Sit and Spin, 441-9484, $10 noon-1 a.m. Sat., Sept. 29
THE IDEA OF "starving artists" is unfortunately not just an idea for many in the creative communities. Without any sort of structured system to provide health care, affordable and accessible substance abuse recovery options, retirement funds, and crisis relief, the artistically inclined often end up shelving their talents in order to simply survive. MusiCares, established in 1989, strives to help musicians and those involved in the industry continue their work by providing those services in times of trouble. That nonprofit should get a boost this week from an all-day show put on by GoGirlsMusic.com. A grassroots, member-run, Web-hosted organization, GoGirlsMusic provides support and promotion to women in music. Local singer/songwriter and GoGirls member Susan Robkin is coordinating Saturday's event, featuring 10 local acts playing 14 sets; 10 daytime, all-ages performances and four headliners for the nighttime 21-and-over shows.
Kellee Bradley (noon-12:30 p.m.) Dedicated to Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, and the Carpenters, Bradley's self-released The Season is warm, adult-contemporary folk. Fans of traditional Irish standards will be pleased with Bradley's version of "Bold Fenian Men." Last month, Bradley opened for John Mellencamp at the Gorge.
Bangover (12:45-1:15 p.m.) Hook-heavy female-fronted groove rock for fans of '80s rock chicks, Southern rock guitar riffs, and lots of bottom-heavy bass.
Murder of Crows (1:30-2 p.m.) Where Black Sabbath meets black lipstick, the dark and heavy rock of Murder of Crows is led by the Siouxsie-inspired vocals of J Kovach. Their recently released Under the Flesh should make plenty of fans in the goth-and-metal underworld.
Hand to Mouth (2:15-2:45 p.m.) No information available.
Susan Robkin (3-3:30 p.m.) Robkin's folk-rooted longing songs have garnered attention from MTV (two were included in the 10th season of Road Rules), AEI Music, and the Pacific Northwest branch of the Recording Academy. Owing as much to Annie Lennox as Sarah McLachlan, Robkin's whispery, gravel-road vocals are perfectly suited for VH1-style hits.
Honey Tongue (3:45-4:15 p.m.) Blues-based guitar rock with hints of Eddie Vedder's strain, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, and a more mature Fiona Apple.
Mary Lydia Ryan (4:15-5 p.m.) No information available.
JR (5:15-5:55 p.m.) No information available.
Quistaday (6:10-6:50 p.m.) Liz Aday and Chad Quist (get it? Quistaday) create poppy moments out of keyboard samples and soothing vocals. Fans of Pat Benatar might get a kick out of the slightly goofy track "GIANT," an accolade to the '80s star, which goes "Black vinyl, blue butterfly, big letters/I recognize/she's singing to me."
Radio Star (7-7:40 p.m.) It's hard to escape a comparison to Ani Difranco when dealing with an all-female lineup, but with Radio Star's Jennifer Savage, the parallel is justified. Rolling acoustic guitars and a breathless stream of ranting vocals put Radio Star in line with Difranco and other like-minded and energetic coffee house divas.
Hand to Mouth (9-9:45 p.m.) 21-and-over show, see above.
Mary Lydia Ryan (10-10:45 p.m.) 21-and-over show.
Susan Robkin (11-11:45 p.m.) 21-and-over show, see above.
Honey Tongue (midnight-12:45 a.m.) 21-and-over show, see above.
KEEPING HOME ALIVE ALIVE
Since 1993, in the wake of the still-unsolved murder of local musician Mia Zapata, Home Alive has struggled against violence by providing Seattle area residents with self-defense classes, workshops, and public education. Recently hit with the same financial hardships that many non- and for-profit activists have faced, Home Alive will soon make the transition from a staff-run to a volunteer-driven project. Over the coming months, Home Alive will need to pare down their classes and workshops. They may also need to vacate their office spaces, which will leave the organization without a venue to hold its events. Volunteers, founding members, and instructors remain hopeful that their work will continue, but they are looking to the community now, more than ever, for financial support.
In October, Home Alive will host a one-day conference aimed at youth, music, and anti-racist endeavors called "Culture Jamming: The Revolution Will Have a Beat." The day-long event will include a discussion led by a former KKK member and a workshop focusing on creating strong music-based networks, and will culminate with a rock show at the Vera Project's temporary home, Local 46. This event is emblematic of the work that Home Alive strives to complete. The organizers believe music can create space for thoughtfulness and introspection and eventually lead to positive change.
If you'd like to find out how you can help Home Alive to continue working toward their goals, visit www.homealive.org.