ROMP - "Hail to The Female" Rock Fundraiser for Victims of Sexual Abuse

152 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

Music scenes come and go, dry up, then flourish and grow… But nobody can deny that New York City is one of only a small handful of places in the entire world that has always had consistent top notch entertainment. Sometimes the best kept secret becomes the coolest place to be, and this is what is happening at ROMP.

The Tammany Hall ROMP on the Lower East Side of Manhattan is a monthly showcase and party for the most colorful, playful and elaborately entertaining bands emerging from the NYC underground rock scene.

Not everyone wants to sit in and watch TV when they can join a community of fun loving music lovers on the first Sunday of every month. This with the rare exception of the ROMP “Hail to the Female” showcase slotted for Sun February 9th a week after the Super bowl. The show starts promptly at 8pm, so you may need to DVR that Simpsons repeat if you care to hobnob with New York’s most charismatic playful humble hipsters. On this evening once a month folks lower their guard, join for a chorus or a shot onstage, relax, enjoy, and let loose. It’s one big happy family.


ROMP is hosted and Emceed by the campy and theatrically entertaining rock band and uber personality Temptress. The event consists of four impressive bands each month and one can always expect some surprising outrageous antics. Each episode of ROMP is unique and attached to a common theme and/or a charitable cause, and by good grace, “Hail to the Female” is a sponsored free event and open to anybody of legal age. But the one common denominator for every ROMP event is that the bands that play, and the people who attend, are all there for lively boisterous straight up fun.

Hail to the Female will directly benefit RAINN.ORG the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. Sponsored by ROMP, this FREE event will provide a $2 donation for every attendee. On February 9th at 8pm we invite anybody with an inner child to join in for ROMP ‘Hail to the Female’. All the bands for this event are based in the Big Apple and are all female fronted.


RAINN.ORG provides numerous resources, including a free national assault hotline for victims, and they bring education and attention to the largely unspoken epidemic of sexual assault. RAINN.ORG will be providing a guest speaker to “Hail to the Female.” She has survived sexual assault and is now a champion for the cause. This heroine will bravely speak out to shed light on this largely taboo subject. While sexual abuse may seem a bit heavy a subject for a party like ROMP, this event will be a celebration of our ability to create positive change in the world. 

Details about ROMP “Hail to the Female”

Sunday February 9th at 8pm  

RSVP: Facebook “Hail to the Female” event page


About The Four Female Fronted Rock Bands


The Manimals featuring Haley Bowery (post-glam/powerpop)

This is female fronted punk pop by definition, but really rock before it got all polished and glittery by advances in recording technology. The Manimals have well crafted raw rock tunes. Haley Bowery sings unlike anybody reminiscent, and in my opinion the most defining quality of any band is the uniqueness of the vocal lead. She uses phrasing and tones more similar to Patty Hines than Blondie, a real fight in her voice that makes your fist clench in rebellion for no good reason.  Haley belts “If you want to just skip this drama, take your clothes off like you got no moma!” The band is tight and aggressive claiming the room. The music is rocked and upbeat, but it is Haley’s stories and forefront signature voice that draws your attention. Not for the prudish, this scabs and all outfit have hooks that might just get you to quit your day job, tear some clothing, and take up electric guitar.

Temptress (NYC Pop/Punk sarcastically fun & ultimately upbeat)


Temptress illuminate the stage, campy and theatrically entertaining, this band rocks hard. Songs are sarcastically fun, full of killer hooks, raunchy laughs, and ultimately upbeat. They are a seasoned and gritty tongue and cheek party band, rowdy but all in good fun. Hard rock with a punk flavor, Temptress offer a playful attitude and an interactive live show. One might find themselves on stage for shots or to join along for a rousing chorus, or just learn some new dirty jokes.

Temptress has been on hiatus for a good stretch as the red headed vixen took on some surgical enhancements, a psychiatric work over, and a new outlook on life just shy of lobotomy. Now Temptress is back with a vengeance offering new material and a hunger to corrupt her unsuspecting audience. One never knows what to expect at a Temptress show, but it is safe to say that in the aftermath, each new fan will have a story to tell. 


J and the 9’s (flamboyant and contagious alt rock)

A diva show-woman akin to the likes of Lady Gaga taking testosterone for attitude, yet still sexily mesmerizing, J and the 9s are a hard driven rock band that take the stage, then leave their sweat and karmic imprint long lasting. Not since Alanis Morrisette’s “You Oughta Know” have I felt this much emotion gushing forth. The music that emanates from this flamboyant act is contagious and unpredictable, and sparks the joy of an unexpected gift. They relay songs that stick with you even at the most inopportune times, as you might find yourself humming a J and the 9s tune in the shower or the line at the bank. But what makes this band really memorable is the enormous creative energy that they put into every show. 

When asked if she has a consistent theme associated with the costumes and production for their live shows, Jeanine, or “j9” for those who are hip, replied “It's all based around the inspiration of the wig. Similar to the songwriting, it's all off the cuff. I never know what I'm going to come up with until I'm at the store. Once I find my inspiration, I build my idea around that. Also, I never re-use a costume or wig on stage. Once it's done, it's done, and I'm off looking for my next inspiration for the next show. And, if you're wondering, yes, I have a very large storage space!”   


*ReW & WhO* (relevant and raw and all in good fun)

ReW Asterick or ReW StaRR is known by many names and wears many hats, as she is entrenched in the foundation of the NYC rock underground. ReW belts with conviction, “I’ve got skeletons in my closet won’t you share yours with me, I want to share mine with you.” For any of those who have ever felt alienated and needed a cathartic and passionate push, this is what Rew unleashes from the stage. This is not delicately pretty or complicated music, but her vulnerability and sincerity mixed with her integrity and generosity touch a piece of you.


Rew’s band is known as The Rewd Ones but she may be best known for her quirky and cool, weekly internet talk show. Rew is an artist with a passion and a plan to get everyone Warhol's promised 15 minutes of fame. As you can imagine this charming but twisted, amusing construction worker for the NYC music scene, has a lot of friends, and with good reason. It is appropriate that The Rewd Ones open “Hail to the Female” and provoke the temperament of uprising, as we combat the inequities of real life.

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