Female bands featured at 20th anniversary of Vans Warped Tour

Published July 5, 2014
The Scranton Times-Tribune (paywalled)

Women entertainers will have stronger voices at the upcoming Vans Warped Tour.

Conquer Entertainment Shiragirl Stage, which hosts female-fronted bands and solo female performers, is back for the 20th anniversary of the tour, which stops in Scranton on Wednesday. The festival begins at 11 a.m. at the Pavillion at Montage Mountain.

Shiragirl, a Brooklyn-bred performer who recently moved to Los Angeles, started Shiragirl Stage in 2005 and has partnered with Conquer Entertainment to get the all-female production back on the tour once again.

Shiragirl has performed on the tour multiple times, but she still enjoys being part of the festival experience. She spoke highly of the tour’s acceptance of female artists.

“It feels good to be out there sort of sticking our flag in the sand and just saying, ‘Here we are,’” she said. “It feels good to be able to be part of the tour and represent the women.”

On the other side of the gender spectrum, male singer Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup shares the excitement of being back on the tour. Because Bowling for Soup has played the festival sporadically since 2003, Mr. Reddick said, the group definitely knows how to survive it. Veteran musicians, the band’s members have learned not to take themselves too seriously, and they promise fans a fun performance.

“There’s a lot of serious bands on Warped Tour. There’s a lot of guys out there that are playing a completely different kind of music, but they’re definitely pretty intense. We are not intense,” he said, laughing. “We’re definitely out there having a good time, trying to entertain each other as well as the crowd. It’s been going really well so far.”

Mr. Reddick said the days spent on the tour may be long and hot, but the experience is worth it.

“There’s a lot of interaction with fans, which is really nice,” he said. “You definitely get a lot of opportunity to play in front of other bands’ fans. But you have to hustle as well, you have to really get out there. … You’re competing with 100 different bands, and it’s kind of important that you make yourself visible and you’re out there really working hard.”

Tickets are $46 for general admission for Wednesday’s daylong event or $56 for 20th anniversary commemorative tickets. They are available at the box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or online at http://www.livenation.com.

If you go:
What: Vans Warped Tour
When: Wednesday, 11 a.m.
Where: Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton
Details: Cost is $46 for general admission tickets or $56 for 20th anniversary commemorative tickets, available at the box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or http://www.livenation.com. For more information, visit http://www.vanswarpedtour.com.

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