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Queertopia Queer Music Showcase

By Rebekah Hall

8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Vino's. $10.

Rashani McKnight

Little Rock Queer Girls is presenting a night chock full of music from local queer artists in an evening fittingly titled “Queertopia.” The queer music showcase is hosted by the fabulous Kitty Kouture, a self-described “pop star drag queen” who says her vibe “combines the essence” of favorite, timeless bops such as “Crazy in Love” by Queen Bey, “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, and transcendental breakup anthem “Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande. Kitty will be a high energy host between sets by several musicians and bands on the LGBTQ spectrum from the Central Arkansas area, including a performance by rapper, singer and dancer Rashani McKnight. McKnight’s low-fi and hip hop beats provide a refreshing taste of femininity and androgyny in a Soundcloud rapper world otherwise dominated by dudes, and her lyrics are honest, interesting and earnest, sailing over songs that are hard not to dance to. Little Rock band Lackluster will also be playing. The group of four describes its genre as “like chicken spaghetti,” and the glittering guitar, matched with surprising but welcome trumpet playing, do make the band’s sets feel kind of like a feast. The dulcet tones of smooth, sultry singer Feleké will be a soothing chaser to Lackluster’s more raucous riffs, and seven-member band CosmOcean rounds out the setlist with its upbeat amalgamation of intense musical prowess and endlessly danceable canon of originals and imaginative covers. The showcase starts at 8 p.m. at Vino’s, and tickets are $10. 


August 18, 2019
1:00 am - 4:00 am
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923 W. 7th St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
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