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Weekend rock in Kitsap
No fools, live music and enlivened parties abound for the first weekend of April.
THE CHARLESTONS GRAND OPENING
Bristle, YIA, CLR, The Extinct and Kamikazi Sex Pilots, 6 p.m. today at The Charleston Music Venue, 333 N. Callow Ave. in Bremerton. All ages, $5 cover. Info: www.myspace.com/thecharlestonmusicvenue or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emphatic members of the Kitsap all-ages scene and some of Bremertons finest punks have banded together to procure and build the alternative music scenes newest all-ages venue on Callow Avenue in the Charleston district.
With permits checked off and inside construction complete, The Charleston is poised for its grand opening April 5, featuring the old school Seattle punk band Bristle screaming and shouting and thrashing about with YIA and The Extinct (newly reformed) of Bremerton, Seattle hardcore from CLR and super freaky surfish punk/ska from Tacomas Kamikaze Sex Pilots.
Smittys Place, the tattoo shop across the street hosts the grand re-opening for its new location that same night.
ROCK AND ROLL NICOLES BIRTHDAY BASH
The Enemies Of ... , Nicole Deville and Her Manhands, James Hunnicut and the Revolvers and SGFY, 9:30 p.m. today at the Manette, 2113 E. 11th St. in Bremerton. Sketch-comedy-character-themed costume. $5 cover, 21+. Info: www.myspace.com/manettesaloon or call the bar at (360) 297-0801.
Rock n Roll Nicole, Bremerton-born Nicole Pike, is a voracious musical vixen. Its in her blood she says.
I didnt get my nickname from rock n roll, rock n roll got its name from me, she said.
Her dad, Tom Pike, is a local legend of sorts, a seasoned sound man, adept bassist and a staunch supporter of local music. And, in the case of Rock and Roll Nicole, the apple hasnt fallen far from the tree.
A girl with a golden voice, shes been a long-time fixture in the alternative music scene in Bremerton, jamming with psychobilly bands Wrecking Machine and The Hatchetwounds over the past few years.
Now she fronts the rock-a-billy, country-roots trio called Nicole Deville and her Manhands, which will be man-handling the Manette with another rock-a-billy outfit and two punk bands for her third annual birthday bash at the Manette.
Every year I try to do something where theres a little bit of everything, Rock and Roll Nicole said. When you get older, you stop being scared of being eclectic ... I think when you really love music, you drop that guard. If youre really into it and you really appreciate what it is, you have friends in all types of music and you can have shows like this.
Nicole turns 27 this year. Show her some love by showing up dressed as your favorite sketch-comedy character.
(See a full calendar of Kitsap shows at www.myspace.com/whatsupkitsap)