and The Volt
Jodi Jolt and The Volt by Jodi Jolt
In the spring of 2011, I went to The Dark Lady in Providence, RI to dance my tail off. I can dance for hours, it keeps me in aerobic shape so I can rock for hours. I noticed a sister I had never met before, Christina Jay, dancing by herself at the edge of the dance floor. I went over and introduced myself, and surprise! Christina, a guitarist, had seen our post on craigslist for transgender musicians months before, and almost had contacted us. Small world. Next thing you know, Christina was on board, rocking steady on rhythm guitar.
We added a few more sisters with mixed results. Some were drama queens, some could not really play very well, and others could hardly ever make practice or gigs. They didn’t last. Also, finding a dedicated drummer was just not happening. We decided to get a drum machine and operate the drum tracks with foot pedals. It worked! After a few gigs, a sound man assured us we didn’t need a drummer, we rocked with the drum tracks just fine.
We rocked clubs in CT and RI. We also noticed we were one of the few bands around where everyone was transgender. And since we prefer to play fun, high energy dance music, originals and classics, everyone liked joining us in a having a good time. People of all types of backgrounds and orientations mentioned they were pleasantly surprised we were such good rockers, we were not just all hype and miniskirts. Cool again.
In the fall of 2012, I went out dancing at a block party at Mirabar in Providence, RI. I bumped into another sister, Amanda Wayne Roberts, who just so happened to be a bassist. Amanda admitted she was rusty, but since nobody was in a hurry, we didn’t care. And again, the chemistry was there. Amanda got along beautifully with Christina, and I, like transbirds of a feather.
Over the next few months, Amanda and I jammed away on bass and guitar respectively as she learned our set list and we were delighted to find out that Amanda was also a tekkie extreme, who came up with the idea of doing live webcasts! The Volt began webcasting our rehearsals and gigs live, which we are continuing to do at http://www.ustream.tv/user/jjatv. While playing in the greater Rhode Island area, The Volt was blessed to be joined by Emily M. Rose, a fantabulous video, audio and web tekkie exreme! Her creativity inspired the design and was instrumental in the production of this website!
We now have a very fluid band. Jodi the rocker is a libra. Amanda the jazz gal is an aquarius. Christina the punkster is a pieces. Emily the tekkie is an aquarius. Three air signs, one water signs. Fluid hurricane potential with lightning. Put the four together, you have Jodi Jolt and The Volt. Rock on, sisters!
You can reach Jodi and the rest of the gals at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY! January 17. We're rocking AS200, 115 Empire St, Providence, RI....website launch celebration.