The Faces at the Palace series continued at the Palace Theater on Friday, February 22, with Little Red’s Big Bad Ball, a themed costume party featuring music by Louisville bands Trophy Wives and Vice Tricks. The event was also hosted by Woodrow from WFPK’s Woodrow on the Radio, who also spun records throughout the evening.
The night began as any extravagant ball should, as the dance floor patrons cut rugs in a variety of costumes to rock n roll and rhythm and blues from the 50s and 60s, provided by Woodrow’s vinyl collection. A blur of devils in tuxedoes twirled caped vampires across the room, as cigarette girls bartered candy cigarettes and big bad wolves gossiped with little red riding hoods. Athena Prychodko’s “Make It Up” fantasy makeup booth was sanctioned near the bar, providing opportunities for everyone to participate in the masquerade. Live art was also created and displayed by Vinnie Kocherd of Twisted Images.
Costumes were judged at 11pm and prizes were awarded from Seidenfaden’s and the Louisville Gore Club. Directly following the costume contest, Trophy Wives began the live music with their grooved post-punk. This band always slams into the beginning of their set and anchors their massive sound with a Kyuss-style approach, oftentimes drifting into metal. Vice Tricks immediately followed. This was my first time experiencing the punked-up rockabilly this group carts on stage. Their energy seeped throughout the theater and across the dance floor, as Verity Vice twirled her stand-up bass around while vocalist Jeremy King ran through and worked the crowd with a Lou Reed-like stance. Vice Tricks ended the Big Bad Ball on a fabulous spin of rock n roll.
Written by Brian Manley
Photos by Shawn Price