‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Is Everything but a Horror
In addition to the screening, local rockers Annie Dukes will perform. The Jacksonville-based, female-led band is looking forward to the show, especially because of the film.
“‘Rocky Horror’ has no boundaries. It is inclusive, sexy, edgy and all around an experience. We love that this movie really embodies owning your individualism and uniqueness,” band members said. “As a band, we always want to represent all those things so it is a huge honor to open the night.”
The members of Annie Dukes pride themselves on their live performances as it not only gives them a chance to share their music, but also gives them a chance to connect with their audience. And what better show than Rocky Horror Picture Show to do just that. “We are most looking forward to being home off tour and walking onto the iconic stage of the Florida Theatre to see a crowd as intense as ‘Rocky Horror’ fans,” they shared. “For Annie Dukes, this will be the most epic homecoming we’ve ever had!” They’re even throwing in a little Halloween-inspired song for the occasion.
MEET THE Annie Dukes
Today we’d like to introduce you to Annie Dukes. Them and their team share their story with us below:
Annie Dukes came together over a mutual friend’s passing. Both Cassidy and Emma had solo careers playing and touring Northeast Florida. The band came together quickly and unexpectedly. After the first couple of shows, the girls knew they had something together worth pursuing. Within the first six months of shows, the band landed direct support slots with artists like Nita Strauss and Blacktop Mojo.
Meeting Mike Monahan in 2021 the trio lineup was complete and the band formed the sound you hear today on their latest release, “The Fog”. The music started to evolve after a heavy year of touring. Bringing Callie on for the last tour of 2022, added three-part harmony and keys/rhythm guitar into the mix, completing their sound.
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Meet Cassidy Barden
We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Cassidy Barden
Cassidy , looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. Can you open up about a risk you’ve taken – what it was like taking that risk, why you took the risk and how it turned out?
As a whole, Annie Dukes in the beginning was a huge risk. Both Cassidy and Emma were at points in their lives where they had pursued music for so long, they were thinking about stepping away for good. After a mutual friends passing, the two women came together and found their passion for music again. Being both vocalists who occasionally played guitar, they picked up the electric guitar and bass and dove into learning the instruments to form Annie Dukes sound. The songwriting happened immediately which was a huge help to forward their progress of really honing in on the direction of the band. Adding Mike Monahan and Callie Johns into the mix, the band solidified themselves by releasing their latest EP and touring heavily last year and into 2023. It was absolutely a risk worth taking.