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The Benders

If there’s one thing the city of Edmonton has going for it (okay, it has a lot of things going for it, but this is a really great one), it’s a stylish and fashionable rockabilly scene. This scene is being celebrated tonight in a show worthy of any of our planet’s major cities, and it all started with a calendar.

When new local firm Flatbed Productions started out, they knew they needed to get things rolling with a bang, a big project that would catch Edmonton’s attention. After some brainstorming, what stood out was their love of rockabilly, tattoos, burlesque, and the whole related scene. The elements all came together to become Edmonton’s first all-local Pin-Up Girl Calendar.

Photographers and settings for the calendar photos are all local, and the girls who are posing are all either amateur models or even first-time models, from right here in the city. “The idea is that it would be hanging in tattoo shops and clothing stores,” explains Art Szabo, one half of Flatbed Productions. “People would see the calendar and say, ‘hey, I know that girl! Local girls that you might have seen around town.”

It followed soon after that a party to kick off the project, with rockabilly bands and pin-up girls galore, was just what they needed. Originally, Flatbed planned on renting a venue and putting on their own show, until Szabo took his project to work – by day, he’s a talent buyer for Edmonton’s Starlite Room. The Starlite’s GM caught Flatbed’s enthusiasm, and the show became an official partnership with the venue.

Outside enthusiasm for the show didn’t end there, either. Once Szabo booked the first few bands, more bands kept phoning and asking to be part of the bill, which filled out to include five Alberta acts. Local psychobilly-surf outfit The Benders are excited about playing a show with such a diverse lineup of bands, all of whom they’ve shared billing with before. “Rockabilly bands go hand in hand with the tattoo and pin-up fans,” points out Jefftimus, drummer for The Benders. That being the case, tonight it will go hand-in-hand-in-hand-in-hand, with the five great bands that are playing: The Benders and Preying Saints from Edmonton, Grave Mistakes and Sam Hate & The Jackals from Jasper, and Calgary’s The Hardtails.


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