Tempestuous singer Jesika von Rabbit promises to drill earworms at Tucson performance

Dubbed the “Queen of the Hi-Desert,” Jesika von Rabbit is a pop artist with the moxie to take the musical risks that most mainstream pop princesses fight shy away from. She performs along with the Grundles, her Willy Wonka-esque dancers artistically
interpreting the set with an assemblage of waggish costumes and vaudevillian skits

A thunderbolt to behold, von Rabbit previously fronted Joshua Tree, Calif., act Gram Rabbit. She has shared stages with Cat Power, the Crystal Method, and Wanda Jackson, toured with the Eagles of Death Metal, and has released two solo albums: “Dessert Rock” (Dionysus Records, 2018) and “Journey Mitchell” (Royal Order, 2015), to critical acclaim.

Von Rabbit and her band will take the stage in Tucson on Saturday night.

Music veteran Lee Joseph, von Rabbit’s long-time bassist, said, “Jesika von Rabbit — indie rock ethic meets eighties pop sensation — will overwhelm your senses with an artfully composed set full of eye candy, ear candy, and a good poke in the ribs.”

Joseph, originally from Tucson, is a music historian/archivist, radio personality, club DJ, and founder of Dionysus Records. He is an erstwhile member of seminal local bands: Jonny Sevin (’80s punk/new wave) and garage rock/psychedelic revivalists Yard Trauma.

“Mind-bending, sexy, weird, medicated, and endearing,” von Rabbit is currently hard at work on her third album.

Jesika von Rabbit is scheduled to perform on Saturday at Blondie’s, with openers Basside.