Louder She Said: Turn It Up! Fundraiser at The Echoplex Amped up the Volume for Women in Music

left to right: Nina Diaz, Adele Bertei, Drew Arriola Sands, Alice Bag, DJ diA and Solvej Schou – just some of the performers who gathered on stage at the end of the show in solidarity for Turn It Up!

Turn It Up!, the newly formed Los Angeles-based organization which advocates for parity for women in the music industry, held its first large benefit show last Sunday at the Echoplex to raise funds for its educational and advocacy work. Gender parity in the music business is needed for women and others typically excluded from the industry, and all the platforms of visibility and behind the scenes: studios, airplay, bookings, media coverage, etc.

The benefit’s performers represented a wide range of women in rock; musicians and djs: Alice Bag (Alice Bag Band), Phranc, Nina Diaz (Girl in a Coma, solo), Lisa Kekula (The Bellrays), Drew Arriola Sands (Trap Girl), DJ diA, DJ Mukta Mohan, Adele Bertei (Contortions, Bloods), Kristine Nevrose (The Tissues); Annie, Nadine and Dewie of The Groans, Solvej Schou, Sharon Needles (Betty Blowtorch), Abby Travis (Sumo Princess), Gere Fennelly, Tosha Jones (The Randies) and Blare Bitch (Betty Blowtorch).

(Click on each gallery image to learn more about each performer.)

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About Judy Ornelas Sisneros

I am a native Californian, born and raised in Bakersfield and eventually escaping to San Jose then San Francisco where I spent every free moment in punk and post-punk culture spaces before heading to LA permanently in 1989. I have also spent major time as an AIDS and queer street activist, which today along with my passion for punk/alternative music still informs my personal and social life. I love photography, film and playing punk/post-punk stuff on the bass. My LA Beat contributions are usually photos that give a glimpse into the vibrant art and music scene that makes Los Angeles such an amazing city to live in today.
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