i'm singing in this show w/ conspiracy of venus - it's our season finale! we're honored to be a part of this special event, the 4th anniversary of womenrock! this is a bay area women's music collective that i've been a part of for four years, so it's exciting to come together for this occasion. also, it's the choir's season finale, and we think there's no better way to end our season than to sing on a bill w/ so many other amazing women. please come, enjoy yourself, & show your support for women in music. last but not least, this is a seaweedsway event as well, as i'm helping to organize & promote the show. thus, i have tickets to sell service charge free if you'd like to go (or even if you can't go.) thanks! xo jessie
The National Organization of Women (NOW) with BISS Entertainment, Bay Vibes & Seaweed Sway Presents:
WomenROCK's 4th Anniversary Celebration!
Stripmall Architecture, *bernadette*, Conspiracy of Venus and ZIVA
with a burlesque performance by the Cheese Puffs, Spoken Word by Scorpio Blues,
SHEketch comedy from PianoFight's Monday Night ForePlays
& dance party with DJ Kipp Glass
Hosted by: Another Planet Entertainment
WHEN: Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 7:30PM
WHERE: THE INDEPENDENT 628 Divisidero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.
www.theindependentsf.com , (415) 771-1421
The Independent is a 21+ venue and is wheelchair accessible.
WHO: Stripmall Architecture, *bernadette*, Conspiracy of Venus, and ZIVA
TICKETS: $12 Advance/$14 at the door.
San Francisco, CA (Wednesday, June 16th, 2010) – WomenROCK, a women’s music collective and movement, founded in San Francisco, now a national network of women, will celebrate four years of empowering female artists in the music industry at local, national and international levels, while bringing awareness and raising funds for important causes.
Four years ago, co-founders, *bernadette*, Valerie Orth, Lisa Sniderman, Sylvia Roberts, Kristin Hathaway, Zarah Gamaldi, Jessie Woletz, Melissa Rapp, Nomi Adiv, Nkechi Live, Vanessa Verlee, Eva Jo Meyers, Marianne Barlow, Abigail Picache and others never expected that the small gathering in a Victorian flat on Ashbury Street in the Haight District of San Francisco would’ve taken such a vital life and role in their accelerated actualization of their individual dreams to play music. Collectively, these women have created a movement that is redefining the possibilities for women and girls in the music industry.
Since their inception, WomenROCK has presented monthly showcase performances, special one-off shows, and has fundraised for numerous local Bay Area and national organizations including IMPACT Bay Area, Breast Cancer Action, Blue Bear School of Music, Women's Community Clinic, American Diabetes Association, Missing Persons and many more…
“If Thom Yorke and his super-group, Radiohead can single-handedly take on the music industry and re-create as entrepeneurs, a new business model in the music industry, so can the women of WomenROCK! says the celebration's organizer, musician, activist and WomenROCK visionary, *bernadette*." We as women, who are under-represented in the music industry, are taking it upon ourselves to work together to create a new, enterprising model of visibility, access and self-enfranchisement. We are organizing ourselves to work together to showcase our creative endeavors, talents, intellect, business savvy and penchant for community-building and activism, whilst creating self-sustaining, quality, alternative lifestyles.
"[Music] is not an easy place for women and yet it's also the place where freedom supposedly lives in our culture," said Ann Powers, New York Times senior pop music critic. Women make up less than ten percent of the music industry and less than six percent in executive, producer or engineer roles. Many of the women who are readily seen in music are over-sexualized and objectified, leaving little room for the ‘real women’ to reside, thrive and excel worldwide. As a new rocker to the scene, becoming a rock n’ roller at the age of 34,*bernadette* emphasizes that ‘Our intention is to become executors of our own destiny where the alchemy of freedom and dreams collide and reside in sanctity and success.’ She is joined by Israeli rocker, ZIVA the diva, the impressive 40 person women’s a’capella choir (band), Conspiracy of Venus and Indie rocker, Rebecca Coseboom of Stripmall Architecture- a band closely modeled after Thom Yorke’s inspirational footprint. “We recognize that we are not competing with one another but that we are working together to showcase what each of our groups offer in our unique identities and it’s working.” The showcase is at San Francisco’s premier venue, The Independent, one of Another Planet Entertainment’s thriving rock clubs. A show not to be missed!
Women make up less than ten percent of the music industry and less than six percent in executive, producer or engineer roles. Many of the women who are readily seen in music are over-sexualized and objectified, leaving little room for the ‘real women’ to reside, thrive and excel worldwide. “We are taking it upon ourselves to work together to create a new, enterprising model of visibility, access and self-enfranchisement. We are organizing ourselves to work together to showcase our creative endeavors, talents, intellect, business savvy and penchant for community-building and activism, whilst creating self-sustaining, quality, alternative lifestyles.” says the celebration’s organizer, musician, activist, and WomenROCK visionary, *bernadette*.
For this, their fourth anniversary celebration, WomenROCK is honored to have the continued sponsorship of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States for this special four-year celebration. NOW takes action to bring women into full participation in society — sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination. NOW stands against all oppression, recognizing that racism, sexism and homophobia are interrelated, and that other forms of oppression such as classism and ableism together keep power and privilege concentrated in the hands of a few.
Of special interest: ASL Interpretation of each of the band performances will be provided as well as a live broadcast of the show on http://realize2actualize.ning.
In addition, there will be many community sponsors available onsite to resource- share with show-goers.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Stripmall Architecture (http://stripmallarchitecture.com
“Stripmall Architecture is hook-heavy dreamy pop from the Bay Area.”
As members of San Francisco’s celebrated Halou, Ryan and Rebecca Coseboom built up a remarkable body of material and worked with a wide range of iconoclastic artists including DJ Shadow (on his infamousRadiohead remix), Low, Cocteau Twins guitarist Robin Guthrie, and the Velvet Underground’s John Cale. When Halou came to an end after a US tour with indie legend Bob Mould, they regrouped quickly and launched their new project, Stripmall Architecture with guitarist Tim Hingston and drummer Patrick Harte. Now, in 2010, Stripmall Architecture have released their second album, Feathersongs for Factory Girls, entirely funded by their dedicated fanbase across the US and the globe.
Conspiracy of Venus (http://conspiracyofvenus.com)
“Conspiracy of Venus, an all female San Francisco based choir, reinterprets
contemporary songs through intricate a cappella orchestration."
Conspiracy of Venus (CoV) is a diverse women's community activist a cappella group based in San Francisco. Under the artistic direction of Joyce Todd McBride, the ensemble is being hailed as a groundbreaking musical experience--who can argue with 40 women taking the stage and singing their hearts out? McBride's daring and inventive arrangements and their dazzling rendition by the singers offer a unique take on songs ranging from the classic (Joni Mitchell's “Big Yellow Taxi”) to the cutting-edge (Bjork's “Possibly Maybe”). Their repertoire also includes works by Bill Withers, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Roger Miller. Conspiracy of Venus has played to sold out crowds in some of the best venues of the city, including Palace of Fine Arts, one of San Francisco’s most impressive venues. The choir is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before in a rock and roll “band”!
“Ziva’s enthralling voice soars through a room, captivating her audience with a pop-rock sensibility and soulful depth.”
Israeli-born, Ziva grew up on a small kibbutz, where she began her musical journey playing the cello, saxophone, and singing in the local choir. Becoming increasingly drawn to jazz and R&B music of the United States, she soon found herself as lead singer in a funk band, becoming a local sensation. After serving in the military and attending the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, she relocated to sunny California where her American dreaming is becoming a thriving phenomenon not only in her musical performance but also her organizational skills with WomenROCK and her new endeavor as producer and promoter of the newly formed Bay Vibes.
“ *bernadette* is Edgy, Americana Folk Rock. ‘Soulful Angst’- Bonnie Raitt meets Courtney Love.”
*bernadette* is taking the stage by storm with her vibrant musical presence and unique vocal sound. She writes heartfelt, sultry songs that encapsulate the essence of San Francisco's timeless sound with a 60's sensibility and authentic purity. Hailing from San Francisco, *bernadette* has played the Grand Rooms of San Francisco- The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, The Independent, Slim's, Bottom of the Hill, Café Du Nord and festivals around the Bay, playing across the United States as well as touring Europe. Backed by co-conspirator, Garrin Benfield on guitar, the two harmonize and play together akin to Gillian Welch & David Rawlings but with a brutally honest, soul-baring live performance. *bernadette* is the visionary and one of the co-founders of WomenROCK as well as running the thriving Box Factory art, community and culture space and a co-producer of one of the largest festivals in San Francisco, Power to the Peaceful.