and Dan Jarvis on lead guitar and vocals. 
     
    In 2022, the band released Records, an album that is bigger, louder, and more complex than their previous lo-fi recordings. The album includes more mature tracks that explore mental health from a queer perspective, such as "Machines Get Cleaned" and "Confident", while also featuring the tongue-in-cheek songs that Bev is known for, such as "Hollywood Beach" and "Perfect Guy". 

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Pansy Division with Bev Rage & the Drinks

Fri Sep 27 2024 8:30 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Grog Shop Cleveland Heights OH
Pansy Division with Bev Rage & the Drinks

$15.00 All Ages

Pansy Division with Bev Rage & the Drinks LIVE at Grog Shop!

Friday, Septemebr 27
Doors 7:30 p.m | Show 8:30 p.m. 
All Ages
$15 advance / $20 day of show
+$3 at the door if under 21


There have been gay musicians hidden throughout rock music history, but Pansy Division when began in 1991 in San Francisco, they were the first to be so boldly open about it.  Founded by guitarist/singer Jon Ginoli and soon joined by bassist/vocalist Chris Freeman, with the intent of forming a gay rock band, Pansy Division blew the closet doors open.

Raised on a diet of 60s pop and 70s punk, their sound was suitably crunchy and catchy as hell. They wrote in-your-face lyrics, but did it with a sense of humor. Not only did their music and stance defy stereotypical norms of rock musicians being openly gay, they also broke gay cultural stereotypes that rock wouldn’t interest gay people. 

With album titles like Undressed and Deflowered, and song titles like “Bill & Ted’s Homosexual Adventure,” their bluntness and humor stood out amidst the ’90s alterna-rock scene. Says Chris Freeman, “there was a lot of gay culture we couldn’t relate to, so we tried to invent a place for ourselves in it, an alternative for other queer misfits.”

Having had the experience of being ostracized by other musicians for being gay and by other gays for being into rock, “we tried to turn our alienation into something positive,” says Ginoli. “Instead of being depressed about it, we tried to make music that would make us—and our audience—happy. We could laugh about it, so we put that joy into the music.”

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