Seattle's CARA (Communities Against Rape & Abuse) recently kicked off a new season of Ladies First, the monthly series that features musical performers of all genres to benefit the organization and provide a platform for emerging women artists. Since Erika Hobart penned this article about its revival almost two years ago, Ladies First has blossomed into an intimate, welcoming and sophisticated evening of music that has helped cultivate a fan base for and propel local acts like THEESatisfaction and Toni Hill, all within the important context of allying with and supporting women who fight against domestic violence and abuse of women in communities of color.
This Saturday, local punk quartet NighTrain will perform, and based on their music video for their song "The Diss"-- which features, in one frame, a shirtless man on a leash--they should bring a searing new sound and perspective to the usual hip-hop and R&B atmosphere of Ladies First. Lead vocalist Rachael Ferguson sings with a gravelly steadiness over NightTrain's raucous percussion and electric strings, and it's exciting to see riot grrl owned by women of color, inevitably expanding and deepening the potential of punk music to speak on an inclusive (black) feminist discourse in music. And it looks like a good-ass time. The show is $5 suggested donation (although nobody will be turned away), all ages, and features an open mic before the performance. After the jump, check out "The Diss."
Full Disclosure: the group I am a part of, CanarySing, has featured at Ladies First in the past. It is always an affirming experience as a performer as well as an audience member.