BENEFIT FOR INTERFAITH WORKS: BIKINI KILL, MECCA NORMAL – SOLD OUT
SATURDAY, MARCH 14 – SOLD OUT
7:00PM Doors / 8:00PM Show
$25 GA & OFS
All ages w/ 21+ lounge
Limit four (4) tickets per purchase
General Admission tickets available Friday, December 13 at 9am PST
Bikini Kill is a feminist punk band that was based in Olympia, WA and Washington, DC, forming in 1990 and breaking up in 1997. Kathleen Hanna sang, Tobi Vail played drums, Billy Karren (a.k.a. Billy Boredom) played guitar and Kathi Wilcox played bass. Sometimes they switched instruments. Bikini Kill is credited with instigating the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 90’s via their political lyrics, zines and confrontational live show. The band started touring in June 1991. In addition to touring the US several times, they also toured Europe, Australia and Japan. Bikini Kill recorded and released a demo tape, two EP’s, two LP’s and three singles. Their demo tape was self-released, while their first two records came out as a full length CD/Tape and their singles were posthumously collected on CD.
Bikini Kill believed that if all girls started bands the world would change. They actively encouraged women and girls to start bands as a means of cultural resistance. Bikini Kill was inspired by seeing Babes in Toyland play live and attempted to incite female participation and build feminist community via the punk scene. They used touring as a way to create an underground network between girls who played music, put on shows and made fanzines. This independent media making and informal network created a forum for multiple female voices to be heard.
Bikini Kill reunited in the Spring of 2019 with original members Kathleen, Kathi, and Tobi who were joined live by Erica Dawn Lyle. They sold out multiple shows in Los Angeles, NYC, and London as well as headlining Riot Fest in Chicago.
Interfaith Works, founded in 1945, is a non-profit coalition made up of 32 diverse faith communities in Thurston County. Interfaith Works homeless services is one of the primary service providers for single adults and couples without dependent children living with extremely complex challenges related to their physical and mental health. IW is the only shelter/homeless services program that explicitly prioritizes women and LGBTQ+ adults in our community. We always aim to hire people who reflect the experiences of our guests, so, like our shelter guests, the majority of our staff have lived experience with mental health and substance use challenges, homelessness, poverty, and are trauma survivors. At our 42-bed nightly shelter we specifically screen in the people who have been left out of all other services. Our ideal guest is over 50 years old, meets the federal definition for “chronic homelessness”, is living with a permanent disability either physical or mental health related or both, and living with severe, persistent substance use challenges. We are a high access shelter which means that we serve all genders, allow pets, we allow couples to stay together, we don’t require ID, and we focus on building relationship and trust aimed to create an environment of community safety. We have moved over 200 people into permanent housing since we’ve opened and served over 1700 unique individuals in 5 years. We are on the front lines of a daily response to a national crisis, and one of the most complex and polarizing issues facing our community today. We are dedicated to working with all people, businesses, and organizations to make our community safer, and give everyone the opportunity to thrive.
List of items we will gladly accept for donations night of the show:
Light or medium machine washable blankets (new or gently used ok)
Twin size sheets (new or gently used ok)
Socks (new or gently used ok)
Gloves (new or gently used ok)
Hats (new or gently used ok)
Adult clothing or all seasons, types, sizes, genders, etc. (new or gently used ok)
Menstrual supplies — all kinds (new only)