Women for Women Kansas City – How Holmes Street Got Started

Holmes Street is a five-piece, all-female (LBQ+) band that plays multi-genre covers. They’ve been performing in Kansas City since 2011, with huge support from the local LBTQ+ community. Looking to meet people? They pack bars!

The members are Tracey Stowe on lead vocals, Susanna Barchak on guitar and vocals, Pamela Biehl on guitar and vocals, Ann Scida on drums, and Michelle Daniel on bass guitar. We asked Michelle to share her insights on the band and its upcoming performances.

Tell me the story of how Holmes Street came to be. Have the members always been the same? Did you always play covers, or have you also done originals?
Holmes Street started with a group of good friends who didn’t really know a lot about being in a band and just wanted to play some music together. Tracey, Ann, and I (Michelle) started the group with another friend, and we all lived on or around Holmes Street. In the beginning, we would mostly just goof around in the basement or play at weekend barbecues. Then Sus joined the band and I moved to bass guitar, and our sound improved and we actually started getting gigs at bars and fundraisers and parties. When Pam came along a couple years later, we just got better and better. Right now, we only do covers. They’re fun to play, and people enjoy singing along and dancing to songs they know. Sus and Pam are both singer-songwriters, though, so you never know — we might play some of their original tunes down the road.

What has been your favorite gig?
We’ve played all kinds of fun gigs, from a fundraiser on the top of flatbed trailer in tiny Meriden, Kansas, to the big stage at Pride a couple times. Our yearly gig on the patio at Californos is always a favorite. At our last night at William Saunders’ great little bar Coda [now closed], women threw underwear at us — which was hysterical! Of course, we love HRC’s yearly Battle of the Bands event. I think the most fun, though, was last fall at Grinders for the closing ceremonies of the ASANA Softball World Series. With the crowd, lights, and green room and the professional sound techs and burly stagehands, we all felt like real rock stars.

The advances LGBT+ folks have made in civil rights over the past several years are amazing, but as we’ve all kind of assimilated into mainstream culture, we’ve lost many gay and lesbian bars and lost some of the camaraderie that came with having our own spaces to come together regularly and feel comfortable and catch up with one another and dance and have a good time. One of the best things about Holmes Street, I think, is that when we play gigs, we get a lot of women (and some men!) together, and we get some of that sense of camaraderie and community back. And we just have a lot of fun!

Upcoming Holmes Street shows:
Saturday, Oct. 21 / Riot Room
4048 Broadway, KCMO / 3-6 p.m. / 21+
Saturday, Dec. 9 / Roxy Bar
13410 W. 62nd Terr., Shawnee, KS / 5-8 p.m. / 21+

For booking: holmesstreetband@gmail.com

And a restaurant, too

Aside from playing drums in Holmes Street, Ann Scida owns and operates Joe’s Cellar, an Italian eatery that opened earlier this year in the Mission Road Antique Mall, 4101 W. 83rd St, Prairie Village, Kansas.

“My dad, Joe Scida, knows food. Delicious, old world Italian food. And growing up in our house, the cellar was always Dad’s domain. It was a place where he cured meats, canned vegetables, made savory sauces, and shared a glass of wine and a plate of his ‘cellar food’ with anyone who cared to join him. I created Joe’s Cellar to honor my dad and the special family recipes I grew up eating. The delicious homemade items you’ll find here allow me to celebrate the old world Italian food I love and to share a little bit of my family with others.”

Joe’s Cellar is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11a.m.-4 p.m. More information at 913-283-9742 / joescellarkc.com / facebook.com/Joes-Cellar-585343931513117/.

The restaurant is also planning these two events:

A Taste of Joe’s Cellar and Great Harvest Bread Company
4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28
4002 W. 83rd St, Prairie Village, Kansas

Pop-Up Dinner with Joe’s Cellar at the Olive Tree

5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22

4937 W. 119th St, Overland Park, Kansas


Women for Women Kansas City Events

Every Saturday

Girl Crush at the G-Spot

2801 Southwest Blvd. / 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Oct. 1:

Erica Joy at Westport Coffee House

4010 Pennsylvania Ave., KCMO

Oct. 3:

Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger film

Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union, in Lawrence

Oct. 6: 

W4W:LBTQ+ Takeover! Watch Wonder Woman outdoors for free

Neale Peterson Park, Fairway, KS

Oct. 8:

Zealyn with Lovergurl

Riot Room / 4048 Broadway, KCMO

Oct. 11:

Tash Sultana at recordBar

1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO

For event details visit: facebook.com/womenforwomenkansascity