You gotta start somewhere. That could be the slogan for the always unpredictable Fruit Loopz fest that runs all day Saturday (June 23) inside and outside Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander).
For eight years the festival, sponsored by Supporting Our Youth, has been showcasing the art and music of young queers and trans people. Although quality-wise it can be a mixed bag, it's always had its share of breakthrough artists.
Writer and performer Mariko Tamaki appeared at the first Fruit Loopz. Other editions have seen the likes of now well-known stage performer Evalyn Parry, currently Buddies' youth initiatives director, and performer Ryan G. Hinds, who went on to found the ArtWherk! collective. You never know who's going to bust out of Fruit Loopz. Bonus: the indoor stage is in the refreshingly air-conditioned Tallulah's Cabaret.
Here are some talents to watch out for:
LILA ROSE AND HEROOTZ, 5 pm, outdoor stage Singer/songwriter writes pointed, emotionally charged tunes, a little bit Ani, a little bit Alanis, but wholly unique nevertheless. Rose isn't afraid to throw an expletive or two in there either, as evidenced on her The Very First disc.
REX BAUNSIT, 5:35 pm, outdoor stage If you're looking for politics and a dash of punk, Baunsit's your man.
VANESSA MARIE SPITZER, 6:40 pm, outdoor stage Spitzer gets out the crunchy guitars to spit out some tough rock. Song title Pussy Liquor gives you a sense of what to expect.