Turn It UP! This new women’s collective hosts its first public event, a fundraising concert on Sunday, July 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. at The Echoplex.
The line-up includes Solvej Schou, Phranc, and The Groans. It will also be the debut of the Turn It Up! House Band, featuring bassist Abby Travis (Sumo Princess), drummer Tosha Jones (the Randies), keyboardist Gere Fennelly (Redd Kross), and guitarists Blare Bitch and Sharon Needles (both from Betty Blowtorch), with vocalists Lisa Kekaula (Bellrays), Nina Diaz (Girl in a Coma), Drew Arriola Sands (TrapGirl), Kristine Nevrose (the Tissues), Alice Bag, and Adele Bertei. DJs diA Hakinna and Mukta Mohan will woman the turntables. Valecia Phillips of KPFK’s Feminist Magazine Radio hosts. Swag available at the merch table!
TURN IT UP! is a collective of women working towards gender parity in music. They advocate for equal airplay, media coverage, and industry employment of groups historically and structurally excluded from the business and institutions of music-making. Their members include musicians, DJs, journalists, artists, and scholars. Turn It Up! hosted their first event, a private mixer, in February, 2019. In June they launched the Turn It Up! Hall of Fame, an inclusive tribute to game-changing musical artists. The Echoplex show will raise money for their educational and advocacy work. Tickets for the all-ages show are $10. For more information about Turn It Up!, including their femifesto, visit their website or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The LA Beat’s Lucretia Tye Jasmine is on the steering committee of Turn It Up! LTJ will be videotaping the event, and interviewing anyone who wants to talk about activism through music.