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Janna Willoughby isn't a vegan. In fact, nobody in the Bloodthirsty Vegans is a vegan.

"You don't have to be a vegan," Willoughby says. "You just have to be bloodthirsty."

Also known — with a healthy dose of irony — as MC Vendetta, Willoughby sports two eyebrow rings and a smile as she explains the origins of the band. Started in a Unitarian church, the name "Bloodthirsty Vegans" was conceived by kids in the church choir, because they thought it sounded cool. Hence the lax attitude toward the eating habits of its members.

Willoughby's musical history, though, goes back way further than the Bloodthirsty Vegans, which she joined only last year.

"I started writing poetry when I was 5," she says, describing how she used to see poems as pictures, then draw the words as she saw them. "It's kinda weird. It comes from somewhere else. It's freaky."

She started performing her poetry when she was 12 and, at a friend's suggestion, began rapping in college. That was when she came up with her MC Vendetta alter ego.

"We just thought it was funny," she says, "and that people would know it was a joke." But alas, MC Vendetta's audience took her seriously, and Willoughby started an unlikely hip-hop career.

The Bloodthirsty Vegans play a combination of rock, hip-hop and ska (what Willoughby describes as skip-hop). "It's the most fun band in the universe," Willoughby says, scientifically proven, by science."

The group is scheduled to perform during the Mixed Bag, which begins at 7 p.m. July 25 at Burnwood (885 Niagara St.); the Lawn Disco, from 7 to 10 p.m. July 26 at Ol' Wondermoth (208 North St.), and at the Gathering of the Rhymes, at 9 p.m. July 30 at Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). - The Buffalo News


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The BloodThirsty Vegans is an inter generational band (with musicians from 20 to 60 years of age). The two main vocalists are rappers "My Rap Name is Alex" and "Vendetta" a male/female dynamic duo of unquestionable microphone prowess with hundreds of shows under their belts (from poetry to solo shows to band shows).

The BloodThirsty Vegans can certainly jam, but their extensive catalog of originals tend to mix and blend established genres and focus on tightness rather than rely solely on improvisation. The BloodThirsty Vegans will launch into rock, blues, reggae, hip hop or whatever music feels good and gets people dancing. Our lyrics celebrate love and light and life and the high art of enjoying yourself and building human connections and building a better tomorrow.

The BloodThirsty Vegans maintain their own website at www.BloodThirstyVegans.com and also have pages at http://www.myspace.com/bloodthirstyvegans and
http://www.facebook.com/bloodthirstyvegans