08/23/2004 AT 9:00 AM ET
Not content just on the big screen, actresses Jada Pinkett Smith and Juliette Lewis were moonlighting as rock stars over the weekend, as their respective bands helped open the new Hard Rock Cafe inside Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
“I’m about to unleash some serious energy,” Old School star Lewis, 31, told the Associated Press just before her punk-rock performance with her band, Juliette and the Licks, which played to hundreds of invitees and a handful of Hollywood celebs.
“I’m surprised,” actress Chloe Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry, The Brown Bunny) said of Pinkett Smith’s performance with her band, Wicked Wisdom. “She’s quite good. I like her hair.”
Before commanding the microphone, Collateral star Pinkett Smith, 32, officially christened the new Hard Rock by smashing a guitar on the red carpet. Then smashing it again. And one last time, until it was obliterated.
Lewis, dressed in a Catwoman-like outfit, channeled the forces of Iggy Pop and Grace Jones, says AP.
“I put all my sexual energy into music,” said Lewis, who, with her band, can next be seen in October at the New Orleans Voodoo Music Experience.