Saturday 22 June 2019 at 8:00pm
1940 9th St NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Tel: (202) 483-5000
Strange Boutique rose out of the ashes of the Washington harDCore punk scene with a dynamic sense of song-writing while breaking new ground in a post-punk/alternative landscape with a powerful, melodic guitar-driven sound. As a best kept secret of the late 80's and early 90's, Strange Boutique attracted a large crossover audience, with Fred “Freak” Smith on guitars, Steve Willett on bass, and Monica Richards on vocals. After the release of three albums on their own label, Bedazzled Records, Strange Boutique broke up in 1994, coming together just once more for a single show in 2004 to celebrate the release of “The Collection:1988-1994” on Metropolis Records.
After the senseless loss of guitarist Fred “Freak” Smith in 2017, singer Monica Richards and bassist Steve Willett began reminiscing about their love of Fred and the music they wrote with him in Strange Boutique. This began a dialogue about getting together in Washington DC for an evening of music. Though there is no way they can call themselves "Strange Boutique" without their seminal and larger-than-life guitarist, they invite you to join them, along with drummer Rand Blackwell and guitarist/keyboardist Dennis Kane for an evening of Strange Boutique music … and to share a pint in honor of Fred
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