evangina: The News
Happy Thanksgiving! Have a free song on us! - November 25, 2010
Oh sweet world, glorious day. Oh beautiful, awesome YOU!
Thank you thank you thank you for being a friend and fan of Evangina... the more feminine side of the Evangenitals.
In an effort to show a smidgen of our ridiculously rampant gratitude for your spiritual and sensual support of our music mayhem, I have added a couple more tracks to the Evangenitals profile at ReverbNation that are FREE! Free to be downloaded and enjoyed for many, many Thanksgivings to come by our loyal and wondrous mailing list members. That could be you!
Go here and get your goodies!
Truly, honestly, deeply, and passionately.... THANK YOU for helping us to do what we love. This whole thing wouldn't work without you. You give us the strength, faith, and frenzy to climb mountains, sail the seas, fly through the air, and keep on keeping on doing this crazy little thing called sonic love.
Juli & Lisa
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Cowgirl Palooza! - August 5, 2010
Evangenitals to Perform at the 8th Annual Cowgirl Palooza Festival at San Francisco’s El Rio – Saturday September 4th 2010
Los Angeles, CA -- The femme-fronted, alt-country, hillbilly jazz, freak-folk, klezmer-punk, “everything and the kitchen sink” band The Evangenitals of Los Angeles have been added to the lineup of the 8th Annual Cowgirl Palooza festival. The event will be held at San Francisco’s El Rio in the Mission District on Saturday September 4th during Labor Day weekend. Doors open at 3pm, and there will be free BBQ chicken and potato salad for all, so long as it lasts. The lineup for this years Cowgirl Palooza Festival includes: Los Train Wreck, The Evangenitals, The Bootcuts, Wicked Mercies, and 77 El Deora.
Location: 3158 Mission Street (between Cesar Chavez and Valencia)
San Francisco, Ca 94110
Venue link: http://www.elriosf.com Show link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=145628275452863 Tickets are $10 at the door
The Evangenitals, founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera/jazz singer Lisa Dee, features Henry Bermudez on lead guitar, fiddler Andrea Baker, Ari DeSano on accordion, drummer Kristy McInnis, and Nathan Phelps currently doing duty on the upright bass. They are an alt-country hillbilly love punk rock revolution of the freak folk/Americana variety made flesh for your listening pleasure on a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking all the world’s hearts open.
Filled with an insatiable desire to explore new forms of musical instrumentation and arrangements, the Evangenitals take listeners on a journey of passion and creative freedom, embracing all of life as source material, from the mundane to the sublime.
The Evangenitals were midwifed in a defunct bowling alley in the gritty Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, where they gave their first performance for a small mixed group of rehab refugees and listless drunks from an adjoining bar. Since then, the band has recorded three albums, toured the U.S. in a bus of dubious reliability with The 1 Second Film, appearing at scores of clubs from Los Angeles to Georgia, New Orleans to New York. Wherever the band has appeared, a cult following has sprouted like mushrooms after a soft but persistent rain.
The Evangenitals are touring the California coast in early 2010, with shows scheduled in San Francisco, Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Ocean Beach, Carlsbad, Solvang, Ocean Beach, San Luis Obispo, Joshua Tree, Las Vegas and Bakersfield. The band plans to reach out to more of the US in the summer & early fall.
More info on The Evangenitals, including bios, press kits, photos, and music and video clips can be found at www.evangenitals.com.
Evangina on KPFK - May 25, 2010
Evangina will be kicking off the fest on June 6th at 10:30am at the Lummis Home and the Evangenitals are going to be playing the "Community Stage" at 3pm over in Heritage Square Park... right next to the 'ol Muppet Movie church! Yay!
Evangenitals Family Tree Festival - May 19, 2010
For the past six years, LA's hillbilly jazz folk/Americana alt-country hillbilly love-punk revolutionists have made a mark on the music scene by generating some of the most profound sounds from a musical vessel. Co-founded by lead singer/songwriter Juli Crockett and opera/jazz singer Lisa Dee, this unique combination of seven souls have continuously converted the unsuspecting masses by stirring their pot of stellar influences into a sonic experiment of musical realism. Through it all, let us not forget that the secret to the Evangenitals magnetism are the pieces of the puzzle - the seven individuals who are the sum of the whole. Now, for the first time all the members who bring their talent and enthusiasm to the Evangenitals will harmonically converge upon the Blue Star for an all-day, outdoor festival, showcasing each Genital's alter ego. Here is a unique opportunity for your lightbulb moment, answering that age old musical question "How the hell do they do that?"
5:30pm: EVANGINA: (with Lisa Dee & Juli Crockett from Evangenitals) Evangina is the duo of the two co-founding members of Evangenitals. Together, they will guide you through a smattering of deliciously acoustic chick-hymns. http://www.myspace.com/weareevangina
6:00pm: POOR COW: (with Lisa Dee from Evangenitals) Last year, Evangenitals had the opportunity to play and attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland where the music of Donovan is practically their National Anthem. Fulfilling her gypsy aspirations, Lisa Dee will get in touch with her inner flower child before your very eyes.
6:30pm: ODIOUS ARI and the SYPHILITIC SYNCOPATHS: (with Ari DeSano, Andrea Baker, Lisa Dee and Juli Crockett from Evangenitals) Hearkening back to the age of parlor songs and three penny operas, comes Odious Ari. Singing the legends of ragtime, this good time gal and her vaudevillian company produce a cacophony of tin pan alley ditties sure to usher in a stampede of charleston kicks. http://www.odiousari.com/
7:30pm: EZ TIGER: (with Kristy McInnis from Evangenitals) EZ Tiger has crafted their own unique rock and roll sound. Channeling the irresistible pop mentality of T-Rex, coupled with the girl-gang authority of The Runaways, these 'tude queens deliver a brand of rock with chops and swagger. http://www.myspace.com/eztigermusic
8:30pm: HALLOWED ENGINE: (with Laurie Es from Evangenitals) Hallowed Engine's live shows are a unique amalgamation of thick riffs coupled with nonstop energy. These volume worshippers mix strong female fronted vocals atop heavy southern fried anthems for a potion that's sure to bring you back for sloppy seconds. http://www.myspace.com/hallowedengine
9:30pm: HONKYSTOMP: (with Andrea Baker from Evangenitals) Honkystomp, the original 7 piece bucket of Southern Fried, Countrified, Funkified, Rock and Roll! The brain child of Galactic Dan, Honkystomp is a refreshing blend of musical madness. Combining instruments normally associated with bluegrass and Country, (i.e., Banjo, fiddle and harmonica), with Heavy Rock and Funk Backdrops Honkystomp has created an entirely new musical Genre. http://www.honkystomp.com/ http://www.myspace.com/honkystomp
10:30pm: UNPOPABLE (aka: BALLOON BASS): (with Henry Bermudez from Evangenitals) The Balloon Bass is a musical instrument made of one round balloon and two skinny, twisting balloons. It is built by using one inflated and twisted skinny balloon to create a resonator that connects the string to the round balloon. When Addi Somekh plucks the resonated balloon bass string, the sound brings to mind the halcyon undertones of The Residents or Snakefinger. The layers of sounds filtering through this membrane, create a music that defies categorization. http://www.balloonbass.com/
11:30: EVANGENITALS: (with Juli Crockett, Lisa Dee, Henry Bermudez, Andrea Baker, Ari DeSano, Laurie Es & Kristy McInnis) Imagine if Johnny Cash, Bob Marley and Joan of Arc were one woman. Now, imagine that woman gathering a band of eclectic musicians on a crusade to expand the bounds of Country music. Described as “Cosmic Square Dance” and “Hillbilly Jazz”, Juli Crockett and The Evangenitals are opening people’s minds and ears to a new style of Southern music. Though based in the roots of Country, the band incorporates a wide variety of influences, instrumentation and styles. The result is a genre-hopping bull ride that has music fans and critics buzzing in Los Angeles.
Evangenitals & Cash'd Out at the Belly Up! - October 6, 2009
The incredible Bill Cardinal is also on the bill, and DJ Gonzo will be spinning all the great cowboy classics between sets. The Belly Up is a beautiful venue with amazing sound, an awesome lineup, and a HUGE opportunity for the Evangenitals to shine our light on San Diego.
If you are in the area, please come see the show! If you know anyone in the area, please help us spread the word!
If you're in LA and would like to carpool, please email us! We are organizing a carvan to cruise down family-style. :-)
Tickets are cheaper if you buy 'em in advance, and Cash'd Out shows at the Belly Up often tend to sell out... so get your tix here: http://ping.fm/bukS0
Doors at 8pm, music starts at 9pm. Come and see the whole damn show, cuz it's all gonna ROCK!
What a great day to be an Evangenital!
If you're too far to make it, you can grab the new EP off CDBaby, throw on the tunes Saturday night, close your eyes and be with us in spirit. We need your love: http://ping.fm/LESTS
Being and Loveliness,
Juli & the Evangenitals
Whirlwind Weekend of Wonder-Fullness - June 4, 2008
On Friday I'm heading up to Sin City with Evangenitals drummer George Bernardo to play with our *other* band, San Diego's "Cash'd Out" -- the world's premier Johnny Cash tribute band! George is their skin-beating rhythm train and I'm their dress-wearin', hair-curlin' June Carter Cash. We're playing at the Icehouse in Vegas on Friday, and then heading to the Goathead Salon in Phoenix for a gig on Saturday. It's my first time on the road with Cash'd Out and I'm EXCITED!!! It is NOT my first time on the road with Georgie; we spent a month together in The 1 Second Film's Road to Oprah bus!
So, if any Evangenitals fans out there live in Vegas or Phoenix, come and see Georgie and I get our Johnny Cash on! I may be able to score a couple of comp tickets for each show... so hit me up if you'd like to go.
Sunday morning I fly back to LA in time for the Evangenitals to rock the back porch of the Echo for the Grand Ole Echo Country Music Jamboree. We're assembling a crew of extended Evangenitals family members for an acoustic hootenanny out by the barbecue. I'll admit it, the 3 hours of music that we're going to be playing will serve a double purpose: 1) it will be an awesome fun music time, and 2) it will be a good rehearsal for our "plugged in" show the VERY NEXT NIGHT at the Bordello.
Yes, you thought this weekend of madness would be over with the show on Sunday, but no! We continue...
On Monday night, Lisa Dee and I are singing with Artichoke at the Silverlake Lounge (9pm) and then running over to the Bordello for an Evangenitals show at 11pm. At the Bordello we're playing with an awesome Western Swing 3-piece from Austin, TX called "Shotgun Party" whom I highly suggest y'all come out and give a listen to. They've got the goods! :-)
On Tuesday, we're auditioning a potential new bass player to bring in the extended Evangenital family fold! Yee-haw! I get very excited about meeting new talented people.
On Wednesay, I will try to rest up for the NEXT weekend which is full of improv shows with my group HAMMERSPACE and an Evangenitals gig at the Room 5 Lounge where we'll be debuting a handful of BRAND NEW SONGS that I've been tinkering away at in my room! I hope that many loving and supportive friends come out for that show, cuz I'm going to be SCARED!!!
Life is good. Love is good. It's all good.
The Bruise of Rock - March 29, 2008
You can imagine how messed up I look after playing the tambourine on Gasoline with the Evangenitals... with my groin. Youch!
After the Artichoke show I ran off to Hollywood and performed Improv at the iO WEST, then I ate a Vegan burrito from Cinnamon in Highland Park. Now I'm going to bed. I think I've earned it. :-)
Cash'd Out - March 28, 2008
Before that big day, though, I've got two shows in one night (Friday the 28th) -- Artichoke at La Casa Blue (9:30pm) and Hammerspace (my Improv team) at iO WEST (Andy Dick Experimental Black Box at 11pm)-- to get through. It's a lot, and I'm loving it.
Saturday and Sunday we have to officially finish moving, clean out the old apartment (throw a couple of rehearsals and a class show for our Improv class on Sunday) and turn in the keys Monday morning. Then, at around 1pm I'm jumping in a car with Georgie to head down to San Diego... and DESTINY! In the meantime, I've got all my Johnny and June tunes on repeat play and I'm getting ready for greatness.
Say a prayer for me. :-)
My life offline... I've missed you - March 27, 2008
It is I, Juli Crockett, lead singer of the Evangenitals, writing you after a relatively long web-absence that truly tested my mettle in these ultra-connected net-worked-webbed times.
I have been without internet capabilities for over a week, however, tonight all was made right again when the nice folks at the phone company finally turned the internet on in my new place. Yes! I said new place! 1/2 the rent and double the lovely... what more could a gal ask for?
Much has happened since I last wrote... our trip to Austin was amazing, I started playing an electric guitar, the Evangenitals played a fundraiser for the Open Fist Theater with Henry Bermudez on guitar and Joey Ninja on bass, I sang in a show with the super-groovy group Artichoke, my car broke down, I changed residence, and now... this Friday night Lisa Dee and I (aka Evangina) will BOTH be joining Artichoke at La Casa Blue in Highland Park -- demonstrating our backup vocalization skills, our tambourine skills, our whirling tubes skills, and some other tricks-o-the-trade.
Here's the info and lineup for that:
friday @ 9:30
la casa blue
5930 york blvd
highland park, ca 90042
free, all ages!
(alcohol with i.d.)
10:30 box violet
11:30 bright million
Now, Artichoke will be going on at 9:30 sharp because I have ANOTHER show (Improvin', not Rockin') at the iO WEST in Hollywood with my new Improv team Hammerspace. You're welcome to check that out too, if you're into that kind of stuff. It's free. It's at 11pm. We're occasionally funny. :-)
So that's the news. Look for some Evangenitals shows coming soon in the LA area, a possible West Coast mini-tour in May, and more miracles unfolding than you can imagine.
Juli & the Genitals
What's Up? - March 20, 2008
Brian and Jerimi, a WONDERFUL couple who restore any lagging faith that any of us could have in humanity and the generosity of the spirit, put us up in Austin and took great care of us. I barely know these folks, and yet they opened their hearts, ears, home, and fridge to us... for fun and for free. Incredible. I also discovered that Austin has free health insurance for musicians and the audiences actually TIP... what am I doing here? I love LA. It's twisted.
It was great to play with Izzy Cox. I've missed her. She is a powerful performer and I look forward to doing more shows with her when she comes out to LA again. We also DEFINITELY plan to return to Austin next year, if not sooner. Now that Henry is going to be playing with us, we are indeed a road-hungry band... we want to play play PLAY and bring the Evangenital joy to every pair of ears that will listen.
I'm going to be posting the photo-journal from the Austin trip on Flickr real soon. I'll post links here when I do.
Tonight we played a fundraiser show with Veruca Salt in downtown LA and we debuted a never-before-seen/heard Evangenitals lineup featuring Joey Ninja of Ninja Academy on bass and the aforementioned Henry Bermudez on lead guitar. It rocked my socks off! I am excited to be revisiting our old tunes with new energy and explore and reinterpret them -- stretch 'em to the snapping point and see what their spine looks like. Constantly changing, exploring, questioning, enjoying, refreshing... I dig it. "The Hole" almost burst into a Reggae jam tonight, people. It was AWESOME!!!
So, the short version is: the flow is flowing once again, the universe is giving me the green light on all things, it seems, and I am revved up and ready to GROW! The party is about to get started, and you're all always invited.
Love, always and already,
Evangina on iTunes! - March 18, 2008
Here's the direct link to Evangina on iTunes. Click the button below and it will take you directly to the Evangina page in your iTunes store!
Give us a listen and be sure to review the album and let us know what you think!
juli & lisa
Keep Art Alive! :-) - February 24, 2008
Evangenitals on the Radio! - January 27, 2008
Mister Funk requested that more Evangenitals tunes be sent to him as soon as possible.
You can pay a visit to KGLP (listen online, let them know what great taste Tom Funk has, etc) by clicking this link: http://www.kglp.org/
You can listen to "I Just Forget" on Last.fm by clicking this link: http://www.last.fm/music/Evangenitals/_/I+Just+Forgot
And heck, you can buy the tune in mp3 form off of iTunes, CDBaby, or the Snocap store on our Myspace page
More news, coming soon
From the Front Lines
McCann - January 26, 2008
I'm guessing this may have to do with the fact that Evangina just started playing this song out and about town this fair 2008. Though written long ago, for whatever reason the Evangenitals never picked this tune up and ran with it. It is, however, just folksy and forlorn enough for Evangina to let it emanate from our lovesick breasts, so we have been doing so -- from Mr T's Bowl to the Hyperion Tavern. (So, Silverlake, if you've been smelling some melancholy and Irish jigs in the air lately, maybe it's the spirit of McCann seeping into the groundwater.)
Always quick to respond to public demands, I have gone ahead and posted the lyrics for the McCann song. You can find them here: "McCann, McCann..."
Happy Birthday to YOU! - January 19, 2008
Today Lisa & I provided a few hours of entertainment for a kid's birthday party in Sherman Oaks and it was friggin' AWESOME!!!
We did clean-versions of a ton of Evangenitals & Evangina tunes, some cover songs (including the debut of some new Dead Milkmen covers) and ended the whole thing with some rockin' version of classics like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "The Wheels on the Bus"... we even got to pass the mic off to the kids for some rousing renditions of the "Alphabet Song" and "You Are My Sunshine".
With 30+ parents present, many of whom said this was the best birthday party they'd ever been to, and the 20-odd kids who absolutely LOVED it, I'm thinking we may be getting some phone calls for future birthday party business. :-)
A major highlight of the day was when one of the kids asked for a "really fast song about a race car" so they could run around in a circle really fast... after a few clarifying questions on what he wanted out of the song, I composed "The Race Car song" on the spot. Lisa was a champ, right there with me on accompaniment, and all present agreed that we could make a lot of dough if we did a kids album. Suddenly Gwendolyn is making a whole lot more sense to me.
Now, on to the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade! Come and see us on The 1 Second Film's Road to Oprah bus tomorrow at 11:30am!
Good Feeling - January 6, 2008
Those poor folks have to listen to every single band that drags their gear onto the stage... for better or for worse. So when a worn and torn up soundman wants to give us an earnest thanks and a big hug for bringing something beautiful to their club, it really means a lot to me.
That's what happened last night after Evangina closed the bill at Mr T's Bowl. Arlo and I had ourselves a real "moment" after the show. I really love that guy, and I love playing that venue. I can always just plug in and trust him to take care of the sound. I've yet to get very involved with monitor levels and such, as I'm always just eager to start playing, so it always sounds weird to me onstage (too much ME most of the time) however, when it was all over we had nothing but rave reviews from the crowd about how great it sounded.
It was a really fun and tender set, with Ramones and Misfits covers - Evangina Style! -- and Sarah Peters (from the Road to Oprah tour) guesting on bass and violin. We played some new versions of old songs, and some old songs that had never been played live before (like McCann). What's more, I played the electric guitar that Albert gave me as a present, and Lisa Dee played the bass (awesomely!) for the first time ever.
The audience stayed up late (we played at midnight) and was super-lovely. We brought the "instrument box" and had folks sitting down in front playing along.... just like old times. The whole scene warmed my heart and got me real excited about 2008.
It was a perfect show to kick off the New Year. And there's more on the horizon... we may be playing the Hyperion Tavern on Thursday, the Barn Burner on Friday, and we're even playing a birthday party for a friend. Creative juices are flowing, we're growing, and all is well on the Evangina front.
Happy New Year Everybody! - December 30, 2007
We love you, always and already. Thanks for everything. We look forward to seeing you on the other side in 2008.
Evangina @ TruXtop Gallery - November 10, 2007
I was playing a new (to me) guitar, a really awesome junior Epiphone electric that super friend and super fan Albert gave me as a present. I am loving its sound. I mainly played bass lines and finger-picked on the tunes while Lisa covered the strumming and rhythm parts. It was super-intimate, super-tender, and ridiculously fun. We brought along our bin of play-along instruments and closed out with "Home"... which has now become a tradition since the Road to Oprah tour.
We did a few new tunes/covers... including the Ramones, Misfits, and some Bob Dylan. Good times! The art show was great, and I loved the gallery/space. Be sure to pay them a visit, check out the art, and support this new gallery. As for Evangina, I'm thinking that we need to get out on the town and play some more gigs. It's really good practice for us to put our asses on the line like that. :-)
We're Back! - November 5, 2007
We've got some new tunes, some sweet covers of punk classics, and we will be surrounded by some amazing art. Sounds like a good night, eh?
Our Next Show:
The 1 Second Cabaret TONIGHT! - September 30, 2007
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA, 91103
*LA's poular alt-country band, THE EVANGENITALS (www.myspace.com/evangentials)
*Pasadena Doo Dah Queen Tequila Mockingbird with guitar player Slobbery Jim
*singer/songwriter Alanna Linn (www.myspace.com/fascinoma)
*comedian Andrew Love (www.andrewlovesyou.com)
*benediction by Angelica Osborne of Rage Monthly
*Pop-Rock nuggets from Plugfoot
*vocal styalings by Miah Jeffra with Michael Mangia (www.myspace.com/michaelmangia)
*Mime Man Mitchel Evans (www.mimeman.com)
*hip hop artist MoZ (www.moztermanrecords.com)
*singer Nick Byron
*interactive artist Laurel Paley with the World’s Largest Potholder!
The Longest Potholder will make an appearance and YOU can contribute!
Bring all your ancient, holey socks, runny nylons & too-tight tights. (CLEAN, please!)
Conactact Sarah Peters
Sweaty Pits and Hot Pics - August 20, 2007
It was a great, short, barn-burner set. I wore my long-sleeved cowboy shirt and paid the price by getting some sweaty pits from all my running about.
I figure it proves I was working hard. :-)
Thanks to those of you who came out to the show, played along, and for all the hooting and hollering.
If you missed it, this photo set (taken by Patrick Ian Moore) actually gives a pretty good idea of just what went on over there.
Hope to see you all next weekend at the Old Towne Pub. Until then, please enjoy, comment on, spread around all these Evangenitals pics that I've been obsessively uploading onto Flickr.
Juli & the Evangenitals
We've Got PRESS! - August 16, 2007
A real nice story just hit the streets about The Evangenitals and our upcoming appearance at Universal Citywalk's Summer Block Party, sponsored by Indie 103.1 and Music Connection Magazine.
Please take a moment to rate the story on the Entertainment Today
website (preferably with high marks) and DIGG this link as well:
These two simple actions will help insure that the press surrounding
the Evangenitals, our new album, and our biggest gig thus far at
Universal Citywalk keeps on rolling in!
In other news, we're making our first appearance in conjunction with the festivities of Sunset Junction this Sunday night! Come and get it!
The Evangenitals @ Sunset Junction
4212 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Sunday August 19th
Come on in, sit in air-conditioning, use the bathroom, and decompress
with the Evangenitals after all that craziness in the streets.
juli of the evangenitals
Lisa Dee and Juli C - August 6, 2007
Better Late Than Never :-) - July 26, 2007
Here's some pics of The Evangenitals perfoming at the Cybernet Expo in Tampa, Florida: