Metal Stiletto takes the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre stage Oct. 25, paying homage to the great female rockers of the ’60s onward. (Photo submitted)

A tribute to female rock icons

They’re some of the most influential icons in rock n’ roll, creating the genre’s timeless tunes

They’re some of the most influential icons in rock n’ roll, creating tunes as timeless as the genre itself.

Metal Stiletto, comprised of three powerhouse vocalists and a striking five-piece band, pays homage to female rock legends at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Oct. 26.

The group brings together Cathy-Ann (Cat) Wells as Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Melissa Etheridge; Vicky Nish as Alanis Morissette, Pat Benatar and Stevie Nicks; and Niki Martinus as Chrissie Hynde.

Wells has made a name for herself with her blues band PHAT Betty having opened for the likes of ZZ Top and Trooper.

Although Nish’s true strength and passion is R&B, she made her mark in the rock band Rhythm Method where she honed her Morissette impression. Nish also sings backups and leads in Rann Berry’s Rhythm and Soul Review to rave reviews.

Martinus is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, harmonica) and powerful vocalist who joined Metal Stiletto in the capacity of a backup singer but is expanding and developing her tributes.

Wells, Nish and Martinus are backed by equally talented musicians to round out the Metal Stiletto team.

The band is comprised of bass guitarist Cam Ward, a long-time Okanagan resident with infectious bass lines; drummer Chris (Dead Dog) Ferguson, who has played in tributes in Winnipeg before relocating to Kelowna; keyboards and backing vocalist Leo Ilomin Jr, a Kelowa music teacher; lead guitarist Randy (Rangus) Randle with over 45 years of playing experience; and rhythm guitarist Garry (Blind Dog Guido) Grosso of Coldstream, who brings his deep Chicago blues tradition.

Metal Stiletto is an act to watch, as they continuously develop their style and add new artists and tributes.

Tickets to Metal Stiletto are available for $39 all seats from the Ticket Seller, 250-549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca. Show at 7:30 p.m.

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