Focus on DC Women in Music: Cat Janice, RadaR, and Selena Benally Perform This Saturday

Nina Goodman
By Nina Goodman / January 18, 2019
Cat Janice (Photo by Donald Holmes), RadaR (Photo by Legendary Inc Studios), Selena Benally (Photo by Roxplosion)

The DC area is rich in music, we all know this. But there's been something brewing here that needs to be amplified.

Cat Janice, Photo by Donald Holmes

Cat Janice (Photo Credit: Donald Holmes)

Cat Janice, Photo by Donald Holmes

Cat Janice, Photo by Donald Holmes

Shows like this one on Saturday night featuring the soulful, vocally mesmerizing, smudged yet clean indie licks of Cat Janice and The Band, the sonically satisfying punk-pop, want-to-sing-along sound of RadaR, and the mostly acoustic, highly impassioned, folk and blues infused Selena Benally — all bands/artists with women leaders that according to Cat Janice, "represent the strong female presence of DC music that's often overlooked."

A couple of months ago DC Music Review did a piece on This Could Go Boom! (TCGB), a new non-profit started in (but not limited to) the DMV that "envisions a world where music informed by and created from gender diverse perspectives is normalized rather than tokenized, fetishized, or marginalized."

Part of their vision also includes a world where gender diverse perspectives have, "equal representation on the airwaves, online, at music festivals, and in positions of power and influence throughout the music landscape."

When Cat Janice set up this show for Saturday, she did so with the intention to make it women-centric. She connected with the This Could Go Boom! team to source acts to participate and identify women to promote and do sound for the show.

RadaR , Photo by Legendary Inc Studios

RadaR , Photo by Legendary Inc Studios

According to Robzie Trulove, drummer in RadaRThe OSYX, and a co-founder of This Could Go Boom!, "This is a show to lift up and highlight women in music. It's the first show I've ever played where not only is every act led by women, but also the key components like the sound engineer and promoter are women." 

Selena Benally, Photo by Roxplosion

Selena Benally, (Photo Credit: Roxplosion)

Selena Benally, Photo by Roxplosion

Selena Benally, Photo by Roxplosion

Selena (More AM Than FM and The OSYX) and another This Could Go Boom! co-founder agreed, "I'm 110% here for all of the women running this show. I have the opportunity to work and create music with so many powerful women, and can't wait to continue to do so and expand our circle."

And there's more movement like this happening all over the DMV. This Could Go Boom! Presents series is a monthly showcase of often under-represented, gender diverse artists. Another group, Project Hera, hosts a yearly female fueled music festival and a monthly Songbyrd Ladies Night Open Mic & Networking Event. 

According to Cathi DiTorofounder of Project Hera, "Hera was founded in response to a need to provide opportunities for women and girls in music to be showcased more in the DC area. We work to provide inclusive events where women in music are celebrated, promoted, and supported and also where the younger generation can not only have chances to perform, but become inspired to chase their own musical dreams."

This Could Go Boom Logo

Every month, TCGB! hosts a night of music in line with its mission. Next one is on Feb 9.

This Could Go Boom Logo

Every month, TCGB! hosts a night of music in line with its mission. Next one is on Feb 9.

To this point and to the mission of This Could Go Boom!, there are a lot of sponsored and independent womxn-led shows coming up in the DMV. (DC Music Review always tries to feature these in our weekly list of shows.)

A sample of events coming up in the next few weeks include: 

In the meantime, start with this sparkling trifecta of Cat, RadaR, and Selena show on Saturday night.  It's a show where a stellar artist like Cat Janice saw the vibrancy and value of This Could Go Boom! and made a pointed decision to be a part of it by sharing the stage with other women. The music, the vibe, the connectivity in the room will be worth it.


Videos

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The following videos are provides courtesy of Cat Janice's and RadaR's YouTube Channels.

Performance Details

Performance Details

Performance

Details


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Doors: 7:00 PM

Show: 8:00 PM



Dangerously Delicious Pies DC

http://www.dangerouspiesdc.com/ 

1339 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

(Google Maps Link)


$12  - In Advance & Day of Show


About the author
Nina Goodman

Nina Goodman

Nina Goodman is a music lover, dancer, artist, keyboardist, and an avid ukulele player. You may even see her up on stage performing with local DC bands. Above all, Nina is a fierce supporter of the Washington DC local music scene. Nina's talents are mostly behind the scenes where she maintains and curates our event calendar and conducts interviews with local artists. If there is music playing in the DMV, you can expect to see her attending or at least making sure that our audience knows about it.


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