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Women Rock Flashband

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 7:00 PM

Event Details

DC Chapter

Meet & Greet Jam Details: Sunday, October 14, 2018 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
1506 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC
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Event Details: Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sauf Haus
1216 18th St NW, Washington, DC
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About This Event



For this edition, we bring you the Women Rock Flashband!  With current events giving us daily reminders about the mistreatment and abuse suffered by women, as well as their underrepresentation in positions of power, this Flashband looks to help stand with women at this point of crisis by celebrating and giving voice to female artists.

Flashbands (all genders welcome) will exclusively perform songs by female artists and female-fronted bands.

The show will be at Sauf Haus, an awesome beer garden and venue in Dupont Circle! We’ll be setting up a stage in the upstairs space.

We’re very excited to be partnering with This Could Go Boom! for this event. TCGB! is a nonprofit record label whose mission is to curate, create, publish, promote and distribute the musical works of under-represented, gender diverse people. TCGB! works for parity of representation in every facet of the music industry, from recording & production to live performance & creative expression to music journalism & media broadcasting. Learn more and donate at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/this-could-go-boom-records#/


We’re also trying out a slight tweak in our system to make sure we get our numbers right at each instrument.  The tally below shows how many slots are available at each instrument and will be updated daily as people sign up.

Please make sure that you list your desired instrument in your musician profile.  If you have more than one instrument listed, please email graham@flashband.org with (a) which instrument you intend to play for this showcase, and (b) whether you are willing to play a different instrument in order to help get the right balance of musicians.

  • Drums: 10 of 9
  • Bass: 9 of 9
  • Vocals: 13 of 11
  • Guitar: 14 of 12
  • Keys/Horns/Percussion/Other: 4 of 3



Q: I’m not a woman. Can I sign up?
A: Absolutely! Anyone who wants to celebrate female artists with us is down to participate. That said, we are strongly encouraging women musicians and anyone who’s passionate about gender issues to join us for this one, so spread the word!

Q: Can I make an all-guys band?
A: Yup. As long as you’re doing songs by female artists and female-fronted bands, it’s cool for your band to be made up of whatever gender.  Still, as mentioned above, our hope is that we’ll have lots of women participating in this one.

Q: The event is called “Women Rock” Flashband. Does that mean the genre is limited to rock?
A: No! “Women Rock” just has a nice ring to it.  Feel free to go full into hip-hop, R&B, jazz, country, or whatever other direction you and your bandmates want.

Q: Can I do a song that was written by a man but famously performed by a woman?
A: Sure, but only as long as the female-performed version is the definitive version.  For example, “Chain of Fools” (written by Don Covay and famously performed by Aretha Franklin) is fair game. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (the Stones song that Aretha also did a version of) is not.

Q: Songs by women or female-fronted bands, eh? Does that mean my band can do an original? 
A: Definitely. We always encourage original music. Extra bonus encouragement to the women bandmembers for this one to feel free to pitch songs to your bands and/or take that extra guitar/horn/vocal solo on those original tunes!

Q: Why all these rules? Wouldn't it be better just to let us play whatever we want?
A: Ever been to a theme party, and some people just showed up in plain clothes? What a bummer! Themes fuel creativity and are a big part of what make Flashband a good time for the participants and exciting and marketable to audiences. Give it a shot and be creative, and we know you'll dig working within the theme.

Q: What's Flashband and how does it work?
A: Flashband connects musicians to form a one-time band and play a showcase of short high-energy sets one month later.
Here's how it works: You'll form a one-time band at a meet & greet jam, rehearse with your band, then play the show! Typically 40-45 hobbyist musicians participate, and have 4 weeks to prepare a 15-minute set for a Saturday night show. Here's why 2000+ DC area musicians love Flashband:

  • Meet & jam with local hobbyists like you (no sketchy craigslist)
  • Play a Saturday night gig at a sweet venue just by showing up
  • Skip worrying about show logistics, backline, and promo
  • Get professional photos of you rocking out on stage
  • Make new friends in the music scene
  • Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience among your peers

Registered Bands (10)

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Kikini Bill

Date with the Night - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
We Got the Beat - The Go-Gos
Deceptacon - Le Tigre
Youth Decay - Sleater Kinney
Rebel Girl - Bikini Kill

Estrogen n' Juice

Break-up songs where the woman is better off!!
Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson)
Dog Days are Over (Florence + The Machine)
Bitch (Meredith Brooks)
Rolling in the Deep (Adele)
Goodbye to You (Scandal)

The Popular Votes

Working setlist: Always Alright (Alabama Shakes)
Why Can't I (Liz Phair)
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)
Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)
Love is a Battlefield/Heartbreaker (Pat Benatar)

Girls Poop Too

Tracy Chapman (Gimme One Reason)
Amy Winehouse (Valerie, Back to Black)
Sheryl Crow (All I Wanna Do, If It Makes You Happy)
Bonnie Raitt (Something to Talk About)
Blondie (Call Me)
Patti Smith (Because the Night)


Hell hath no fury, like us.
White Stripes - Icky Thump
Pixies - Gigantic
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Santigold - L.E.S. Artistes
The Runaways - Is It Day or Night

Classy AF

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Paris (Ooh La La)
Heart - Crazy on You
Brandi Carlile - The Story
St. Vincent - Cruel
Neko Case - Hold On, Hold On


Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Volcano Girls - Veruca Salt
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Family Affair - Mary J Blige

Hot Pink Strap Ons

Midnight in Harlem (Tedeschi Trucks Band)
You’re No Good (Linda Ronstadt)
I Feel the Earth Move (Carol King)
Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin)
Man, I Feel Like a Woman (Shania Twain)
Gunpowder & Lead (Miranda Lambert)


I think I’m Paranoid - Garbage
Glass Ceiling - Metric
Carnival - Bikini Kill
Phenomena - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Celebrity Skin - Hole

Temperament Pattie

The Story- Brandi Carlile
Sorry not sorry- Demi Lovato
The Wire- Haim
Call your girlfriend - Robyn
XO- Beyonce

Message Board

If you are signed up for this event, use the message board below to communicate with fellow musicians. This is a great place to find bands, ask questions and make suggestions!

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Leyla Johnson
Oct 10, 2018 2:26 PM
I would love to do Quiet- MILCK. Jammed on it at the potluck. Will look into Royals-Lorde. Rolling in the Deep- Adele.

Cameron Kober
Oct 6, 2018 2:51 AM
Patti Smith, X-Ray Spex would be fun. Maybe SZA, Janelle or Solange.

Pam Long
Oct 5, 2018 7:26 PM
Wd love some Garbage, Veruca Salt, Hole, Belly, Liz Phair PJ Harvey!

Mashaal Ahmed
Oct 4, 2018 2:52 PM
Interested in certain songs by Yeah Yeah Yeahs too, plus M.I.A., J Monae, Sam Lao, MILCK, Sia, Against Me!, Bikini Kill, MUNA, Le Tigre

Brittany Bennett
Oct 3, 2018 6:51 PM
Very interested in doing a Yeah Yeah Yeahs song. Been trying since 2003 to grow up to be Karen O.

Event Leader

Graham Robertson is leading this event. Have questions?
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