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, Angela Perry, who just so happened to be a bassist. Angela admitted she was rusty, but since nobody was in a hurry, we didn’t care. And again, the chemistry was there. Angela got along beautifully with Christina, and I, like transbirds of a feather.
Over the next few months, Angela and I jammed away on bass and guitar respectively as she learned our set list and we were delighted to find out that Angela 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.
At our 3rd Birthday Bash at The Fatt Squirrel in Providence, RI, The Volt was blessed to be joined by Jacqui Madrigal on drums . We had been jamming with her at parties, and Jacqui fit in nicely with our rocking style. Having a live drummer was something we got used to quickly, as the energy rocked!
Over the summer of 2014, Emily M. Rose began jamming with us on keyboards here and there, and became part of the band that August when we played AS220 in Providence, RI . Emily, a fantabulous video, audio and web tekkie exreme, inspires our design and was instrumental in the production of this website!
We added another drummer in the fall of 2015, Sandy Juneau. She is an excellent drummer experienced with live and studio projects, and a gemini.
In the winter of 2016 our newest member Jessica Firinn came on board, filling in on guitar and bass. Jodi and Jess have the same birthday...another libra.
We now have a very fluid band. Jodi the rocker and Jessica the rookie are libras. Angela the glam gal and Emily the hippechick are aquarians. Christina the punkster and Jacqui the engineer are pisces, and Sandy is a gemini. Five air signs, two water signs. Fluid hurricane potential with lightning. Put the seven together, you have Jodi Jolt and The Volt.
Rock on, sisters!
You can reach Jodi and the rest of the gals at email@example.com.