The Beat Recommends: Turn It Up! All-Star Girl Power Concert at the Echoplex this Sunday

Turn It Up! swag graphics by Solvej Schou, logo by DJ diA Hakinna

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:

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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. 

Lucretia Tye Jasmine

About Lucretia Tye Jasmine

Wild interests and an inclination to rage against the machine with a flair that could equal the groupies and rock stars who fascinate her, writer and artist from Kentucky, Lucretia Tye Jasmine, earned an MFA from CalArts (2006), and a BFA from Tisch (University Honors Scholar, 1988). Alien She, the Museum of Broken Relationships Hollywood, the Fales Special Collections Library at NYU, the Getty Center, Joanie 4 Jackie, MoPOP, the New York Times, and The Punk Museum Los Angeles have featured her work. Recent publications include essays in "Women Who Rock: From Bessie to Beyoncé, Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl," edited by Evelyn McDonnell (2018), and "Let It Bleed: How To Write A Rockin' Memoir," edited by Pamela Des Barres (2017), with online writing for Please Kill Me, Medium, and PRISM international. Current projects are the oral history mixtape zines: "riot grrrl Los Angeles 1992-1995," and "The Groupie Gospels."
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