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Riot Now: Bay Area Women Making Music in a Post-Riot Girl Era

September 15, 2013 @ 11:00 pm – 12:30 am
Rock, Paper, Scissors
2278 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612


Riot Now: Bay Area Women Making Music in a Post-Riot Grrrl Era
Sunday, September 15, 4pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective
2278 Telegraph Ave.
The early nineties witnessed an explosion of all girl bands, zines and general rock culture that constituted an angry and spirited response to the male-dominated, and often sexist, rock music industry. Bands like Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland, Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy and L7 broke new ground for women in music, questioning pervasive stereotypes of both those terms, while giving rise to a new breed of “riot grrrl” feminism that addressed not just sexism in music, but larger cultural issues of identity, politics and activism.

Twenty years later, much has changed and much remains the same. On the one hand, the riot grrrls of the 90s have left a lasting legacy in programs like nationwide Girls Rock Camps, which have gone far in making young girl rockers the norm and not the exception. Meanwhile though, most elements of the Bay Area music ecosystem (venues, promotors, media, recording studios) remain male dominated.

This panel, made up of a cross section of Bay Area artists, promoters and industry professionals seeks to interrogate the question of where we are today as women in music, what successes we have made and what have yet to address.


Antonette Goroch, Musician (Super Natural, Liesl’s Wet Dress, Amazon Mollies), Consultant, Exec. Dir Art Beat Foundation (Moderator)

Kiyomi Tanouye, Exec. Producer, Mission Creek Oakland

Michele Kappel-Stone, Musician (Laura Benitez & the Heartache, Tippy Canoe, Kirby Grips), Agent Stone & Company, Talent Buyer, Starry Plough

Melissa Kilkuskie, Musician (Cave Clove) Minora Majora Presents

Whitney Phaneuf, Music Editor, East Bay Express

Zola Goodrich, Musician (Bam!Bam!)

Eleanor Thibeaux, Audio Engineer, WaveGroup Sound