Downtown music festival Neon Reverb has announced the cancellation of one of this year’s most anticipated events, the Raw Femme showcase scheduled for Saturday, March 11.
The show, which was to feature 11 acts—each wholly or partially comprised of female musicians—playing to an all-ages crowd at Arts District warehouse Inside Style (1119 S. Main St.), was officially called off by Saturday morning by festival organizers, who cited “permitting issues.”
“We accept responsibility,” Neon Reverb co-organizer Mike Henry said. “It sucks, and we’re incredibly sorry.”
Rawky Lozano, founder of Vegas-based Raw Femme—self-described as a “society that unites ambitious and innovative women”—said, “I’m completely heartbroken by this. Everyone has worked their butts off for this show.
"The purpose of Raw Femme is to provide a platform for female artists to share their talent with our local community and beyond," Lozano continued. "In addition to celebrating these talented musicians, our show was designed to encourage young girls to take risks and be more themselves in a culture-driven and enjoyable environment, connecting them with other like-minded young women."
LA garage-rockers The Regrettes, the bill’s lone touring band, have been added to tonight’s show at the Bunkhouse, and are scheduled to play the inside stage there at 8 p.m.
Henry said the festival hopes to gather the Vegas acts—DJ Ladyfingers and Crykit, School of Rock, Kaylie Foster, Brittany Rose, Jessica Manalo, Sunrise Manor, Halsey Harkins, Moon Blood and Candy Warpop—for an upcoming Neon Reverb Presents showcase in the same space. “We’re serious about rescheduling,” he said. “We’re gonna do it; we just can’t do it today.”
Added Lozano: "We look forward to coming together and breathing life back into this event and making it bigger and better than originally planned."
Raw Femme showcase ticket holders can obtain refunds through ticketfly.com.