The Insiders: There’s a whole lot of jamming going on in Concord
Head down to Everett Arena this afternoon for a double feature of badass babes on wheels! That may sound like a grindhouse movie marathon, but it’s actually Granite State Roller Derby’s first event of the season. In the opening bout, GSRD’s two new home teams, the Fighting Finches and the Demolition Dames, square off. That exciting matchup is followed by Concord’s own Legislashers taking on the ladies from Mass Attack Roller Derby. We caught up with GSRD president Jess Enis (who assured us she ascended to that role via an election and not a series of hip checks) to learn a bit more about the derby world.
Your nickname is Enis Fly Trap. How do you integrate the techniques and philosophies of a Venus fly trap into your bouts?
“My intro is ‘She devours her opponents whole. . .’ If you are a jammer and I set my eyes on you, good luck getting past me; I will hit you out again and again.”
What is it like being part of this particular team?
“We are like a big family. With most sport teams, there is competitiveness; in derby, there are so many elements . . . that everyone has a place. What I love about derby is we hit the hell out of each other on the track and then we go have a beer.”
Enis pointed us to an online roller derby name generator, which informed us our derby names would be BendOver OndaWarpath and BetUr Contentious. Look out for us!
Today’s bouts start at 5 p.m. at Everett Arena. Tickets are $10 each or two for $15. For more information, visit
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Elsewhere, 14-year-old ukulele wunderkind Juliana Cable performs at True Brew Barista at 2 p.m. Cable told us she has no regrets about getting into the music business at such a young age.
“There’s a lot of people, including some of my own family members, that told me that the idea of becoming a working musician at the age of 14 was absolutely ridiculous,” Cable said. “If I had listened to them, I wouldn’t have had some of the most amazing experiences of my life so far in the past year. That being said, if you want to do something, do it. Don’t listen to the naysayers.” For more information, visit
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