Hello, Lady Brain Presents community-
I am writing you today with an announcement that makes me a little weepy. Effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021, I will be dissolving the Lady Brain Presents LLC and stepping away from leadership/organizing responsibilities.
Many factors contributed to this decision, including a pandemic that wouldn't quit and a baby on the way. In short, there is not enough space or capacity in my body or brain to lead and grow this group the way I originally envisioned, and that’s not fun for me or fair to members. I've been pulled toward leadership my whole life, but now I feel my body and spirit telling me to explore some of the other ways I can be in service to community without sacrificing my physical and mental health or creative identity.
Part of me can't help but feel like a failure as this project comes to a close, but that's just capitalism trying to make me feel bad about myself, so I shall resist those feelings with lasting memories and great friendships. I know we did a wonderful thing here. And I know that good thing will grow into some other good thing. I have high hopes that everyone in the collective will continue developing relationships, resource-sharing, using the platform for good, and showing up for each other in a myriad of ways. I hope that by leaving the "reins" open for any and all to grab, the group will become a truer collective with many leaders and more of a blank canvas for everyone, which is the intended vision anyway.
I will be taking the name “Lady Brain” with me because it's a business/entity name that I invested much labor into and would love to keep it, along with its guiding principles, intact should I decide in the future to rework it back into the community (one-off festival, etc.). A new tentative name for the group is Creative Siblings Collective SD, so be on the lookout for potential member collaborations and showcases.
To all our members who participated, performed, organized, podcasted, produced, presented, wrote, designed, and so much more for Lady Brain Presents and all its endeavors, you are all my heroes. Special thanks to Jules Stewart who was instrumental in so much of the branding and design work and Cathryn Beeks who hosted one hell of a podcast and produced one hell of a festival.
I want to thank all of you in our community for showing up for our events, which means you showed up for our amazing members and the causes they care about. Your attendance not only demonstrated the value of supporting marginalized genders in the local creative community, it allowed our members to raise funds and awareness for organizations that most need our attention and support. I often think about the great waves of positive, loving, healing change that could come about so quickly in this world if only those with means lifted up marginalized artists with the resources they need to get their incredibly innovative and community-building ideas off the ground. I hope you all continue to find the artists who would flourish with that kind of support. In becoming an ongoing patron of their work, you will literally change the artist, the community, and the world for the better. Please be a part of that change. (Need an example? Check out member Miki Vale and SoulKiss Theater)
I have no doubt this collective will grow into whatever it’s meant to become and I have so much faith that the folks who are meant to lead the way will do so with all the grace and creativity in the world. I hope we can count on your support through that transition. Thank you again for everything!
PS - This site will be removed within the next week or two. To keep up with myself and other members, be sure to visit our Members page and click through each profile to follow your favs on social media!
Great news, fam! It's been over a year, but we finally have a real live (& livestream) showcase scheduled!
If you are able, please join us on Sunday, May 30 from 3-6pm for a private backyard concert and fundraiser celebrating our API headliners Tricia Lynn and Thea the Band (both performing as trios) and raising funds for the SD API Coalition. Special guests include Lady Brain members Chloe Lou, Shayna, Lindsay White, and Christina Bernard.
About Our Headliners:
Tricia Lynn is a musician, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist who is inspired by a variety of musical genres from all decades. Locally, she has performed with some of San Diego’s finest musicians on the late night talk show “Tonight In San Diego” as the house band front woman. She has DJ-ed all over the city from corporate events to clubs in Downtown and continues to play live music and DJ at her resident venues and private functions. Her most current project is a weekly music stream that raises money and awareness for local charities and organizations called “Positive Change Vibrations.”
The new sound that is Thea the Band is singer/songwriter Thea Tochihara & drummer/producer Jeff Litzman. Tunes that you can only fit into a genre with no boundaries. Thea the Band is Cosmic American Music from the heart, for the soul.
A limited amount of reservations are available, so if you've been missing live music, make haste over to our Eventbrite page and reserve your spot! It's free to register, but we suggest a $25+ door donation, all of which will go toward our headliners!
For those who prefer to watch from home, we will also provide a livestream from our Facebook page at no cost, though we encourage Venmo donations to our lead organizer Shayna, all of which will go toward SD API Coalition.
SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT: Before you navigate away from this page, we'd love to direct your attention to a few more API Lady Brain members and performers who we want to lift up even though they can not physically be with us on May 30:
VOXY: Voxy is a San Diego vocal band, created to deliver a fun a cappella vibe to events in the SoCal region. Voxy is not yet accepting physical gigs, but we look forward to when they start back up! Check out their video "Anthem (Empowerment Medley)" featuring Karen Lindenberg, Emily Liu, Jenna Jones, Jessica Gottdank, and special guest member Kris Celario. Videography is by Lady Brain member Jaymee Carvajal-Witek.
MELANIE MEDINA: Melanie (currently living abroad) is not only an incredible singer/songwriter and solo act, she is also a talented multi-instrumentalist who has accompanied many Lady Brain members and local projects as a bandmate and backing musician. Check out her song "Stomach Sleeper" below and follow her on Spotify!
Woweeee, it's been over a year since our last Brain Candy Calendar! It's lovely to see more virtual and live (or hybrid) gigs on the books, and it's even more exciting to see Lady Brain members getting back to work and having some of their income streams revived. Please do us a solid and show up for these incredible working musicians - buy the tickets, buy the merch, shower them with tips, and let them know how much you appreciate the time and energy that goes into arts and entertainment! Check out the action this month:
Wednesday, May 26 - Tori Roze and The Hot Mess at The Casbah on TWITCH Livestream
Tune in and join Tori Roze and The Hot Mess as they celebrate their 13th anniversary by rocking the famous Casbah stage, broadcasting live from Twitch. More info.
Saturday, May 29 - Julia Sage and The Bad Hombres at Quartyard in Downtown's East Village
Julia Sage and The Bad Hombres will play two shows, opening for The Sleepwalkers. Early show, 5:30pm. Late show, 7:30pm. More info.
Sunday, May 30 - Lady Brain Presents: API Appreciation House Concert and Fundraiser
An afternoon backyard house concert featuring live (& livestream) music to benefit the SD API Coalition and to support/lift up our API Lady Brain member headliners Tricia Lynn and Thea the Band. Featuring small opening sets from Chloe Lou, Shayna, Corina Rose, and Christina Bernard. Leading up to the event, we'll also be shouting out/lifting up additional API Lady Brain members who can't make it to the event but will be there in spirit, so make sure to keep your eye on the Lady Brain blog! More info.
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