Bella's back! Valley punk-pop trio reunites for one show

By Niki D’Andrea

The local garage rock babes of Bella have decided to reunite for one show, on Thursday, May 1, at The Rogue.

For those not familiar with Bella (not to be confused with the Canadian band of the same name), the trio was one of the most celebrated indie rock acts in the city. From their inception in 2002 until they decided to split in 2005 (singer/guitarist Natalie Espinosa already had another band, Huskies, up and running), Bella built a solid fan base around its high-energy live shows and had garnered interest from some indie labels. Alas, the band’s last album, Hope and Wait (recorded at Flying Blanket Studios by Bob Hoag), was never released. Bella played their last show at the 2005 New Times New Music Showcase, and writer Brendan Joel Kelley lamented the loss of such a great local band.

Two-thirds of Bella -- bassist Kristi Wimmer and drummer Jency Johnson-Rogers -- are still in Phoenix, but Espinosa moved to Brooklyn. The three have remained on good terms, allowing for Bella’s first show since their 2005 Showcase gig. Old fans and newbies alike should not miss this show!

Bella performs on Thursday, May 1, at The Rogue Bar. Show time is 9:30 p.m., and admission costs $3.

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