'Rocktails' Authors to Host Music-Inspired Fashion Show and Concert This Week at Urban Artifact

Local musicians Maya Banatwala and Kristen Kreft's Cincinnati Rocktails Fashion Show this Friday will feature music-themed drinks, looks and books, plus live music from Cincinnati bands Fickle Hellcat and Isabelle Helle and the Hell’s Bells

click to enlarge Maya Banatwala and Kristen Kreft - PHOTO: SCOTT BESELER
Photo: Scott Beseler
Maya Banatwala and Kristen Kreft
Heavy Hinges singer Maya Banatwala and Kristen Kreft, leader of The Perfect Children, are hosting a special event Friday to promote their Rocktails book series, which features original drink recipes inspired by and dedicated to a variety of local and international musical acts. Friday’s book signing/cocktail party/concert will take place at Urban Artifact (1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, artifactbeer.com) and will take the pair’s creative music-inspired artistry to another realm — fashion.

The Cincinnati Rocktails Fashion Show will showcase designs based on artists featured in the latest Rocktails book. Kintimit Costumes and Mitchell’s Salon will be helping 27 models show off the designs.

The event kicks off at 9 p.m. with a performance from Cincinnati rockers Fickle Hellcat, whose leader, Rachel Maxann, is also modeling during the fashion show. Fickle Hellcat’s self-titled debut is set for release early next month. The fashion show is slated to begin at 10 p.m. and will be followed by a set from Garage Pop newcomers Isabelle Helle and the Hell’s Bells. Both of the bands performing Friday will have special cocktails in their honor — made with Urban Artifact’s craft beer — that will be served at the show.

For more on the Rocktails books — and Kreft and Banatwala’s Rocktails pop-up events — visit americanrocktails.com. Here's a cool overview of the project:

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