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Von Iva live at Ravari Room Saturday


Don't expect not to dance.
By Jon Theiss
Published: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 1:24 PM EST


Famous for their in-your-face, sex-kitten-on-PCP stage presence, the ladies of Von Iva have no qualms about letting it all hang out during their live shows.

Lead singer Jillian Iva is confident that their performance at the Ravari Room on Saturday will have even the most blasé hipsters movin’ and shakin’. Speaking over the phone from their tour van in Florida, she vowed that people “can expect a bombastic, fantastic love-music experience,” adding, “If anyone comes out expecting not to dance—we will squash their expectations.”

Von Iva, an all-female three-piece from Los Angeles, also includes Becky Kupersmith on synth and Kelly Harris on drums.

Iva said the band’s performance style is based on the type of concert she would want to see—a high-energy, balls-to-the-wall rock show.

“This is my first band—(my performance style) is something I worked into,” she said. “But I was at the point where I could either be timid or…just go for it.”

The band’s bio makes it clear that Iva chose the latter approach.

“Jillian really loves to crawl around on things and get on top of the speaker cabs or my kick drum,” the bio quotes Harris as saying.

To which Kupersmith adds: “(Jillian) is sexual, she doesn’t give a fuck, and she takes command of the stage and the audience.”

While onstage, Iva said, she doesn’t get ruffled when she hears insults hurled by men who think rock ’n’ roll should be a boy’s club.

“I mean, if you get all riled up, it just makes it worse,” she said.

So how does she cope? “Just dismissing them with a few words is usually what happens. The male ego can be a very delicate thing. As long as they don’t try to touch the goods, we’ll be fine.”

But other male patrons of a certain variety think these stylista rockers really do belong on a stage, if not on a pedestal.

“Jillian is a total gay-man icon,” said Kupersmith—and Iva couldn’t be more flattered by the attention.

“I think it’s fabulous,” she said. “I have a lot of gay male friends, so I don’t view it like I’m a diva deity. Naturally gay men gravitate toward strong female personalities.”

Strong personalities? Check. A quick peek at Von Iva YouTube videos and you’ll see what we mean.