Women- and Trans-Led Bands at Darkwave Festival

West Coast Women's Darkwave Festival

West Coast Women's Darkwave Festival 2017 (Photo: Courtesy of Darkwave Festival)

Why are women- and trans-led bands so rare in the world of rock and pop? We don’t know, but here’s a way to support both women and trans musicians swimming upstream against the macho current in the river of punk and dark wave: the West Coast Women’s Darkwave Festival in Oakland. The sound engineers, the lighting techs, even the vendors in the goth mall will be women or trans. Featured bands include the Bay Area’s Ink Bats, the legendary Portland band Arctic Flowers, Chicago’s Scary Lady Sarah and many more. And don’t forget your ear protection — it will be loud. Details here.

Women- and Trans-Led Bands at Darkwave Festival 25 October,2017Cy Musiker


Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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