By Jamie Solis
CITIES OF ORIGIN: Corona.
KINDRED SPIRITS: “Janet Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Janice Joplin, Pat Benatar, Blondie, Alanis Morissette, Donna Summer, Joan Jett, Melissa Etheridge . . . The Runaways, En Vogue, The Bangles, The Go-Go’s.”
FREQUENTS: Vino Veritas Wine Bar (Redlands).
“Our band represents having the courage to go for your dreams in spite of the barriers that come between making your dreams a reality. We want our fans to let loose and enjoy life and go for it! In our case, it’s OK to play like a girl, because girls rock and so do we!” So declares Cougrzz Rock! frontwoman Chrissy Marquez. It’s a bold statement, but fitting considering this band is a collection of courageous cougars that covers every genre of your favorite hits—belting out familiar lyrics with a sexy spin for the past three years. It wasn’t easy getting this girls-only rock band together. But these cougars overcame that challenge and followed their dreams to form the sassy and successful all-female Cougrzz Rock!
What was the inspiration behind the name of your band?
Chrissy Marquez: Since our girls represent more mature females that know what they want, don’t mess around and have plenty of looks, confidence and talent, we came up with Cougrzz Rock! (I like to say we’re like The Pussycat Dolls with 20 years experience.) We’re not necessarily on the prowl for young studs, but we’re all about girl power and reinvention. We want to inspire all females, young and old, to follow their heart and their passion!
Are there any advantages to having an all-female rock band?
Marquez: Well, we’re definitely unique in the marketplace. Most bands are all male or female-fronted all-male. The beautiful thing is that we’re not just a gimmick. We actually have the talent to back up our concept. Our band members are bona fide professional musicians, with music degrees, years of performing experience—some of us teach music to others and we have original songwriters in the group as well. Our versatility is key. We can be family-friendly when we need to be, and we have a naughty side as well, which can be fun!
Cougrzz Rock! Acoustic Duo at Vino Veritas Wine Bar, 285 E. Alessandro Blvd., Riverside, (951) 789-2965; www.vinoveritaswinebar.com. Thurs, Jan. 24. 8pm. Free.